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.
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.
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).