Thoughts on the True Blood “Show Your True Colors” Posters (symbolism and body language)


1.  Sookie, Eric, Bill, and Alcide Poster:

Red Symbolism: Of course, red is well-known for passion (and obviously this is partially connected to the love and lust between the characters in this photograph and of course most people would stop there).  It is obvious that this also symbolized the blood involved with some of these characters. However, I think those posters are also related to character development beyond relational development. This means that this season will focus on showing many “red traits” as the “true-colors” of Sookie, Eric, Alcide, and Bill . Sookie, Eric, Alcide, and Bill will not just exhibit the obvious relational qualities of love, lust, passion, and the blood involved between some of them or others (Alcide has blood on his hands obviously for killing Debbie’s Cooter haha and there maybe more to his past or his “full moon transformations”). They may experience a revitalization of themselves (who they truly are and the sheer force of their best and worst selves) as red can represent new life, new energy, and vitality. I can also see these characters acting on all of their impulses (whether positive or negative), as red symbolizes impulsiveness as well; but red can also have a more positive side as it can imply confidence and release from anxiety.

Sookie, Eric, Alcide, and Bill will also become a revitalized version of themselves (for better or worse), become more impulsive or indulge in/reveal their actual impulsiveness (for better or worse), and they will be fully confident or reveal their confidence in all of it’s aspects (yet could suffer from over-confidence or reveal their problems with ego).  Of course, this is in addition to the obvious relational development and the blood connections.

Body Language In this Poster: WHOA! HELLO! We can clearly see that Alcide is getting a little too close there haha! Though it looks like Alcide is in the best position in this photograph, the overt emphasis on Sookie’s open leg and Alcide’s placement of the hand on the thigh and toward the crotch shows that most of their connection or attraction is in fact purely sexual (which is news to me considering that it seemed like Alcide was being relegated to the friend zone and their on-screen chemistry is nil ha ha). Anyway, it seems like Alcide’s attraction is mostly sexual (which connects to the idea that his heart is still with Debbie in reality).  Bill’s light touching of the shoulder is a chaste greeting that is often used in public, although he almost seems to be reaching for/ close to the breast (if this is the case, the conclusion we can reach is similar to the one we reached about Alcide’s relationship with Sookie: It’s mostly sexual). However, if the “almost-breast touch” is not being implied (even though his finger tips are touching the breast), then this is a friendship gesture indicating concern for her yet Bill shows his distance from Sookie by being out of whack with her body language (she is sitting down and he is standing up, while both Eric and Alcide are on his level). Obviously, Eric also considers Bill to not be much competition anymore because she stares at Alcide as his main competition, by displaying an obvious aggressive face (staring with wide eyes and since this is True Blood, his exposed fangs). Sookie is displaying trust in Eric by allowing him to be behind her and he is showing his protective nature by literally “having her back” (and she’s allowing it). Grabbing Sookie’s 

Sookie’s body language is open so we can see that she is into all the attention from all angles, closed off to none of them (so we can see she will probably be open to all of their attentions, (even Bill, though we know they aren’t getting back together); she is sitting in a position with her legs slightly open and that shows a relaxed manner with no apprehension.

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2. Tara, Sam, and Lafayette Poster:

 

White Symbolism: White can represent new beginnings, so I believe that these characters will go through being presented in a new way and will try to renew themselves (we saw proof of this when Tara obviously left town to form a new identity elsewhere) and their identities. Each character will reach a new clarity/enlightenment (white represents clarity/enlightenment) about who they are and what they want from life and how they will handle the challenges they face as well; it is also a spiritual color and this represents a possible spiritual awareness for these characters in connection with this enlightenment (maybe they want to find redemption for sins in Sam’s case, though that doesn’t mean they will be successful).  White can represent hope so each of these characters will have a new hope about life and what they can accomplish.  Because white represents cleanliness, cleanliness can connect to the way these characters will try to clean out their lives for the better. However, notice that Sam is a little less white than Lafayette and Tara (his shoes are even scruffy), this shows that this progress will be clouded  by contradictory actions in his life and he will not be as successful in his transformation.

However, white symbolism aside….the questionable wooden floor underneath them represents the rotting foundation that is preventing them from achieving this new and better side of themselves (the darkening throughout the floor board contrasts with the pure white in the poster and connects with the rotting floorboard).

As some of you may or may not know, Alan Ball (the show’s creator) is a Buddhist. The color white is associated with the Goddess Tara in a sect of Buddhist religion:

 

 This goddess is associated with CLARITY and is also considered to be ‘the one who leads out beyond the darkness of bondage’.  Tara has escaped from her bondage and is in a phase of white instead of darkness now. Tara may possibly lead Lafayette and Sam out of their own bondage (whatever they may be) as well as her own and become a guide for them as the season progresses or she may be the one to see it clear later on when the others do not…however, we shall have to see.

Body Language in the Poster:  Lafayette’s crossed fingers indicate his new hope and his new sense of faith (as it is akin to a prayer). Laffy is also leaned back while sitting with his legs open (he is comfortable with taking on his new challenges and is open to others and to life). Tara touch’s Laffayette shoulder in the same sense of connection and concern and friendship that Bill shows in touching Sookie’s shoulder in the previous poster.  Because Tara seems to be literally caught between the other two characters, that will possibly represent Tara being torn between the life she will experience with Lafayette (whatever that may be- spoiler free post! lol) and the life she could experience with Sam in her life (whatever that may be). Sam looks down at Tara adoringly, almost which can indicate continued feelings for Tara (no matter what happens). He subtly touches her leg and leans in toward her, indicating continued sexual interest as well in addition to his general affectionate feelings (no mater what happens). However, Tara seems to be trying to close herself off from Sam (as usual) by putting up the leg so that it’s in between them. But her sly gaze to the left (which Sam cannot view) indicates a secret continued interest in him even with her new-found aversion to supernaturals that include vampires, weres, and shifters. Tara’s bent leg pointing toward Sam also indicates her continued secret interest in him, not to mention her general proximity despite the leg between them.

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3. Jason, Jessica, and Pam Poster:

 

Black Symbolism: It is obvious that black represents the dark side of things and so it should be obvious that each of these characters will embrace their dark side ( you say, “well Jessica and Pam are already very dark!” Well, then that means that will be even darker than before so prepare yourself); this could even be in connection with increased actions that could be considered “evil,” by these characters.  Black can be considered a sexy color ( you say, “well all three of those characters are already very sexy!” Well, then that means that they will be even sexier than before so prepare yourself! lol).  Because black indicates mystery and secrecy, there could be an added air of mystery and secrecy to their lives (at least mysterious to other people in their lives). Black can also imply sophistication, which could mean that each of these characters may increase their sophistication/awareness in some way (for better or worse). Black also can symbolize danger, so each character may experience added danger in their lives (heightened to a new level, even for True Blood).

(Since black is also a color of mourning, it is possible that all of these characters will be mourning a loss somehow/ someway whether it’s actual death or not).

Relationally, I believe this means that all of these characters will be spending more time with each other somehow.

Body Language in the poster: Jessica’s open legs and sitting body position indicates a new-found familiarity with Pam (and possibly Jason too), and could indicate sexual attraction to either of them or both. All of these characters are showing aggression (indicating increased aggression in each of them, which goes along with the color black above) with hard stares. Jessica and Pam show the exposed fangs of a vampire (which is aggression for a vampire on True Blood). Obviously, Jessica’s exposed cleavage is an indication of her increased sexuality as well (apart from the black symbolism). Jason also seems to be attempting to invade Jessica and Pam’s little bubble (whatever bubble they may end up forming but it seems they will in this poster); Pam is even touching Jessica’s shoulder with the concern, compassion, and familiarity also indicated in the Bill/Sookie shoulder touch in the first poster as well as the Tara/Laffayette shoulder touch in the second poster.  In addition, Jessica is leaning in slightly toward Pam (and possibly Jason). However, Jessica looks ahead and Pam eyes Jason (indicating distractions around them and Jason’s invasion of Pam’s space or her bubble with Jessica).

 

***In this spoiler laden article, I explain a theory in which this poster (Jason, Pam, and Jessica) is connected in my opinion. Only read if you have no aversion to spoilers!***

 

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  1. #1 by Anonymous on June 21, 2011 - 5:57 pm

    since in one of the Video clips we see Jessica giving Jason her “V” to most likely heal then Jason might become attracted to Jessica?? & if Jessica & Pam are having a fling in s4 then no wonder Pam is looking at Jason funny in a protective manner over Jessica.. especially since Jason becomes a Hybird were panther in s4..

    • #2 by Kat on June 21, 2011 - 7:39 pm

      Well we don’t have any definite spoilers to indicate Jessica and Pam will have the fling or do we? if we do, kindly send me the link. Of course, i have the theory they will hook up so I wanted to find out other ways of finding clues toward that without overt spoilers.

      Yes, I think everyone is right about the spoilers there with Jason but many are leaving out Pam because there are no spoilers pointing to that other than Jessica working at Fangtasia.

  2. #3 by IATM on June 21, 2011 - 8:32 pm

    I love the white photo anology 🙂

    actually , AB has put many in white that didnt indicate “Purity” as Sookie did running torwards her first “love” Bill..

    QSA
    Sookie
    Isabell
    Godric
    Tara ( wore white in Jackson @ Russell’s House when she was smashing FM in the head)
    Steve Newlin/ Sarah
    MA
    Laffy ( wearing white for the second time / Tara from s2/ Arlene/ & Jane )

    • #4 by Kat on June 22, 2011 - 3:12 pm

      Thank you! we know that purity isn’t often a theme on True Blood (ha ha) and Alan Ball likes to think outside the box of course….

      As you were saying…

      Tara “led out from her bondage” when she escaped from FM.
      Steve and Sarah had spirtuality and hope.
      Godric led out from his bondage as a vampire and sought a new beginning through redemption in death.
      and
      Sookie sought a new beginning through Bill and had hope in his comfort of her then. She also thought he brought clarity to her purpose in life and she felt she was enlightened in her view to follow her heart after her grandmother died.

      etc.etc.etc

      • #5 by IATM on June 25, 2011 - 7:45 pm

        Sookie wore white a few times in s1..

        she wore white running to Bill to loose her virginity.
        she wore white at Fangtasia the 2nd visit ( when Bill staked LS & his blood spilled on her).. she also ingested LS’s blood in that scene & has not dreamed of him as Jason still dreamed of Eddie after he died..

      • #6 by Kat on June 26, 2011 - 1:54 pm

        I also noticed the sheets on the bed with Eric were white even though I don’t think they were white on the rest of the beds and if it was…the lighting was not as soft.

        Very good points worth evaluating in my next color symbolism post.
        THANK YOU!

  3. #7 by callalili on June 21, 2011 - 10:17 pm

    I am secretly hoping for a Pam and Jason hook up. 😉

    i dont know, even though Pams fangs are out i feel like her face seems somewhat sad. do you see that?

    • #8 by Kat on June 22, 2011 - 3:21 pm

      I wouldnt mind that and it would be interesting…I just worry about strife between Hoyt and Jason and I just didn’t consider that at first because the spoilers indicate his continued entrapment with HotShot.

      Maybe Pam ends up desiring her and Jason wins out (because Jessica isn’t gay) or maybe Pam is simply trying to protect her as a friend because she doesn’t like her hanging out with a partial were-panther/Sookie’s brother/ a womanzier or maybe its just about her sadness over her maker that’s always with her.

  4. #9 by regev on June 21, 2011 - 11:39 pm

    god I love this show… let Eric rule supreme (and Pam, of course). but, they really need to get closer to season 1 template, renew tara as a worthwhile character, add some intrigue to Jason’s and make sure Sam doesn’t get wasted like Tara did last two years.

    I think you guys will appreciate this wayward blogpost I bumped into while gobbling up all tidbits related to trueblood. I don’t know a single fan who disagrees with what’s written there. http://babblingben.com/2011/06/my-true-relationship-with-true-blood/

    • #10 by Kat on June 22, 2011 - 3:23 pm

      Agreed, Agreed…(though I think Tara has been a worthwhile character and gets too much flack for being cast as a victim for the last two seasons but I think it will make strong Tara that much more rewarding). 🙂

      Thanks for the share, I will have a look.

  5. #11 by anna on June 25, 2011 - 7:34 pm

    Great post!

    Since you mentioned AB’s link with Buddhism, It might also be worth looking at the colours from a Tibetan Buddhist point of view, the school associated with the Goddess Tara.

    Black represents the primordial darkness from which creation emerges and can also be linked with the element of air and the mind. It can refer to how hatred can be transmuted through wisdom into compassion.

    White contains all other colours. It can be used to refer to the element water and is linked to the body. It represents learning and knowledge and can be seen as transforming the delusion of ignorance into the wisdom of reality.

    Red is the colour of the life force and can be both a preserver and a destroyer. It represents the element fire and can be linked to speech. It symbolises the transformation of the delusion of attachment and passion into the wisdom of discrimination.

    From this point of view, Jason had already begun to show compassion towards the residents of Hotshot, Lafayette was beginning to learn about his abilities and Sookie may finally start to realize some things about the nature of her attachment to Bill.

    • #12 by Kat on June 26, 2011 - 1:50 pm

      Thank you Anna! I AM SO SORRY I DIDNT GET TO YOUR COMMENT SOONER. I haven’t been able to get on the computer much till today.
      I always love your comments.

      Yes, I think maybe I should re-evaluate the color symbolism from a Buddhist perspective in future posts.

      I think maybe I should re-do the post following the premiere in regards to your mention of where I should focus (of course, giving you most of the credit if you’d like).

      WOW I love your post! THANKS ANNA!

  6. #13 by anna on June 26, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    Thanks for the thumbs up!

    I love all the body language analysis you do as I learn so much and I’m really looking forward to all your episode recaps.

    I like your take on things as I don’t think that the Buddhist system is the only way to evaluate the posters and there’s also some overlap between all the different traditions that deal with colour symbolism.

    But if there’s any way I can help please let me know,
    (I’d even be happy to write something if that would be of any use)

    • #14 by Kat on June 26, 2011 - 11:45 pm

      I think I should maybe include some of that in the recaps.

      Oh yes, I would love for you to write anything if you want and I will give you full credit. You could be an official contributor if you’d like and help me grow the site because I really love your perspective! I am thinking of switching to a self-hosted venue 🙂

  7. #15 by anna on June 28, 2011 - 2:10 pm

    Sorry I haven’t got back sooner Kat but I’ve been thinking a lot about colour.
    I have some ideas that I’m exploring and I think I may be able to expand on what I’ve written in a way which might be relevant.
    Usually Renée very kindly posts my ramblings over on TAP but I haven’t asked her yet.
    Credit is always much appreciated!

    • #16 by Kat on June 28, 2011 - 3:03 pm

      I will make you a contributor if you’d like and you can post whenever you want. If you want to post there and here, you can have two venues!

  8. #17 by anna on June 28, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    That’s a really kind offer Katya, thank you.
    I need to write something down first.though and see how it shapes up.

    • #18 by Kat on June 28, 2011 - 9:41 pm

      Well I appreciate your thoughts and love having you as a reader too.

  9. #19 by anna on June 29, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    The reason I’ve been hesitating is that what I’m writing is turning out to be a sort of companion piece to something that I wrote and was posted on TAP.
    It would be great to become an official contributor here though, how would it work?
    I’ll have to try not to let the chance I might have two venues to post on go to my head!

    • #20 by Kat on June 29, 2011 - 3:20 pm

      I understand.

      Well your name will be on the side of the page as a contributor and you will received a category of your own and if I begin turning a profit from the page at some point in time, you could receive some payments for your contributions by the amount of hits the article gets.

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