What the hell? To say I was disappointed is an understatement. After finishing the Maryann story about 25 minutes into the episode in a most anticlimactic fashion, we were treated to 30 minutes of an awkward amalgamation of essentially...nothing.
The Maryann story has by far been the weak link this season and it was glaring in the season finale. The writers could no longer play around with sex, so they did what they do best - play around. There was a random ostrich egg, more crazy people, and a manga-like conclusion ending with the visually engaging goring of Maryann. In the beginning of the season, Maryann was very interesting; we didn't know what she was or what she could do. People were doing weird things, but we didn't know why. We didn't learn anything new until past halfway and by then, her antics became boring. Hopefully next season gets better and doesn't try the 'Big Bad' thing a la Buffy.
Eric was conspicuously absent other than the totally random scene where he played Yahtzee with the Queen of Louisiana. Jason blew out Egg's brains in disturbing fashion which should have an impact on next season. Sam is looking for his real parents, Jessica is now out killing people, and Hoyt grew some balls, and the people of Bon Temps are as stupid as ever. The only thing that piqued my interest was Bill being kidnapped at the end of the episode. Yes, I know he proposed to Sookie who almost said no, but it came across as so saccharine it reached a pathetic level.
The viewership has increased drastically this season, but I think season 1 was much better. I hope season 3 turns out better, and it seems Alan Ball is starting to deviate from the books significantly which I think is the best direction. Until next year...