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True Blood: Beyond Here Lies Nothin' (season finale)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 14th 2009 5:00AM
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(S02E12) "You may be the strongest, oldest vampire in my queendom, but if I wanted, I could own your fangs as earrings." - The Vampire Queen to Eric

We've come to the end of season two of True Blood, and I'm glad to see the Maryann storyline end (this is no spoiler; Alan Ball talked about it in my interview with him; and yes, Michelle Forbes is a fantastic actress). On the other hand, I'm sad to see True Blood ending and will wait impatiently for season three to start.

But this finale brought an end to a few storylines and set things up nicely for new ones in season three. After the jump, the episode review and your comments. Don't click through if you haven't watched the episode yet!

First, let's talk about Maryann's storyline. As mentioned, I won't miss it, even though Michelle Forbes is a great actress. Early in the season, Forbes said in an interview that she didn't believe Maryann was evil, and I sort of get that now. When Sam as the horned beast stabbed her, I was both cheering and feeling bad for her. She seemed to really believe that she was the one to be sacrificed at that moment. But thank God she's gone! And by the way, I'm not that sorry to see Eggs go either. The fact that he's the heart-cutter seemed a little anti-climactic. I think I sort of knew that in the darkest part of my heart.

But thank God Sam is ok! I knew something was up when he and Bill were conversing before the whole wedding scene went down. I figured they had it worked out to where Sam would take the fall and then be healed by Bill's blood. It will be interesting to see how that connection plays out next season.

As for Sam, so he's off to find his birth parents -- Melinda and Joe Lee Mickens in Megnolia, Arkansas, according to the note written by his adopted father. Do you think they're shapeshifters, too? The adopted parents certainly didn't have much good to say about them. Nice scene: seeing Sam's bare-naked butt after turning back from the horned beast to a human. Oh my.

Oh, Sookie! If you'd only accepted Bill's proposal right away instead of running off to the bathroom to think about it and ponder your identity, maybe he wouldn't have been assaulted with silver and taken away. And who do you think is the culprit there?

We've got Hoyt telling off his mom for lying to him for so many years and going to apologize to Jessica. At the same time, Jessica is biting an unsuspecting trucker. Will they get back together next season? My money's on Yes.

I'm still loving Evan Rachel Wood as the vampire queen and think it's funny that she's hooked on Yahtzee. Not nearly enough Eric in this episode, but it sounds like that will change next season. Interesting that he told her, "I do not love humans," and that she's the one having him sell vampire blood.

Other stuff:

  • I like the little clicking sound the fangs make when they go in and out.
  • Did you know Sheriff Dearborne is Larry from "my brother Daryl and my other brother Daryl" on Newhart? That's the one with Mary Frann, not the one with Suzanne Pleshette.
  • Gross that Sookie had to lick the ostrich egg. She's a trooper, though.
  • Andy and Jason still make a pretty good team.
  • "You might have your faults, Andy, but at least you got pants on." - Sheriff Dearborne to Andy
  • "It took me this long to realize it, but you suffer a lot more hiding something than you do if you face up to it." - Sam to Bill
  • "Mr. Merlotte took us to see some vampires ... and one of them could fly!" - Arlene's kids to Arlene
  • "Yep, I'm pretty sure he's dead." - One of Arlene's kids on where Rene disappeared to, after Arlene gives a vague answer
  • "Never say never when there's the Internet." - Sam to his adopted mother

I also loved the girl-chat in the bar, talking about how they'd heard Maryann was an agent of the pharmaceutical company who'd poisoned the water supply with LSD, "and that's why i stick to mountain dew."

And this about Sam: "God bless who made those jeans. I'm serious. I'd wear him like a scrungee."

And did you notice Charlaine Harris?

Your thoughts on the finale?

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Sheldon Buck

I think Eric is behind Bill's disappearance. I am really glad that MaryAnn is gone, and to be honest Eggs as well. THe Queen having Eric sell V to humans bring up an interesting story line especially if selling V goes against vampire laws. I give the finale 4 out of 5 stars.

September 15 2009 at 7:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MosquitoControl

I had a hard time paying attention to this episode.

Honestly, during that week off I just lost interest. I stopped caring. I was tired of Mary Anne, I'm bored to death of Sookie (such a terrible character) and Bill (so bland.) Jason and Andy were wasted. Eric had one scene, and it was a painfully dull one.

Show might be losing me. Jason's entertaining. Andy has emerged as quite entertaining. I'm intersted in the stuff Eric does. But Sookie isn't watchable for me. I wouldn't mind her dying. I kind of feel like she deserves it for being such an awful person.

September 14 2009 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MosquitoControl

Obviously.

It he didn't say it incorrectly for legal reasons, he said it incorrectly because he's an idiot.

September 14 2009 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jane Boursaw

Re spoilers on the front page, no matter what we say - even the most benign comment - someone will think it's a spoiler. Our episode reviews cover what the episode was about, so if you don't want to be spoiled, you should probably just stay away from the computer and all other types of media, as well. If you've read anything about True Blood recently, it's pretty much a given that the Maryann storyline would end this season. It's not a big shocker.

September 14 2009 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
socrates

I liked this final episode. I also liked the Maryann storyline it explored the dark side of the human experience and what it could be like if everyone followed their most basic instincts of sex and violence. I liked how it showed how often we collectively choose to follow others lead into our own demise instead of listening to ourselves instead.

I am looking forward to Tara's evolution now that she knows what she is capable of I felt sad for her loss with Eggs but he was too weak to handle his own corruption he was destined to die as he lived.

Sam as the bull was brilliant I loved it and Maryann's willingness to be sacrificed gave her her moment of humanity even if it was selfish in its origin.

Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, she will always be trying to fit her humanity into Bil's vampire world. God Bless her Sweet Heart.

September 14 2009 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The1337

The Maryann story has by far been the weak link this season and it was glaring in the season finale. It was completely anticlimactic and uninspiring, and the events after were totally pointless. Full review of the episode on my blog.

http://th3tvobsessed.blogspot.com/2009/09/review-true-blood-season-2-episode-12.html

September 14 2009 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jboursaw

GDK - You know, I stopped the DVR and looked at it pretty closely, because I thought, well, that has to be Magnolia, not Megnolia. But the A's were written differently on the note, and it really looked like a small "e." Thanks for the heads up on that.

September 14 2009 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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GDK

No prob. I wasn't wearing my contacts during the ep and wouldn't have known what the note said if not for this review, so thanks to you.

September 19 2009 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GDK

That was a strong end to a strong season. As a native of Arkansas, though, I wanted to let you know that the town in is called "Magnolia" instead of "Megnolia." Harris, as I understand it, was an artist in residence or something of the sort at the local university there for some time.

Thanks,
GDK

September 14 2009 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ABElia

Weak finale. I hope they step their game up for season 3. Thank God Larry David is coming to HBO's rescue!

September 14 2009 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

Eric is too easy a suspect for who took Bill. Plus, I'd say that using silver is not Eric's style (not that a vampire couldn't wear gloves to handle it). I don't think Eric would kidnap Bill, I think he'd just fuck with him and blackmail him somehow... he doesn't have the motive to kidnap him.

I think it's Bill's ex-wife (Lorena? forget the name). The fact that he's proposing to someone else is not insignificant here, and the last words she said to Bill, after he told her to basically fuck off for all eternity, were "I'm sorry you said that."

Anyway, good episode. A lot of loose ends were tied up, and I like that. I'm glad "Eggs" is gone, never liked that guy.

September 14 2009 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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laura

Bill and Lorena were never married.

September 14 2009 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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