Special blog entry to update the Eric/Sookie body language after Episode 3×03 to Episode 3×10 including dreams/fantasies (since I believe they are very symbolic of how Eric and Sookie truly feel about eachother) This will be updated again after the season finale:
3×04- Eric’s fantasy:
A hand to the chest indicates complete comfortableness and affection "especially around the heart." Eric truly wants love more than anything else from Sookie.
When you are subconciously attracted to someone, you are attracted to their smell. Mutual smelling is a sign of deep subconcious attraction.
Touching shoulders is a subtle flirtation move...
Subtle guiding her long (in the back area) indicates Eric's control of the situation and walking ahead indicates Sookie's subconcious decision to trust his guidance.
Despite Eric's seemingly agressive move, it's almost as if he is embracing her and she seems pretty relaxed considering the position they are in despite her wide eyes indicating slight stress.
This scene mirrors the porch scene. Eric is trying to get Sookie's attention more than anything else. He is desperately leaning into her. Other than that, the close face-to-face eye contact indicates general trust whether it is acknowledged or not.
Sookie is obviously sad (watery eyes, hanging mouth, exposed teeth) more than anything else. I don't think this reaction was solely based on his refusal to rescue Bill.
Eric's facial reaction at having to do what he did mirrors sookie's minus the tears (since he cries blood) and his teeth are not exposed. But he is obviously sad.
Whew! Look at that face Eric gets when he sees Sookie. He shows a lot of passion and total desire just looking at her sleep (parted lips, “the eyebrow flash,” scrunched forehead).
Eric desires a partnership/equality indicated by sitting across from her to her level on the couch rather than towering over her with his height. However, he sits slightly above her in order to get her attention because his "don't trust Bill," message and "you know you have feelings for me," message are very important to him.
This gentle kiss represents the gentle nature of any future relationship.
Once again, they are getting close and staring into eachother's eyes without interuption. (as I have said before, prolonged, uninterrupted eye contact in the wild is a sign of aggression in the wild yet not only do Eric and Sookie consistantly do this and face-to-face, closely. These two must trust eachother as much as two people possibly can, no matter what they say.
Their pelvis-to-pelvis contact obviously signifies their mutual sexual desire for one another.
This signifies Eric's total desperation and vulnerability with Sookie (the shoulder grab) and her initial guilt about kissing him by keeping the distance with her hands.
This desperation^^ mirrors Eric’s desperation when he leaned into Sookie during the Fangtasia conversation in Episode 3×02.
They signify trust through this kiss too: Eric is allowed to embrace her vulnerable head and Sookie is allowed to embrace Eric's vulnerable neck.
Allowing their mutual vulnerability, Sookie kisses him back (showing her mutual desire for him) in such a way that Eric believes he can go all out on her! (he simultaneously shows friendly love and affection by “hugging her with one hand and passion by grabbing her hair with the other hand).
This indicates that there is truly no emotional distance between these two (no matter what they say) because all distance has been closed. They did everything except having sex right there. They might as well have. They are fully embraced here.
Eric feels comfortable enough to ultimately embrace her in a fully affectionate and purely loving way, with a “hug” / full embrace without any of the lust shown through the hair grabbing. He was totally emotionally bare here in a way we have never seen before as an audience.
I think Eric is actually experiencing fear more than anything else (wide eyes, clenched jaw, heavy breathing). He is afraid because he has never loved before (he is in love, trust me, Do I need to prove that through body language too?) and knows this could mean serious trouble for both of them and also because he is vulnerable with her like nobody else and doesn’t know how to handle that especially because he has just discovered she DEFINITELY has feelings for him too yet they can’t be together for various reasons and she is also still in love with Bill.
Devastation/defeat- open mouth, droopy & red eyes cast downward.
This face also indicates pity for Sookie (her ignorance concerning Bill) with the downward face and glazed eyes added to the other body language/facial signals.
Eric throws her over his shoulder to seperate himself from his action because he cannot stand to look her in the face while he has to do this.
We can clearly see that despite everything going on, Eric and Sookie trust eachother. Eric could have trusted Sookie if she wasn’t still so attached to Bill (we can see that she is even subconciously willing to be guided by Eric, and I think she will eventually learn a lot from him, not just as a lover, but also as a teacher in all aspects of her life, including handling the vampire hiearchy). Even though Bill is not honest with her, Sookie’s own need for honesty would have blown the whole plan to Bill and Bill has clearly been established as someone that nobody can trust.
Eric is also fearful as to what their MUTUAL feelings mean for the safety of both of them, plus the other people in their lives that they love and so he feels like he needs to cover it up, NOW. I think their affection for one another runs deep and while enjoyable, could be destructive in some ways to their lives given the unfortunate tragedy of both of their situations.
However, I believe that they will ultimately make an unstoppable team once (if) they join forces and that is part of their love story (E/S tragic qualities will only be enhanced in a positive way by one another, yet B/S tragic qualties are enhanced in a negative way by one another)!