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Alan Ball is a Buddhist (you may or may not know this). As a result of this knowledge, my blogger-friend and reader Anna has created a blog about Buddhist symbolism on True Blood.
Most Buddhists believe that forgiveness is possible for everyone and Alan Ball himself has admitted to feeling the same way about forgiveness when asked if forgiveness for Bill was possible.
SO there you have it, Alan Ball thinks forgiveness for Bill is possible despite the summation of the following:
I would add some objectively bad deeds for Bill this season but none were objectively bad. Bill unknowingly had sex with his ancestor (at least from what we were shown) and Bill chewed Sookie out but that wasn’t really that “bad.” He was going to kill Eric but he didn’t and he did improperly chain Jessica/ was negligent but it’s a theory that he was purposely negligent and we have nothing that can objectively say he was “bad” in that situation. He was going to blow up the Mood Goddess without regard of Tara being inside but of course that’s not going to happen and he did it as King (collateral damage)–I do personally take offense to that situation but it’s not objective.
Correct me if I am wrong.
Good Deeds for Bill Season Four:
***That reduces Bill’s X’s to 6.5***
SO yeah, I guess that at least means that Alan Ball thinks forgiveness is possible for the summation of Eric’s worst deeds too:
I would add some bad deeds for Eric but none were objectively bad. We could say that he attacked Tara but that was in self-defense so that gets canceled out. We could say he killed Claudine but any vampire would attack a full blooded fairy (Bill did it to Claudine in fairyland before she zapped him).
Correct me if I am wrong.
Good Deeds for Eric Season Four:
***That ups Eric’s checks to 4!***
Being as objective as possible, I cannot assign a greater value to some bad deeds or good deeds. I think I should come up with a flat system of rating the deeds and do another in-depth article of their good and bad deeds.
After hearing Alan Ball’s statement we could say…”Great! Well we can focus on whose better for Sookie rather than their good and bad deeds.”
But is it just me or did you also ask, “What does Eric exactly need to be forgiven for since his good deeds significantly outweigh the bad?”
SO, even if Alan Ball thinks anyone can be forgiven…we can put the viking out of that game since he really doesn’t need to be forgiven for anything when you consider it objectively.
Therefore, there is no contest and given a choice between Eric and Bill, she should choose Eric since Bill has clearly not made-up for his errors and Eric has. I say Bill’s story, even if he’s completely evil, is about finding redemption and forgiveness because Alan Ball is a Buddhist.
However, part of Eric’s story is getting Sookie to realize that he is the one worthier of her affections and therefore her sole love, since he is in fact not in need of forgiveness though she sees it that way (in addition to uplifting her best qualities while Bill brings out her worst qualities).
As my friend at True Blood Underground (TBU) pointed out, we open “Spellbound” to an audience fooled….though it seemed that Jessica had easily opened the doors to her destiny (the sun), we are shown an image of Jessica who must struggle towards/figure out her destiny.
To TBU, this scene highlights her theory about out-of-whack narratives.
In my opinion, this was once again a clue that nothing is as straightforward as it seems on True Blood and if we struggle to see the truth then we will be saved as an audience member but if we go the straightforward route we will be burned as an audience member.
It might be easier to embrace the lies presented to us as audience members but if we take our “medicine” and accept the truth then it will be for the best in the end (as the metaphor above shows^). You are “Spellbound” by lies but you must “Run” from it.
“Spellbound” must assuredly also be a reference to Hitchcock’s 1945 film “Spellbound.” We have seen many references to Hitchcock on True Blood. In the film, the heroine is trying to protect an amnesia patient until he recovers. Obviously, this is exactly what our heroine on True Blood is doing to for Eric. In the film, the amnesia patient has a guilt complex because of something he did that he cannot remember and obviously that is also what Amnesia Eric is experiencing on our show. However, the truth will ultimately set both Amnesia characters free and that is exactly what the audience needs by getting the truth…
Traumatized by their experiences with the one they were supposed to grow to love or have grown the love (Bill) , the audience has succumbed to a type of Amnesia (and so has Sookie) by slowly forgiving Bill for a few “good deeds” and forgetting the truth that lies underneath even as it has been exposed gradually beforehand.
…that are seen by some and not others. Yet, this presents us as audience members with a challenge to become one of those that see the truth in the narrative even though it’s sometimes unpleasant:
In the final scene of 4×08, we are thrust as an audience into the epitome of a “Spellbound” state (my friend at TBU has many thoughts and good questions about this scene too):
We are running through a dense fog/haze of perception...
BUT somehow gets to Sookie before Alcide can even get her in the door going into Episode 4×09 (remember her home is very close to this graveyard)…
And Sookie is able to somehow be healed by Bill’s blood without even ingesting it and she looks quite high actually(like some kind of V addict) even though her last memory was certain death….
(if Sookie was healed simply be a drop somehow sliding down her throat after a mortal bullet wound we are now certain that Bill must have known feeding her gobs of blood was totally unnecessary and possible even dangerous as Eric stated in Episode 2×03 as some may remember…and Bill’s only purpose in doing that was to control her even more…using that ignorance against her. )
This is exactly what is happening with the audience…our ignorance of what is hidden/unknown is constantly being used against us as we view the show.
Yet, just as Sookie said to Eric, “There is no such thing as forever,” the truth must come out eventually…
We can even invite it in.
Even when lies/ haziness invites itself in.
Sometimes, you simply must “get out of here” and change of perception/ setting is often needed:
BECAUSE it’s never pretty:
Are you trapped by the magic?
Are you trapped by the blood?
But especially when it’s ignored…
When you’re/we’re “Spellbound” (4×08)…………..”Run/Let’s get out of here” (4×09)!
Recently, we were treated to images of Sookie entertaining thoughts of being a “modern” woman by having two suitors at once:
It seems to me that Alan Ball’s/ HBO’s story about Sookie has less to do with who she’s going to end up with (though they will play it like that for ratings and fans of Skarsgard, Moyer, and Manganiello or their respective book/show characters) and more to do with Sookie’s own personal growth.
Many bloggers, including my friends at True Blood Underground and the Ancient Pythoness, have emphasized the way that Bill has a negative impact on her personal development and Eric has a positive impact on her development. Consider that outside of who you think is best for Sookie; when you think of it outside of Eric versus Bill or possibly Alcide then it is clear that we are meant to see Sookie’s evolution as a woman through this story more than anything else.
As I mentioned before and you may already know, Alan Ball has stated that he’s “Team Sookie.” This could not only refer to Sookie’s little fantasy/dream, it can also refer to the fact he’s more concerned with her development than the person (s) she decides to end up with.
Theoretically, “[Sookie] has to be somebody’s or [she] won’t be (as Pam said).” However, how long do you think it is before someone more powerful than a sheriff or even a king of Bill’s stature comes up to scoop her up? We all know that Bill already lied to the Authority about why QSA wanted her so they wouldn’t scoop her up…
…and Eric is keenly aware that he must claim her in order to protect her as well as be with her in the end (as a couple).
How long before the Authority claims Sookie for themselves and she is no longer about to enjoy her home and the simple need for love?
Let us get this out: Sookie can never settle down and have children. They may be Fae enough to be in danger of a similar fate as herself or she will be in too much danger herself to look out for another defenseless soul. Sookie will be in hot demand and coveted by various vampires and/or supes and/or powerful groups such as the Authority and so a stable life of marriage will never really be in the cards . She will never have a stable “human-like” life. The best she can hope for in order to stay close to home is to be claimed by a vampire WHO SHE CAN TRUST (Bill proved himself untrustworthy at least in her eyes) who will safeguard her and her secret and then guide her through vampire politics; in order to navigate this world this she will have to toughen up and embrace life as a supe (something Eric encourages and Bill discourages). However, as I said, Eric versus Bill may only matter in terms of her development.
BUT toughing up and embracing her supe-hood means that she might have to give-up this idea of an idealistic life she grew up with as a human and embrace the fast paced life of a Supernatural in a vampire’s world (it’s already a reality). Eventually she may be claimed by a group such as the Authority and have no time for a typical committed relationship and may have to embrace life as a STRONG, INDEPENDENT SUPERNATURAL WOMAN and play on what she has to offer. At this point, she may have time to enjoy the company of Eric, Alcide, or G0d-forbid Bill OR all three OR someone else but she’ll never be able to actually hold on to a commited relationship with any of them being in constant danger and having a tight “work-load.”
In this case, her story will have to be about her personal development into this strong, independent supernatural woman and forgetting the ties-that-bind like a committed relationship and a child ….A “modern” career woman.
Well I understand that some people were disappointed by this scene (partly because of the comparison to the books) but I felt it was very meaningful and meant a lot for this couple…
^^^Sookie does not need to wash away the blood now. Eric is the True Blood…
Eric and Sookie once again show that they trust eachother completely (looking into eachother’s eyes for a very long time and touching eachother’s head areas) and literally want to get lost in one another. Simply, they want to take care of each other (caressing eachother’s cheeks gently). Such a show of affection shows that their love is real.
Rubbing backs/butts constantly indicates the sensual nature of their relationship, yet also equality in the relationship. How? It pleases your partner to rub their body but also indulges your sexual desires.
This also shows the sensual nature of their relationship as well as their mutual trust but we also see that touching the neck in such a manner and indicating trust through touching the neck would be especially meaningful considering he is a vampire.
Obviously, Sookie is embracing everything about Eric during this scene…including his viking side (which is obviously representive of the setting they are in). In addition, we also hear her saying that she loves “everything.” This means she didn’t think it was possible to love this viking side but now she does. After their blood bond, they are connected in all ways and they are inside each other and Sookie is even inside his human side now.
Woods are representive of dreams as “natural change.” This change is natural between them and not actually forced, despite the spell.
Again Eric and Sookie are showing equality in the relationship by switching back and forth from Eric on top to Sookie on top. When a man likes a woman on top it means he makes pleasing the woman his priority during sex; her needs can come before his sometimes and he doesn’t mind being dominated at times. (Remember that Sookie tried to reclaim dominance with Bill by being on top during their last sex scene together but as we saw- it was a struggle from Sookie and here Eric is letting her doing it as they gently make love).
Clear skies on a snowy day obviously show how bright their future together would be. The sky is the limit although the trees may represent the obstacles in their way. Although there are obstacles, the snow reaches them (everything is possible and they will see it through).
If it was rain instead of snow it would symbolize a purficiation of their relationship. However, the snow suggests none is needed like there was no water in the shower needed. But snow that includes brilliant sunlight (apart from symbolizing Eric himself) indicates that they will both realize the full scope of their power as a couple and overcome all of their adversities.
Again, they are connecting and totally lost in one another by looking into each other’s eyes and caressing the other’s face with a type of cupping and caressing motion. By being so close head-t0-head with the intertwined arms they are showing their trust and proving once again that their love is real.
It’s not possible!
Everything is possible…
(for Eric and Sookie)
For Antonia, there is no forgiveness-— only retribution for those that have wronged her…
…that means ALL humans that betray her and ALL vampires must suffer under her form of retribution…
…AND Antonia will also use angry humans to seek retribution against vampires.
BUT..like Antonia, there is only retribution for those that have wronged Pam.
Jason tries to find forgiveness in himself for his growing feelings toward Jessica…
…But Jason realizes that Hoyt will only seek retribution against him if he loses Jessica to him.
Sookie’s forgiveness of Eric has driven them to a point of happiness that Sookie nor Eric wants to lose. Can Sookie still forgive Eric when he gets his memories back?
Tio Luca seeks retribution from beyond the grave against Jesus’ Grandfather as well as forgiveness for Jesus and Jesus’ Grandfather seeks retribution for the Jesus’ abandonment.
Debbie tries to forgive Alcide for his obvious feelings for another woman, Sookie.
Tara tries to convince Holly to help them seek retribution against vampires (using her own words against her)…
Andy begins receiving his own retribution for abusing vampire blood through blowing his date with Holly.
Bill tells Jessica that Marnie probably deserves her retribution as do vampires for their murderous ways (including his) but asks Jessica for forgiveness…
…Jessica forgives Bill.
Luna seeks retribution against Sam for kicking her out of his trailer after they slept together.
Sam sees choking Tommy and then kicking Tommy out as retribution for skin-walking as him and sleeping with his girlfriend. There will be no forgiveness that Tommy seeks right now.
Sookie’s forgiveness of Eric and realization of their love leads her to save his undead life.
Antonia gathers her coven of retribution, resulting in a local vampire meeting the sun and the consequences could be even more disastrous…
Obviously retribution is born out of a need for revenge rather than forgiveness and that dark desire of human nature obviously won out in this episode. I think it says a lot about Sookie and Eric’s relationship because of the fact that Alan Ball ( a Buddhist) focuses on their relationship as a bright light of forgiveness within the dark theme of retribution born out of revenge. Eric’s character is also in a bright light because he forgives Sookie for not seeing the good in him like she could have before (this is why they are currently a bright couple in Alan Ball’s eyes: forgiveness). Eric is apparently the redeemable character at this stage and not Bill. It also says a lot about Jessica’s character that she forgives Bill and sees the benefits of her position rather than still dwelling on the negative aspects now; we see her entrance into the sun as a christ-like sacrifice as a result. Every other person on the show besides Sookie, Eric, and Jessica are stuck in a place of much needed improvement in Alan Ball’s view.
So I was wondering how many viewers sympathize with Antonia and think what Luis and his maker did to her was disgusting and yet still love Bill…
Bill sure seems to enjoy that little recipe himself…
( Btw, You can say Lorena made Bill do that but it was his decision to leave her alive while she bled out next to his sex session with Lorena, Lorena even snapped the man’s neck before she joined Bill and I have said a hundred times- Bill could have glamoured his victims before feedings too but obviously he enjoys that fear as he feeds).
Bill obviously doesn’t mind mixing sexual perversion (something we see in the Luis and Antonia scene) with some of his feedings (also let us not forget that the Blu-Ray extras said Bill and Lorena did that ritual MANY times):
Ohk…so before you start making excuses for Bill and other vampires consider that we never see Eric feeding on unwilling victim unless he’s attacked:
I guess I will take it back if we ever find a scene in which Eric feeds off unwilling victims in such a violent way outside of combat/conflict/confrontation. Until then, I won’t. I guess you can point out the Russell Edington thing but that was during the course of combat/conflict and is not an independent episode of feeding off an unwilling and concious person.