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?