This entry is dedicated to Renee (ancientpythoness.com), who put this Bill/Sookie idea in my head and to Freyja who encouraged me to explore my ideas on Body Language on this blog in the first place.
Sookie Rescues Bill- 1×01
It is noticable even from the beginning that Sookie is very stiff and insecure around Bill. Of course she is excited by him, he is the first vampire she has met. She smiles and laughs as a result of her effort to alleviate the awkwardness and tension (and also to release the uncomfortable situation of staring into someone’s eyes you do not completely trust yet) rather than as the result of any true conversational or bodily chemistry between them. Their attraction basically begins based on the intrigue they provide each other rather than on any genuine chemistry during their interaction. This starts off the tone for the rest of their relationship.
Skip ahead to Season 2…
Sookie’s Arguments With Bill 2×01
This couple clearly is not comfortable communicating. Sookie crosses her arms over herself (clearly closing herself off from Bill’s opinions and explanations).
Bill tries to avoid the confrontation and ignore Sookie’s feelings by darting his eyes around and avoiding her stares in between explanations.
When Bill finally starts to make an effort, Sookie turns around and bails out as soon as things get rough between them (again with her arms closed over her chest). This shows a lack of commitment to making things work in the long run and shows she is shutting his opinions and explanations out once again.
Later on as Sookie goes for the door ONCE AGAIN, they finally manage to keep eye contact, but look at that space between them while they are supposedly talking things out!
Sookie and Bill Argue Again 2×03 and 2×03:
Now, Bill is actually getting physically combative ( showing physical dominance) with Sookie during an argument (obviously never a good sign).
Sookie gets up and leaves ONCE AGAIN as they argue in the car even though it could be dangerous!Just a couple of weeks in and Sookie has tried to leave an important argument or conversation, AT LEAST THREE TIMES, rather than try to work things out plus Bill does not even try to smooth things over. Jessica tells Bill to “Go after her and say that you’re Sorry…” yet he cannot find the motivation to even do that.
Sookie and Bill Talk to Isabel and Hug0 and Sookie and Bill at the Hotel 2×05:
Bill often tries to gain the upper hand and show his possession over Sookie by standing slighty in front or trying to pull her back as she tries to get her independence within the room (before interjecting in the conversation).
Sookie holds onto Bill desperately trying to get his attention/ affection so they can make love.
Sookie and Bill speak with Isabel and Hugo 2×06:
(besides the obvious submissive dialog by Sookie) Bill holds onto Sookie and leans slightly ahead of Sookie, showing his dominance rather than their equality in the relationship. Sookie does a bashful head lean to show her submissiveness (once again).
Sookie’s Dream about Eric 2×09:
Sookie subconsciously positions her body on the opposite end of the bed from Bill, facing away from Bill, before beginning her dream of Eric ( shows an emotionally distant attitude from Bill before beginning her dream).
Sookie and Bill Discuss the Bombing 2×09:
Sookie’s arms are closed around her and she is sitting apart from Bill even as he reaches for her (shutting Bill out and claiming her distance). Clearly, Eric and Godric are the only people on her mind, as she looks at them while claiming her distance from Bill.
Sookie Tells Bill She is Going After Godric 2×09:
Bill shows all the signs of a rift in the relationship forming once he finds out she isn’t listening to him and is going to help Godric. He glances away most of the time and keeps a lot of bodily distance except to give her a goodbye kiss.
Finally, once Dallas and the Maenad Situation are Over…
Bill Proposes to Sookie 2×12:
Surprise! Not only does she not give Bill an answer (dialogue) wise, she runs away for AT LEAST THE FOURTH TIME IN TEARS rather than deal with the situation!
OR Was it really such a surprise after all?
No, it was not. Clearly, as Bill said, “they were doomed from the start.” Their body language shows an emotional distance and difficulty communicating ( stiff/unatural interaction that expresses insecurity, dominance and submissiveness rather than equality and partnership by the way they sit and stand, closed off communication with Sookie’s arm crossing, tendency to express independence in a group setting rather than a partnership with significant bodily distance in public, large distance during arguments alone, tendency to lose eye contact during difficult subjects, RUNNING AWAY FROM PROBLEMS, keeping distance rather than apologizing, solving problems with sex, and most importantly… PHYSICAL ANGER…)
Really, must I go on?
These two were sending bodily signals of trouble throughout their entire relationship despite what the dialogue said. Clearly, these two do not have what it takes to make a long term relationship work, at least with each other. Even if they could, neither of them is entirely comfortable, happy, or secure with where things are headed in this relationship. That does not need to be said.
****************BILL & SOOKIE BODY LANGUAGE UPDATE: 8/21/2010*****************
Since I last updated this post, Sookie and Bill have been reunited since the “kidnapping” storyline and have done A LOT of interacting that can be used to further analyze the downward spiral of thier relationship in Season 3 which is highlighted by Domestic violence, constant lying, codependence, & mental manipulation :
First of all: A lot of the has suggested that the PHYSICAL ANGER has escalated beyond repair and been shown in both a concious and unconcious manner ON BOTH SIDES. This season has shown the known fact that issues of domestic violence often do not resolve themseleves, they often escalate.
( On the right: Of course, Sookie attempts to show pure affection and concern for Bill by gentley wrapping her arm around the vulnerable head area while feeding him her blood and then kissing his head. Her droopy eyes and slanted eyebrows show concern for him). HOWEVER, (On the left: Whether concious or unconcious, Bill releases aggression by pinning her down and forcibly feeding from her neck and covering her mouth and nasal passages. Therefore, I am pretty sure he was trying to kill her conciously or unconciously.But how could he remember that he couldn’t stop draining if it was supposedly an unconcious action? That is my main question about this scene. Also, if this was un unconcious action, then why go through so much to make sure she wasn’t heard? An unconcious action would not show obvious concious actions!)
SOOOOO…Bill just so happens to rise as soon as he is “threatened” by the sun but a bunch of banging on the door by Tara will not do even though you have vampire ears? Btw Bill, there is no way you are truly concerned for this girl unless you just got botox injections, I don’t see any emotion on that face! In fact the only concern I saw was when you thought you might be burning up in the sun (scrunched forehead, sunken eyebrows, narrowed eyes, open mouth).
Then once Bill had time to realize WTF is going on, all he can do is day “damn” with little more than a voice that conveyed little more than mild frustration.
Once Bill realizes Sookie is breaking up with him, he turns on his best cry face in a spilt second while turning the tables on her and breaking up with her and making her feel guilty by suggesting she is breaking up with him because he can’t give her babies instead of the fact that he almost killed her. Perfect Bill, you are certainly the master manipulator. Your best guilt trip had her back in your arms by the end of the day!
(Bill, why are your eyebrows pointed up, it conflicts with your whole “sad face?” You are conveying hopefulness. You know she will be guilted into taking you back soon enough, that is why you are so hopeful. You never really thought this was the end. You are sly Bill.)
Bill could you be a worse liar?
Bill, messing with or covering your nose is the most classic sign of a liar!
You seem a little concerned when questioned with your curved eyebrows but the rest of your face is motionless and you are trying too hard to convince her with your staring after you just spent a significant amount of time trying to avoid her gaze! However, I see you hiding a little smirk as you try to convince her Eric is the reason you are keeping the SECRET FILE. Are you amused at the ease of your lies? HOWEVER, Sookie is actually looking a little unconvinced this time:
(skeptical head turn to the side, open mouth, and crunched eyebrows, slightly raised shoulders)
So you change the subject and divert her gaze ONCE AGAIN and get that classic worried look on your face Bill:
Wow, no matter the sex or anything else, I am now convinced this relationship is just about over! Sookie made it clear in episode 2×01 when you both had make-up sex the last time, that lying is her number one pet peeve and it is obvious to all by the most hopeful of Bill fans, that you are lying. Not to mention the escalating physical aggressiveness on both sides (which mirrors his disasterous relationship with Lorena), manipulation on Bill’s part and it seems that, and it seems clear that the co-dependence on eachother’s blood is a metaphor for drug addiciton.
Don’t forget he almost killed her because he couldn’t control his urges.
Is it really believeable that this relationship is going to have a happy ending?