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True Blood Season 2
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#01 "Nothing but the Blood"#07 "Release Me"
#02 "Keep This Party Going"#08 "Timebomb"
#03 "Scratches"#09 "I Will Rise Up"
#04 "Shake and Fingerpop"#10 "New World in My View"
#05 "Never Let Me Go"#11 "Frenzy"
#06 "Hard-Hearted Hannah"#12 "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
Season 2
No. of episodes 12
Original run June 14, 2009 to September 13, 2009
Premiere "Nothing but the Blood"
Finale "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
DVD release May 25, 2010
Season Chronology
Season 1
Season 3

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 series' second season received an American DVD release on May 25, 2010.

Season Overview

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.

Meanwhile, her brother Jason has joined the Fellowship of the Sun church, a religious cult devoted to spreading the word of the evils of the vampire world.

And in Bon Temps, Maryann Forrester, a character that debuted in Season 1, is discovered to be a powerful supernatural creature that is slowly gaining control over the town in an attempt to bring forth the god Dionysus.


# Image Title Airdate
01 2x01.jpg "Nothing but the Blood" June 14, 2009
The staff at Merlotte's are on edge when they find the body of a woman - who turns out to be Tara's fake exorcist - in a parked car with her heart torn out. Now that Bill has turned Jessica Hamby into a vampire, she is living with him and he is trying to teach her their own unique code of ethics. Sookie isn't too sure she likes the fact that Bill has this young, attractive woman living him but their own relationship and emotions are too strong to set aside. Tara is still living in Maryann's luxurious home and she continues flirting with Eggs who is also living there. Maryan has a few choice words for Tara's mother when they meet. It also turns out that Sam Merlotte and Maryann have quite a history together and Sam tries to make amends. Maryann has her own ideas however. Jason Stackhouse, who found religion while temporarily in jail, now considers going off to Texas for a Church-run leadership seminar.
02 2x02.jpg "Keep This Party Going" June 21, 2009
Having kissed and made up, Sookie and Bill's relationship seems stronger than ever. Bill still has the problem of Jessica, who is proving to be just a bit of a wild child. Clan leader Eric Northman again wants to use Sookie's services. Feeling guilty about her role in having Jessica made into a vampire, Sookie agrees to take her to her home where she promises she just want to see her parents and sister one more time. Things get out of hand when she jumps out of the car and she and Sookie are soon paying a visit. It's left to an outraged Bill to resolve everything. Jason attends the leadership seminar run by the Church of the Sun and makes quite a first impression. Maryann visits Sam Merlotte's bar with interesting effects. She also reminds Sam of just who is the most powerful between them. Lafayette manages to escape from Eric's dungeon but, unable to get away completely, suggests an alternate way out to his captors.
03 2x03.jpg "Scratches" June 28, 2009
An outraged Bill tells Sookie in no uncertain terms that she committed a grave error in letting Jessica visit her family. Hurt and upset, Sookie decides to walk the 20 miles home but doesn't get very far when she is attacked by a half-bull, half-man beast leaving huge gashes on her back. When his blood is unable to revive her, Bill turns to Eric for assistance and it's determined she has somehow been poisoned. Both of them are puzzled however by the beast that attacked her and have no idea what they may be up against. Once recovered, Sookie makes a deal for Lafayette's release. Maryann throws a big party but it's all a little too wild for Tara. Sam Merlotte wants to pack it in for a while and leave town. Wild child Jessica goes to Merlotte's bar where she meets Hoyt Fortenberry and they immediately hit it off. New waitress Daphne decides to go for a midnight swim with Sam and reveals something quite interesting.
04 SookieArrivesInDallas.jpg "Shake and Fingerpop" July 12, 2009
As per her deal with Eric, Sookie and Bill travel to Dallas to help find the missing head of the local vampire community. They take Jessica along but on arrival, the driver meeting them attempts to abduct Sookie. Maryann throws a party for Tara who has now moved into Sookie's house. A lot of people show up and once again she weaves her magic, revealing something interesting about herself in the process. Sam Merlotte isn't sure starting a relationship with Daphne is a good idea but she tells him she knows his secret. Lafayette is still recovering from his wounds when Eric makes him a proposition. Jason is still making an impression at Church camp and is asked to move in with Sarah and Steve Newlin.
05 GodricCover.jpg "Never Let Me Go" July 19, 2009
Still in Dallas with Bill and Jessica, Sookie is intent on keeping her part of the bargain and try to find the missing Godric despite the strange behavior of his cohorts. Eric tells Bill his true reason for wanting to find Godric. Sookie tries to learn more from the bellhop who has telepathic powers. Back in Bon Temps, most are still recovering from the effects of Tara's birthday party. Sam learns that he and Daphne have more in common that he could ever have imagined. Maryann announces that she is moving into Sookie's house and when told that she can't, casts a spell on Tara to get her to change her mind. Over at the Light of Day Institute, Jason continues to impress with his leadership skills. Fed up with husband Steve's lack of attention and respect however, Sarah Newlin decides to spend a little private time with Jason.
06 2x06.jpg "Hard-Hearted Hannah" July 26, 2009
Tara and Eggs are driving down the highway when he suddenly realizes he has memories of having been there before. As he explores the nearby woods, he realizes it is an evil place. Sam and Daphne are having a good time and go frolicking in the woods. She has a surprise for him that is not welcome. Eric is out to take possession of Sookie and has Bill's old girlfriend, who has not seen him for 70 years, come to town. We learn that Bill was not always the gentle, mild-mannered vampire he is today. In Dallas, Sookie is partnered with Hugo - another human who is dating a vampire - for their visit to the Light of Day Institute. Posing as an engaged couple looking for a church to wed, they meet the Newlins and have a tour of the church - but Steve also has a surprise for them. Jason is asked to build a scaffold for a sunrise ceremony where a vampire will be exposed to the dawn sun before the entire congregation. Jason is having serious doubts about whether he wants to be part of this group.
07 2x07.jpg "Release Me" August 2, 2009
Still being held in the basement at the Church, it becomes obvious to Sookie that Steve knew they were coming, but is not sure why. That tells her there is a spy among them. She tries to get a message to Bill, but he is being held prisoner by his maker, who refuses to let him go after the woman he loves. In flashbacks, Bill's conversion to a less violent lifestyle is revealed. When Steve learns Sookie's true identity, he makes the connection with Jason and assumes he's a spy. As they begin to wreak their vengeance, Sookie is saved by someone she has yet to meet. Back at the hotel Jessica and Hoyt decide to sleep together. In Bon Temps, Sam manages to escape, courtesy of a drunken Andy Bellefleur. Any plans he may have had for getting even with Daphne are overtaken by Maryann who has her own plans for her acolyte. The rest of the revelers have no memory of what happened the night before.
08 2x08.jpg "Timebomb" August 9, 2009
Having saved Sookie, Godric orders Eric to leave the premises with her - and to do so peacefully. Unfortunately, Steve Newlin and his followers are waiting for them in the Church and he isn't too choosy as to which vampire they use for their sunrise ceremony. Godric tries a different approach and hopes to make peace with Steve, who adamantly opposes any such possibility. Safely returned to their lair, Godric's peaceful approach and lack of desire for revenge doesn't sit well with some of his followers. Steve also has a surprise for him. In Bon Temps, Eggs tells Tara that he's blacked out again and they try to piece together where he's been. Maryann prepares a special dish for them. Sam Merlotte finds himself under arrest when Daphne's body is found in the restaurant freezer. Having finally slept together, Jessica and Hoyt discover a disadvantage to Jessica being a vampire.
09 GodricMeetsSun1.jpg "I Will Rise Up" August 16, 2009
Vampires and humans clean up in the aftermath of the explosion. Eric tricks Sookie into drinking some of his blood, much to Bill's dismay. As a result of the lapse in security, Godric's leadership falls under review but his response surprises everyone, especially Eric, who begs him not to go through with his plan. In Bon Temps, Maryann is out to find Sam Merlotte and complete the ritual sacrifice. She casts a spell on everyone in Sam's bar to get them to look for him. Lafayette and Tara's mother forcibly remove her from Sookie's house. Hoyt and Jessica get used to their situation and Hoyt decides it's time to introduce his true love to his vampire-hating mother.
10 WorldinmyViewCover.jpg "New World in My View" August 23, 2009
Sookie, Bill and Jason return to Bon Temps to find the town in chaos. They return to Bill's house to find Hoyt and Jessica tending to Maxine, who is under the effects of Maryanne's power. Sam and Andy are tricked to coming to Merlotte's where the townsfolk trap them in a walk-in fridge. Jason goes to help Sam, and tricks the townsfolk into thinking he is the god they worship, and pretends to smite Sam who turns into a fly with his clothes on seemingly vanishing. Meanwhile, Bill and Sookie go to Sookie's house to find Maryann, who attacks Sookie. Sookie learns that Maryanne is the creature who attacked her in the woods. Bill attempts to bite Maryanne but finds her blood is toxic to him. Maryann seems intrigued with Sookie, who puts her hand off to push Maryanne away, and finds that a burst of light shines from her hand. Sookie and Bill go to Lafayette's and see Tara is still under Maryann's spell. Together, Bill and Sookie use a combination of Glamors and Telepathy to break the spell over Tara, and they learn that Maryann is a Maenad. Jessica, driven into a rage by Maxine's taunting, feeds on her. Bill goes to seek the vampire Queen of Louisiana, the one person who might know how to destroy Maryanne, but when he arrives he finds a bloody foot dangling from the throne
11 2x11.jpg "Frenzy" August 30, 2009
With the crisis in Bon Temps careening out of control, Bill seeks out the advice of Sophie-Anne, the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, but must exercise patience before she gives him critical information. Meanwhile, Sookie and Lafayette find that protecting Tara from herself is more difficult than they anticipated; a desperate Sam turns to an unlikely source for assistance; and Hoyt’s allegiance to Maxine is put to the test by Jessica.
12 2x12.jpg "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" September 13, 2009
The mayhem in Bon Temps reaches a fever pitch as Maryann prepares for her ultimate bestial sacrifice, conscripting Sookie to be Maid of Honor at the bloody nuptials. Meanwhile, Sophie-Anne warns Eric to keep the lid on Bill's inquisitiveness; Jason leads Andy into the heroic abyss; and Hoyt has a hard time swallowing Maxine's endless stream of insults. Deliberating on what may be his final move to save Sookie and the town, Sam is forced to put his trust, and his life, in a most unlikely ally; Eric.




Guest starring

Special guest starring



Book and TV show Differences

  • In the series, Jason Stackhouse joins the Fellowship of the Sun, forming a major story arc that is very different from his minor role in the novel. In the book, Jason stays in Bon Temps dating a girl named Liz Barrett.
  • Lafayette Reynolds is not killed in the show, but rather Miss Jeanette, a character exclusive to the series, is found murdered. Instead, Eric Northman takes Lafayette prisoner for dealing "V" and to question about Eddie Fournier's disappearance. Lafayette is held in the basement of Fangtasia.
  • In the show, Eric's maker is Godric, to whom Eric maintains a deep bond of loyalty and devotion. Godric, while still like Godfrey, his novel counterpart, is a self-tortured renouncer who wishes to meet the sun, and is not portrayed as an evil child killer but rather as a compassionate, enlightened sheriff of his area.
  • Bill's maker Lorena Krasiki is reintroduced.
  • Bill tries to teach his new progeny, Jessica Hamby, how to be a good vampire. Jessica and Hoyt Fortenberry (whose character is very different in the show) start a romantic relationship.
  • Season 2 sees the introduction of Sophie-Anne Leclerq, Queen of Louisiana, whereas she does not appear in novel 2, instead appearing in a later book.
  • Callisto, the maenad, is introduced as "Maryann Forrester." Maryann is played by actress Michelle Forbes.
  • The entire plotline involving the maenad is drastically different in the show from that portrayed in the book. This includes her involvement in the Bon Temps community, her relationship with Tara Thornton, and her drive to kill Sam Merlotte.
  • Luna Garza is not involved in rescuing Sookie Stackhouse from the Fellowship and no werewolves make an appearance in Dallas, Texas.
  • A sub-plot involving Sam's romantic relationship with another shapeshifter is exclusive to the TV series.







See also

True Blood Season 2
<< Season 1Season 3 >>Season 4 >>Season 5 >>
#01 "Nothing but the Blood"#07 "Release Me"
#02 "Keep This Party Going"#08 "Timebomb"
#03 "Scratches"#09 "I Will Rise Up"
#04 "Shake and Fingerpop"#10 "New World in My View"
#05 "Never Let Me Go"#11 "Frenzy"
#06 "Hard-Hearted Hannah"#12 "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"