Talktrueblood’s Best of Season 4-With Poll Results

Honestly, a lot of the good from Season 4 was drained from my brain after that disastrous finale. It paralyzed me from writing on this site, especially since I was already having such a rough time in my personal life. However, it’s time for me to face the good in the Season and get moving toward the next one. I love my readers and I am excited to continue chatting with some of you as the season progresses. Here we go with the long overdue Best of Season 4 article that was voted on! This will help make things more positive for us in preparation for Season Five!

Again, I am sorry for my depression regarding this show’s season finale.

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5th Best thing about Season 4:

Talktrueblood and Poll participants say (TIE) : Sookie washes Eric’s feet (after finding him) and he asks her if she would like to be his.

We all know Sookie didn’t have to wash Eric’s feet for him. He wasn’t especially injured at any point and he’s a vampire for crying out loud. So why did she do it at that point in their relationship? Body language teaches us that touching feet can be considered a sexual maneuver and showed us Sookie’s ability to be intimate with Eric even at that point as she caressed the vulnerable area of his body. More importantly, she cared enough about Eric to try to relieve the stress he was going through, not just do what she could to save him. She wants to take care of him the same way he tries to take care of her, showing a romantic love that goes way beyond the physical connection they later shared. In amnesia Eric’s mind, offering to make Sookie his was his way of returning the favor. Even though he barely knows her in his mind, he still has the instinct to protect her as well. Even as a vampire that is clueless about what he’s learned over the years, akin to being a young vampire like Jessica, Eric shows that he has humanity inside of him. He knows it’s the right thing to protect her in return instead of taking advantage of her and he lays his emotions bare, cracking Sookie’s cool demeanor as she washes his feet.

4th Best Thing About Season 4:

Talktrueblood and Poll Participants say (TIE): Sookie and Eric mutually exchange blood and then the viking snow fantasy ensues.

This love of this scene is obvious. It solidified the trust between Eric and Sookie. Sookie allowed Eric to bite her and Eric gave Sookie a large amount of his blood, which she took enthusiastically. To a vampire, this would symbolize the ultimate in trust and to Sookie, this shows that she literally wants to drink Eric in herself. She thirsts for Eric and feels like she is a part of him, incomplete without his part. Despite the steamy sex and lovely imagery itself, the most striking thing about this scene was the light touches about the vulnerable areas of the shoulder and head. The significance of this is explained in my body language post about the scene: “…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.”  

However, there is significance in the sex itself. Unlike the sex scenes with Bill, there is a sense of equality in their sex scenes. Bill always tries to claim dominance in their sex scenes, while Eric allows Sookie the spotlight at times and truly seems to enjoy it. The significance of this is also explained in my body language post about the scene: “…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. ”

3rd Best Thing About Season 4:

Poll Participants say: Sookie embraces Eric and initiates a kiss on the porch.

There really couldn’t have been a better first kiss initiated by Sookie (though I think Sookie clearly kissed him back when he kissed her in Season 3). The conversation in which Sookie admits that she sees more in Eric than the bad things that he has done sets the perfect tone; I don’t think she’s referring solely to Amnesia Eric. Then, Eric’s comment about not being able to live with himself if he is the cause of her helps the viewer realize that Eric loves Sookie more than himself and I don’t think that’s limited to Amnesia Eric’s feelings either; that’s how much he loves her. Even before their full on blood exchange later, we see that their soles have connected on a profound soul-mate type of level, a level which goes beyond the obvious mutual attraction. People often make an argument for Bill by stating that he loved her enough to let her go for a while. Well, Eric was willing to leave Sookie right then in order to protect her. ( I, however, also make that argument for Non-Amnesia Eric because he could have claimed Sookie at any time but let her stay with Bill and then come to him) Yet, she decided she couldn’t let Eric go. When she embraces him and then kisses him, she embraces all of him; she is embracing everything from Amnesia Eric to the Eric who drank from Lafayette. When he caresses her neck, he promising to take care of her as reward for her mutual love and trust. There were so people that were disappointed with the kiss. Yet, we all know what all of this means for their relationship and this couldn’t have been more satisfying for those that appreciate the significance of the total scene.Finally, the kiss also actually indicates the fun side of their relationship as well. For example, my body language post states, “Hugging and kissing at the same time indicates the excitement that Sookie feels in being with Eric and the excitement that she will bring to his un-dead life in return! This also indicates that Sookie has surprises of her own to bring to Eric and senses that he can keep up with her.”

Talktrueblood says: Eric tells Sookie he was the only one that never gave up.

To me, there was nothing more romantic said by Eric during the entire season and you all seem to agree as well. This should have been the ultimate evidence that there was no way that Bill loves Sookie more than Eric. Stricken with grief, Eric could barely do anything but look for Sookie. There was no way that he could give up without a body, knowing the supernatural nature of the world around them. Meanwhile, Bill was clearly enjoying his new found power as he enjoyed flirtations with Portia and the unlimited supply of fang bangers around him. This is in addition to his own procurer. Even her family and friends that claim to love her too moved on within a year. All of this clearly showed that Eric loves Sookie the most and would do absolutely anything for her. How could we not love this kind of proof that our support of the viking is the right one?

2nd Best Thing About Season 4:

Poll Participants say: Eric, drunk from the fairy blood, swims in the sun and Alcide and Sookie find him.

Ladies got a two for one show in this scene, Alcide’s nakedness and Eric’s nakedness. Could there be two better naked bodies in one scene? But seriously, there was a lot of beauty in the scene and it perfectly reflected the beauty that the daylight must hold to Eric, a vampire condemned to eternal darkness, a vampire that only sees light in Sookie. In addition, we got to see Eric’s playful side which was a continuation of the side we got to see in the previous episode. It shows the fun and the spontaneity that Sookie would find in Eric, something we rarely witnessed in her relationship with Bill. It also reveals another side of the childlike nature of his human life, apart from his lusty affairs.  Finally, we get to see Sookie save the drunken Eric and lovingly wrap him up, which adds a special touch at the end.

Talktrueblood says: Sookie saves Eric from the sun.

To me, this scene showed Sookie’s  appreciation for what Eric has done for her though she seemed ungrateful in the past and it showed her devotion to him as well. It seems that Sookie’s ungrateful exterior was completely attributable to her outward denial of her feelings for Eric. She really did grow to love to him in part because she knows that he loves her enough to do whatever he can to save her, despite what it may mean for his own safety. This shows that this self-sacrificial attitude is not exclusive to Bill; the difference between Eric and Bill is that Eric does everything he can without going that route and Bill always needs the satisfaction of her knowing that he’d do that. She knows he didn’t do all that for her just because he wanted her for himself. For example, she recognizes that he put his own life at risk to save her in the bombing despite giving her blood afterward. She essentially admits that she cant stand going on through life without him and protects him through Antonia’s walk-into-the-sun spell. Her passion for his protection set my heart into a flutter. Apparently both recognized the intensity and meaning of the moment; the blood exchange and viking snow fantasy occur the next day.

BEST THING ABOUT SEASON 4:

Poll Participants say: Eric tells Sookie he was the only one that never gave up.

“see above”

Talktrueblood says: Sookie embraces Eric and initiates a kiss on the porch.

“see above”

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6-10 Results of Poll Participants:

6. Eric isn’t executed then Sookie and Eric have their first time in the woods and then the house.

This obviously had to make the list. It was Eric and Sookie’s first time and it was beautiful! They had the passion we had always imagined coupled with the intimacy of the cuddling afterward.  Moving from the forest to the house showed a level of energy between the two that truly satisfied fans of the couple. In addition, the passion was so great in that moment that there was no way that they could even initially make it to the house. Plus, it was nice to see Alcide’s jealousy at the site of their love making. If you’re not a fan of Alcide, it was satisfying that Alcide was able to see for himself how she feels about Eric. If you’re a fan of Alcide, it showed the love that Alcide has for Sookie and showed progression of their relationship even if it seemed to be detrimental to that relationship.  If some of us love Eric and Sookie and love the fact that they finally had their first time, why did this scene miss the top 5 mark? Simply put, Bill’s sad-face invaded our television and computer screens. This was a totally unnecessary concession to Bill fans and there was no need for Eric fans to see that as they were trying to enjoy a scene they had waited over four years for. They had already had to contend with a scene meant to be sympathetic toward Bill before their first time (nevermind that Bill was going to kill Eric for selfish reasons in the first place). It was just a little insulting for them to add that in after all that.

7. Eric crawls into bed with Sookie after his bad dream.

Eric instinctively finds the most safety in Sookie’s arms and this was one of the best steps in their trust, exemplified by the safety that they felt in each other’s arms in this moment. If you read the book, this was a nod to a scene that was much loved by many readers of the series, which made it even more popular. Most importantly, the body language was absolutely lovely.  Eric puts his head in Sookie’s lap and “this indicates Eric’s neediness at this point and the fact that he feels that only Sookie can make him happy now. However, it also shows that he is sensitive to Sookie and her emotions, is aware of his own emotions, and that he’ll do anything to make her happy- sexually or otherwise! ” Their spooning also  “indicates Eric’s neediness at this point and the fact that he feels that only Sookie can make him happy now. However, it also shows that he is sensitive to Sookie and her emotions, is aware of his own emotions, and that he’ll do anything to make her happy- sexually or otherwise!”

8. Sookie tells Eric she always wanted him in front of Bill.

This is yet another example of the appreciation that Sookie had for Eric before he experienced amnesia. Eric fans such as I were satisfied with the admission since it confirmed what we had always known about their relationship, that Sookie was protesting her attraction to him too much. Most of us believe the mutual attraction was present ever since Sookie and Eric laid eyes on one another in Fangtasia.  This is part of what made the build-up so great for fans of Sookie and Eric. If you dislike Bill as much as I do, it was also fun to see her admit that she always had a thing for him, even as she fawned all over Bill and constantly complained about Eric. This admission was sorely needed to salvage some part of that embarrassing scene for Eric in the finale.

9. Sookie tries to protect Eric from Bill.

The affection for this scene is similar to the affection for the scene in which Sookie saves Eric from the sun. Like the scene involving Antonia’s spell, it showed Sookie’s  appreciation for what Eric has done for her though she seemed ungrateful in the past and it showed her devotion to him as well. What set this scene apart from that scene is the fact that Sookie lied to Bill in order to protect him. In that moment, she prioritized Eric over any lingering devotion to Bill. In desperation, she passionately put herself between Bill the door. This endearing moment made Sookie and Eric fans believe in their love even more than before. Whether this points to Sookie ultimately loving Eric more remains to be seen, but this scene certainly gave fans of the couple hope that the scene pointed to that being the case in the end.

10. Bill shoots Marnie and Eric rips her minion’s heart out.

Many of us were happy that this over-hyped villain met her end. If you’re anything like me, you might have been a little underwhelmed by Marnie’s presence at the end. It seemed as if they were trying way too hard hard to make her more bad ass than the original villain in the book. Many of us hated her but didn’t exactly love to hate her, like we love to hate Russell or Nan. Let’s face it, she caused problems for our favorite characters and got a little tiresome by end. That’s what it made it even more enjoyable to see the villain bite the dust at the hands of the two vampires. Once again, Eric is battle ready and shows his scary viking warrior face when he rids us of her minion, something many fans enjoy seeing.

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6-10 for Talktrueblood:

6. Eric isn’t executed then Sookie and Eric have their first time in the woods and then the house.

“see above”

7. Sookie tells Eric she always wanted him in front of Bill.

“see above”

8. Eric crawls into bed with Sookie after his bad dream.

“see above”

9. Sookie tries to protect Eric from Bill.

“see above”

10.  Sookie tells Bill that “every time [she] finds out something new about [him], [she] wishes [she] didn’t know it.”

I loved it when Sookie finally called Bill out on his lies. This shows that she finally recognizes Bill as being far from sainthood himself and that her initial attraction to him was a lie. It was exactly the thing that her character always neglected to do, even as she always called Eric out on his lies. She definitely had “bill-lover goggles.” However, we can see that she finally sees that she wants Bill to be something he was not. Meanwhile, she is lultimately embracing Eric in all of his glory because he was honest with her. It was just such a shame that she was willing to “forgive” him so soon after. SHAME-SHAME-SHAME on you writers!

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  1. #1 by Cindy on May 8, 2012 - 10:33 pm

    Great to see you back, Kat!! We’ve missed you at ENA! Another awesome article. You definitely hit on the all shining moments of Season 4. Last season should have been all Eric’s, but somehow they managed to make it all about Beel again. *rolls eyes*

    I agree that the ending was an “OMG what have they done to Eric!” moment, and I just hope it doesn’t carry over to Season 5. I want the badass Viking back. He can be in love–which he totally is–but he can still be his old self, too.

    Anyway, I’ll shut up now. Just wanted to comment and say HI! Welcome back! 😀

    • #2 by Kat on May 9, 2012 - 12:38 am

      thank you for the welcome back Cindy!

      Not only did they make it about Beel again, they also made him to be more powerful than Eric now …. ??? Yeah, that point is also awful. I just hope I was wrong about them maybe starting some kindhave romance with Eric and Beel or building that three way relationship with them and Sookie. I also don’t really like the idea of Eric and Beel as friends; the banter is better when their enemies. Maybe it will work but I just don’t see it. I hope that Eric is simply trying to keep his enemy close.

      Yeah I was really upset about that. I am somewhat optimistic that the broken hearted Eric is going to go back to his old self somewhat (not completely though since he does love her too much and he’s been through a lot lately) and give her a taste of her own medicine. He’ll probably make her jealous and theyll have sexy “almost” moments together. Ideally: She’ll experiment with Alcide and possibly Beel again, but she won’t be able to fight it and turn to Eric again when he’s taken. Unfortunately, she may choose Alcide to reject vampires for a while but then go back to her back and forth routine between Eric and Bill.

      I love long comments. Come anytime.

      I love long comments. anytime.(possibly a new “love” interest).

  2. #3 by DarkPhoenyx on May 9, 2012 - 8:38 am

    The disastrous finale made us momentarily forget about those moments, too bad that the “Queen Beehl” story took time of what it was supposed to be the center story of last season. These scenes were great and I think the moment where Eric loses his memories is another great moment too. You can tell the exact moment where Eric was stripped off his memories.. Alexander Skarsgård shined through the season, well he has done it since the first moment he appeared ons screen, the rest is history… TEAM ERIC 4-EVER and no to the ugly accessory these bozos insist to attach to the Viking god this next season!

    • #4 by Kat on May 9, 2012 - 2:45 pm

      Yeah, the Queen Beehl storyline was one of a long string of disappointments throughout the season.
      Alexander Skarsgard’s performance has been one of the main highlights of the show in my opinion as well. I don’t see anybody else playing the moment when he loses his memories any better. His eyes were perfect for it as well.
      I know what you mean. I am definitely not excited about Bill being a main centerpiece once again or having a bunch of side stories that take up half the show and don’t hit the main plot at all (even if they do reflect the themes of the main plot in my opinion).

  3. #5 by Karen on May 19, 2012 - 10:57 am

    Oh, Katherine, I have been in mourning over season 4, too. I’ve avoided all spoilers for season 5–except and pictures that show Eric/Alex S–because I don’t want to be disappointed again. Typically, I would have watched the season over on my dvr at least 50 times, but I get too upset when I watch it, except for some of the scenes you mentioned above. Let’s hope season 5 redeems itself.

    Welcome back and I hope life allows you to keep following your writing heart.
    \

    • #6 by Kat on June 14, 2012 - 11:26 am

      Sorry that I am just now getting back to you. I know what you mean. I was a spoiler ho in all of the previous seasons but after that, I barely checked any spoilers at all. I am not even half as spoiled as I was last season. I feel tempted to look up more spoilers because I make predictions and theories (can’t do that without spoilers ofc or you’ll be behind the game).

      I haven’t rewatched last season, much less bought it on blu-ray or DVD. That’s saying a lot since I bought a blu-ray player for the first time a couple of years ago just so I could see the blu-ray extras in the previous seasons.

  4. #7 by Anonymous on May 19, 2012 - 9:19 pm

    I was just thinking Kat, What about doing an analyzation of the first time Sookie and Tara have sexual encouters with vampires. What their reasons are for being with vampires. I was just thinking that their are certain paralells between Sookie and Tara as friends, but also their choices of men in general.

    • #8 by Kat on June 14, 2012 - 11:22 am

      That would be amazing!
      I do take requests sometimes so I could possibly do that! I really try to please my readers and it’s a great suggestion. I would dedicate it to you if you wanted but since you’re anonymous, I can’t. I don’t care that you’re anonymous, but I was just saying that. Anyway, thank you once again!

      • #9 by Sam on June 24, 2012 - 11:51 pm

        Hey there, that would be me. Thats funny, I thought the email thing was automatic. Anyways, I wouldn’t mind helping you with it. I will write up some of the reasons and send them to you. If you agree with some of them than Great!

        Could you please pm or emial me? Thanks

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