'Everything that exists imagined itself into existence.' HUH?
Michelle Forbes is probably the only person I can ever see playing Maryann.
Sookie: "I'm sorry, I'm usually really good at placing accents, but where are you from?"
Maryann (smiles): "Cape Cod."
The funniest lie ever.
How Do You Kill A Maenad? Or: The Party's Over
Bill: “So how do I kill it?”
Queen: “You can’t. She’s convinced herself she’s immortal and so she is.”
Bill looks puzzled.
Queen: “Well I’m sure you know that everything that exists imagined itself into existence.”
Queen Sophie Anne goes on to say:
Queen: “So, you’re f*-ing everything in the dirt - why not kill something and eat it raw? Hey you’re super extra pious, there’s nothing you can’t do. And each time you do it brings you one step closer to the divine.”
Bill: “Isn’t that delusional?”
Queen: “Never underestimate the power of blind faith. It can manifest itself in ways that bend the laws of physics, or break them entirely.”
Bill: “I bit her, and it poisoned me.”
Queen: “Of course it did. We can only drink the blood of humans and she’s no longer remotely human.”
Bill: “But she started out human?”
Queen: “Helloo, evolution? We started out that way too.”
And in the next scene:
Queen: “Maenads are sad silly things. The world changed centuries ago and they’re still waiting for the god who comes.”
Bill: “Does he ever come?”
Queen: “Of course not. Gods never actually show up. They only exist in human’s minds, like money and morality.”
Bill: “If I can’t kill her how do I get her to leave Bon Temps?”
Queen: “She has to believe that she’s successfully summoned forth Dionysus. In hopes that he will ravage her - quite literally devour her. Until she’s lost into oblivion.”
Bill: “So she seeks death, the true death. The one thing she’s evolved beyond.”
Queen: “Ironic isn’t it? You know they’re really not that smart, these maenads.”
Bill: “So how does she summon this non-existent god of hers?”
Queen: “I never said he was non-existent. I just said he never comes. She believes if she finds the perfect vessel, sacrifices and devours part of him, or her, while surrounded by the magic of her familiars, then her mad god will appear. And at that point when she willingly surrenders herself to him - “
Bill: “That’s the only point she can be killed!”
Queen: Smirks. “Who’s the smartest boy in class?”
Bill: “The perfect vessel, um, human?”
Queen: “They prefer supernatural beings.”
Bill: In awe. “The two-natured!”
Queen: Shifter, yes. And weres. Fortunately they show little interest in us. Something about our hearts not beating. But will try other being that straddles the two worlds.”
Bill: “As long as it has a beating heart.”
Queen: “You have to remember they’ve been trying for centuries. They’re constantly improvising the recipes in hopes of finding that one magic element that will make it all happen. Idiots.”
So, let’s recap:
1. Maryann started out as human but really embraced the mantra “I think, therefore I am.”
2. Maenads tend to talk about a god that’s coming and seem to always be preparing for that day, but the god never comes.
3. The god actually exists.
4. Maryann is actually seeking death, true death, which will occur after she devours part of her “vessel” and surrenders herself to her god.
5. Maryann is at her weakest at this point.
In my mind, here are the key clues from Sophie Anne:
1. “She believes if she finds the perfect vessel, sacrifices and devours part of him, or her“.
2. “They prefer supernatural beings.”
3. “They’re constantly improvising the recipes in hopes of finding that one magic element that will make it all happen.”
The world changed centuries ago -- and Maenads are still into marriage??
Maryann, marriage is the source of all harm in this world. Just saying.
Bye bye love, bye bye happiness, hello emptiness, I feel I'm gonna cry.
'I’m just glad that the bug-eyes haven’t decided to jump on the internet to spread their madness. The internet’s crazy enough with any gods who come.'
"The show excels, however, as a "Perils of Pauline" serial, one with lots of sex and crazy shenanigans in the woods. "True Blood" works best a suspenseful beach read come to vivid, southern Gothic life. It's not about vampires as metaphors, it's about calling your friends and exclaiming, "Oh man, how are they going to top that scene where the possessed minions of the Maryann the Maenad ate the human heart that had been chopped up and put inside a souffle?"
"True Blood" is a show that mostly defies analysis, intellectual probing and the search for subtext. As Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) put it, "The time for thinking is over." Exactly.
Every Sunday night, it's a chance to turn off your brain and enjoy a show that jams four or five episodes' worth of incident, plot and jaw-dropping moments into 50 minutes. [...]
What's most surprising about "True Blood," though, is how funny it has been amid Maryann's feverish preparations for a human (or half-human) sacrifice. Sometimes the show's characters take actions that are just plain dumb (because the hurtling plot regularly requires them to), but Jason, as played by the deft Kwanten, is the most entertainingly stupid character on television."
* As I said to a friend last night... "True Blood is trash, but it's such fun trash."
* Mo here: Exactly! I am loving the emails and comments that I'm getting that tell me in no uncertain terms that I don't "get" the show. Oh, I get it. It's fun trash! 'Nuff said.
* Mo here: My take is that when it comes to logical inconsistencies, the writers just don't care. That's sort of the impression I've gotten a couple of times when I've asked Ball about different aspects of the show I found problematic -- you get the verbal equivalent of a shrug of the shoulders and a fairly dismissive variation on the "Whatever, it's a vampire show" theme. So, you know, I've just given up on any sort of rigor being applied to the show's weaker aspects. It is what it is, I guess. And given the show's success, there's less reason than ever to change the modus operandi.
*Mo here: The last two seasons of 6FU weren't very good, imho. Headline on my "farewell to the show" piece: "Good riddance." What had been compassionate and heartfelt had, as you say, become random, shrieky and unpleasant. I can definitely see TB heading WAY off the rails if 6FU is any guide to what happens to Alan Ball shows.
Source: Maureen Ryan@chicagotribune.com
"I don't understand what is the purpose of this post :P" -- Randy
"Me neither" -- Chris