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.