True Blood Season 2, Episode 12: 'Beyond Here Lies Nothin' Review - Featured

With 'Beyond Here Lies Nothin,' True Blood finally brought us what we were all hoping would be a thrilling and shocking end to all the MaryAnn madness that has been Season 2!



After the last few episodes of the MaryAnn situation entirely taking over the plot and consuming the episodes with the black-eyed townspeople, I was getting pretty tired of all this business and really hoping after so much build up I wasn't enjoying a huge amount that the conclusion wouldn't be off-the-wall and disappointing.


And, well, I won't say it was a complete let down, but I wasn't a huge fan of the finale episode as a whole or the way the MaryAnn storyline wrapped up.


I'm very glad it worked out that Sam didn't have to actually die for to save the Bon Temps people, and I'm also glad we got the interesting twist of it looking like Sam died then discovering Bill had an excellent plan that would bring Sam back... but all that didn't feel like quite enough.


Besides the drama and mystery of what MaryAnn was and what was going on with the terrifying deaths and mind control via the clawed creature, there wasn't much of a point to the huge MaryAnn storyline this season. I suppose if I'm going to say that, though, it's not that much different than having a Bon Temps murder mystery all Season 1 to have that conclude as being Rene, but I felt as if that was much more interesting in both development and conclusion.


Rene's storyline also added to the vampire vs. human drama which was the most important conflict in Season 1 overall, while I felt as if MaryAnn was just around to cause drama this season that won't have much of an impact now that she's gone.


But, despite my feelings of some let down around that drama, some intriguing developments that will continue on next season did come up.


Sookie found out from her interaction with MaryAnn that she was even more different than she imagined, and we also discovered from Sophie-Ann's discussion with Eric in this episode that she either knew or suspected what Sookie was and hinted that Bill hadn't just fallen in love with her on his own. AKA, both Sookie and Bill's feeling are inspired by them drinking each other's blood.


It was pretty interesting to have that in mind as we watched Bill set up a beautiful night for Sookie and himself including the surprise of him proposing to her!


I had been surprised that Sookie didn't freak out to Bill more after she'd talked to Hugo about how badly he wanted to be a vampire to be with the one he loved because otherwise he'd get old and die while she carried on the same. But apparently they were saving Sookie's freak out for the right moment when she was confronted with spending her life with Bill in such a real way as marriage, and when it was necessary for her to disappear and leave Bill alone for a while, conveniently right when "someone" was conspiring to kidnap him.


While there are other possibilities, I'd say it's pretty certain that was Eric who took Bill considering he'd just told Sophie-Ann he would take care of Bill himself. Another possibility could be Bill's maker continuing with her crazy and taking him, but it seems that would be an extra extension of her plot that would be distracting from the Eric-Bill conflict which I think is and will be pretty enthralling.


So what will Eric do? Would he actually go through with killing Bill because the queen told him to, or will he just find a way to remind Bill that he's the sheriff and Bill needs to start acting like it?


I think that'll be some excellent drama to open up with next season, and I was hoping for more continuations with consequences from the MaryAnn situation including Eggs sticking around, but so much for that!


I'm pretty disappointed Eggs won't be staying around because I think he and Tara could have gotten over all the awful things that happened and be happy together. But once I got over the shock of Jason straight up shooting Eggs in the head, I remembered that Tara pined over Jason for years, and to have the guy she never could get to be the one to kill the guy she finally found love with could make for some pretty good conflict... that is if she finds out it was Jason who shot Eggs.


I'm curious if there will be any investigation of Eggs' murder, or if everyone will just believe Andy's story of Eggs attacking him and him killing him out of self-defense. Also, after Jason believing he was the murderer last season, will he freak out about actually killing someone, especially if he realizes Eggs wasn't really attacking Andy? Yet another question we have to wait until next summer to learn more about!


So what did you think? Were you satisfied with MaryAnn's gory end or were you hoping for a conclusion with more revelations and staying power for the show? What do you think is in store for us next season for Bill and Eric, Sookie, and everyone left in Bon Temps still clueless about everything that happened to them?

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RachelLEditor
Sep 14, 2009 4:26PM EDT

I feel the same as you did...in some ways I think the episode did deliver, but in others I found it a bit of a letdown. I found it all too predictable that Sam wasn't dead (nor was he ever going to be) and that he would be the one to off MaryAnn (and why Sookie didn't catch on sooner makes me question her intelligence just a wee bit).But...but I guess this was the only way that made sense to dispose of MaryAnn once and for all...so whatever.
I think my biggest problem with the episode was just that the 2nd half dragged far too much. I waited with an impending sense of doom for something absolutely awful to happen...since there were like 20 minutes left after MaryAnn was killed and I was like "This cannot be it! Something even better (or probably, worse) must be on its way! So, when the big shocking cliffhanger was that Bill was taken (before hearing a response to his proposal, which was kind of heartbreaking, I admit) - I guess I was just expecting something more shocking to eclipse the killing of MaryAnn that had happened 20 minutes earlier...or I think the episode should have ended with either the death of MaryAnn or even Jason's shooting of Eggs, both of which seemed like bigger deals to me.

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Sep 14, 2009 5:46PM EDT

i agree with you rachelL they should have endend this season with the death of maryann i know they are using the books but cant they just get ideas from them but make there own story line up i want eric gone forever bill and sookie together and maybe more from the queen maybe she could make bill sherrif any way roll on season3

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Sep 14, 2009 8:08PM EDT

Kendra, I thought the hint about Sookie's supernatural blood being another 'love potion' was pretty intriguing also...I wonder if that means Sam will be Bill's lapdog now, or does the blood-lust only extend to vampires and Sookie's kind? Wait a minute...no, it doesn't, b/c Lafayette drank Eric's blood and he's had dreams about him, so ruh-roh (that's Sam as a dog : )...
I thought the engagement scene was beautiful (I love lavender), and Bill was sweet, but it was kind of blah for me (perhaps b/c I wanted it to be Eric who sent the dress and invitation : ( ). I'm interested in seeing just what Eric has in mind for Bill, and I hope it wasn't Bill's psycho maker who took him, b/c honestly, I can't take her and that queen being on the show at the same time...I just...can't...do it : P
I, too, was hoping Eggs would be around next season, b/c I wanted to learn more about his character, and wanted to see him & Tara in a relationship (they were so sweet at the end of last season and the beginning of this one)...but I was also thinking about the drama that would ensue from Tara finding out about Jason killing Eggs...especially if they have her and Jason finally get together and then reveal that fun fact...
I agree, RachelL, they should have ended w/the death of Maryann. I think they could have left Sam's family reunion till next season and left Eggs on the show till then...at least long enough to give him & Tara a few epis of bliss b4 it all hit the fan...but then, if they're planning something for her & Jason next season, I can see why they did it...I'll miss him though : (
Well, I guess a celebration is in order: Ding-dong the witch is dead, the wicked witch is deeaaaddd... : )

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Sep 14, 2009 8:15PM EDT

At first i didnt really mind the queen, but now, she is kind of annoying. You wouldnt picture a 1100 yr old vampire could be that perky at times. As far as the ending goes, i was let down in some areas too. It just didnt seem to have enough pull in emotions as some of the others episodes did, or the surprise. Like seeing Lafayette (how ever you spell it) locked in the dungeon, or seeing the emotions played out in Eric as Godric is about to sacrifice himself. But the episode wasnt bad, it was still good and fun to watch, just not monumental for the season.
As far as Eric and Bill, i think its too early for our Sookie to get married, she needs to experiment with some other people, with this i think they should follow the books a lil more with, but not like the books, i like how they gave an interesting twist of bill proposing, i was definitely surprised.

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Sep 16, 2009 8:37PM EDT

Personally I think Bill's proposal was BULL SH*T it was just a reaction to him being threatened by Eric (argument outside of the queen's house) and I am happy Sookie said she had to think about it and never got the chance to say yes to him. haha lol I sound like a chick but whatever its the truth. Who wants to get stuck in a BS marriage?
And yes bigshot I want to back hand the queen of the valley girls

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Sep 17, 2009 1:35PM EDT

Lol at "queen of the valley girls"...it's, like, so totally true :D

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