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Maryann Forrester on True Blood

Updated on December 30, 2010

Maryann Forrester is a character on the TV series True Blood.

Maryann Forrester is a Dionysian temptress who stirs up serious trouble in the town of Bon Temps during the second season of HBO's hit TV series True Blood. She is introduced in Season 1 as a free-spirited social worker, but soon enough we see that Maryann is something much darker and more complex. She is revealed in Season 2 as a Maenad, an ancient supernatural creature from Greek mythology. Maenads are associated with Dionysus, hedonism and Chaos. In spite of her destructive intentions, Maryann is my favorite True Blood character. She's a demonic diva who throws great parties. No mere human can resist the female force of nature that is Maryann.

Warning: True Blood season 2 finale spoilers ahead.

Maryann is dead.

Update: Maryann Forrester was killed in the Season 2 finale of True Blood.RIP Maryann

Why Maryann is Awesome

She is tied with Lafayette for most nonconformist True Blood character.

I always love hedonistic tricksters like Maryann Forrester. Seriously, who wouldn't want Maryann at their party? She's fun, witty, charismatic, and fearless. Michelle Forbes, the actress who plays Maryann, has argued that her character is not a villain but a natural creature of Chaos who doesn't see morality the way humans do. "She wants everyone to join the party," says Forbes. Hey, I'm there. She wouldn't even have to put a spell on me -- I'd show up of my own free will, which is fortunate because I do not care for that uniformly pitch-black eyeball thing that people get when Maryann takes control of them. I'll keep the whites of my eyes the way they are, thanks.

Maryann's Fate on True Blood - Did you predict the demise of Maryann Forrester?

Maenads aren't immortal, as I learned from Wikipedia. This turned out to be a key fact in the season 2 finale of True Blood, in which Maryann Forrester was killed by Sam Merlotte in the guise of Dionysus. Some who took the poll below predicted this outcome correctly, but most of you thought Maryann would survive.

What do you think will happen with Maryann in True Blood?

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True Blood: Maryann (left) and Tara

True Blood: Maryann (left) and Tara
True Blood: Maryann (left) and Tara

I'm guessing that Maryann will not be most people's favorite True Blood character. If you watch the show, which character do you like best? Or, if you aren't a fan of the television world of Bon Temps, Sookie Stackhouse and vampires, maybe you'd rather discuss Maenads and their role in Greek myth. In any case, you simply must join the party... it is not optional. No registration required.

Your Thoughts on Maryann, Maenads, and True Blood - Sound off on True Blood characters, Greek mythology, or whatever.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      This is a vampireâs series that is very true to life because it takes elements from drama, passion, action, love, hate and sex, to bring a fantasy world close to you. It has it allâ¦True Blood is a very human show for a vampireâs series.

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      Yvonne L B 

      9 years ago from Covington, LA

      What was I thinking, I forgot to lensroll this to our Sookie Stackhouse lens. Just took care of that.

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      Yvonne L B 

      9 years ago from Covington, LA

      Trueblood is okay, but I prefer the books. They're lighter and there's not so much of an emphasis on Jason and the dark side of everything. So much of the humor of the books is missing in TrueBlood. You did a good job on this lens and the character is interesting. I'll have to wait for the DVD of season 2 to come out to see what happens.

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      cjsysreform 

      9 years ago

      I should really get rid of this True Blood twitter feed, because the constant flow of lame hating on Maryann is making me want to smack a b*tch. Vampires are boring. Sam Merlotte is creepy, but we're supposed to think he's a great guy? wtf is the go with that? At least Maryann Forrester knew what she was.

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      cjsysreform 

      9 years ago

      Since Maryann Forrester won't be on True Blood next season, I don't know if this show is going to interesting enough for me to keep watching... there's a lot of great TV out there and I'm not gonna waste my time on a series that has so little respect for a character as clever and well-acted as Maryann.

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      cjsysreform 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to Tiffany] Great page on Eric Northman. That photo of him and Sookie in bed is so much hotness!

    • cjsysreform profile imageAUTHOR

      cjsysreform 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to 24websurf] Unlike your son, I'm not much into vampires. I watch True Blood because, as TamiRose said earlier, it is a delicious show. Thanks for your comments!

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      My son has very recently become a huge fan of this show and watches episodes constantly trying to catch up. Being a fan of anything vampire he says I should watch this series, but it's tough to find the time these days :) This was a great look at character from the perspective of someone who knew nothing about her. Excellent!

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      Tiffany3 

      9 years ago

      Awesome lens! I just did one on Eric Northman!

    • cjsysreform profile imageAUTHOR

      cjsysreform 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to g] I don't think that will happen, because how would they show Dionysus?

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      i think that maryann is actually going to be able to summon the god who comes and hell will break loose!

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      cjsysreform 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to kiwisoutback] Thanks -- if they kill Maryann before season 3 even starts, I might have to stop watching True Blood. I can only take so much of Bill Compton, and Sam aka Lassie... ugh. Without Maryann I'd really only watch it for Tara and Lafayette, and maybe Jessica & Hoyt because they are such an adorable couple.

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      Kiwisoutback 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      She is a cool character, probably my favorite on the show. Hopefully they don't kill her off predictably on the season finale. Nice work!

    • cjsysreform profile imageAUTHOR

      cjsysreform 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to Bob] Awesome! Finally, I find someone who shares my appreciation for Maryann Forrester.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Maryann is absolutely my favorite character!!! I love her lines and the looks she has on her face.

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      cjsysreform 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to TamiRose] I've never read the books. Should I?

      I don't know what's up with all the True Blood fans on Twitter who are sick of Maryann. I think she's way more interesting than the vampires, especially Bill. He's so boring and serious. Eric, well... ok, Eric is hot. Can't deny that.

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      TamiRose 

      9 years ago

      Her character is so much tastier than it was in the books. The books are wonderful but the series is truely delicious

      Tami

      www.earthlydelightsdayspa.com

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      cjsysreform 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to enslavedbyfaeries] Thanks! Can't wait for tomorrow night's episode. What am I going to do when the season ends? No more True Blood for a year! :(

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      9 years ago from Croatia

      Haven't seen this show but she sounds like quiet a character! :)

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      enslavedbyfaeries 

      9 years ago

      Maryann is just creepy, but she serves up a mighty tasty Hunter's Souffle... ewwww!! I truly hope she goes down before the season ends, so I can spend more time with Bill and Eric. I absolutely LOVE True Blood and look forward to Sunday nights. Love your lens. :)

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Just stopping by to see who Maryann Forrester is. I don't have HBO (and don't watch much TV at all these days), so I can't check out the show ... but I like your lens! :)

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