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Recap: 'True Blood' Season 2 finale

Trueblood09_66 Last night in a fantastical flurry of blood, lust and redemption, "True Blood" wrapped up its second season. Fans across the country watched wide-eyed in anticipation of Maryann's death. Some wished her demise had taken place earlier in the season, but many of us enjoyed it just the way it was. No matter which side of the fence you landed on, there was no question that the show ascended to new heights of uncharted, off-kilter weirdness.

The episode began with a black-eyed Lafayette cornering Sookie and making her strip and don a white "maid of honor" toga. When he forces her downstairs Sookie finds Maryann wearing Gran's wedding dress.  Maryann takes the opportunity to talk to Sookie alone, and asks her once again what she is. Sookie has no answer for her, nor can she conjure up her magical electricity-producing powers. No matter, Maryann rightly says that Sookie's presence is all she really needs to bring Sam to her.

Meanwhile, Eric is at Sophie-Anne's house playing Yahtzee. He is hoping to gain knowledge about how to kill the maenad, but Sophie-Anne is more concerned with finding out how Bill knows that Eric has been forcing Lafayette to sell vampire blood. The dirty truth is that Eric is just obeying her orders and she wants to make sure that Bill never finds that out. Eric swears that he'll keep the secret after she jumps on top of him and bares her fangs (she is long in the tooth, as they say. Cougar!).

Back at Sookie's house, Maryann's grotesque wedding ceremony continues as Jason and Andy show up dressed in full guerrilla-warfare regalia. When they sneak up onto the lawn, Andy's eyes turn black. Jason can't believe it, but then Andy punches him in the face and Jason's eyes go black too. He relishes the moment like a crack addict taking his first puff of the day.

Inside the house Maryann is forcing everybody to lick the bloody ostrich egg that she is using as a symbol of fertility. (Everybody acts like it's all gross, but I don't know why. I've totally licked bloody ostrich eggs at, like, every wedding I've been a part of.) Soon Jason forces Sookie outside with the rest of the wedding party, where there stands a giant totem pole that will serve as the place of sacrifice for a hapless Sam.

Speaking of Sam, Bill confronts him at Merlotte's and tells him that he must go to Maryann in order to save Sookie. When Bill and Sam appear on Gran's lawn, an elated Maryann orders poor Sam tied up in front of the totem pole. Shirtless, gagged and terrified, Sam awaits his cruel fate. After a black-eyed Eggs approaches him and thrusts a knife into his stomach, Sam goes limp. Maryann takes the bloody knife and wipes a line of blood on her neck, tasting it first.

A horrified Sookie runs to Sam, crying and begging him to be OK. Sam takes advantage of her telepathy and tells her -- with his mind -- to distract Maryann. Sookie runs to the ostrich egg and smashes it, then she pushes down the totem pole and runs into the woods with an enraged Maryann hot on her heels. When Sookie falls, Maryann plunges her fists into the ground. When she pulls them out they are hideous claws. Maryann turns to Sookie, but suddenly out of the mist a giant white bull appears. Maryann believes it is her god, come as a result of her sacrifice of Sam.

She lovingly approaches the bull, which plunges one of its horns right through her chest. "Am I the one to be sacrificed?" Maryann asks, giving her life in willing ecstasy to this strangely erotic turn of events. Just as she sighs with the pained passion of a true believer, the bull transforms into a naked Sam, his fist and arm where the bull's horn once was. He withdraws his fist with Maryann's black heart in his grasp. Her face cracks and she falls dead to the ground.

Bill appears and tells Sookie that the plan had been a trap all along. He let Sam drink his blood and it healed his knife wound. Sookie is relieved -- she never would have forgiven Bill otherwise. As soon as Maryann dies all the black-eyed townspeople come to their senses and experience what appears to be the worst collective hangover ever. Especially Eggs, who desperately wonders why he has blood on his hands. Bill and Sookie collapse on her bed and sleep until dawn.

The following morning all of Bon Temps speculates as to the nature of the town-wide blackout. Sam blames it on a batch of vodka that was all ethanol. (That'll do it every time. I should know.) Eggs knows that it was much more than that, so he finds Sookie at Merlotte's (right after Bill has just had a gorgeous dress delivered to her for the purposes of a future date) and begs her to help him discover the truth. Sookie obliges him, warning him that what he will see does not define him -- he was under Maryann's spell after all. Still, after seeing himself murder Miss Jeanette and Daphne and attempt to murder Sam, he totally freaks out.

Later Eggs confronts Andy outside of Merlotte's, brandishing the sacrificial knife and begging Andy to arrest him. When he pushes Andy into the dirt and hovers over him with the knife, Jason sees his threatening behavior and shoots him in the head, killing him instantly. Poor Tara runs out of Merlotte's and weeps beside her dead lover's body.

Back at Bill's mansion he and Jessica run across each other in the foyer, both dressed for a date. Bill is taking Sookie to a French restaurant and Jessica says she is trying to go make up with Hoyt. In actuality Jessica heads to a truck stop and hooks up with a driver, whose blood she promptly sucks right after he reaches for a condom. Poor Hoyt is simultaneously looking for her with a dozen roses, which he leaves on Bill's doorstep.

Things aren't going much better for Bill, who has just proposed to Sookie at the restaurant he has rented out for their date. Sookie, flabbergasted, doesn't know what to say. She's too confused about the nature of her powers and the complicated relationship she shares with Bill to say yes. Instead she goes to the bathroom to wipe her tears and think it over. Suddenly she decides that she wants to marry him (in Burlington, Vermont, where vampire-human marriages are legal) and rushes back to the table.

Unfortunately someone has just kidnapped Bill by subduing him with a silver chain around the neck and he's gone, leaving only signs of a struggle. That's what you get if you don't say yes right away, ladies! Nobody said I didn't warn you.

Roll credits.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Michelle Forbes (left) and Anna Paquin. Credit: Prashant Gupta

 
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I was underwhelmed by this episode....sorry to say. Not enough Eric, I guess!

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

This whole season was a waste of time; the arc with Maryann was too long and the payoff left more questions than answers. The season finale was the best example of shark jumping I've seen. This show did not deserve such a crappy interlude and I am NOT waiting breathlessly for the next season like I did for this one. I was waiting for it to hurry and end. I thought it was absolutely awful.

ahhhh! omg i can't wait to watch it! i had to spoil it though!

AWESOME

Mary-Anne was my favorite part of this season, well along with Eric. However, I felt the conclusion the her story was weaker than what I hoped. A wedding? Really? And Sookie only uses her powers to knock over the tree? I think the previous episode was way better. The finale was good, but not a good enough end to a seriously awesome second season. Loved it!

Add another to the 'completely underwhelmed' side - it was probably too much to hope that the finale would be compelling considering the last few insufferable episodes. This was so ridiculous I too was begging for it to be over. Next season better improve (ie. more Eric and way more Pam) or I won't bother watching - and for me, the annoying Paquin/Sookie remains the weakest link in the show.

I agree that the maryann story was overdone and it was well played out in the books, on screen however it failed miserable and I wished they would have ended it earlier. HOWEVER they had to end the second season the way they did or the next season would entirely not make any sense. If you have read the books you can understand why they ended it the way they did, all except for Sam going to find his parents, but again they will explain that in maybe this season or the next when the werewolves come into play. But if you did read the books you can see this season did not follow the second book what so ever like the first season did, and I believe the first season was much better, this season sucked in my eyes. The third instalment of the book was my favorite, hopefully the season will do it justice.

the finale pissed me off
it ended with a cliff hanger not a crappy one a excellent one

The finale's best line went to Jason, poor dumb and pretty but it seems not supernatural, who notes, "If a tree falls in the forest, its still a tree, right?" After telling his new bro Andy that they are heros for saving the town...somehow, since they don't remember, but Maryanne is gone, so it must have been them.
Also, note the cameo of the series author (books, not TV) the first person we see at the bar noting it was not a "gas leak" that caused the amnesia everyone conveniently seems to have (I am guessing its next season before all the unwanted pregnancies turn up).
Another highpoint, was when Hoyt finally decides to man up and tells his mother off, maybe ten years too late, but still, and for the second time in two weeks walks out on her to chase after conflicted (virgin, or truck stop hooker, I can't decide, boo hoo) vamp tramp Jessica.
Meanwhile, Sookie is forgiving everyone for trashing her house, so long as they get off the lawn, and, we can assume, hustling for tips to pay for a moving van full of pine-sol and spic and span to get the house cleaned up, and deal with all that dead meat next to the porch.
Next season's teasers were:
1) Sam's determined effort to skip flipping burgers and find his parents (getting stabbed in the heart can clarify so much), who, we are told are "truely awful" which is pretty hard to imagine after all this, and
2) Sookie no doubt going flapping around after Eric to help find Bill, and no doubt agonizing over the pricetag for that help, now that she decided to actually say yes, (can we hope for a midnight wedding, a honeymoon in Dallas, her demanding Bill give her a vampire baby), and
3) Eric wondering about that hint NOT to sample Sookie's corpuscles for fear of contracting the dreaded monogamy.
Summer cannot pass to quickly.

Wow, to Dgrant and her/his post on 9/15.Great writing.

I saw the episode and was a little disappointed. In all honesty a large part of that was that we waited and entire week for a 30 min finale. Which was a little...humdrum if that can be said within the context of this show. It just felt like an episode not a FINALE.

In any case Dgrant's post makes me think about what could be around the corner and gets me excited about next season.

Plus, overall I think the season was tons of fun.
Lafayette is my favoriet but Jason certainly shined.
Sweet, pretty, simple minded and hilarious.
-D

I loved the season finale. I was very satisfied and enticed for next season.
Oh, I do hope Sookie and Bill get married. Make sure Eric is out of the way.

The finale was great and of course it left us hanging with Bill kidnapped and Hoyt out looking for Jessica.

We have a True Blood Ohana of 18 people and two dogs who come to watch the show and have a big potluck theme dinner every Sunday Night in Hilo Hawaii. You can read about it on: www.myhawaiianhome.blogspot.com

For the finale we all dressed as our favorite characters and the theme for dinner was Ragin Cajun and included Swamp Juice!

We all love the show and now we do not know what we are going to do on Sunday nights. We even have to wait till January for our second favorite show, Big Love to begin.

The only black love story portrayed on televison ends with a bullet to the head... typical. Its possible.

The season finale was terrible. Alan Ball promised us an amazing conclusion to the Maryann storyline - which dragged on for a whole season - and we were completely let down. Plus, almost no Eric, who is one of the best characters on the show. Alan Ball seriously messed up in the season finale and he will continue this way he will lose all the new fans he's gained if he continues with misguided stories and doesn't properly use the talent he has on the show.

The season finale was fantastic. Can't wait for next season!

I love this show. Jason is hilarious. I'm glad Lafayette wasn't killed off in season one, we would miss him. However, i heard that the director isn't sure Sookie and Bill should break up in season 3. I strongly disagree. Every girl i know that has read these books are team Eric. We thrive on the drama around him and Sookie and whether or not they are going to end up together. The show will be ruined if Bill and Sookie don't break up. That would change how the rest of the seasons play out severely. I think the director has done a great job so far. He sticks to the books pretty closely but still throws surprises in there for fans who have read the books. Bravo! Just don't mess up now. We want Eric! Can't wait for next season. Isn't June a little long to make us wait? LOL

I loved the season finale. I thought Jason & Andy were very funny, specially Jason. But I hope Bill & Sookie break up and I want/love to see more of Eric with Sookie. I think Sookie will be good for Eric. Can't wait for next season. June is just to far.

After reading comments, I am glad I am not the only one who was underwhelmed with the finale. All the plots either plateaued or ended as expected. Despite season 2 showing a few Eric highlights, many side stories (Jason and FoTS, Maryann, drunken BelFleur) lasted too long and took to much air time, making season 2 seem like it was dragging. I hope season 3 is better, like season 1.

 
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