true blood season four: most valuable performance

According to Ken Tucker over at, Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica) is giving this season’s best performance. One of the many solid points he makes:

“For a gal raised in a conservative, abusive Southern household, brought to vampiric glory by Bill Compton, Jessica has shown a striking ability to be open-minded about the mind-blowing netherworlds she’s encountering, and Woll is playing Jessica’s scenes with the various members of Bill’s battalion of vampires skillfully. (I particularly enjoy Jessica’s exchanges with Pam, impeccable little dialogues in which the callow meets the cynical to great comic effect.)

Well fellow Trubies, do you agree? Is Woll’s Jessica any match for Alexander Skarsgård’s dazed and confused Eric Northman? Or is it still too early to pick a MVP for this season?

Personally, I think Jessica has been one of the few major TB players to have a varied storyline this season that offers Woll a range of ways to play the character, which kind of puts her at an unfair advantage. Once Eric returns to his normal (less sweet, more sinful) self and Anna Paquin is offered a little more depth with Sookie’s plot, I think the playing field will be leveled.

Once the final three episodes have played out, we’ll revisit this topic and see if the argument still holds weight.

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  1. […] True Blood returns this summer and while this video isn’t quite as tease-y as “Buried Tease“, it does sum up all of season four. We don’t know if Tara will live or die (I’m placing an early bet on Bill coming to turn her into a vampire), but we all know this isn’t the end of the Bill/Sookie/Eric love triangle. […]

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