While the subject matter and mixed in WTF moments are attractive, this series has gotten dumber, even if several of the characters have smartened up a tad. The vamps clearly have no goal. We were supposed to see a conflict between the Authority and Sanguanistas (wtf happened to them), then it turned into some sort of fundamentalism sheparded by Salome, now it's just chaos. Russell is a fine big bad when he represents "crazy time" and anarchy against vamp authority, but he's nothing but a footnote in the convoluted Authority plot. Eric/Bill....useless. The tipping point is bringing back Godric as a psuedo vamp Christ who will save the day. No wonder Alan Ball left. The storylines are out of control with no logical or smart characters capable of bringing the series in line. Who cares about Sookie's parent's vamp murderer...it's already been leaked that it's someone we know. The Stackhouse IQ is barely room temperature, so watching Sook and Jason figure out the mystery will be like watching paint dry. Wolf's, shifters, smokeys, Bon Temp natives are so mind numbingly dumb and un-interesting all we are left with is the lowest common denominator of episodes with some fairly compelling scenes intermixed with dreck...no one, no storyline capable of lifting some fairly iconic characters out of the scatalogical muck flushing down the drain. I don't see an end in sight. TB still is getting good ratings. It's just not a very good show.
However, at this point I have so much invested in the story and its characters and TV programming is so empty of shows like this, I'll stay....for now.