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Alcide's death was pointless
Wrong: It removed a complication. Some fans, particularly fans of the books, may have made the mistake of thinking that Alcide was not only a character, but a beloved character who was possibly better for Sookie than all of the vampire himbos she normally attracted. Those fans were clearly wrong. Alcide was ultimately a man/wolf who periodically rescued Sookie when there wasn't a vampire handy and then kept her bed warm during a lull in her relationships with various bloodsuckers. As the writers didn't care particularly about Alcide or Alcide/Sookie, his pairing with Sookie just kept her too occupied and his presence had to be removed. Thus, his death served a purpose.
- Dan Fienberg
Correct: We'd get it if Alicide had only been on the show for on or two seasons. Or, if he hadn't been an integral part of the main storylines. Instead, the man-wolf's death was handled in such a low key fashion that you'd think his presence meant nothing to the entire series. Sure, he dies protecting Sookie, but is his random passing at the hand of the human rebel rousers how he should have gone out? No, it was pointless and, sadly, forgettable.
- Gregory Ellwood