Another season come and gone and the results were...rather lackluster. It's hard to explain what one expected with a finale for this season, but it seems like the writers were experiencing some burnout. This is a pretty spoiler heavy review as it's only appropriate to fully explain why this episode was the weakest so if you have NOT watched the finale of True Blood, come back later. Unfortunately we'll have to wait till next June for the show to redeem itself.
Maryann finally summons the God Who Comes, and Sam's life hangs in the balance. As the maid of honor for the ceremony, Sookie is forced to watch everyone she loves turn into one of Maryann's familars and Bill does something shocking. Eric tries to placate the Queen when she discovers Bill knows about the vampire blood. Sam goes in search of his birth parents and Andy and Jason share a terrible secret. Hoyt and Jessica go on different paths that could spell trouble for their relationship.
The strongest aspect is that the episode ended by setting stories up for the next season. Sam goes in search of his birth parents and Bill gets kidnapped by mysterious forces. Fans of the book series should know where Sookie is headed next season and it should heavily involve a team-up with Eric. Everyone was returned to normal by the end which was great as it's been a long time since we've seen anyone not act insane. Arlene attempting to make things up to her children was hilarious. Jessica had the most shocking story, although it wasn't given much, openly attacking humans. It'll be interesting to see how that affects Bill down the line considering he's responsible for Jessica and she's openly eating people. Hoyt finally stood up to his “mama” and it was a bit sad that him and Jessica will be cooling down that relationship. In the one scene Eric had it was great to see he actually fears and respects someone in the Queen. While it took a campy turn, he did well with what amounted to a cameo.
The finale's biggest letdown was how quickly Maryann was dispatched. From beginning to end her story was wrapped up in 30 minutes, and considering she's taken up all season that was really irksome. If it was so easy for Sam to impersonate a bull, then why the hell didn't he do it when Bill first showed up? I know there's logic behind it but considering how much fans have hated the maenad storyline, to have that finished so quickly was a slap in the face. The other thirty minutes focused on characters that were hit and miss, mainly Eggs. It's odd that Eggs was revealed to return next season, but his overacting was horrible and why he freaked out so much in the first place seemed like a cop-out. Andy and Jason being responsible for his death hopefully won't lead into any I Know What You Did Last Summer territory. Evan Rachel Wood went from camp hero to utter ridiculousness playing the Queen. Her attack/seduction of Eric was far over the top and unnecessary considering how small a role the two had. And since Eric has become the new fan-favorite character, the fact he had no setup for next season was another downer. It's also odd that Bill is proposing to Sookie so quickly, can anyone tell me how long they've been together? It's easy to see why the writers did it, especially if Eric's helping Sookie next season, but does every love triangle have to have a fiancee.
I'm bummed, I expected so much more and the finale was a big goose egg. I have faith that the writers will come back refreshed and ready for season three, werewolves anyone? Until next June, this concludes the review for True Blood: Season 2. The finale gets a 3/5...and I'll see you next season!
True Blood - Between Here Lies Nothing (Season Finale)