During the off season, in honor of my most popular blog entries ever… “Eric/Sookie Body Language Flashback Parts One and Two,” (E/S BLF PART ONE) and (E/S BLF PART TWO), I have decided to make a new article exclusively for the last two episodes of Season Three, which were pivotal episodes of course, even if this will be a very short article. Enjoy!
Gulping can symbolize deep attraction or pain/fear; in my opinion, Eric’s gulping here symbolized both his deep attraction/love for Sookie and his pain and fear over what he was doing. Rubbing her with the back of his hand indicates his sympathy toward her as well as well as actualy desire to show gentleness toward her. Also, when Sookie allows Eric to touch her face in such a manner, she is allowing for a huge amount of intimacy between this before he bites her. Arms and outer limbs are considered much safer areas to touch someone, the face is a very vulnerable are and it indicates her trust in him despite the action he is about to have to perform with Russell. Once again, they shamelessly share their pattern of using a “lover’s gaze” with one another and this indicates their trust as well as their passion for another.
The head is again a vulnerable area of the body and Eric continues to show sympathy and his actual desired gentleness in reaction to Sookie’s fear by stroking the vulnerable head area.
(as I mentioned in the general Eric Northman body language articles, the biting scene parallels the scene in which Eric comforts Pam. Eric touches Sookie hair and rubs her face in an attempt to comfort her. Eric clearly loves Sookie with the purity that he loves Pam with, albeit with the added passion of a current sexual connection).
Despite her trauma healing Bill not long before, Sookie indicates affection and trust for Eric in all ways in this moment. She tilts the vulnerable neck area to the side which obviously indicates her trust in Eric (this is also especially symbolic because Eric and Bill are both vampires and that is the area Bill fed from and almost killed her feeding from). Kneeling close to Eric in such a manner also indicates her trust because she is feeding him from the wrist in her arm and doesnt need to be that close to him in order to feed him.
Sookie looks at Bill in disgust ( slight scowl on her lips, tense facial muscles, slanted eyebrows, etc _as she brings up her trauma to her while asking him to watch Eric. This, of course, contrasts the gentle look her face just a moment ago while looking at Eric. A look of disgust is bad news for Bill because this emotion often correlates with a human survival instinct (mentioned in the dream with Eric in 3×10) to protect oneself from “contamination” or “harm.”
Again, this gentle on Sookie indicates her trust even as Eric shows slightly more aggressive feeding by grabbing her wrist and sucking harder (which again contrasts the look of disgust on her face she showed Bill). For example, her tense facial muscles have become relaxed.
Though Sookie is obviously concerned and disgusted with Eric’s decision to save Russell but her open arms contrast Bill’s closed arms beside her. Her open body language indicates she is literally “open to Eric” and trusting of him despite this decision, while Bill is “not open to Eric” and is completely distrusting of him (which is of course clearly shown when he tries to kill Eric rather than team with him willingly later on).
Why is this important? This scene contrasts the scene with Eric and Sookie back in episode 3×02 when Sookie goes to Fangtasia to ask Eric for help. Alcide is clearly interested in Sookie sexually ( crotch display and “open display” with his uncrossed arms, open body, relaxed hands and arms)! However, Sookie keeps her legs tightly closed, her legs do not lean toward him, and her arms are crossed. She is acting anything but like somebody that is sexually attracted to, or open and trusting of the person across from there. Sure, she is attentive and indicates slight trust by keeping and mainting eye contact but this indicates the behavior of a good friend on her side and not much more. I discuss the contrasting scene in the first Eric and Sookie body language article (link above), but here is the the contrasting picture right below this):
Again, they share a “lover’s gaze” and despite learning that Bill deceived her in such a manner. Sookie keeps continued eye contact with Eric, keeps her body language open, and allows Eric to stand close to her without backing away. Sure, she is standing in the home that he cannot enter but if her trust in Eric had been shaken at all she would have instinctively moved by a little bit……… Despite everything and telling Eric off afterward, she clearly does still trust him a lot.
This trust has will continue to build their mutual attraction to true love!