“True Blood”: Meet the maenad

This clip from the new season of “True Blood” (which premieres June 14 on HBO) has been floating around online for a week. But this is the clearest, best quality version I’ve seen so far. Take a look:

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What, you’re probably wondering, is that creature chasing Sookie? If creator Alan Ball follows Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels – and there’s no indication that he won’t, because he’s done a fantastic job thus far – then it’s most certainly a maenad.

What’s a maenad? Here’s Wikipedia to help out:

“In Greek mythology, maenads were the female followers of Dionysus, the most significant members of the Thiasus, the retinue of Dionysus. Their name literally translates as ‘raving ones.’ Often the maenads were portrayed as inspired by him into a state of ecstatic frenzy, through a combination of dancing and drunken intoxication. In this state, they would lose all self control, begin shouting excitedly, engage in uncontrolled sexual behavior, and ritualistically hunt down and tear animals (and sometimes men and children) to pieces, devouring the raw flesh. During these rites, the maenads would dress in fawn skins and carry a thyrsus, a long stick wrapped in ivy or vine leaves and tipped by a cluster of leaves, weave ivy-wreaths around their heads, and often handle or wear snakes.”

Will Bill come to Sookie’s rescue? Will she survive the attack? You know she will (we’ve got a bunch more books to get through!), but it won’t be pleasant.

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