It's still not what I'd call an excellent show. It's a good show, with a lot of lazy and/or weird-ass writing. Still a lot of predictable plots. But still -- I found myself thinking some of the time in these last few episodes, "HOW THE FUCK IS HE GOING TO GET OUT OF THIS?! MUST KEEP WATCHING"
I am reading The Vampire Lestat. That prose is MAD purple, but I like enough of the ideas she plays with to keep reading for now.