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I created this post to contrast the last post (one post back): Bad Boys: Bill vs. Eric.
(Bill and Eric get a half a check for an attempt at a rescue/ good deed if it failed or an unitentional rescue/ good deed. Bill and Eric get a full check for a good deed/rescue that was not only intentional but also successful. Checks will negate/cancel out x’s from the last post and if all of the x’s are somehow negated, the character will recieve a tally of checks at the end, if not, the character will receive the new tally of x’s)
Bad Deeds Tally:
Eric: 4.5; Bill: 15
Bill does not get credit for rescuing Sookie from the Rattrays because he either set the whole thing up or allowed it to happen/ go on longer than it should have so that he could get his blood into her as soon as possible.
Bill saved Sookie (even if it was his job to protect her) by staking Longshadow during his attack at Fangtasia (that is what we see as an audience) so he gets a check for that. We do not know if Eric had any plans or anything else. So far, the only thing the audience knows is Bill presumably had to stake Longshadow to save Sookie and he suffered consequences for it (having to turn Jessica).
Bill attempts to save Sookie from Renee in the sun but it is a failed attempt that he should have known would not work so he gets a half check.
Eric was mostly presented as a villian in season one and therefore was not presented performing obvious heroic acts in season one.
Although Bill is convienietly there and uses the guy to teach Jessica how to glamour people, he saves Sookie from being kidnapped by the FOTS at the airport.
Although held by Lorena at Eric’s suggestion (who may or may not have had greater reasons other than wanting to be the sole hero, though I think he did), Bill tries to save Sookie from the FOTS but arrives late and ends up offering nothing more than threats and is unsuccessful.
Despite any number of motivations, Bill goes to QSA for advice and Bill works with Sam and gives Sam blood in order to help with the Maryann/ the Maenad situation.
Although Eric does negociate with Sookie for Lafayette’s release later on, Eric does save Sookie’s life by bringing in Dr. Ludwig to help (which he pays a price for in money/blood/both) after the Maenad/ Maryann attacks her after Bill is unable to save her.
Although Eric was there for Godric and Sookie, Eric attempts to save Sookie from the FOTS and offers himself for both the release of her and Godric even though it was ultimately unsuccessful until Godric/Jason help.
Although Eric later tricks Sookie into drinking some of his blood, Eric saves Sookie from the suicide bombing at Godric’s.
Despite asking for Sam’s help in return later on, Eric attempted to help with the maenad situation but was held by QSA.
Although it was partially to help himself as well, Bill swears alleigeince to Russell in an attempt to divert his attention from Sookie and he tries to warn Sookie later on (as well as stake Russell) but since it wasn’t well thought out and essentially a trap, it get grouped with this good deed.
Bill helps confront the werewolves and Russell at Sookie’s house.
Although Bill initially works with Eric to help him save everyone, including Sookie, he later betrays Eric and even tries to discourage Sookie from saving Eric before that so he gets a half check.
Though he himself said it would not be personally advantageous for him to help Sookie find Bill, Eric not only comes clean about a previous lie and explains everything to her, he later sends Alcide to escort her around Jackson as she looks for Bill.
Eric helps warn/save Sookie from the werewolf inside her home and then buries the body himself without her help.
Although it was partially to protect his investment, Eric saves Lafayette from the people in HotShot.
Eric unsuccessfully tries to discourage Russell from going to get Sookie AND Although Eric saves Sookie and Bill by distracting Russell by staking Talbot, it is unclear as to whether this was an intentional move or all about his revenge.
Eric attempts to work with Bill in order to help Sookie and tries to sacrifice himself to not only get his revenge, but save everyone, including Pam, Sookie, and Bill.
Check Tally Seasons One, Two,Three: Bill: 6.5; Eric: 7.5
Bill: 15 x’s – 6.5 checks= 8.5 x’s
Even after three full seasons of good deeds, Bill’s bad aspects still far outweigh the good he has done.
Eric: 4.5 x’s – 7.5 checks = + 3 checks
Obviously, The Good Eric has done outweighs the bad aspects (the bad things he has done).
Therefore, being as objective as possible, Eric is clearly the redeemable hero and Bill has yet to be a redeemable hero, if he will ever be.
First of all, this blog is dedicated to ENA, my reader who requested it.
Let us tally up and compare the evil/bad deeds done by both Bill and Eric (that we as an audience know for sure about now) as well as their lies and then let us compare the numbers, shall we? I’ll attempt to be objective as possible as I analyze this:
Season One Tally:
As the audience later finds out in Season Three, the whole reason Bill came back to Bon Temps in the first place was to seduce Sookie so that he could earn her trust enough (since she couldn’t be glamoured and had friends/family that would look for her) in order to lure her to the queen. We also find out in Season Three that Bill was keeping a file on Sookie. This is almost worthy of two x’s but I wont do that:
Bill stood by and watched while Sookie was being almost beaten to death OR hired the Rattrays to beat her up so that he could give her his blood as soon as possible (before they even really knew eachother):
Although they were not good people, Bill killed the Rattrays either to cover up his plot with them or simply in order to feed on them and look good in front of Sookie in his mind and/or as part of his mission to “protect her”:
Although it was a pedophile, Bill killed an elderly and defenseless Uncle Bartlett after feeding on him as a result of Sookie confiding in Bill that he had molested her as a child (Sookie does not seem happy with this “protective” move later on):
Bill did not tell Sookie/ tried to hide the fact that he turned Jessica (effectively lying) by attempting to pawn his new child off on Eric:
Although he did not know Sookie well at the time, he did not rush to her aid when Longshadow attacked her when she was on buisness for him at his establishment. (I am including this to be fair despite the fact that he probably knew Bill would attack or maybe he had a better plan in mind before Bill killed Longshadow, however, as an audience we only see Eric not reacting before Bill attacks):
Season One Tally: Bill: 5 ; Eric: 1
Although, it was his duty as sheriff, Eric imprisoned Lafayette and killed Royce (though Royce could almost be called self-defense although we know Royce was no match for Eric:
Although Eric had just saved her life, he convinced Sookie he needed her to suck the bullets out so the he could heal and did not tell her otherwise, effectively lying about that and taking the opportunity for her to take some of his blood:
After Sookie confronted Bill with some of his lies/cover ups (including Uncle Barlett’s murder), she asked Bill if there was anything else he needed to tell her. He said “No,” effectively lying about a lot of things ( the queen sending him to Bon Temps for her, being a procurer for the queen, giving her his blood on purpose, his past with Lorena, etc.):
Although Bill was understandably mad at Sookie for bringing Jessica to see her parents, he got a little physically violent with Sookie during his anger with her:
Season One and Two Tally: Bill 7; Eric 3
Although Bill was starving and desperate, he fed off of a sick and elderly woman against her will (by glamouring her) and although it is very possible she survived, it is also possible she did not. Because of his extreme circumstances, I will give him a half of a X:
Bill needlessly lashed out at Lorena by attempting to burn her to death/ burning her (despite the past, Lorena was no immediate threat to Sookie or anyone and therefore this was vengeance similar to Eric staking Talbot later on):
Bill cheated on Sookie with Lorena (he had sex with her before he broke up with Sookie over the phone). Bill had no reason to have sex with Lorena other than his own self fufillment, so it was cheating was no justifiable reason. The abuse part of the sex was ambiguous because Lorena never said no while he was abusing her during the sex. However, the fact remains that he cheated on Sookie:
Although it was under Russell’s orders, Bill procured a stripper under false pretenses (partially by glamouring her) that they needlessly killed and he participated in/ seemed to enjoy:
Bill ignored Tara when she asked for help (but because he was stuck in the situation he was in front of Russell, Lorena and Franklin, I will once again be generous and only give Bill a half of a X because it wasn’t a direct action, it was no action that could have had consequences):
Although weak from being fed on by V addict, Bill almost killed Sookie during a moment of blood lust and had nothing to say except “Damn,” when he was kicked out of the truck by Tara:
Bill attempts to abandon Jessica after a month and leaves her to fend for herself in favor of having sex with Sookie. (you could make the argument that Bill knew Jessica was ok but are the same ties/ is the same awareness there after the child is released? Afterall, a maker is no longer ablet to command the child):
Bill lied yet again when he told Sookie he was keeping a file on her because of Eric and then Bill witheld the truth when asked about what the truth was by Sookie later on (as Eric brought it up). In fact, he reveals nothing till Eric makes him later on.:
Bill tries to kill Eric and Pam (get rid of their undead lives) out of jealousy of Sookie’s growing feelings for Eric as well as out of a desire to cover up the secrets Eric knew about him so that Sookie would never find out:
Although Russell did kill Eric’s family, Eric staked Talbot (russell’s child/boyfriend) to get back at Russell (even though he incidently helped save Sookie and Bill from Russell):
Eric put up a front for Russell, bit Hadley, imprisoned Sookie against her will and bit her against her will but because it was in order to save her life and find out the reasons that the queen and bill were after Sookie, Eric gets a half a X:
Eric Seasons One, Two, Three Tally: 4.5 Xs.
Bill Seasons One, Two, Three Tally: 15 Xs.
BILL GOT THREE TIMES AS MANY Xs AS ERIC WHILE I WAS BEING OBJECTIVE AS POSSIBLE!
I won’t go into detail about the motivations behind this actions, though I think it is CLEAR and easy to distinguish which actions made more sense than others, which actions were more necessary than others, and which actions were harder to avoid than others…BUT…
Both Bill and Eric do questionable things…
But I think it is more than clear after this analysis who the true villian of True Blood is and I doubt it will change!
What exactly was the difference between Sookie and Eric in this episode?
They both have a source of guidence, light, wisdom that they (LITERALLY) look up to but don’t always listen to (Godric, Claudine). Notice the striking parallel of these images that coincided with eachother in the very beginning of the show. In my opinion, this set the stage for showing the similarities and deep connection between Eric and Sookie in this episode (in order to set the stage for next season by showing Sookie’s capacity to one day love Eric back. “Forgive Him,” Godric said. This statement by Godric tied in with Sookie’s forgiveness of Eric as well. She forgave him for using her to go up against Russell and went to save him!
Eric has saved Sookie’s life. She has returned the favor. Eric goes out his way for the ones he cares for, Sookie does the same.
Sitting on the throne means a lot of things in relation to Sookie and Eric. This symbolizes Sookie’s growing strength and confidence in herself through Eric’s influence (she now possesses the same confidence, strength as Eric, once again they are paralleling each other; there is no true difference between them when it comes to who they really are). This symbolizes Sookie’s growing place in Eric’s life/ Eric’s heart and her influence on him(she almost rules over him as his in some ways for better or worse). Body language wise, this symbolizes Sookie’s desire to be closer to Eric by being near things that belong to Eric and literally being “enveloped” by them, like when a girlfriend wears her boyfriends sweater. It is an ownership gesture as well from the boy’s side. Therefore, this could also symbolizes Eric’s mind in that it could show that Eric feels almost like Sookie will be his eventually or subconsciously she already is, after she has saved him, they kissed, and have a full blood bond now. He feels her place is with him.
They both enjoy revenge against their enemies, thoroughly, and can be taken by their taste for vengeance.
Both of them felt the sting of betrayal by Bill for trusting him.
Both of them lash out the people they care about love when they are upset.
Therefore, the answer could be: almost NOTHING anymore! Will they find the peace in each other eventually, without the peace of a kind of “death” that Sookie seeks in the end and Godric says we all achieve once we are dead? Can Sookie find light in Eric and vice versa without having to resort to “death” or checking out from life voluntarily in order to do so. Unfortunately, I think Sookie going to fairyland like that, so easily, represented a kind of “suicide,” similar to what Godric did to escape his reality as a vampire. Of course, Sookie did it to escape her pain and the tough reality of being the who she is while alive.
Could Bill and Sookie look any more disconnected right now while Eric and Sookie look more and more connected?
This is the relationship that Bill wanted to seal with marriage? In the words of Lorena, he must be “delusional!”
Speaking of relationships…
Though being honest with someone you care about can push them away now, it would be worse if they found out on their own and push that person away forever.
Sometimes you just got to let people go for your own good, even if it hurts them now.
No matter how good you think things are, you must look beyond the surface.
It’s not always easy to fight for someone that you love and could complicate your own life.
Sometimes you’ll have to resist the urge for retaliation, violent or not.
Seeing the truth in others is also never easy and can be a burden…
but can also be positive. “You a witch whose a nurse whose a dude?”( you a honest vampire whose thoughts I can’t hear whose a powerful rich sheriff whose a hot guy /you a telepathic fairy that saved my life whose a waitress whose a hot woman) WELL SHIT, I GUESS I LUCKED OUT THEN, HUH?
No doubt, “Bad Blood (3×01)” from Bill invaded Sookie’s life and left her “Beautifully Broken (3×02).” “It Hurts Me Too (3×03), and the audience and Eric too. ” (9) Crimes (3×04)” had been commited against the heroine and it brought her a lot of “Trouble (3×05),” and left her saying, “I Got a Right to Sing the Blues (3×06)!” But it wasn’t over because everything was hitting the floor/ “Hitting the Ground (3×07),” and although it left her shaken, the “Night on the Sun (3×08)” was a set back for her progression against the “Bad Blood (3×01)” because it invaded her life once again during the “Night on the Sun (3×08)” But our heroine realized that “Everything is Broken (3×09) in her life because of the “Bad Blood (3×01),” and began to think “I Smell a Rat (3×10)!” “Fresh Blood (3×11)” was provided into her life and the life of the audience after the kiss and heroics of Eric showed themselves to us and Sookie, our heroine. Sookie finally realized that “Evil is Going On (3×12)” in her life after the true “Bad Blood (3×12)” was revealed to her. What will happen next?
I’m not covering the Eric time in episode 3×04 that involved the obvious themes such as concern over the V/Pam and fighting Hotshot. In addition, I won’t be covering 3×08 for the obvious faked submission to Russell by getting on one knee and Eric’s obvious reluctance to have sex with Talbot right there but his willingness to do so opportunistically. :
Fangtasia: 3×01 “Bad Blood”
Eric displays the classic “alpha male posture (that can obviously occur clothed or unclothed hah)” that men can sometimes conciously or unconciously display in order to attract the attention of a female (hips jutted forward and chest moved backward in an attempt to make themselves look bigger-as if Eric needed that- and hands near the hips or on the hips-framing the hips- in an attempt to frame their “manhood” so- to-speak). This type of positioning “alpha male posturing” has worked for ages in the wild and today. Of course, Eric’s nakedness is symbolic of a totally bare Eric, willing to put himself on display both physically and emotionally and their growing intimacy.
Once again, a terrible liar, Eric displays definsivenss with his crossed arms in front of the magister. He also mistakingly positions himself above the queen and the magister by standing above them (conciously or unconciously displaying his own opinion that he thinks he is better than both of them despite their positions), but they counter that by invading his personal space by sitting at his throne area in his place.
Fangtasia: 3×02 “Beautifully Broken”
Eric is trying to treat Sookie as an equal as he lowers himself to her level while they share the ultra-flirtacious prolonged eye contact as usual. Also, as I mentioned in the Eric/Sookie body language flashback article, Eric is also expressing desperation as he leans into her with the “notice me, please” move: https://talktrueblood.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/ericsookiebodylanguage/
However, Sookie’s crossed legs show hesitation for obvious reasons and they counter Eric’s open legged “crotch display (another example of an Eric “opening up.” However, they still trust eachother and are comfortable enough to have their legs so close, almost intertwined, in the first place.
3×02: “Beautifully Broken” Eric’s Flashback & Sookie’s Porch:
Sookie’ House and the Graveyard: 3×03 “It Hurts Me Too”
Eric and Sookie walk in-sync (“mirror eachother”) with each other from the graveyard. This is one of the strongest signals of not only interest/flirtation but also a deep connection (literally being in-sync with each other).
Russell’s Mansion: 3×05 “Trouble”
Russell’s Mansion: 3×06 “I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues”
Eric takes on his cocky viking/vampire persona for Russell (to convince him he totally prejudice against anybody/anything but vampires by the way he leans back into his limo seat.
QSA’s Palace: 3×06 “I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues”
QSA’s Palace and Fangtasia: 3×07 “Hitting The Ground”
Eric is actually being rather gentle with Hadley when you consider the way he “guides her along.” Why did he notify her of the plan? If he didn’t care and simply wanted to immobilize/transport her, why didn’t he just pick her up like he did with QSA or Sookie (in order to make her believe him) later on? NO, he gently puts his arm around her (like he did with Sookie earlier on) and then gives her blood when he is done…
Eric simultaneously shows his respect for Pam’s mind and his general affection for her by rubbing her head.
Fangtasia: 3×09 “Everything is Broken”
As I pointed out in the season two analysis, Eric being hunched over indicates insecurity. Eric is obviously not confident when dealing with Nan/The Authority but HE IS STILL HONEST WITH THEM! The amount of distance for their mutal personal spaces during the interview is ENORMOUS, indicating complete distrust and general uneasiness with eachother, yet ERIC IS STILL TOTALLY HONEST!
Jason’s House, The Dream, Fangtasia: 3×10 “I Smell A Rat”
For my analysis of the dream and Fangtasia kiss in regards to Eric/Sookie, Read the Episode 3×10 Section of my Eric/Sookie Body Language Flashback! Part Two!: https://talktrueblood.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/ericsookiebodylanguage2/
This head holding/kiss by Eric is once again symbolic of their emotional as well as intellectual connection (entire mutual respect). It is also a very paternal/maternal (father,mother) thing to do as well all know.
This of course parallels the same thing I just said about Eric/Pam and the head touching/holding before he is forced to bite her. Also, they mutually gulp ( gulping in and of itself is a sign of deep attraction and when they “mirror eachother” it symbolizes their deep emotional connection is addition to that general mutual attraction as well). Then Eric tenderly comforts her by petting her head when she is scared because Russell bites her likes he does and he is forced to bite her ….
Eric heroically gives Russell a fake smile (the rest of his face is stiff, indicating the fake smile) because he won’t allow him to see fear or regret on his face!
Eric has gone from a pure Cocky Viking Vampire to the Cocky Viking Vampire who can also have the flaws of humanity ( such as insecurity) and benefits of the humanity ( such as the ability to be a tender father and love a good woman) he willingly or unwillingly retained (yet sees no need to flaunt). YET he has actually transcended all of that at the same time and become our Sacrificial Hero!
I am skipping episode 2×01 since Eric did not appear until the end and it was clear that was the aggressive, impulsive Eric reacting to an attack. I am also not going to cover episode 2×04 because it was also a minimal Eric episode and it only contained a straightforward coercion by Eric in order to get Lafayette to drink his blood so that he would be connected to Sookie through Lafayette and also be able to track Lafayette:
Fangtasia: 2×02 “Keep This Party Going”
Once again, Eric uses his pompous viking demeanor to get in Lafayette’s face in to make a point by intimidating him and get Lafayette to answer to him.
In this instance, Eric’s hands in the pockets must be connected to one of these things since I established in part one that this exhibits 1.nervousness/anxiety 2. Dishonesty/concealment:
1.Eric is experiencing nervousness and anxiety because he knows Godric is missing and he is afraid Bill will reject his request for Sookie’s help (which Bill ultimately does) OR 2. Eric is of course not being completely open about why he is so eager to find Godric or why he needs Sookie’s help. (it is probably both reasons in this instance).
Fangtasia: 2×03 “Scratches”
We have Eric claiming dominance over the room similar to the position he had sitting on his Fangtasia throne (refer to part one). Leaning back in the chair points to Eric’s obvious adventurous personality but can also refer to “critical thinking,” which refers to Eric being dumbfounded as to what the maenad was. It can also indicate a certain “relaxation” because he thinks Bill is worrying too much/overeacting and that it will be taken care of. He really feels in control and tries to communicate that “dominance” and “control” to Bill through this position.
Godric’s House/Nest: 2×05 “Never Let Me Go”
Insecurity, here? I say yes! This will become a typical “Eric is insecure” pose. Eric is insecure because of feeling helpless about Godric, helpless about Sookie and affected by a “human” (to the point where not even feeding is giving him satisfaction at this point), and Bill’s role in all of this.
Outside the FOTS: 2×07 “Release Me”
FOTS Building: 2×08 “Timebomb”
(i know this isn’t body language related, but even Newlin admitted Eric’s actions were noble, despite the fact that he obviously did not agree with them, example of unreliable narrator with the truth)
SERIOUSLY? Do these two ever stop? Did they ever think they were fooling themselves, much less anybody else?
Godric’s House/Nest: 2×08 “Timebomb”
1. Eric is anxious about approaching Sookie because of the intensity they just went through, plus the feelings that were already there. 2. Eric heard Sookie question Bill about being gone and is concealing the answer. (possibly both).
SERIOUSLY GUYS! WHY DON’T YOU JUST GET A ROOM ALREADY???
The Carmilla Hotel Dream: 2×09 “I Will Rise Up”
This is the ultimate sign of equality in the relationship, facing eachother face-to-face on the bed and “mirroring eachother.” Kissing the hand is the ultimate sign of respect and total adoration of the partner. (this is where they are going or how they truly feel).
One of the more obvious and cute Eric and Sookie flirting moments was the classic “look at your crush and look away as they look as you,” or “eye contact game,” game they played in the hotel Carmilla when questioned by Nan. Nothing indicates interest and open flirtation more than this across the room game played both conciously and sometimes unconciously, but obviously conciously in this case:
The Roof: 2×09 “I will Rise up”
(more on Godric/Eric body language/interaction on the Carmilla Roof here once again: https://talktrueblood.wordpress.com/2010/08/18/makerchildrelationships/
Yeah, these two are so ending up together…HAND HOLDING? I don’t even see Bill doing that with her much…
The Car From Dallas Dream: 2×10 “New World In My View”
QSA’s Palace: 2×12 “Beyond Here Lies Nothing”
(also a lot of bliking in this scene to back up the assertion I made about the 2×12 scene)
Season 2 of course showed the Cocky Viking with a sensitive side for Sookie and his blood(such as Pam and Godric), a spirited and brave viking willing to risk/give up his undead life for those fortunate enough to gain that loyalty/affection from him…
Of course Eric can be the selfish, generally/sexually manipulative, impulsive, aggressive, angry, cocky viking but Eric can also be loyal, brave, nervous, anxious, desperate, respectful, vulnerable, intellectually/emotionally attached to a non-blood related human, insecure and trustworthy…
But if being generally good but very flawed isn’t human (his humanity), then I don’t know what is…
AND Eric showed potential of being SACRIFICIAL…
But Eric had no opportunity to be a “hero,” (atleast on the surface), atleast till now…
(will be continued in the next installment).
I am putting together a little treat to help us through this second torturous week ahead : – )
This will be a three part series that goes over Eric Northman’s body language Season by Season, Episode by Episode in which he appears:
Fangtasia: 1×04 “Escape from Dragon House.”
We know from the first few looks at at Eric that his raw sexuality is what he normally uses to play others and command a room (and is his outward front in public since ), Eric uses his sexuality even in a business setting apparently (I still say this despite the fact that Eric’s business is a bar of course). Eric displays the “open crotch,” and that is often a conscious or unconscious expression of sexuality and male dominance (let us think he is showing off the “gracious plenty” if you are a book reader).
Placing your hands-palms down on the arms of the chair during a conversation shows authority over the person/group (something we know Eric has and shows). However, instead of keeping a firm grasp on the chair, it is very loose and Eric even seems to be twitching his fingers while talking to Sookie (showing a symbolic loosening of that authoritarian face with in her and he is also showing nervousness, surprisingly ). Obviously, nervousness around Sookie as well as a loosening of his authority around Sookie is something that he obviously would not be keen to reveal and something that is therefore not obvious to the audience (unless you are paying attention of course). The twitching of fingers can show general arousal as well. Having Pam behind him symbolically shows his willingness to let trusted individuals “guide him” sometimes despite his authority (besides showing Pam “has his back,” though that would be obvious of any child to their maker in most circumstances).
Fangtasia: 1×07 “Burning House of Love”
Eric presses his fingers together, almost at a folded steeple. Pressing fingers in this manner can symbolize arrogance or deep thought, maybe both. Eric is probably very thoughtful about Sookie, because he insists upon her presence later and is presumably texting Bill about meeting her. Eric also carries a certain amount of arrogance in his bar, obviously.
Fangtasia: 1×08 “The Fourth Man In The Fire”
1. He is actually not very confident about the situation and his is very anxious about it. Maybe he is actually acting this way because he is anxious that Sookie is around 🙂 Or Eric is really depending on Sookie here! This also goes to show that even season 1 Eric had moments of weakness and helplessness and anxiety (maybe even as a result of Sookie : ). Maybe he was also anxious about having to possibly deal with the human in question, since on the surface, he thought it was a human suspect.
2. This can indicate dishonesty or withholding information. In this case, it would indicate that Eric brought Sookie here simply to see her again because he already knew who the culprit was. In this case, it would indicate that Eric took extreme measures to see Sookie again, even at this point, which would indicate he is already developing feelings for her that probably went beyond the sexual aspect.
Fangtasia: “Plaisir D’Amour”
Eric keeps a relaxed and wide body posture with Bill (demonstrating his superior presence in the room). He also smiles, so he considers Bill’s presence in front of him and Bill himself quite humorous and not worthy of being taken seriously. Eric also leans back in the chair and leaning back in the chair is also a way of indicating superiority over the other person in question and can also indicate a generally large ego (something we know Eric definitely has but has earned in some ways haha but something Lafayette has as well but hasn’t entirely earned, yet we still love Lafayette and find him endearing in some ways). What makes this interesting is later on in Season 3, Eric makes it clear to Lafayette that he actually downplays his own ego/superiority when he is trying to be a salesman (work with others in a business setting) and does not normally expect the other person to adapt to him under those circumstances. Frankly, Eric thinks so little of Bill that he puts his full ego on display for him. This Eric was also less affected by outside stresses and his full on cocky viking shined through. As a chess player, Eric knows that Bill’s own ego is so large that it would annoy him to submit to such an outwardly cocky superior (as a result, Eric might get under Bill’s skin enough to get a rise out of him and slip up, either by attacking him in some way or revealing hidden information).
However, the facial differences between the first picture and the second picture are striking. Eric goes from a face full of humor (the smile) regarding Bill, to a face of skepticism (raised/scrunched eyebrows, parted lips, tongue on the back of his teeth). This is interesting because Eric was already definitely questioning Bill’s motives and this evidence backs up Eric’s comments about “the possible edict to protect Sookie,” which he seemed to be questioning Bill about, indirectly of course.
Merlotte’s: 1×09 “Plaisir D’Amour”
Here, Eric displays a little aggression by leaning into this person that he hardly knows and widening his eyes in his face (once again, the cocky viking is the main side of Eric shown). However, Eric was possibly trying to make a point more than anything else. We have seen Eric display this similar face to those he is simply trying to make a point to, but never harm (like Sookie). At the very least, this just shows that Eric and Sookie’s willingness to get into eachother’s faces is very significant, especially if he is known to be obviously aggressive and scary when he is in someone’s face in this manner.
Covering the gential region (“gracious plenty” book readers) with his clasped hands and hanging arms indicates a potentially anxious position (he wants to get out of there, is tired of looking at Bill and Sookie’s love fest) or feels as if he is looking forward to Bill’s potential demise or is nervous about seeing the magister (no matter the circumstances). It could also indicate his subconcious/concious sexual desire for Sookie and is a “barrier” between him and her (his beginning feelings for her and his disgust at witnessing the B/S display of affection before Bill leaves).
Bill’s Trial: 1×10 “I Don’t Wanna Know”
Of course, once Eric is concerned with playing to others, his cockiness is considerably lower yet he still plays it to those he considers inferior (i.e Bill). Eric’s aggressive face does in fact show that Eric was definitely trying to opportunistically take out his rival then (though I think Eric now realizes keeping Bill around as help sometimes is worth the hassle of having him as a rival as well, whether or not Bill feels the same way). It was surprising to realize that it seemed like Eric had feelings in regards to the nature of Bill’s punishment and was trying to conceal it (another indication that Eric might not have been quite as “heartless” as portrayed on the surface, even at this point in the show).
Fangtasia: 1×11 “To Love Is To Bury”
Bill’s House: 1×12 “You’ll Be The Death of Me”
Season One obviously mostly shows the cocky/arrogant/opportunistic viking (the Eric who is concerned with showing his authority and power above all other things), finds dealing with others that are beneath him/inferior humorous in all situations, and uses his sexuality to manipulate others in most situations (male or female) and claim the room.
More importantly and less obviously and surprisingly, it shows an intelligent Eric who is already skeptical of Bill, an Eric that is nervous around Sookie, and Eric that is nervous/anxious and not in control of an important situation, an Eric that has to hide feelings about an innocent girl being forcibly turned by an unwilling maker, a vulnerable Eric, and an Eric that can be more bark than bite (using intimidation to make a point rather than following through on the aggression most of the time). All of this sets up the Eric of Seasons 2 and 3 of course…