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)!