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True Blood - Season 2

The second season of the television series True Blood commenced airing in the United States on June 14, 2009, concluded on September 13, 2009, and contains 12 episodes. It is loosely based on the second novel of The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Living Dead in Dallas.

True Blood - Season 2

The second season explores telepath Sookie Stackhouse's relationship with her vampire lover, Bill Compton. It also introduces a number of sub-plots involving the anti-vampire Fellowship of the Sun church and Jason Stackhouse's indoctrination into the church by its leaders, Rev Steve Newlin and his wife Sarah. It also expands the role of Maryann Forrester, a powerful supernatural creature, who slowly gains control over the people of Bon Temps. Sookie and Bill travel to Dallas to help Eric find his maker, a two-thousand-year-old vampire named Godric, who has gone missing and is believed to have been kidnapped by the Fellowship of the Sun.

Anna Paquin returns as the main character Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress with telepathic abilities. Stephen Moyer plays her love interest, vampire Bill Compton. At the beginning of the season Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård), the Sheriff of Area 5, recruits Sookie and Bill to find his maker, Godric (Allan Hyde). In Dallas, Godric's lieutenants, Stan Davis (Ed Quinn) and Isabel (Valerie Cruz), argue over the direction the vampires should take following Godric's disappearance. Christopher Gartin portrays Isabel's turncoat human boyfriend Hugo, who betrays the Dallas vampires to the Fellowship of the Sun.

Ryan Kwanten returns as Jason Stackhouse, Sookie's brother, who was recruited by the Fellowship of the Sun at the end of the previous season. He travels to Dallas to join the church, and Reverend Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) and his wife Sarah (Anna Camp) both take a shine to Jason; Steve is impressed by his strength and Sarah is impressed by his looks.

At the beginning of the season, Tara's cousin Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) is imprisoned at Fangtasia with Royce Williams (Caleb Moody). After Royce is killed by Eric, Lafayette attempts to escape and is shot. He is later healed by Eric and ordered by Pam (Kristin Bauer) to resume selling vampire blood.

Chris Offutt left the writing staff at the end of the first season and was recruited onto the Showtime dark comedy Weeds. Brian Buckner, Alexander Woo, Nancy Oliver and Raelle Tucker all returned from the first season. Along with Ball, all writers authored two episodes a piece with the exception of Woo, who wrote three including the finale. Script co-ordinator Kate Barnow and writer's assistant Elisabeth R. Finch co-wrote the tenth episode.

Daniel Minahan, Michael Lehmann, Scott Winant and John Dahl returned to direct multiple episodes. Michael Ruscio, the senior editor on the series and long-time collaborator with Ball, made his directorial debut with the seventh episode. Adam Davidson, who directed a fifth-season episode of Six Feet Under shot episode ten while Michael Cuesta, another Six Feet Under alum directed the finale.

The second season received a generally more positive reaction than the first. The New York Post acclaimed the violence in the second season: "I'm happy to report that this season, there's More Blood! More Torture! More Killing! and More Intrigue! than last season."[13]

New York Magazine praised the series: "It's really located at that dirty crossroads HBO discovered long ago, smart enough to be uninsulting, but obsessed enough (and graphic enough about) sex and wildness that it is addictively watchable, not so much a guilty pleasure as a binge food. Cable catnip, in other words."[14] and Newsday described the second season as: "Silly, gross, soapy, mysterious, intriguing, exotic, erotic True Blood is fun. Even more fun this season."[15]

The second-season premiere of the series on June 14, 2009, was watched by 3.7 million viewers, making it the most watched program on HBO since the series finale of The Sopranos. The total number of viewers for the season premiere, including the late night replay, was 5.1 million.[16]The tenth episode of the second season (August 23, 2009) was seen by 5.3 million viewers, a new record for the series, with an overall weekly second season average of 11.5 million viewers including repeats.[17][18]

Season 2 refers, collectively, to the 12 episodes that comprise the second season of the HBO original series True Blood. Debuting on Sunday, June 14, 2009 to a modest 3.7 million viewers, the season makes its appearance starting with the series' 13th episode overall, "Nothing but the Blood". The series continued to acquire followers, as episodes aired on subsequent Sundays, airing over a duration of a 92 day period. The series' second season came to an end on Sunday, September 13, 2009, airing to a viewership of 5.11 million viewers, with the episode "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'". Ending in the anachronistic Hollywood stereotype of leaving the viewer in utter suspense, the chronicles of Sookie continue in the series' third season.

Loosely based on Living Dead in Dallas, the second book in the The Southern Vampire Mysteries collection, a series of books written by award winning American author Charlaine Harris, the series chronicle the story of Sookie Stackhouse, a young telepathic waitress living in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. As in the True Blood Season 2 written counterpart, Living Dead in Dallas, Sookie is led through a world possessing an ever increasingly large amount of supernatural occurrences that have been happening since vampires have "come out of the coffin", mainstreaming with their human counterparts, due to the advent of Tru Blood, a synthesized version of human blood, that vampires can easily purchase, thus assuring the public that vampires are now safe to be around, and that they are no longer a threat to the human race.

The plot of the second season is loosely based on the second book in the Southern Vampire Mysteries, called Living Dead in Dallas. Having been made aware of her telepathic gift during Season 1, Sookie Stackhouse is assigned a job by vampire Eric Northman to travel to Dallas in search of a 2,000 year old vampire called Godric, who it transpires is Eric's maker.

At first she is very warm and kind to Tara after she is abandoned by her mother in jail. She invites Tara to her temporary home where she dances continuously and throws frequent parties and smokes what seems to be an unlimited amount of weed which numbs Tara to her true darkness.

As the only maenad seen thus far in the series, the true scope of Maryann's power was not revealed, though it is suggested that she possessed numerous unique and rare supernatural abilities. Daphne Landry implied that Maryann could do different things to different supernatural creatures; it was stated and shown that supernatural creatures can resist and/or be immune, to her hypnotic abilities.[1] Maryann also was shown to be unafraid of vampires and these creatures often stayed out of her way. Sophie-Anne Leclerq, the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, also stated that "fortunately" Maenads showed little interest in the vampire species and warned Eric Northman to not get involved with Maryann, further implying Maenads were powerful beings, even when compared to vampires.[2][3]

Maryann also possessed some degree of superhuman strength and speed, as shown when she lifted Sookie up with one hand a couple of feet of the ground, moving faster than Bill's eyes could follow. Due to being a Maenad, Maryann's most prominent feature is the ability to morph each of her hands into three razor-sharp talons that secrete a powerful toxin known to instantly paralyze humans, while the bacteria slowly poisons and kills the host. Unless the victim receives immediate and expert medical attention, even vampire blood is ineffective in healing those exposed to this toxin.

Maryann also proved to be impossible for vampires to drain, as her blood was made up of a black, corrosive and/or poisonous substance. When Bill bit her he was subsequently poisoned by her blood, which caused him to vomit and gag with pain. This left him in a noticeably weakened state, though he was able to fully recover by simply feeding on Sookie.

The eagerly anticipated finale of the second season of the bloodiest, sexiest show on TV finally arrived on our screens on Sunday, after an agonising two week wait. Always an interesting and compelling watch, what was most intriguing about Beyond Here Lies Nothing is that the biggest surprises had nothing to do with Maryann.

When its first season was a hit, True Blood shifted from third gear straight to fifth. It moved faster, had more sex, more violence, and bigger metaphorical targets, such as the war on terror and Christian fundamentalism; it had things to say about self-doubt and self-care.

The final season of True Blood is going to be a dark one, this we know. And even though this episode features a mass grave and strong Hurricane Katrina references, it begins with a scene that will make fans very, very happy: The wait for Jason to have a sex dream about Eric is over. (Note how much restraint it took to not use an exclamation point there.)

First appearing in the last few episodes of season one, little was known about outsider Maryann; she appeared kind, generous, loving and ultimately obsessed with pleasure and ecstasy. She seemed to be a nomadic mystery woman who shows up in a small Louisiana town, Bon Temps and begins to make her presence felt to the people there.

The true scope of Maryann's powers was never truly revealed on the television show. As it was revealed she possessed numerous unique and rare abilities and she could do different things to different supernatural creatures, although she couldn't hypnotize them because supernaturals had some kind of natural resistance to her energy. However she could force a shapeshifter to change at will. 041b061a72


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