Jessica: "You've got it anyway."
You can see him, taking what is given without a word. Jessica sees it too, and opens her mouth; when he closes the door it is quieter than a slam. And she takes the long walk out into the driveway, to settle down and wait. Hungry as ever.
Bill stops Alcide and Sookie on the way out, of course. They think they're safe, but he disagrees: She needs a vampire, not just a werewolf. She must not be buried and she must not be torn apart.
Bill: "More so than anyone else here, you need protection..."
Alcide: "She's got me."
Bill: "You're not good enough. And you can growl at me all you want, bright-eyes, but it doesn't change the truth."
Sookie: "Not interested."
Bill: "I have made the long walk back. You can trust me again."
Sookie: "That's the thing, though. Even at your best, I never could."
It was the thing she liked. Silence, after decades of endless noise. And without him, without the world he brought her into, who knows? I think she'd still be the village idiot. I think she'd still be miserable, just a lonely waitress disgusted by the men around her. But that's the thing about first loves, isn't it? You never really find anyone that mysterious or fascinating as that first time you heard only silence. Alcide and Sookie can't look into each other's heads, like with Ben, but he's not a blank-slate monster either. And perhaps she could explain this, they could work out a deal, but that's when Alcide smells them.
Back at the party, everybody's dancing. Young and old, black and white, dead and alive. Making their deals, negotiating their relationships; as many ways as there are to love, or to hate, there are more ways still for us to keep each other alive. The camera pulls back on them, all dancing together, under the lanterns, under Arlene's watchful and loving eye, and back to the edge of the forest: Twenty monsters, and then fifty, and then a hundred.
JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps Pretty Little Liars, Ray Donovan, Mistresses, and True Blood for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as a regular column for Tor.com, Geek Love.