True Blood

Season 2 Episode 7

Release Me

11
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 02, 2009 on HBO
8.6
out of 10
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500 votes
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Episode Summary

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Sam finds himself in an unenviable predicament at the hands of Maryann and her minions. While imprisoned with Hugo, Sookie tries to communicate with Barry using her telepathic powers. Bill is held captive by the stubborn Lorena. Jason attempts to sever his ties with the Fellowship of the Sun but faces resistance from Steve and his enforcer Gabe.moreless

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  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    10
    Betrayed by Daphne, Sam finds himself in an unenviable predicament at the hands of Maryann and her wild-eyed minions. Imprisoned with Hugo in the F.O.T.S. church, Sookie uses her telepathic powers to reach out to Bill, who's being detained at the hotel by a stubbornly obsessive Lorena. After crossing a line with the Newlins, a fearful Jason tries to sever his ties with the Fellowship of the Sun, but gets plenty of resistance from Steve and his enforcer Gabe.What an awesome episode, the scene where Maryann is chasing Sam scared the hell out of me. I love Andy the police dude, I think he is an interesting character. I love the scene with the "Fellowship of the Sun" and the scene where Sookie, Godric and the rest are in the basement awesome. I love the scenes with Bill and Lorena. I love Eric, I say that all the time but still it's true I love him. I love the Sarah and Jason storyline. I love Hoyt and Jessica storyline too. I love the scene where Eric has a go at Stan, amazing. I love the scene where Sookie and Hugo tells Newlin about themselves. I love the scene where Lorena says to Bill that Eric wants to Sookie so he should give it to her. I love teh scene with Jason, Gabe and Steve. I love the scene with Sam and Daphne. I love the scene where Sookie finds out that it's Hugo who is the traitor amazing scenes. I love the scene with Jason and Gabe. I love teh scene with Gabe and Sookie Godric save Sookie from Gabe, awesome can't wait for the next episode now.moreless
  • It seems that everyone is double crossing everyone else. Daphne, Maryann, Reverend Steve, Sarah, Eric, Hugo, did I miss anyone? Bill is trapped by his maker and Godric finally shows himself. Only Hoyt and Jessica seem to be acting civilized.moreless

    7.5
    OK, before I get shot for heresey hear me out. This is truly a great show with tremendous possibilities. It is definitely one of the five best shows currently on television. I believe it has gotten off track in the last few episodes. Where last season it strayed with a few serialized stories this year it has gone over the edge with some really far out stuff. This episode has the same energy and breathed that all of the previous episodes have had but like the last one this show seems to have lost its way.



    I can see how someone might think this is great television but its not really that clever. There has been a central theme to the last few episodes. Basically don't trust anyone else period. Look at Sam and Daphne, Isabel and Hugo, Eric and Bill, Maryann and Tara, Maryann and Daphne, Rev. Steve and Sarah, Sarah and Jason, and I can go on and on. So everyone is betraying everyone else. As I stated, it's just not that clever. Write a story and have everyone turn on everyone else.



    The only two couples that still can trust one another are Sookie and Bill and Hoyt and Jessica but we will have to wait till next week to see how those relationships continue. Eric has totally screwed Bill and maybe ruined his and Sookie's relationship with this maneuver. Which of course was his original goal as he wants Sookie for himself. We finally find out what or who Maryann is. From the mythology basically she is the fallen ones minion who really shouldn't have that kind of power over just anyone but they have taken this to the extreme which seems to be a specialty of sorts for this show. It's interesting that good ole' Andy Bellefleur might be the hero in the end of this story. I really thought they had been clever with the Maryann character but I think they lost it on this story as well.



    It turns out the Fellowship of the Sun is just a hate group (big surprise) and has no affiliation with God or any other religious order. It is basically a front for starting a race war. Not that the vampires are turning out to be any better, but at least they have the excuse that they are vampires. The situation with Jason is a perfect example of how little the Fellowship really knows. They didn't know that Sookie Stackhouse was Jason Stackhouse's sister when they are both from Bon Temps?



    It should be interesting to see how everyone comes out of all this. Hopefully there will be some semblance of solid storyline soon instead of this all over the place buckshot type approach. Maybe that's the problem. Too many minor storylines within the three or four major ones. I know I'll be watching. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • The best one so far this season.

    10
    Though this episode seems to be one giant set-up for a big showdown in the next installment, it contains so many highlights one can call "unforgettable gem scenes". It is such a delight to see these characters interact with each other! Wether its Eric and Bill, Maryann and Tara, Jessica and Hoyt, Andy and the Sheriff. I just love them all!

    Kudos to the writers for serving the actors such GREAT dialogues! My favorite scene this episode; When Eric cries blood over his master.



    Cool story-lines also this season, and how they somehow gets more and more intertwined. Ny favorite one: The whole maenad/satan/greek goddess-thing with Maryann, and her "fascination" for Sam's immunity. GREAT performance by Michelle Forbes. Creepy scene in which she comes in the living room with her feet all bloody and gory.



    I hope Jason have not bitten the dust just yet! He is such a brilliant and hilarious character!! :)



    True Blood proves once again it has one of the most colorful ensembles of characters in todays TV. With strong performances and a unique dark mood, the story progresses with a perfect pace, that hopefully ends on an EPIC note 5 episodes from now!



    Bring it onmoreless
  • Perhaps too much is going on in this one, but it’s still a solid entry into a fangtastic 2nd season!

    8.0
    Aw, Daphne. How I’ll miss thee. I haven’t mentioned it so far in my reviews of season two, but Ashley Jones is an absolute stunner. She boarders on perfection, AND she can act. Not only does she get the thankless task of heavy exposition, she has to swim while doing this. Impressive. What’s more impressive is that she nails every beat, creating a fantastic portrait of what to expect from Maryann and other supes in the future. You will be missed.



    Of course, there was always going to be an expiration date on Daphne. Billy, too. We can’t have two telepaths and two shape-shifters on the same show. It takes away from the uniqueness of Sam and Sookie. Both are very interesting characters, and both have nifty effects on our leads, but their departure was inevitable. That is, of course, presuming Billy is dead. I have a feeling Lorena will force Bill to feed on him.



    We get more flashbacks of Bill and Lorena, and they’re just as captivating as last they were last week. They remind me a little of Angel and Darla, and the way Angel ups and leaves his maker. Of course, Angel had valid reason to leave, to despise his murderous past, to repent and begin his path towards redemption. He gained a soul. Bill on the other hand? I’m not entirely sure what changed, perhaps it will be explained in the future, but for now, it’s a niggling plot thread.



    The ending packed a real punch. Was that the same actor who played Godric during Eric’s flashback? I don’t think so. Can vampires age after they’ve been turned? I’m not entirely sure what Godric was doing there, and why he’s helping Sookie at all. He wasn’t in the cage (obviously!) and so he was never captured. So either he somehow intercepted Sookie’s plea for help, or else was already at the church voluntarily. I think it’s more likely to be the latter, which should make Eric’s meeting with his maker a good’un!



    While this wasn’t quite as good as I was expecting it to be, it’s still bloody good TV. Maryann walking in barefooted with a dead rabbit! I hope that wasn’t another shape-shifter… and having Eggs kill Daphne was shocking. He must do that a lot for her; maybe that’s why he was so distraught at the bloodied rock.



    As a side note, I love the entire Jessica Hoyt subplot. It seems so entirely distant from everything else that’s going on, and there’s obvious symbolism throughout â€" lots of reds, Hoyt mentions the candle is blood scented and so on. All associated with love and sex, but also violence. I get an unsettling feeling that tragedy is just around the corner for these two…moreless
  • This show keeps getting better and better. From flashbacks to revelations, I loved every part of this episode.

    9.5
    I'm the sort of viewer who likes depth to characters and story lines, and this episode of "True Blood" has plenty of both. Among the special treats is more of Bill's history with his "maker", Lorena. Talk about a control freak. It's good to know he tried anyway ... We also finally get an explanation of what Maryann really is. No wonder everyone loves to hate her. :D I also loved seeing Jason's protective instinct where Sookie is concerned. One minute he's a quivering lump of Jello, and the next he's Rambo. Beautiful. I was a bit sorry that Lafayette is being sidelined for the time being, but hopefully the writers have something interesting in store for him in future episodes.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

Christopher Gartin

Christopher Gartin

Hugo

Guest Star

Chris Coy

Chris Coy

Barry

Guest Star

Ed Quinn

Ed Quinn

Stan

Guest Star

Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones

Daphne

Recurring Role

Valerie Cruz

Valerie Cruz

Isabel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The title refers to the fact that, in flashbacks, Bill keeps asking Lorena to release him.

    • The black-and-white movie that Tara and Eggs watch at Sookie's house is the 1958 film The Screaming Skull. The B-movie is best known for having appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

    • In this episode, it is revealed that Maryann is a Maenad. As correctly stated in the episode, a Maenad is a female follower of Dionysus, the god of wine and the inspirer of ecstasy.

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "(There Ought To Be A) Moonlight Savings Time" by Guy Lombardo (flashback where Bill blames Lorena for his loss of humanity)
      "Day Too Soon" by Sia (Jessica and Hoyt make a pact at the Hotel Camilla)
      "Release Me" by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn (Lafayette is back in business at Merlotte's)
      "Sadie Don't Throw Me Over" by James Combs (Andy calls everyone devil zombies; Lafayette meets Eggs)
      "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis (Jessica awakens to Hoyt decorating the room with candles)
      "Death Trip" by Bad Livers (end credits)

    • Original International airdates:
      -Latin America: August 30, 2009 on HBO Latinoamerica Este.
      -Australia: October 27, 2009 on Showcase.
      -Czech Republic: December 29, 2009 on HBO.
      -Germany: March 6, 2010 on 13th Street.
      -United Kingdom: April 9, 2010 on FX.
      -Sweden: April 14, 2010 on SVT1

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Propusť mě (Release Me)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Daphne: People think she's Lilith, Gaia, Isis.

      Liltih is a storm demon in Mesopotamian mythology. She is thought to control the wind and is the bearer of disease, illness, and death.

      Gaia is believed to be the earth mother. Belief in Gaia began in Greek mythology, but has since spread to many other civiliztions.

      Isis is the Egyptian goddess of motherhood and fertility. She was seen as the ideal mother, and the keeper of nature and magic. She was also connected with the funeral rites of dead pharaohs.

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