True Blood

Season 2 Episode 12

Beyond Here Lies Nothin'

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 13, 2009 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Bon Temps reaches a fever pitch as Maryann prepares for her ultimate bestial sacrifice, conscripting Sookie to be maid of honor at the bloody nuptials. Deliberating on what may be his final move to save Sookie and the town, Sam places his trust, and his life, in a most unlikely ally. Jason leads Andy into the heroic abyss. Hoyt struggles with Maxine's endless stream of insults. Sophie-Anne warns Eric to keep the lid on Bill's inquisitiveness.moreless

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  • Could have been better!

    6.0
    I couldn't wait for that Maryann stuff to be over with. That ran it's course way too long. Making it the focal point of the season finale was a mistake in my opinion. This season finale or the last two episodes can not compare to what happened in Dallas. It was like I was all excited when everyone was in Dallas, but when they got back home it was so boring, with episode eleven being just out-right terrible. It's like they got it backwards, they should have killed Maryann first, and then the drama in Dallas. That would have been a better ending.moreless
  • Very dissapointing season finale IMO

    8.0
    Okay, I love, love this show. And for the life of me, I really wanted to like this finale. But I didn't. I was really tired of the storyline with Maryann, and was very happy to see her die (allthough her death should have been several episodes ago...). But it just wasn't the big bang I was hoping for. Ok, so it was a surprise that Sam trusted Bill with his life, but everything just went over so easy, and was resolved much too quickly. And where was Eric? How could he not play a bigger part in the last couple of episodes when there was so much promise after Dallas??? All in all, this has not been my favourite season. I really liked the first half, with Dallas and the church, but all the Maryann-business was just not captivating enough. I must admit that I've read the books, and am a afraid for how far the series have strayed from them. Some of the things that have happened this season makes it really difficult for certain other storylines to develop. It just seems very strange... Well, you know I'm still going to be watching season 3, if nothing else to enjoy Eric... ;)moreless
  • The show that seemingly redefined weekly cliffhangers ends it's season with a mellow and rather disappointing final act that aims too much at feelings instead of old fashion action.

    6.0
    Is it just me or are there too many dead black folks in the parking lot of Merlot's every season finale? Just kidding, I'm not pointing fingers here, and if anything, Eggs' death was very welcome now Marianne's arc is over. We love Tara, and we do not wish to see her with somebody who killed people and hit her, under influence or not. On to the bigger storylines; Marianne's finale was weak and boring. We all knew she would die, and the whole wedding things had the potential of being a stunning final fight, but became a boring ritual with a lot of talk and no real action. I mean sure, Sam sacrificing himself for the greater good was endearing, but I can't say I was really sad when they stabbed him. Luckily, he did provide the biggest shock by turning into a cow. But what was more shocking is when I looked at the playing time and saw the episode was only half done. And with Tara saying that she felt like it wasn't over, I prepared for so much shocking stuff, I could only get disappointed. The cliffhanger was weak in general, but for True Blood who ended regular episodes with the entire cast being threatened by a bomb or worse, this was plain bad. Jessica turning away from Hoyt to bite random truckers? Bill proposing to Sookie who first declines, but realizes she does want to while he gets abducted? Jason shooting Eggs and Andie taking the blame? It was all very mellow, and very low shocking wise.

    No, for me this was a very, very bad episode of True Blood and the only real good thing was the Queens and Eric's sexual tension in their Yahtzee-scene.moreless
  • The hunter becomes the hunted and things are turned upside down at the end in a few ways. We really begin to at least understand that Sookie is more than human. Bon Temps attempts to return to normal whatever that may be.moreless

    9.5
    So many things going on but joyfully the end of one storyline I am truly glad to see end. Unfortunately we were given some kind of foreshadowing of the fact that things were not completely done.



    Sam and Bill work together to really save the town and the weird part is in the end only Sookie really understands the truth. Sam does the final deed that needed to be done with Bill's help. For the most part the towns memory of what occurred is wiped clean.



    We learn that Eric is involved with the Queen of the area in a venture that seems like it could be very dangerous on so many levels specially for Bill Compton.



    Sam leaves for a few days to try to find out the truth about himself. We learn a little more about the disaster his life has been up to this point. Jessica truly feels alone as Bill is not paying attention to her and Hoyt acted like he abandoned her. It does seem that Hoyt did regret his actions but we don't really know where that is going. We know its turning deadly for someone.



    Jason and Andy believe they are heroes and in the end they saved the town. Of course that is based on what they knew their intentions were but in reality they are oblivious like the rest of the town. Andy does get his badge back though and we see a crazed tragedy at the end which will cause a tremendous amount of pain for Tara and possible Jason.



    The cliffhanger for next year was excellent. We see Sookie calling out for Bill and not seeing anything but a fallen chair, a messed up table, and an open door. There are so many possible conclusions to come too and we will have a while to think about it.



    Overall a good ending to the season. Pretty clear cut based on where things had been left the last few episodes. There are some huge problems we will have to see dealt with and then there is Sookie and Bill. It was nice to see in a moment of clarity Sookie say yes! Thanks for reading...moreless
  • I liked the way the writers left us thinking about all sorts of things. The Queen, Bill, Eric, Sookie's fate, and so on.

    10
    I just got into True Blood over the summer. I saw it for the first time just a month ago and got hooked. I had to catch up, so I could watch the finale. Wow! I am so happy that I did. You will love it. The writers leave us hanging, for sure. Since I read all the books, and the show is not following them at all, I can't wait for the next season! Sookie has a a lot to think about. Will it still be Bill? Or will those dreams keep coming back? You know the ones... with Eric the Viking! My vote is Eric, but it could swing either way, just to keep us watching.moreless
Stephen Moyer

Stephen Moyer

Bill Compton

Sam Trammell

Sam Trammell

Sam Merlotte

Ryan Kwanten

Ryan Kwanten

Jason Stackhouse

Rutina Wesley

Rutina Wesley

Tara Thornton

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer

Detective Andy Bellefleur

Mehcad Brooks

Mehcad Brooks

"Eggs" Benedict Talley

Jack Krizmanich

Jack Krizmanich

Ludis

Guest Star

Missy Doty

Missy Doty

Vonetta

Guest Star

Lauren Pritchard

Lauren Pritchard

Coralee

Guest Star

Dale Raoul

Dale Raoul

Maxine Fortenberry

Recurring Role

Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood

Queen Sophie-Anne LeClerq

Recurring Role

Patricia Bethune

Patricia Bethune

Jane Bodehouse

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Terry's shirt says the following: WARNING

      I SUFFER FROM OCCASIONAL LOSS
      OF MENTAL STABILITY AND BECOME
      VERY VIOLENT WITH ONLY SLIGHT
      PROVOCATION. THE VETERANS
      ADMINISTRATION HAS DETERMINED
      THAT BOTH MENTAL AND PHYSICAL
      HARASSMENT OF MY PERSON MAY BE
      HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH AND
      WELL BEING. SO STAY THE HELL
      OUT OF MY FACE. Thank You

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Mrs. Merlotte: Sam, if you came for an explanation, um I don't have a good one. Mitchell and I were down to our last nickel and we were scared. We still don't know what we saw that night.
      Sam: You saw me turn into a dog. So apparently that was worth abandoning me over. I spent the next nineteen years making sure nobody knew what I really was. That's what you left me with.

    • Maryann: Come on, Sookie, it'll be our little secret. What are you?
      Sookie: I'm a waitress. What the f**k are you?

    • Sophie-Anne: (To Eric) You may be the strongest, oldest vampire in my queendom, but if I wanted, I could own your fangs as earrings.

    • Sam: Best to stick with Mountain Dew.

    • Sophie-Anne: (To Eric) I heard about your maker. That blows.

    • (Bill proposes and Sookie gets teary and tells him in her dreams she always says 'Yes' and he asks if that means she accepts.)
      Sookie: Then why can't I say it? My heart's flying around in my chest - I can't even think straight. My life's inside out. With all that's happened I'm not sure about anything. I don't even know if I'm human!
      Bill: What?
      Sookie: Maybe I am some kind of freak. I've only met one other person in the world like me and who even knows where he is? And what happens when I grow old? And weak? And you're still the same, what then?
      Bill: Sookie, I don't care about any of that. I want you just as you are.
      Sookie: But I'm not even sure what I am!
      Bill: Are you saying no?
      Sookie: No I'm saying...I don't know what I'm saying. I need a minute to clean myself up. I'm sorry. (runs to the bathroom)

    • Sam: Never say never when there's the Internet.

    • (Arguing with Andy that they're heros even if no one remembers what happened- including them)
      Jason: ...It's like if a tree falls in the woods it's still a tree, ain't it?

    • (After revealing some of the previous night's exploits to disbelieving ears)
      Jane: Oh Andy, whatever you're drinking we all want some of that!
      Andy Bellefleur: (Holds up his glass, sounds defensive) It's Diet Coke with Lime!

    • (Sam walks away from the table after refilling their drinks)
      Woman 1: (speaking to her friend) God bless whoever made those jeans. I swear I'd wear him like a scrunchie.

    • Woman 1: Gas leak my ass! You know the real reason no-one remembers anything? That's the way the aliens wanted it.
      Woman 2: The what?

    • Sheriff Bud Dearborne: Come by the station in the morning and I'll give you your badge back.
      Andy Bellefleur: Really? I won't let you down Bud. And I am never touching another drink again.
      Sheriff Bud Dearborne: This town's a hell of a mess and I'm man enough to know I can't shoulder it myself. (Pause) You might have your faults Andy but at least you got pants on.

    • Jason: I love the smell of nail polish in the morning.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Featured Music:
      "Party Lights" by Claudine Clark (Maxine mashes potatoes as she sings along)
      "Set Em' Up Joe" courtesy of Extreme Production Music, USA (Yahtzee game at Sophie-Ann's)
      "Bridal Chorus" by Richard Wagner arranged by Nathan Barr (Maryann's wedding)
      "Canon and Gigue  in D Major" by Johann Pachelbel arranged by Nathan Barr (Maryann's wedding)
      "Wedding March" by Felix Mendelssohn arranged by Nathan Barr (Maryann's wedding)
      "Marie Marie" by Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women (at Merlotte's the town is trying to get  back to normal; Sam and Tara chat; Arlene promises to be a better mom to her kids)
      "Zombie for Your Love" by Kim Lenz and The Jaguars (Lafayette and Sam talk at Merlotte's; Jane has her finger back; Andy insists he's the only one drinking soda)
      "Gasoline and Matches" by Buddie and Julie Miller (Jessica makes out with a trucker in his rig)
      "Before the Night is Over" by Jerry Lee Lewis featuring BB King (Bill and Sookie have a romantic night together and share a dance)
      "Savin' Up for Saturday Night" courtesy of Black Toast Music (background music at Merlotte's)
      "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" by Bob Dylan (end credits)

    • Title: Beyond Here Lies Nothing is a song by Bob Dylan. The song was used for the promo of True Blood. The title is also a quote from Ovid's Poems of Exile minus a "g".

    • Special billing was given to Charlaine Harris (Special Appearance), author of the series of books upon which the television series is based.

    • This episode marks the final appearance of both Mehcad Brooks (Benedict "Eggs" Talley) and Michelle Forbes (Maryann Forrester) as series regulars.

    • International Air Dates:
      -Latin America: October 4, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este
      -Czech Republic: February 2, 2010 on HBO
      -Germany: March 20, 2010 on 13th Street
      -United Kingdom: May 14, 2010 on FX
      -Sweden: May 19, 2010 on SVT1

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Na druhé straně není nic (There Is Nothing on the Other Side)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

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