“Cocky Viking to Sacrifical Hero”: The Body Language of Eric Northman Part Two/ Season Two

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: 

Season Two: 

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. 

despite his skepticism, Eric respectfully maintains eye contact and listens to Lafayette's story in order to bring the information forth by playing to Lafayette's ego for a while in this "buisness setting." However, Eric remains cocky enough to casually worry about his hair during the questioning (however, he remains in a commanding position in the center of the room).

For future reference, this is Eric’s actual “angry/aggressive face (open mouth with teeth exposed, raised eyebrows, jutted jaw, and a wrinkled nose sometimes)”

After the suggestion by the saleswoman to Bill, Eric once again uses his sexuality to his advantage with an exaggerated arched eyebrow, even with Bill.


another Eric “hands in the pockets”


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). 

Again, we see Eric "nervously" fiddling with the clothes though he obviously has no real intention of buying any of them (ties into my previous point about Eric's anxiety). Also, Eric is attempting to "guide Bill along (influence his decision and show his dominance) by taking his arm and moving him along during the discussion.


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. 

Eric exhibit's his typical "intimdation face" in order to make a point and he lacks the facial wrinks/scrunched nose/raised eyebrows/ pronounced jawline of a true agressive/mad Eric face

Eric exhibits "cooperation" with Sookie by sitting on the edge of the desk with his hands on his knees and getting down to her level/looking her in eye as well. Proof that Eric was in fact treating her an equal/worthy of respect already during this scene

Eric once again attempts to charm someone with his sexuality as usual (whether male of female obviously) with a flirtacious wink/ same as the exaggerated eyebrow and a light touch with the finger (I conclude that this is typical fake-Eric-fliriting ALWAYS, when he actually likes someone it is different as we later see)

Although Eric fans are often captivated by the rest of the interaction in this scene between all three of them, the most significant thing in relation to Eric and Sookie's growing relationship was the VERY LONG AND PERSONAL eye contact here. One-on-one eye contact like that lasting for more than a second or two means a DEEP connection and Eric smiles on top of that because he understands the connection then.

Godric’s House/Nest: 2×05 “Never Let Me Go” 

Once again, we see Eric's true angry/aggressive face (exposed teeth-minus the fangs/sometimes clenched, wrinkled nose, etc.) - backed up by Eric throwing things (something we know he typically does not do).

...or tight, pursed lips (with or without a type of disgusted scowl)

Eric often keeps a straight/undistinguished face while being open and honest (this is often mis-interpreted as indifference/emonlessness/boredom/concealment) which is the perfect time to bring this example out since we know Eric could not have been more emotional since we now know what Godric meant to him and him knowing he was in trouble as he recounted his turning.

Hotel Carmilla: 2×06 “Hard Hearted Hannah”

Being "hunched over" in this manner can indicate two things: 1. Thoughtful (which would make sense, he is thinking about Godric, Sookie, Bill and Lorena's arrival). 2. INSECURITY

 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. 

No wonder Lorena didn't believe Eric! Crossed legs indicate defensiveness or concealment (defensiveness about his feelings for Sookie or his nervousness about Godric/ concealing his true feelings for Sookie as well as his real need for Bill to be "held" by her. He also fiddles/pokes at the couch, showing that nervousness. At the same time, he fails at trying to convince her he is relaxed by having those legs casually stretched out.

Outside the FOTS: 2×07 “Release Me” 

Like most others that lie, Eric avoids eye contact while telling her the lie that "he isn't interested in Sookie, he only cares about Godric, etc."

after he just eyed her intently like this as she talked about love with a human.

(my reader, Robin, indicated that one of the biggest things she noticed about this scene was Eric’s constant blinking, which definitely indicates lying or withholding information and the only think Eric could be lying about or withholding is the truth about his feelings for Sookie).

Another true Eric angry/aggressive face (see refs above)

FOTS Building: 2×08 “Timebomb” 

Presumably, Eric is leading Sookie by the small of her back (one of the deepest signs of male-to-female affection and attraction) as he attempts to rescue her.

In this famous/beloved scene, Eric and Sookie convey the same trust for eachother (leaning into her and her not backing away) that Eric is seemingly asking her for.

Prolonged eye contact similar to the eye contact after 2x03 (showing their deep connection, mutual concern) as Eric attempts to reassure her despite knowing her might not make it.

(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) 

More prolonged eye contact (showing more of their deep connection) and obvious concern.

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” 

Hands in the pockets again for Eric as he approaches B/S!

So either.. 

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). 

(body language with Godric is discussed in my maker/child relationships post a little bit back)



The male-to-male face off seems to be intense on the surface but of course Eric finds dealing with Bill humorous once again as he smiles.




Godric’s House/Nest: 2×09 “I Will Rise Up”

She is aggressively sucking his chest, no matter what face she puts on. He looks at her like a guy with a school boy crush as soon as he knows she won't be looking at him. Of course, OBVIOUSLY, he is aroused and happy when he smiles, as his fangs have come out too.Of course, this is the ultimate sign of cocky arrogance (leaning back with one hand behind the head), the Cocky Viking is in full force here.

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/ 

Hand holding (the ultimate sign of feelings/affection and it was outside a dream) AND prolonged eye contact.

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” 

Kissing cheeks in a sign of their deepening friendship and Eric gives his shocked stare

Touching the heads is a sign of an intellectual as well as an emotional connection. It is actually one of the most affectionate moves possible.

 Fangtasia:2×11: “Frenzy” 

He gets on Sam's level to hear him out although since he does not respect Sam and is distracted, he does not maintain good eye contact with him.

Eric does show curiosity and consideration for the children by keeping eye contact with them and also trying to get at their level as well.

QSA’s Palace: 2×11 “Frenzy”

Worrying About/ Fiddling with his hair either indicates his boredom/frustration with Bill and/or his anxiousness to hear Sookie potentially speaking of him.

QSA’s Palace: 2×12 “Beyond Here Lies Nothing” 

When asked about Sookie by the queen, Eric diverts her gaze in order to try to hide his feelings as he lies about them, he even swallows which is something Eric has been shown to do when trying to keep his emotions in check (despite this, the queen is of course not fooled).

(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).


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  1. #1 by lizzy on September 8, 2010 - 5:00 pm

    Good work as always,thank you so much.

    • #2 by talktrueblood on September 8, 2010 - 10:04 pm

      Thank you Lizzy!
      Im glad you liked it.
      I do this for my readers ❤

  2. #3 by Bobsgran on September 9, 2010 - 11:52 am

    Really enjoyable again TTB. He is a lousy lier isn’t he? Get the feeling he’d lose at poker, too many tells. LOL

    • #4 by talktrueblood on September 9, 2010 - 1:20 pm

      yeah I make money at poker.
      I’d have him out in less than an hour

  3. #5 by theagnosticswife on September 9, 2010 - 3:56 pm

    Loved it! Can’t wait until the next one!

    • #6 by talktrueblood on September 9, 2010 - 10:13 pm

      thank you.
      Season 3 will be the most fun one to write.

  4. #7 by artermis on September 9, 2010 - 9:28 pm

    I really enjoyed your posts. Looking forward to the next one…

    • #8 by talktrueblood on September 9, 2010 - 10:13 pm

      thank you artermis
      I’ll try to have my next post up friday or early saturday before finale day!
      : )

  5. #9 by Chris on September 9, 2010 - 11:11 pm

    FB True Blood discussion board (even when really active) can no longer satisfy my cravings. Now, I have to visit you, TrueBloodUnderground, and AncientPythoness if only to read the new comments. I totally enjoy Sookieverseblog too but for different reasons.

    Your knowledge of body language is incredible and I love your ability to apply it to each character. I can’t wait to read about Season 3. It will be a long, long time waiting until the new season, please update often.

    You really SEE what most of us don’t recognize unless it is pointed out.

    Thank you for taking the time and having the interest.

    • #10 by talktrueblood on September 9, 2010 - 11:38 pm

      Thank you much!
      Yes, FB True Blood is not where it’s at anymore haha.
      I think AncientPythoness and TBU are much better than my blog but I am glad I brought something to the table that people like.

      I have always been very, very interested in body language. It’s the answer to understanding people.
      It helps me read people in general now.

      Again, thank you. I am just flattered that so many care to read.

      • #11 by Chris on September 10, 2010 - 1:15 am

        I will always care to read YOUR BLOG.

        Stop selling yourself short. YOUR BLOG is AS IMPORTANT as AP and TBU. I have nothing else to add other than a

        BIG THANK YOU (AGAIN)!!!


      • #12 by talktrueblood on September 10, 2010 - 4:13 pm

        you are too kind. hope you enjoy the next post.

        -Kat (TTB)

  6. #13 by bloodboundnorse on September 10, 2010 - 12:34 am

    Thank you talktrueblood, I’ll be subscribing from now one! You and sookieverseblog are my fave sites to visit now.

    I was always wondering what Eric’s smile meant to Sookie as they were leaving Fangtasia. It seemed like more of a sneer, haha I got under your skin etc… It didn’t give me hope to their relationship at the time.

    His aggression face description has me worried about what you have to say in Season 3. Because I don’t think he showed Sookie his fake aggression face but his real one 😦

    • #14 by artermis on September 10, 2010 - 6:04 pm

      He showed that real aggression face to Pam too when she kept distracting him when he was making his will with the lawyer.

      I think when he does show the real aggression face to the people he cares about (Pam, Sookie), it’s because they have pushed him to the point of losing his patience but does not mean that he’s about to cause them harm. Kind of like how a person can snap at a friend or a child who has gotten too annoying.

      • #15 by talktrueblood on September 10, 2010 - 8:30 pm

        He also showed it when Pam was bugging him about going to the queen!

        I agree with Artermis!

  7. #16 by Freyja on September 10, 2010 - 9:42 am

    As always, you did wonderfully 🙂 Can’t wait for season 3 update!

    • #17 by talktrueblood on September 10, 2010 - 4:12 pm

      Thank you……
      I hope to have the Season 3 part out before tomorrow night. (remember my time zone is EST).

  8. #18 by anette on September 10, 2010 - 1:14 pm

    Hi, I really love what you are doing, reading body language is great abillity, and I’m impressed by you knowledge of it.
    And I totally agree what you have seen in Eric’s.
    It show also how great actor is AS, his creation of Eric is so complex!
    I’m absolutly Eric team 😉
    Can’t wait for your analyse of 3 season.
    Sorry for my english, I’m from Poland, and I don’t have to many opportunities to wrote in english 😉
    But love your blog.
    best wishes

    • #19 by talktrueblood on September 10, 2010 - 4:00 pm

      Thank you Anette.
      AS is the best actor on the show other than Denis O’Hare as Russell in my opinion.

      Season 3 Analysis will be here before the day of the finale.
      No, do not worry about your English. It is actually very good.
      I understand.

  9. #20 by gaby on September 10, 2010 - 5:30 pm

    I´m waiting for the third part! It´s incredible, I may not be a very detallist person, because now you talk about such details I say “that is right! how is that I never saw it if it was always there?” 🙂
    Great blog! it´s a pleasure to read it
    Regards from Argentina

    • #21 by talktrueblood on September 10, 2010 - 8:29 pm

      Hablo Español
      Es muy detallado!

      yo fui a Argentina!
      Me gusta Argentina.

  10. #22 by anette on September 10, 2010 - 6:58 pm

    you’re to kind, thanks.
    Funny thing, You have seen all that things in Eric’s creation, I totally agree with those observations of yours, but I’m wonder, what’s about all things Alan B. spoked about Bill, Sookie, Eric, about their relations, fellings etc. He all the time repeted, that Bill and Sookie are soul mates, true love blalala, but their bodies speaks so diferent! It’s rather funny and really intrigued by this…
    What’s more interesting, Anna P. i Stephen M., when I saw an interview with them, they have a such a nice chemistry, but I don see such a chemistry between them on set… but cemistry between Sookie and Eric is amazing! Strange, don’t you think?
    Yours revelation of body language of those created persons, like Eric or Bill (or Beeel 😉 ) make me more concious of how difficult is actors job, acting is not only words and movement, but they have to change all body language, they need to be absolutly focus on all what they body tell to the viewers, amazing! And true, Aleksander Skasgard is the best actor in the show, stuning, beautiful, talented, extriemly awere of his body, just great. Stephen is much worst… Love actres, who play Pam, she is great too.

  11. #23 by anna on September 10, 2010 - 9:35 pm

    Great post, thank you. You always make me watch things with a new perspective.

    • #24 by talktrueblood on September 10, 2010 - 9:51 pm

      Thank you much Anna.
      I am working on part three now.

  12. #25 by anna on September 10, 2010 - 10:16 pm

    I’m really looking forward to it.

  13. #27 by IkeaGoddess on March 20, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    A great, very in-depth analysis. I don’t recall ever reading a better one. Chapeau.
    I do have something to add about Eric’s famous hands-in-pockets-position: with males it is often used to ease zipper pressure or to make a hard-on less visible. Every scene where Eric has his hands in his pockets around Sookie, I can’t help thinking the gracious plenty is saluting her.
    I can’t wait to see what season 4 has in store for us 🙂

    • #28 by Katya on March 25, 2011 - 4:19 pm

      THANK you so much.
      haahhaaaaaaaa I looove you analysis of the hands-in-pockets…SO TRUE

      me either!

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