Lately, there has been a lot of confusion over the mythology behind the concept of the “blood bond” on True Blood. Allow me to attempt to clarify this confusion (somewhat) with a good theory of my own.
In my opinion, a Blood Bond (BB) is formed in much the same way that the bond between a maker/child is formed, of course to a lesser extent. Therefore, just because you drink a vampire’s blood, you will not necessarily form a BB with that vampire.
Of course all Blood Bonds (BBs) start with the consumption of the vampire’s blood (larger quantities of the vampire’s blood might make a BB more likely) BUT what is the “magical” element that actually creates the BB? Let us go back to the maker/child relationship. A BB creates a mutual awareness/co-existence much like a maker/child relationship so I believe this theory makes sense for that reason.
A maker must share his “essence” to create his child so I came to the conclusion that a vampire must share his “essence” with the human in a way. I am saying some type of relationship (romantic or otherwise) must already exist for a BB to come into being.
Therefore, in my opinion, a BB DOES NOT CREATE a relationship (a way of interacting) where none previously existed (except an underlying sexual undertone in dreams). A BB merely intensifies the relationship that is developing or already existed. Let us look at a few examples:
Bill & Sam: Although the sexual aspect is present (like in all of the dreams), there is nothing all that surprising or different about their interaction in the dream. First of all, Bill only goes to Sam because he needs help (like they did in real life). Second of all, Bill is very dominant and Sam has his usual submissive and selfless (often to a fault) attitude. Nothing surprising or new forms at all. There is nothing the least bit romantic about this dream.
Eric/Lafayette: Though we never see a dream, Lafayette describes the dreams as enjoyable but “nasty” at the same time (no tenderness to the sexual dreams), just like their real/developing relationship. There seems to be no relationship in the dreams other than Eric’s curiosity about Lafayette’s place when it comes to their buisness dealings and Sookie and Lafayette’s natural fear and loathing for Eric. The dreams might be “nasty”(kinky) because of the strange relationship that already exists between them. Again, nothing real surprising or unusual here.
Bill & Sookie: In this flashback from season one (when Sookie dreams of almost-sex with Bill after consuming his blood for the first time), we see that not much is/was different about their relationship in that dream. Sookie is the one to initiate the sex (as usual) and Bill is the quiet, stoic vampire willing to accept that “fate.” There is a raw sexuality and understanding, but the playfulness of Eric/Sookie dreams is notably absent. Again, nothing surprising or unusual here.
Sookie & Eric: Wait, there is something surprising here. In these dreams, sex actually takes a back burner?! What?! Yes, there was kissing and intimacy in the first dream, but friendship, humor and smiles, playfulness and love were all at the forefront of this dream.Weird, right?
In the second dream, the sexual tension and intimacy are there once again. However, the main emotion is not lust. The main emotions are sympathy and grief. The hinted bite at the end certainly is sexual but also hints at a desire to replace the what he has lost, Godric. Weird, right?
No, actually it isn’t weird at all. I do not think the other dreams would be so close to the actual existing and/or developing relationships and then go the opposite way with these two all of the sudden. It isn’t a coincidence and each scene was very deliberate.
It must mean that E/S actually already have feelings for each other and/or were developing those feelings (even if they were hiding them) already if the other dreams were as true to life as they seem. I know Eric’s blood is old but remember, Sookie only had a few drops of his blood. Lafayette must have had a lot of Eric’s blood. It is known that both Sam and Sookie had A LOT of Bill’s blood, liters and liters and possibly gallons. Yet, Sookie gets a BB with Eric just as powerful (if not more so) than her BB with Bill or Sam’s BB with Bill.
Therefore, this proves that a BB does not create those feelings, it merely intensifies feelings that were already there.
I think this theory not only explains the difference between a BB and average “V” use, it shows that E/S must have a powerful and special bond forming that goes beyond a supposedly new found sexual desire on Sookie’s part. It also shows that the dreams were more than mere fantasies or predictions of the future between them. They are reality.
BTW, if you read the books Charlaine Harris herself has stated that she thinks too much emphasis was placed on the BB when it came to the emotional connection in the books. My guess is Alan Ball corrected this mistake by taking the stance in my theory.
Also, as a shout out to my friend Sunnynala @ sunnynala.wordpress.com, I will admit that parts of these dreams might have had an unreliable narrator at work and/or some parts happened and others did not. If your interested in these theories or aspects check out her blog.