True Blood

Season 2 Episode 9

I Will Rise Up

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 16, 2009 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Eric gets hurt taking advantage of Sookie's good nature and takes her for a ride. Sookie and Jason bond over their adventures. Lafayette and Lettie Mae try to save their kin from Maryann's clutches. In prison Sam tries to set himself free and avoid Maryann. Eric and his fellow vampires are floored by Godric's decision to take the fall for their disastrous PR.moreless

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  • Simply Fantastic

    9.5
    This episode is one of the best, I think, all season. The scene with Godric and Eric on the rooftop was heartbreaking. Who didn't want to pull that huge blond vampire in their arms and comfort him? I know I did. And when he walked away, looking so defeated, it was awful in the best sort of way. Eric's character is just so complicated and has so many layers and I am so glad that the writers have finally started to show that, from when he tricked Sookie into drinking his blood, and that little smirk after, to the end of the episode where he is mourning the loss of his maker. I was sad to see Godric go.



    And the dream Sookie had about her and Eric, seriously, who wouldn't want to be in bed with that vamp? It was so hot!moreless
  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    9.5
    A wounded Eric plays Sookie for a sucker, to Bill's dismay, and ends up getting inside her head. Later, Sookie and Jason bond over their recent adventures. Blaming Eggs for Tara's bruises and bizarre behavior, Lafayette and Lettie Mae try to figure out a way to pry their kin from Maryann's clutches. Hoyt defends his relationship with Jessica to Maxine, to no avail. Jailed by Bud along with a group of Bon Temps revelers, Sam looks for a way to escape and avoid capture by an increasingly obsessed Maryann. In Dallas, Eric and the vampires defend their recent actions to Nan Flanagan and are shocked when Godric decides to take the fall for their PR disaster. After an awesome episode, I love the start of this episode amazing, I love the whole storyline. Eric and Sookie share blood, I love it a hell of a lot, Eric is awesome. I love the scene with Bill and Sookie. I also love the Jessica and Hoyt scenes too. I love the scenes with Jason and Sookie, I really thought it was interesting. I love the Merlotte's scenes, especially the scene with Layfette and Eggs, oh and the scene where Hoyt mother meets Jessica for the first time. I alos love where Hoyt is saying everything about his mother, so funny. Oh my god, I love it where Sookie is thinking of Eric, Eric is even hotter than I thought he was! I love the scenes in the cells. I love the scene where Layfette and her mother come and get Tara. I love the scene with all the vampires and Sookie, I love the way Sookie is acting towards Eric with her looks. I love the way Godric is he is truely awesome, but sadly he is going to go to the Sun. WOW, Bill punches Eric - did not see that coming, amazing scene though. I love the scene with Eric and Godric, I feel sorry for Eric and then the scene with Gordic and Sookie, I found it so sad but very enjoyable.moreless
  • Excellent!

    10
    This was my favorite episode of the entire second season mostly because it was Eric centered and you got to see that Eric does indeed have a "human" side however much he denies it. I also liked that Sookie was able to see this more human side to Eric and reach out to him thus drawing her that much closer to him. Hopefully we will get to see even more interactions in the coming third season between Eric and Sookie because they generate some of the best on screen sexual tension that I have seen in a long while and they are not even the main "love" story.moreless
  • This has got to be my favorite episode yet. Mainly because of the intimate scene between Eric and Sookie, but also because Eric's character has reached new heights and the ending of some story arcs were very well done.moreless

    10
    The episode picks up after Luke the suicide bomber blows up the vampire lounge with silver ammo. The moment before the explosion, Bill and Lorena has a sad parting scene, Lorena's blood-red tears are complimented by her ruby dress and her departing scene is picturesque enough for a motion picture.



    Back inside the scene is much more gruesome, Bill finds Sookie laying beneath Eric who's covered in blood protecting Sookie. Eric tells Bill to take care of the humans, so that he can take the opportunity to exploit Sookie's sweet blonde heart. He moans to Sookie that he's dying and he needs her to suck out the silver bullets inside him. Sookie thinks it's gross but proceeds to sucking Eric's neck and chest, then the million-dollar-shot comes: Eric's lips slowly curl into a smirk, showing his glistening fangs and his eyes full of satisfaction. This is _THE_ highlight for me of the episode, Eric's finally showing his naughty side.



    Bill comes back and is pissed off of course finding Sookie's lips pressed against Eric's well-trained body. He tells Sookie that she and Eric will forever have a bond, Eric will know at all times where she is and how she feels. Later he also reveals to Sookie that she will expect to feel a sexual attraction to Eric as well. This is where the fun starts. Sookie has a dream that night...she turns around and fins Eric lying nude(yumm!) next to her instead of Bill. They have a very intimite moment together, ruined only by one lame line from Eric: you're full of love or some crap like that. Otherwise, the dream of Sookie and Eric flirting naked in bed and making out, broken off at times by Lorena in an even more than usual evil-witch costume, is my most memorable scene so far from the series. Unfortunately Sookie wakes up before they get any further and goes into Jason's room and they waste 5 minutes of showtime having a totally meaningless conversation about Jason being too lazy to use his brain.



    As usual, I don't dig the Maryann-Tara-Eggs story at all, they're just getting creepy everyday, thank god it seems like Sam is going to get up on his ass and face his molester. Jessica and Hoyt's story on the hand I find much more interesting. Jessica gets to meet Hoyt's mom and it of course went straight to hell, especially after mamma mentioned that she can't have a child for him. Hoyt's break-off with his mamma was very courageous and I hope all mamma's boys out there gets the guts to do the same thing.



    Back to the vampires, that vamp tv-figure Flanagan shows up to give Godric a hard time. I like seeing her with her hair pulled back, pale and rigid in the face and wearing a punky leather jacket, vampires are cool, that's just the fact. Godric apparently wants to dye, Eric is hearbroken and they have a touching scene, man-to-man, on the roof right before sunrise. Sookie witnesses this and I'm sure Eric's blood-red tears gets him extra points in her book. Godric bids Eric farewell, and spends his last minutes with Sookie. What's surprising here is that the last-words-before-I-die-they-must-be-meaningful dialogue they have, even if it's with blondie Sookie, was not lame at all! It turns out to be quite meaningful afterall. As drawn begins to creep across the rooftop, Godric acknowledges Sookie for accompanying him in the last moment, turns towards the rising sun, and disappears in a burst of blue flames. It ends all very beautifully, and very memorably. This was a very good episode, and I'm soooooooo NOT looking forward to returning to Bon Tomp to Maryann and her crazy **** More vampires and only vampires please!moreless
  • Each episode ups the ante, and...

    10
    ..."I Will Rise Up" WAS amazing. Every week almost, it seems I deem an episode my "favourite", but really, the sign of a great series is its ability to make you say..."what? The end already?" And every week with True Blood, especially in the past few weeks, I find myself doing just that.



    Godric. I am so sorry to see his character gone and yet there was something in his demeanor last week... And all because some TV personality "b@#%h" of a vampire needed a fall guy. Even vampire politics suck [no pun intended] apparently. Still it was a memorable ending, and in fact, was also some of Anna Paquin's best work on the series.



    Eric is a mover, isn't he? And a fine one at that! The "man" can do no wrong! You go, Eric. It ain't just your years that give you the advantage, darlin'...!!!



    Sam has brought new meaning to "fly on the wall" and it may just save Bon Temps from the ever more annoying Maryann. There is nothing worse than a "supe" who can't see when enough is enough...move on or die, babe! On that note, it was good to see some of the old Lafayette back, and maybe he can call in some of his new connections to help save Tara and Bon Temps. The sheriff is needed back in town...



    Jason seems to have finally seen the "real" light, and while he may be a kinder, gentler Jason right now, methinks he's not long on knowing who he is. Another sweet bimbette will arrive on scene and it will be "deja vu all over again"...



    Okay. Now back to reality for a week...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

Dale Raoul

Dale Raoul

Maxine Fortenberry

Recurring Role

Jessica Tuck

Jessica Tuck

Nan Flanagan

Recurring Role

Allan Hyde

Allan Hyde

Godric

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (Bill drains the kid of a lot of blood)
      Kid: Oh God...oh God...
      Bill: You tell the cowards who lead you, the cowards who send children to do their killing: Little vampires show mercy where they had none. (Kid runs off stumbling and crying)

    • Arlene: She was clumsy, stupid and mean, but I wouldn't wish that death on an opossum.

    • Godric: I'm sorry. I apologize for all the harm I've caused, all our lost ones, human and vampire. I will make amends. I swear.
      Nan Flanagan: Take it easy. It's just a few signatures.

    • Maxine: You're my baby boy.
      Hoyt: I'm not a baby. I'm a grown-ass man.

    • Hoyt: Why do you have so much hate in you?
      Maxine: I don't.
      Hoyt: That's a flat lie.
      Maxine
      : Who do you think you're talking to?
      Hoyt: My mama. Who hates Methodists.
      Maxine
      : I have my reasons.
      Hoyt
      : And Catholics.
      Maxine
      : Just priests...and nuns.
      Hoyt
      : African Americans.
      Maxine
      : Hush that's a secret.

    • Arlene: Quit being so much more peculiar than you usually are.
      Terry: I didn't mean to be peculiar at you.

    • Arlene: (On the phone) Merlotte's. Hurry up. Lisa lunch is your job. You've got a microwave that's all you need. Oh come on. Coby'll eat cat food if you put mayo on it.

    • Jason: I'm sorry about everything I've done to you. I'm a dumbass.
      Sookie: Yeah but you wouldn't be if you used your brain instead of just letting it take up space in your skull.

    • Bill: You're connected. He'll be able to sense your emotions
      Sookie
      : No! No! (turning to Eric) You big lying a-hole.
      Eric
      : Bill I think you're right. I think I can sense her emotions.

    • (After Bill explains to Sookie that Eric would have healed without her sucking it out)
      Eric: A tiny falsehood.

    • (Scene on the hotel roof between Godric and Eric with Sookie watching on as sunrise approaches)

      Godric: Father, brother, son...(Eric weeps) Let me go.
      Eric: (stops crying and takes a deep breath) I won't let you die alone.
      Godric: Yes, you will. (Eric cries and Godric rests a hand on his shoulder waiting for Eric to look at him before speaking again) As your maker I command you.

      (Eric stands holding Godric's gaze and then walks to the stairs where Sookie waits observing. She reaches out a hand for his and he turns to her)

      Sookie: I'll stay with him. (Eric nods) As long as it takes. (Eric watches her walk to Godric before continuing down the stairs)

    • (Eric wants Sookie to suck the silver out for him.)
      Sookie: I can't, it's too gross and it's you.

    • Bill: We may be immortal, Lorena, but you are dead to me.
      Lorena: I wish you hadn't said that.

    • Sookie: Are you very afraid?
      Godric: No. (he laughs) No. I'm full of joy.
      Sookie: But the pain?
      Godric: I want to burn.
      Sookie: I'm afraid for you. (she starts to tear up)
      Godric: A human with me at the end, and human tears. 2,000 years and I can still be surprised. In this I see God.

    • (Waiting on the roof to meet the Sun with Sookie)
      Godric: You'll care for him? Eric?
      Sookie: I'm not sure - you know how he is.
      Godric: I can take the blame for that too.
      Sookie: (smiles) Maybe not. Eric's pretty much himself.

    • (Sookie asks Godric if he is afraid)
      Godric: Do you believe in God?
      Sookie: Yes, I do.
      Godric: If you're right, how will he punish me?
      Sookie: God doesn't punish, he forgives.
      Godric: I don't deserve it. But I hope for it.
      Sookie: We all do.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International airdates:
      -Latin America: September 13, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este.
      -Czech Republic: January 12, 2010 on HBO.
      -Germany: March 13, 2010 on 13th Street.
      -United Kingdom: April 23, 2010 on FX.
      -Sweden: April 28, 2010 on SVT1

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Opět povstanu (I Will Rise Again)

    • Featured Music:
      "Whiskey's Gone" by The Zac Brown Band (Arlene flipping out at Merlotte's; Terry sees Tara with bruises)
      "Luck Few" by Los Infernos (Lafayette questions Eggs and Tara about her bruises)
      "Devil Woman" by Marty Robbins (Maryann visits the local jail)
      "Right or Wrong" by Wanda Jackson (Jessica meets Hoyt's mother)
      "You're Gonna Miss Me" by 13th Floor Elevators (Lafayette and Lettie Mae come for Tara)
      "Deadcat Rumble" by Zombie Ghost Train (things get really wacky at Merlotte's)
      "I Will Rise Up" by Lyle Lovett (end credits)

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