|"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"|
|Season 2, Episode 12|
|Air date||September 13, 2009|
|Written by||Alexander Woo|
|Directed by||Michael Cuesta|
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.
"I would've taken you over by now.
Come on, it'll be our little secret. What are you?"
― Maryann Forrester
Maryann appoints Sookie as the "Maid of Honor" at Maryann's sacrificial ritual and asks her to repeat her "electric" touch. Sookie however fails to do so. She is then restrained by an entranced Lafayette. Jason and Andy Bellefleur try to advance on the crowd with an arsenal of weaponry, only to become entranced themselves.
Bill finds Sam at Merlotte's and orders him to come with him to see Maryann. Bill offers Sam to Maryann in exchange for Sookie's safety. Sookie strongly objects to this, but Bill asks her to trust him. Eggs stabs Sam while he is hung from Maryann's offering and offers some of Sam's blood to Maryann. She rubs the blood on her body. Sam has not died and tells Sookie to destroy all of Maryann's ritual offerings. Sookie complies and pushes over the offering statue using her powers.
An enraged Maryann who pursues Sookie with her poisonous claws. She is stopped by a bull whom she believed to be the "God Who Comes". Offering herself to the "God", the bull stabs her in the chest with its horns. As Maryann starts to die, the bull transforms back into Sam who finishes the job by removing Maryann's heart. Bill reveals to Sookie that he allowed Sam to drink his blood so he could recover after being stabbed. Bill also thanks Sam for his trust and for helping save the town of Bon Temps. Hoyt learned that his mom was not lying about his dad having committed suicide. Deeply disturbed by this, he walks out on her to go find Jessica again. When he arrives at Bill's house, nobody is there. Jessica, after telling Bill she was going to apologize to Hoyt, instead went to a gas station and fed on an unsuspecting truck driver.
Sam visits his adopted parents The Merlottes. His adopted mother cries and still can't accept that Sam was a shapeshifter. His adopted father, who appears deathly ill, writes a response to Sam's request. He tells Sam who his real parents are despite his step mother's warnings that they are bad people.
Eggs is deeply disturbed by the recent happenings and begs Sookie to help him uncover his actions during his blackouts. With her help he learns that he was the one who murdered Miss Jeanette and Daphne. He is also the one who stabbed Sam. Incredibly distraught over the things he has done, Eggs holds Andy at knife-point begging to be arrested. Andy tried to explain that all of his actions were not of his own free will. Jason, seeing the hold-up from afar, does not realize what is happening and shoots Eggs.
Jason is afraid after realizing he killed Eggs, but Andy takes his gun, wipes it off and tells Jason to leave. Andy says that "he was not here and he didn't see anything." Tara arrives along with many others to see Eggs shot and killed. Upon seeing his dead body she brakes down in tears.
Bill takes Sookie out to a French restaurant Maison de Paris and proposes to her. Sookie is initially confused and afraid because of all of the recent happenings in her life. She leaves the table and takes a moment to compose herself She decides that she does want to marry Bill. When she returns, Bill is gone and the place had been ransacked. Bill is captured with a silver chain and kidnapped by an unknown character.
- The episode won the Motion Pictures Sound Editors award for Best Sound Editing – Short Form Dialogue and ADR in Television.
- John Benson, Jason Krane, Stuart Martin, Brian Thomas Nist, Bruno Coon, Zane Bruce & Jeff Gunn were nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series.
- Alexander Woo was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writer in a Drama Series.
- This episode does not contain any allusions.
Bloopers and Continuity ErrorsEdit
- While Lafayette brings Sookie to Maryann, the next shot was of Eggs holding her, while Lafayette stood behind Maryann, wearing something completely different from the other scene, that was only seconds ago in the timeline.
- In the scene where near-death Sam speaks to Sookie's mind and tell her to destroy the ceremonial tree of Maryann, as soon as Sookie turns to the tree, Michelle Forbes playing Maryann, instead acting ecstatic with the blood of Sam, is seen in a fast glimpse, looking around the actors, something that is not right for the plot as Maryann should have stopped Sookie from destroying her ritual if she is supposed to see her. Maybe the camera was not intended to show Michelle at all so the actress turned to see the act. Of course that is a part that hardly anyone can notice in the rush and the tension of that moment.
- There are no flashbacks that occur in this episode.
- There are no miscredits that occur in this episode.
- "Party Lights" - Claudine Clark
- "Set Em' Up Joe" - Extreme Music
- "Bridal Chorus" - Nathan Barr
- "Canon and Gigue in D Major" - Nathan Barr
- "Wedding March" - Nathan Barr
- "Marie Marie" - Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women
- "Zombie For Your Love" - Kim Lenz And The Jaguars
- "Gasoline and Matches" - Buddy and Julie Miller
- "Before the Night is Over" - Jerry Lee Lewis
- "Savin' Up For Saturday Night" - Black Toast Music
- "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" - Bob Dylan
- "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" was the fifth episode of the series to be written by Alexander Woo and the first to be directed by Michael Cuesta, who had previously directed numbers episodes of Alan Ball's other HBO series Six Feet Under, including that show's penultimate episode. Charlaine Harris, author of the series of books upon which True Blood is based, makes a cameo appearance as a Merlotte's patron in the second half of the episode.
- Ball said of the finale, "...the first part of the season we had a lot of different storylines taking place in different places and then we wanted to bring them all together ... where everyone was fighting the same fight for the last episode." He also commented on the scene in which Jessica feeds on a truck driver, "She's still a fairly freshly-made vampire. Bill hasn't been much of a maker and she just had a really emotional experience with Hoyt walking out on her. It's part of her instincts as a vampire and her need to feed ... she's just got rage."
- There are no notes on the title based on this episode.
- Charlaine Harris, writer of The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, the series of books in which the series True Blood is based, has a cameo in this episode as a patron at Merlotte's.
- [Title reference]: The title is taken from the song of the same name, which was written and recorded by Bob Dylan for his 2009 studio album Together Through Life. In the episode, the song is used over the end credits. The song was also used in several promos for the second season. The original title for the episode was Before the Night Is Over, which is the name of a Jerry Lee Lewis & BB King song playing during the scene when Sookie and Bill share a dance in the French restaurant Maison de Paris.
- "You weren't here, you didn't see nuthin'."
- "Like, if a tree falls in the woods, it's still a tree ain't it?"
- "The horned God! Worship it, bitches!"
- "Best to stick with Mountain Dew."
Sophie-Anne: "You know, I think he's monogamist with his human"
Eric Northman: "He's in love with her, yes."
Sophie-Anne: "Well, of course he would be, with her. You probably are too."
Eric Northman: "I do not love humans."
Sophie-Anne: "She's not entirely human. Have you tasted her?"
Eric Northman: "Sadly, no."
Sophie-Anne: "Don't. Ever. One vampire falling in love is bad enough."
- Chris Bauer as Detective Andy Bellefleur
- Mehcad Brooks as Eggs Talley
- Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds
- Michelle Forbes as Maryann Forrester
- Todd Lowe as Terry Bellefleur
- Jim Parrack as Hoyt Fortenberry
- Carrie Preston as Arlene Fowler Bellefleur
- William Sanderson as Sheriff Bud Dearborne
- Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman
- Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby
- Evan Rachel Wood as Queen Sophie Anne
- Adina Porter as Lettie Mae Daniels
- Patricia Bethune as Jane Bodehouse
- John Billingsley as Mike Spencer
- Dale Raoul as Maxine Fortenberry
- Adam Leadbeater as Karl
- Kristin Bauer as Pam Swynford De Beaufort
- Tara Buck as Ginger
- Lindsey Haun as Hadley
- Tess Alexandra Parker as Rosie
Special guest starringEdit
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