Alan Ball is apparently emphasizing the importance of supernatural politics on True Blood. There have been many recent developments and clues that lead me to believe that Political hypocrisy in the United States has been a theme since the show’s beginning, but I think Alan Ball is placing more emphasis on the politics of vampires/supernaturals, and their own hypocrisy, as a plot device.
QUESTION: Speaking of Bill, he’s the Vampire King now and also a local politician. Are you getting political this season?
ANSWER: There are levels of bureaucracy in the vampire world that we’ll be getting into. There are creepy, Dick Cheney-like figures within the vampire authority. I’m not saying we’ll meet them this season but I am saying the vampire bureaucracy goes deeper than you know.
QUESTION: Is Nan Flanagan a part of that? Based on the season premiere, she seems like more than just the head of the American Vampire League.
ANSWER: Nan is going to be a regular this year. She’s in nine episodes and is definitely part of the major story that encompasses witchcraft versus vampires. Which is our main story this season.
QUESTION: What about Bill? As you mentioned earlier, he’s bit of a bureaucrat now.
He’s putting on a good face for the humans. As King, Bill is going to definitely be in charge. He’s the point person for the war between vampires and witches. He’s going to be tested by a dangerous adversary. He’s going to have to be on his toes and fight for vampires in general because he’s up pretty much up against an entity that has dreams of vampire genocide.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL…
In addition, episode 4×02 contained the flashback in which we saw Nan offering Bill a job as a spy. She clearly stated that Bill’s purpose as a spy for the Authority (then it’s lobbying group, the AVL) was to ensure that mainstreaming could happen by “plant[ing] the seeds of discord from within.” In Bill’s other flashback, we see his confrontation with Queen Sophie Ann resulted in him using his spy status to depose her and become King; therefore, his appointment as King is a sham and he is a puppet king for the Authority.
What I think this all means (yes, its wordy but it’s worth the read, I promise):
Of course, I doubt that Bill is the only puppet king for the Authority and the only spy for the Authority and the supposed “mainstreaming movement.” By dismantling the actual power of the monarchy through uncovering their weaknesses and installing puppet Kings/Queens, the Authority will make the monarchy irrelevant and consolidate the Vampiric power in the United States. I already established in a previous article from the last season that the AVL/ the Authority are not actually for equality and total integration with humans. They may lure spies or supporters like Bill Compton in with progressive ideas that may appeal to them (in Bill’s case that was open interaction with humans) but they are very sinister and very conservative in reality. The Authority simply wants to gain legal rights and equality so that they can gradually overtake positions of authority once held exclusively by humans, such as congressional positions and maybe even the presidency of the United States one day. That way, they can implement and enforce their dogma legally and without the pesky monarchy in their way. The monarchs they installed will be the ones that enter the actual political arena one day and implement their dogma.
Can we say, President Bill?
If the magister is any indication then apart from vampire superiority, they would want to take A VERY AGGRESSIVE STANCE against the use of V. They would attack V usage with fury and implement very harash penelties for those that possessed it openly; essentially a separate large-scale drug war would begin against V usage and drainers that supply it. In fact, this drug war against V usage would extend to vampires that wanted to give their blood voluntarily. Therefore, not even voluntarily giving humans blood (apart from the purposes of procreating new vampires) would be allowed.
Just imagine the other social policies they may try to implement.
Financially, I could see the the Authority/the AVL (‘s) politicians working to forgive taxes that vampires withheld and taxes that could possibly be pursued by human legislators.
ALSO, Remember the religious tone behind much of this dogma? This is a metaphor for the role of religion in American politics.
While the AVL shows use a liberal facade to promote its policies, it’s actually a group of very socially conservative vampires that want to promote conservative vampire policies.
There have to be vampires opposing the Authority. Remember Nan mentioned they were having to gradually depose the established monarchy?
While Eric is not the mainstreamer that the AVL expects him to present himself as, Eric does not seem to be conservative. Sure, he believes in the superiority of vampires of humans and enforces the policies of his King/Queen, but he is just being a loyal servant to the vampire monarchy and seems content to handle all of these matters within the confines of private vampire politics. He does not seem to be actively involved with the AVL or the Authority except when he is forced to and he respects the monarchy enough to have even followed QSA’s orders despite his objections ( I don’t think it was all about keeping his sheriff job).
Eric casually left his blood in the fridge to be enjoyed by Sookie and has constantly wanted to give Sookie his blood (and not because he was trying to manipulate her so that she would willingly go to an evil Queen):
He also clearly actually enjoys interacting with humans on some level or he wouldn’t own a vampire bar that serves humans as well:
All of this has me thinking that Eric possibly sides with those that are opposed to the Authority (as I mentioned before), in my opinion these are Eric’s “higher friends.” If Eric does side with the monarchists/ socially liberal vampires, this could Even if Eric does not side with this group (at least not officially) , there have to be vampires that aren’t socially conservative and oppose the Authority and their dogma. We saw that Russell opposed the Authority’s dogma but he also wanted to hasten vampire superiority (because he claimed he was concerned about the planet) by essentially trying to start the race war when he had nothing to lose after Talbot met the true death. However, there also have to be more reasonable or more calculating vampire monarchists that oppose the power of the Authority or a group of vampires that oppose the Authority and it’s dogma. There are always a group of people who oppose the Authority of one group/an individual and wish to overthrow that individual or group’s position of leadership (in this case the authority of the Authority lol), even if it’s a small opposition.
I am convinced traditional Monarchists that want to keep the original power structure and wish to continue to handle vampire laws privately exist; I also believe that socially liberal vampires oppose the Authority and of course Monarchists who are socially liberal.
After the vampires come together to get rid of the witch threat, I can see vampires opposing each other in a civil war (Monarchists versus the Authority/the AVL).
I know it seems contradictory that those who pursue change through the legislative process are the socially conservative vampires and the monarchists are the socially liberal vampires, but that seems to be the case. Alan Ball is never short on irony 🙂