“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.

“True Blood”: It’s getting hot in here

So earlier this week HBO announced that “True Blood” returns June 14. (Yippee!)

This exchange must take place before Bill ticks Sookie off royally./HBO

This exchange must take place before Bill ticks Sookie off royally./HBO

E Online posted a bunch of photos from the new season (including the one above, obviously). Thought you might like to drool along with me. Enjoy! And don’t forget, the first season DVD drops May 19.

Oh no they didn't cut Eric's hair!/HBO

Oh no they didn't cut Eric's hair!/HBO

Get along lil' doggie!/HBO

Get along lil' doggie!/HBO

You know Jason's just going to keep screwing up his life./HBO

You know Jason's just going to keep screwing up his life./HBO

Is that Andy Bellefleur getting down with the maenad?/HBO

Is that Andy Bellefleur getting down with the maenad? Wait till you find out who Andy's related to.../HBO

Somehow I don't think Jessica's going to be a lot of fun for Bill and Sookie to hang out with./HBO

Somehow I don't think Jessica's going to be a lot of fun for Bill and Sookie to hang out with./HBO

Will Arlene find her next husband this season?/HBO

Will Arlene find her next husband this season?/HBO

The road to true love never runs smoothy, does it?/HBO

The road to true love never runs smoothly, does it?/HBO

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