True Blood

Season 2 Episode 10

New World In My View

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 23, 2009 on HBO
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Bill, Sookie and Jason return to Bon Temps. Sam and Andy are lured back to Merlotte's by Arlene and find refuge from the bloodthirsty revelers. Bill finds traditional methods don't work on Maryann. Sookie tries to help Tara who is engulfed in darkness. Jason attempts to rescue Sam.moreless

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  • Maryann is killing this show.

    Before everyone immediately gives me a 'thumbs-down' for this review, I'd appreciate you reading the reasons as to why this episode I assigned a generous rating of 6.5.

    First of all, Maryann is just an awful actress. Her part in the show I fear will inevitably be around for a long while, and, every scene with her is exactly the same; she goes into orgasmic-like dance seance, the people of Bon Temps all come under her ridiculous spell (which we've only seen in almost every episode this season) and do anything she commands, and, worst of all, she is making the show 'stale,' for lack of a better word. Secondly, the opening 8 minutes or so featuring Sookie and Eric was marvelous. And then, out of nowhere, Eric isn't in the episode again for its entire duration! That is ludicrous. Speaking of screen time, again, Sookie and Bill simply do not have enough time together on-screen. Thirdly, the whole Tara bits throughout this episode were tired, boring and, ultimately, unnecessary on so many levels for it to have consumed over 25 minutes of an already extremely short episode. Fourth, I adore Jessica and Hoyt but Hoyt's mother is way to over-the-top. Over-acting in its purest form. Why can't things will Hoyt and Jessica just work out - why introduce another character to take time away from the main characters who seem to lose more screen time each week. And, lastly, Maryann's whole obsession with wanting to find and kill Sam and remove his heart and blah blah blah is just stupid. I understand that this show focuses on the supernatural, and, with that in mind, I've always loved the whole vampire part of this show; it is what makes the show what it is. Well, that, exceptional writing and excessive nudity. So why is this show obsessed with Maryann's existence, which is only bringing the show down. Vampires and Shape-Shifters? Awesome. Some poor actress playing Satan or some ridiculous excuse for evil? Lame.moreless
  • A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

    Sookie, Bill and Jason return to a Bon Temps turned upside down by Maryann. Lured to Merlotte's by Arlene, Sam and Andy find cold comfort in their refuge from a group of bloodthirsty revelers. Bill discovers that traditional vampire techniques don't work on Maryann; Hoyt and Jessica try to keep a lid on Maxine's madness; and Sookie tries to push through the darkness consuming Tara. With all hell breaking loose, Jason takes the bull by the horns to rescue Sam, at least for the moment. God I'm addicted to this show its killed me not to watch an episode in two days! Oh my, Eric has still got his hotness, I love him! I love the scene with him and Sookie, where he is crying blood and they start kisssing even though it's a dream. I love the scene with Sookie and Jason. The whole of Bon Temps has gone crazy, I enjoyed seeing that though, I still however hate Maryann. I love the scenes with am and Terry. I love the scene where Bill, Sookie, Jason, Jessica and Hoyt are all in Bill's house worried about what's happening in Bon Temps, Oh I also love the way Hoyt's mother is acting - so funny. I love the scene in Merlotte's, so scary but very entertaining! I love the scenes with Tara, her mother and Lafyette. I love the scene with Bill, Sookie and Maryann, I love the way it was Maryann who tried to kill Sookie, awesome and the way Bill gets poisend by Maryann, and what's with Sookie's powerful touch thing?! Great storyline. I love the way Jason is in this episode, then I love the way they trap them all and then they take Sam, I loved it. I also love it when Bill and Sookie come to see Tara, amazing storyline - she returns. I love the bit where Jason pretends to be God, so funny had me in tears, funny scene. I love the scene where Jessica goes for Hoyt's mother amazing ending too!moreless
  • The show is great and well researched. I just hope we don't have to dal with the vampires we left in dallas now that Maryann is gone. It was awkward that the climax sort of came in the middle, but I understood why when all was said and done.moreless

    Loved it. The only thing is I will be sad to see this story arc end. It gave the perfect balance to the overdose of vampires we had before this heated up. I know we will unfortunately have to hear from the Dallas vampires, but I hope to hear as little as possible. They were a very big suck fest and in no good way. Im very happy with how Bill and Eric are progressing. They are not making the Vampire Diary mistake of concentrating on a vampire bad boy/good boy/human woman headache extravaganza. This doesn't have to do with anything, but my sisters husband, who studied comparative religion in school was so impressed after listening to Daphne give the rundown on the deities that corresponded to Maryanns worship that he started watching the show. That can't be all bad.moreless
  • Some excellent bits and pieces, but...

    ...not quite what I had expected or hoped for of the Bon Temps homecoming.

    First the good bits:

    1) I grow more and more impressed with the performance of Rutina Wesley. I think her "Tara", of all the characters left behind to Maryann's machinations has shown the most growth as a character. The intervention scene was striking and having it take both Bill and Sookie to get through to her shows just how difficult it is going to be to do away with Maryann. Well played scene.

    2) Jason, Andy and Sam were also a highlight for me, staging their own "intervention" of sorts in Merlotte's parking lot, for Sam's benefit. The eyeful that Jason and Andy got with Sam's disappearing act opens the realm of possibilities for the remaining episodes. The eyeful that Sam Tramell as "Sam" gave the viewing audience was much appreciated! ;o}

    3) A possessed Mrs. Fortenberry is an absolute delight and her scene with Wii was top of the list in the episode for me. Does Jessica do the old biddy in? And does she "taste" as bad as Maryann did to Bill?

    4) Hail to the Queen in episode 11??!!

    Now to the "less than hoped for" bits:

    1) What was with the short episode? And "The Vampire Report", personally speaking anyway, was no compensation! 2) I know somehow I should be appreciating the connection to the Maryann story with all the gyrating and carrying on the citizens of Bon Temps are doing. I get it; their surrender to the power of the menead (sp?) is complete and they are her minions. But somehow I just get...well...bored watching it repeat itself week after week.

    3) I suspect the resolution of this Maryann storyline will somehow be a big part of the season closer. While it may not be the opinion of most True Blood viewers, I personally will be glad to see the back side of this story arc. I have in the past, appreciated the supernatural side to vampire stories (aka Blood Ties), but this particular storyline has never really done it for me. I hope it does not detract from how the vampire stories are left hanging from that all important season-ending "cliff". After all, next spring is a LONG way away...moreless
  • Bill, Sookie, and Jason return to Bon Temp to find it in ruins. The sheriff seems to be missing and the people are running wild. Jason and Andy save Sam, and Bill and Sookie save Tara with Lafayette and Lettie Mae. Maryanne and Sookie have a showdown.moreless

    Basically four parts to this story and a very short episode. This episode ended at about forty five minutes into the telecast. About ten short of a usual episode. For once I was ready for a little more storyline.

    Bill and Sookie return to find Hoyt's Mom going crazy and Hoyt and Jessica holding her at bay. When Sookie and Bill go to Sookie's house they find it ransacked and in a mess. Maryanne confronts them and forces Bill to attack her for going after Sookie making him sick. When she tries to attack Sookie a second time Sookie holds her off with a spiritual light of some kind and actual forces her away. Even Maryanne is stumped and has no idea what Sookie is. So we see there is more to Sookie then even the vampires seem to know.

    Jason goes off to Merlotte's to find Sam and finds a mob of his friends forcing Sam and Andy to hide in the cooler. Jason uses his new found skills to stop the crowd eventually and with Andy and Sam's help gets the crowd to disperse. Best Jason storyline so far and a real improvement for his character.

    After confronting Maryanne, Sookie and Bill race to Lafayette's to see about Tara. In the end they are able to reach her with a combination of Bill's glamour and Sookie's mind reading. We learn some interesting things though. In the end everyone is suppose to die. No one who has been taken over seems upset by this, matter of fact they seem to welcome it. Sookie and Bill do realize that there is very little left of the actual person in there minds though.

    In the end Bill leaves Sookie with her friends and goes and speaks to the one person who may be able to help them. We seem to see something ominous at the end but who knows. The guards didn't seem alarmed and Bill really didn't look that horrified.

    Let's face it. The Maryanne story is weak! They need to end this but obviously this is going to be the big finale piece for the season so expect the story to continue for at least another two episodes. I will be happy when this storyline ends though. I feel it has become a distraction more than a good story the last three weeks. Hopefully for season three we'll see more vampire intrigue and more of those type of stories. Thanks for reading.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

Merritt Yohnka

Merritt Yohnka


Guest Star

Sienna Farall

Sienna Farall


Guest Star

Karl Adam

Karl Adam

Lead Beater

Guest Star

Dale Raoul

Dale Raoul

Maxine Fortenberry

Recurring Role

Adina Porter

Adina Porter

Lettie Mae Thornton

Recurring Role

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Mike Spencer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Sookie: I've known Tara my whole life and every trace of her was gone. Replaced. And here I thought vampires were the only one's who could hypnotize people.
      Bill: No offense Sookie, but humans are shockingly susceptible to just about every form of thought manipulation.
      Sookie: It's all comin' from Maryann. All of it. She-she eats people's hearts and she wants more. She wants their souls and that chant...
      : Chant?
      : Lo lo Bromios, lo lo Dendrites, Eleutherios, Enorches, Bacchus.
      : (serious) Bacchus!
      : Bill... I've seen that look on your face before and I don't like it.
      : I read about some ancient creatures many years ago. But I always assumed it was just a myth. But I believe Maryann might be one.

    • Maryann: (catching Bill and Sookie) What are you doing in my house?
      : This is not your house!
      : (wickedly) It is now.
      Bill: (to Maryann) I strongly suggest you remove yourself immediately!
      : (to Sookie) My, you found yourself quite a specimen. Though I dare say there's nothing stopping him from one day leaving you cold.
      : You don't scare me.

    • Tara: (trances, tied to a chair) It burns when I'm tied up. It burns like fire, momma.
      Lettie Mae
      : (to Lafayette) Tyin' her up's not makin' her better.
      : I done told you, it's for her own good. Ours too.
      Lettie Mae: (to Tara) Child, tell me baby. Tell your momma what you need.

    • (Sam and Andy are hiding in the freezer from the zombified towns people)
      : We're still alive.
      Andy: For now! What we gonna do? We gonna have to kill them all.
      : Well even if we could, those are our friends and neighbors.
      : And cousins!
      : Right. We can't kill 'em.

    • Sam: I got no idea how we're gonna deal with a god-damned maenad.
      : A mae-what?
      : Wait. You don't remember any of what I told you last night? Or were you passed out, spent the whole f*ck*n' day in bed, sleepin' off your bender?
      Andy: You said uh, Maryann was to blame for all this, the bug eyes and the craziness.
      : And the people showin' up dead with their hearts cut out, in the back seat of your car.
      : She did that?
      : Yeah. She killed Daphne too.
      : F*ck me... We got another serial killer.
      : Andy, listen to me. She is a super-natural creature and she is immortal. She has powers and she's not leavin' till she gets what she wants, which I think is me.
      Andy: What's she want you for?
      Sam: I think to cut out my heart while a bunch of naked people watch. All for Dionysus or Satan or for some god that has horns.
      : People thought I was crazy because I thought I saw a pig!
      Sam: Well you did see a pig and you were right. That pig is a part of all this. That pig was... was doin' some of Maryann's dirty work for her.
      : Well if what you say is true, we need to kill that bitch!
      : She don't die. Remember?

    • Jason: I'm going to Merlotte's and find out what the hell is happening on my turf.
      : Jason, if this is the same creature we think it might be, you don't wanna go anywhere near it. Trust me.
      : Mr. Compton, I ain't about to sit back and let monsters destroy my town.
      Sookie: Jason, this would be one of those times to use your head.
      : Oh, I am. I ain't never been so clear in my whole life. This here is the war I've been training for.

    • Bill: Tara, you are safe here. You have to do exactly as I say.
      : I am not your f**king slave girl.
      Lafayette: If there ever there was a time to listen to a white man, Tara, this is it.

    • Lettie Mae: If only Miss Jeanette was still alive.
      Lafayette: She don't need no backwoods witch. She needs Thorazine and a padded cell.

    • Jason: (Having been tired of seeing black eyes) There's those f***in eyes again.

    • Andy: (to Sam) You've been real good to this town, even if you are a sometime nudist.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Featured Music:
      "Sweet Hon" courtesy of 5 Alarm (Jason and Sookie in the Anubis Air transport)
      "Baby You Ain't Lookin Right" by Powersolo (Sam and Andy locked Merlotte's freezer while Jane Bodehouse makes a phone call)
      "Hello Walls" by Faron Young (Sookie and Bill enter the Stackhouse home to find it's been ransacked by Maryann and her followers)
      "Vamp Vamp" by James Combs (playing at Merlotte's)
      "Blood" by Band of Skulls (at the party by the frenzied locals)
      "I Got The New World In My View" by Sister Gertrude Morgan & King Britt (Jason with his chainsaw arrives at Merlotte's; end credits)

    • International airdates:
      -Latin America: September 20, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este.
      -Czech Republic: January 19, 2010 on HBO.
      -Germany: March 13, 2010 on 13th Street.
      -United Kingdom: April 30, 2010 on FX.
      -Sweden: May 5, 2010 on SVT1.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Přede mnou nový svět (New World in Front of Me)

    • This episode is 44mins long which is about 5-10 mins shorter than previous season 2 episodes


    • The video-game Maxine Fortenberry was playing was Dead Space: Extraction.

    • Dionysus, who plays a key role in this episode, is the god of wine, agriculture, theater, grapes, ritual madness, and ecstasy. As implied in this episode, Dionysus is known by many names, each of which denotes different aspects of Dionysus. The alternate names that were shown in this episode and what they mean are as follows:

      Bromios: being noisy or boisterous
      Dendrities: meaning he of the trees
      Eleutherios: meaning the liberator
      Enorches: a name that denotes Dionysus as a fertility god
      Bacchus: the name for Dionysus used by the Romans.

    • Terry: The EPW is secured.

      EPW is a military acronym that stands for "Enemy Prisoner of War".

    • When Terry takes Andy's gun from him, he mentions stress inoculation. Stress inoculation is a method of psychotherapy that attempts to prepare a patient to handle stressful situations with minimum upset. the process involves general education about stress, teaching of necessary skills, and an opportunity to practice those skills. Terry, in a very odd way, was most likely trying to ease Sam's and Andy's stress due to their impending death.

    • Lafayette: She don't need no backwoods witch. She needs Thorazine and padded cell.

      Thorazine, the brand name of Chlorpromazine, is an antipsychotic that was used primarily in the treatment of schizophrenics. It is rarely used now because there are similar drugs with better effectiveness that are tolerated better by patients.

    • The prayer that is said by Tara's mom and Lafayette is from Psalms 103:1-4. There are some variations depending on the religious denomination and the bible that is read, but the verse basically reads as follows:

      Bless the LORD, O my soul,
      And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
      Bless the LORD, O my soul,
      And forget none of His benefits;
      Who pardons all your iniquities,
      Who heals all your diseases;
      Who redeems your life from the pit,
      Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion

    • Title: New World in My View

      The title of this episode is an allusion to a song by Sister Gertrude Morgan.