I've been catching up on the episodes now that I have access to them. I agree it's still pretty good, but it seems to be slightly more "rushed" that it was before. I seem to remember is as being more moody with a buildup of suspense, whereas this season seems to be cramming a lot of different character activity into the shows.
But I do like the Vampire Monarchy line along with Bill's involvement in it.
I should be caught up on everything by the end of this week. Then I'll have to wait for more episodes just like everyone else