I was busy writing my novel yesterday, but that didn’t mean I forgot to watch the season two finale of the best vampire shows on television, True Blood. However, I waited until today to write my take on it, since I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen the show, like my friend and fellow Trubie Creepy McCreepster.
If you haven’t seen the finale yet, please refrain yourself from reading the rest of this blog and quickly scour the net for the streaming video or bittorrent. Then, you can return here and discuss the ending of another intense, blood-soaked season.
So are you ready? Let’s dig in!
In the tradition of True Blood, the finale begins right where they left off two weeks ago, with bug-eyed Lafayette catching Sookie in the bedroom with the egg (which was dubbed ‘WTF Egg!’ by True Blood fans on Twitter). Bug-eyed Lafayette was pretty scary alright, demanding Sookie to take off her dress and all, which at first made me think that under Maryann’s influence, Lafayette could actually get it on with a girl. But no, he asked Sookie to undress just so she could put on her maid of honor dress for Maryann’s super creepy wedding with “the god who comes”.
Phew! Thank God Maryann’s powers aren’t that insane she could turn Lafayette straight!
Maryann is truly delusional, just like what Vampire Queen Sophie explained to Bill, she’s hell-bent on conjuring the god who comes and marrying him. In a way, it’s kind of a perverted version of the second coming of Jesus Christ as described in Revelation. Those who have read the Bible for one reason or another would know what I’m talking about. She enlisted Sookie as her maid of honor against her will, despite Lafayette looking fabulous in a one-shoulder goddess dress, because she was truly intrigued with Sookie’s powers. You’d think someone like Maryann would be pissed to find someone she can’t control, but on the contrary, she’s utterly delighted. She even encourages Sookie to tap into her powers and discover just what she really is.
I gotta admit, as much as I was tired with the maenad’s storyline – I absolutely love Maryann Forrester. Michelle Forbes deserves an Emmy or Golden Globe for her performance, in my opinion. She was amazing as Maryann, she perfectly captures the character: Maryann was insane, yet seductive, powerful yet delusional – it was one of the best performances I’ve seen on TV for a long time.
Anyway, on to the wedding. The bridesmaids (something old, something borrowed, something blue – to which Arlene responds, “Which one am I?”) are set, the maid of honor begrudgingly stands by the ultimate bridezilla and the sacrifice, the perfect vessel, arrives with the help of leather jacket-clad Bill Compton (nice choice of attire, Bill!). There’s even a string-quartet playing the creepiest rendition of Here Comes The Bride (who knew Bon Temps residence were so talented?) while Tara places the ostrich egg in the meat tree. Now we know, when Bill exchanges Sam for Sookie that the vampire has a plan – but still, we are a little worried for Sam, especially when Maryann hands the big bad knife to Eggs, who proceeds to stab him in the chest happily.
Then, the “perfect” wedding comes to a halt, because Sookie – after reading Sam’s mind – runs out of Bill’s arms and uses her “lightning” power to destroy the meat tree. Chaos ensues, but this time it’s the kind that Maryann absolutely detests. The sacrifice has used the distraction to escape with Bill and Maryann is pissed. She decides to just kill everyone in Bon Temps to make sure Dyonisius truly comes.
But then, just as she is about to butcher Sookie yet again with her scary claws, “the god who comes” walks in – yes, he has horns. He’s a white bull and Maryann is ecstatic to see her husband, who proceeds to dig his horns into her, takes her heart out and reveals that he’s not really the god who comes – he’s just Sam, who has shape-shifted into a white bull to trick Maryann and kill her, obviously the plan comes from Bill’s knowledge of the maenad after seeking counsel from the queen.
Again, I have to applaud Michelle Forbes for her amazing portrayal of Maryann. Her reaction, from ecstasy to utter disappointment when she discovers that the god who comes doesn’t actually come, is pure genius. It’s not over-the-top, it’s just perfect. I was kind of sad to see her go, even though I was relieved that the maenad is finally done with.
The first half hour of the finale ends and I was happy. It was a good resolution, it had enough blood and gore to satisfy our carnal desires that prompted us to watch the show in the first place and it was good to see Sam saves the day, yet again, echoing the finale of Season 1.
However, the last half hour of the finale proves to be a bore.
Firstly, I was expecting more of Eric, but no – we only get a few minutes of him during the first half hour, doing nothing but playing Yahtzee with the queen and her minions. Sure, the sexual tension between the two were pretty juicy and the fact that the two stars are rumored to be dating adds to juiciness of the scene, but I was sorta hoping Eric would do something other than playing Yahtzee in the finale. After all, didn’t he come to the queen’s palatial lair to get info on the maenad? Guess my hope for Eric swooping in (or flying in) to save the day officially turns to dust, much like Godric on the rooftop.
But, Alan Ball in an interview with Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello did say he has a reason for Eric’s lack of screen time in the finale, so I’m willing to let it go. Especially since those few minutes revealed a lot: like it was the Queen’s blood that Eric was pushing in the market, the fact that Bill Compton is in love with Sookie because she isn’t entirely human – which makes her blood different – and that Eric, despite being 1,000 years old and amazingly powerful, is only a little bitch boy when it comes to Queen Sophie, which beg the question, why is the Queen so powerful? Eric isn’t afraid of Nan Flanagan, even though she claims she’s powerful enough to fire him as sheriff, and yet, the Queen seems to have him wrapped around her little finger. Now that’s interesting, and I think we’re going to see more of the relationship in the third season.
Second, I find the whole “all’s well that ends well” resolution for the last half hour to be a complete snoozefest. I think it’s forcing it a little bit to get everyone back in Merlotte’s after two weeks of orgies and chaos. Didn’t Terry and the gang practically destroyed Merlotte’s when they were all under the influence? So how could the bar look so clean and chaos-free in just a few hours? And I doubt Jane Bodehouse with her reattached digits could be so calm and happy drinking her jambalaya with the other townsfolk. Let’s put it this way, if you had woken up and found you’re missing some digits, would you be happily drinking and eating a mere hours later? Was the water in Bon Temps laced with Red Bull or something, that even after two weeks of orgies and pure chaos they don’t need to recuperate and sleep off their hangovers?
Third, even though I agree with Alan Ball when he said “normal, happy relationships” don’t make good TV, I am a little disappointed that he chose to break up the cutest and loveliest True Blood couple: Jessica and Hoyt. I’m a sucker for sweet and kind boys, and the relationship between Hoyt and Jessica is something I totally cherish. I don’t really want to see them hitting a rough patch, especially since I think Maxine Foytenberry really deserved to be drained by the baby vamp. I was glad to see Hoyt come to his senses, but I was heartbroken when he showed up on the porch of the Compton residence with a bouquet of red roses in his hands. Yes, I have to admit, it was fun to see Jessica go all Aileen Wournos – but still, I wish she had returned in time to reconcile with Hoyt. I can only hope that Alan Ball finally gives the fans what they want and reunite these two lovebirds in the third season.
And finally, I just don’t understand the proposal. It just feels like a little forced, as if the only inspiration for the scene is the fact that Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin are engaged in real life. Let’s see, how long have Bill and Sookie been dating? Like two months or so? Who proposes after two months? And for someone immortal, you’d think Bill wouldn’t be in such a hurry to commit. Of course, I could be wrong about this since we have no idea what Alan Ball has in store for next season. Bill was abducted before he could hear Sookie proclaim, “Yes, Bill Compton!” so there may be a valid reason for this proposal. The fact that he hurriedly proposed right after they finally shut down the maenad and things are slowly becoming normal, may be a clue to Bill’s insecurity of losing Sookie – which can only mean one thing: he will indeed lose Sookie, most probably to Eric. Those who’ve read the books said that Bill was not being absolutely truthful about his reasons for coming back to Bon Temps, and even though the show doesn’t exactly follow the book, I have a feeling that storyline will make its way to the show, just not as soon as the book fans were hoping. That could be a reason for his seemingly off the left-field proposal, he wanted to make it legit before everything blows up onto the surface, but of course that’s not going to happen since he’s mysteriously abducted and all.
Now to the questions:
1/ Who do you think kidnapped Bill? Some theorized that it may be Eric, because he did tell the Queen that he would “take care of Bill Compton personally”, but it’s a little too easy, don’t you think? Somehow I think Alan Ball is much more clever than that.
2/ Will Sam start having dirty dreams about Bill, now that he has drunk his blood? That would make for interesting television for sure.
3/ Do you think Jessica and Hoyt will be reunited in the third season, or will the whole Aileen Wournos at the truck stop stint break the two for good?
4/ Who do you think are Sam’s parents? Are they shifters or are they something different altogether?
5/ How the hell could Sam shapeshifted into the white bull, when he could only shapeshifted into an animal that has been imprinted on him? Did he find a white bull in the forest before he and Bill came up with the plan?
6/ Will Jason try to make up for killing Eggs by hooking with heartbroken Tara? Do you want to see this hookup?
True Blood will take a long hiatus before returning on June 2010, but in the meantime, I recommend checking out the new fall shows to tide you over until Summer rolls around.
Also, Gossip Girl has returned – and yes, I’ll be discussing it soon.