True Blood Beyond Here Lies Nothin S02E12 (HBO)

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This series is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris. It tells the story of how humans and vampires co-exist in a small southern town. Personally, I’ve never read the books, so I don’t know how accurate the adaptation is. However, it is quite interesting. It’s a good twist on the mythos.

There are loads of vampire shows out there. Most recently, Moonlight was canceled from CBS. Some of them are successful, others aren’t. The pilot was interesting. I’ve never seen a show explore the relationship between vampires and humans.

The series is adapted by Alan Ball. He also produced it. Alan Ball is the man behind Six Feet Under. The setting is interesting as well. Thanks to HBO, the show does have some mature content. It makes the whole thing more interesting.

I don’t really know what to say of Anna Paquin’s acting. It seems to me that she played a southern belle already in X-Men as Rogue. She does do the same thing in this show. It’s hard to see the difference. As with her role as Rogue, Sookie has never been in love or had men in her life. It’s funny how you can draw parallels between Paquin’s different characters.

New Orleans and Louisiana are a hotbed for vampire fiction. Lestat of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice makes the city his home.

I was completely blown away by the second episode of the first season. It ends in such a cliffhanger. The third episode partly resolves this, but it was still really good. The sex scenes between Jason and his lovers are also quite interesting. The show is infused with an animalistic fervor which is appealing. I recommend this show. Along with Fringe, this is one of my favorite new shows on TV this season. The show has gotten a lot of great reviews and only ten days after it premiered, HBO ordered another season. It’s one of the few shows who’s audience share actually climbed for the second episode. The fifth episode also ends with a bang, something that I didn’t think would happen.

The third season just premiered on the weekend. It takes off right when the last episode stopped. Things are going to get interesting.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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Excellent way to start the 3rd season. The 2nd season was amazing. I just don’t understand how I missed watching the last three episodes of season 2. I remedied that last night. I really enjoyed them.

It’s really interesting to see the twist on the werewolves. We don’t know much about them, but they don’t look friendly to vampires. The maenad or Bacchantes from last season, Maryann, was completely bonkers. I truly enjoyed this episode. I give it an A. I’ll be posting the remainder reviews/recaps of season 2 in the coming days.

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Lafayette makes Sookie take off her clothes and put something else on. She’s wearing some kind of wedding dress. It’s a maid-of-honour dress. Maryann is wearing her Gran’s dress. She makes the others leave and tells Sookie to do the electrical grasp again. Maryann says that Sookie isn’t human because she is resisting her. Sam’s is the wedding gift. Maryann says that Sookie is here to lure Sam.

Maxine tries to leave again.

Eric is playing Yahtzee with the Queen. The Queen is making Eric sell vampire blood.

Jason and Andy arrive at the Stackhouse house. They find the revellers going crazy. They go into the fray and both get possessed quickly enough.

Bill tells Sam that he needs to make this right. Bill takes him to Maryann’s. He trades him for Sookie. Sookie isn’t happy, but this is part of Bill’s plan. They bring forth Sam, all tied up. Eggs stabs Sam in the heart. Bill tells Sookie to use her gift. While Maryann is revealing in Sam’s blood, Sam tells her with his mind to destroy the offering. Sookie destroys the altar. Maryann then decides to kill everyone as an offering. Maryann shifts and runs after Sookie. She sees a giant bull arrive. It’s obviously Sam, not the god. She comes close to him and he impales her with his horns. Then, he rips out her heart and crushes it. Sam drank Bill’s blood to heal him up. Everyone shifts back to normal.

Hoyt leaves his overbearing mother, who stopped him from attaining anything in life.

The next day, Merlotte’s is open. Sam tells Sookie that he’s heading out for a few days and asks her to keep an eye on things. Sookie gets a delivery. It’s a dress from Bill. He wants her to wear it tonight. Eggs comes to see her. He wants to remember what he did. He remembers the people that he killed for Maryann. There are quite a few, including Jeanette, the fake psychic.

Sam goes to see Mrs. Merlotte. She abandoned him after they saw him turn into a dog. They are his adoptive parents. His adoptive father gives him the information. He’s dying.

Hoyt comes to see Jessica, but she’s hooking up with some meat bag whom she drains. Bill rented out a restaurant for Sookie. Eggs asks Andy to lock him up. He has a knife and he’s brandishing it aggressively. Jason shoots him in the head.

Bill asks Sookie to marry him. He gives her tickets to Burlington, VT. She starts to cry and kind of says no. In the bathroom, she regains her composure and puts on the ring. She comes out of the bathroom and finds that Bill has been abducted. Probably by Eric.

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