This is the final True Blood episode...before the final in two weeks! Yes we're coming to the end of our time and this episode had highs and lows. One can only be happy that the maenad storyline is coming to a close, from the sounds of things there are mixed signals on how it's been received, and if you didn't enjoy it already you probably won't tonight.
Sookie and Lafayette attempt to rescue Tara, again, after she runs to save Eggs. Jason and Andy gather weapons in order to destroy Maryann and bond in the process. Sam turns to Eric to request his help with Maryann. Bill is stuck with the Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Ann, who tells him everything there is to know about maenads. Bill and Eric continue to squabble over Sookie. Hoyt learns disturbing things about his father from a possessed Maxine, and Jessica loses him after biting his mother last week.
The sacrifice is coming up and while no one is looking for Sam this week, Sookie is forced to return to her house to rescue Tara. The big draws were Sophie-Ann and Sam turning to Eric for help this week and both stories didn't disappoint. It was a bit odd having Evan Rachel Wood play Sophie-Ann but once you see her, she's totally believable. She has the perfect blend of 1940s socialite and heartless killer, even down to the lilt in her voice. Anyone who doubts Wood as an actress would be hard pressed to do so here. She says what's on her mind and gives all the information one would need on the maenad that we haven't received already. Her joke about Bill and Eric gets the laugh of the episode as it's pretty much what anyone watching the storyline would think. It was also interesting to meet Cousin Hadley in a quick cameo. It's unknown whether she'll be sticking around next season, but it was an interesting nod to the source material. It was also revealed how Maryann came to Bon Temps in the first place, courtesy of Tara's hoodoo exorcism. I didn't see that coming at all and it was another tie-in to something from a previous season, something the series enjoys doing. There was also a lot of fun interaction with Eric, Sam and Arlene's children. Fans have been wondering where these kids have been and it was adorable watching their awe and fear of Eric, who played along hilariously. Lafayette also suffered another post traumatic stress moment that was interesting because of its differences from the last time. One has to wonder though if those moments are leading to a payoff somewhere down the road.
A big flaw with this episode was the constant “Save Tara” story which we seemed to have dealt with last week. It's become a source of humor to discuss how stupid Tara has become and seeing how easily she was turned back to one of Maryann's minions proved that. Jason and Andy had a heart to heart but nothing happened except for them getting a bunch of guns. The same can be said for Hoyt and Jessica, the latter only having one scene in the very beginning. Hoyt learned about his father's suicide but it seems a bit late to learn this in the scheme of things. One has to wonder if that has any relevance to future events. The egg at the end also seemed cliche and out-of-place.
No new episode next week, fans are left to simmer and prep for the finale. This episode wasn't perfect but Sophie-Ann is brilliant and will hopefully cause more trouble in season three. It will be good to give Maryann the old heave-ho, hopefully, at the finale because she's overstayed her welcome by a long shot. This week gets a 3.5/5.