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**Since this is a spoiler/promo discussion. Those adverse to spoilers should stop now**
I intend to lay out every inference/ obvious fact that we can make from the video promos below then I will compare what we see in these promos to the Episode Descriptions for Episodes 1-6 that were released and any other interesting spoilers. Then I will lay out what I think we can expect and even make some reaching predictions (as always, could be wrong ha ha).
Most Importantly: I am opening up the discussion for the upcoming season below in regards to spoilers/promos/predictions! As always, I try to respond to any and all comments as soon as I possibly can!
Facts: Bill is obviously feeding on many willing/unwilling victims despite the public position he holds as we see in other promos and the current hostile environment regarding vampire rights ; Alcide and Sookie are getting cuddly; Jason is being held captive by the were-panthers in Hot Shot (we saw this in another waiting sucks promo already); Sookie and Bill will speak multiple times but she doesn’t seem to be very forgiving; Eric Northman has continued looking for Sookie this entire time but nobody else has; the people in Hot Shot will shift into were-panthers in order to attack Jason; Hoyt will be attacked at Fangtasia; Jessica is stripping for someone other than Hoyt; Grandfather Earl turns to dust when they get back; Eric watches Sookie sleeping while he’s at her house (dream or otherwise); We see a flashback of Bill Compton feeding on people; Sookie and Alcide spend time together outside of that porch cuddling scene and he is naked after shifting back from a wolf; Tara has straight hair and she will meet up with Lafayette in what looks like Jason’s house? or somewhere else; Eric will hold Bill by the neck half-naked; Sookie will be attacked in her car at night wearing the same outfit she was wearing with Alcide during the daytime.
Facts: Eric is obviously filming a public service announcement for the AVL/Nan; Sookie goes running into the woods from her car wearing the same clothes she was wearing earlier in the day in the scene with Alcide in the Moody Promo; Jessica feeds on a guy wearing a blue dress; Hoyt goes to Fangtasia; Pam is messing with someone in the Fangtasia Dungeon; Eric grabs someone in the witch’s group, possibly at that Wiccan store seen in the promos; (again, Jessica strips as we already saw); a fight occurs between two white men (probably Jason and someone from Hot Shot?; We see the scene in the Pam waiting sucks promo where Pam tries to attack Marnie while trying to “fix Eric” bu is stopped by Marnie (the new witch character); Queen Sophie Ann gets a hit in on Bill during the fight; Sam’s cottages are on fire and Arlene screams; Tara looks like she’s about to stake someone or threatens it; Jessica goes after the crowd at Fangtasia it seems; Lafayette is participating in a ritual; there is stripping at Fangtasia’s stripping pole again; Eric is having a flashback or hallucination of Godric; Eric actually feeds on Sookie while she is in bed or she dreams of Eric feeding on her or Eric hallucinates or dreams of himself feeding on Sookie–Sookie screams during this actual occurrence
Facts: I see someone coming into the frame though as Sookie is running and I think it’s amnesia Eric; Bill tackles someone in the same suit he barges into Sookie’s house wearing; Bill appears to be backed by a SWAT team with lasers following his fight with Queen Sophie Ann; Eric attacks Tara at the witch’s meeting; (everything else was mentioned in previous promos)
Facts: We see the witch’s meeting; Lafayette is still at Merlotte’s of course; Jesus talks to Lafayette at Merlotte’s; Sookie is pointing a gun wearing a pink shit and shorts; Jessica gazes down on someone with a bloody mouth; Jessica says, “I can eat who I want,” presumably in the Fangtasia bathroom; Sam punches Andy; Portia and Bill make out; Sookie is naked in front of Eric and he catches her robe; (nothing else not previously mentioned)
Facts: We see the underground videos exposing vampire feedings; more politicians speaking out against vampires; Bill at a “cutting a ribbon” ceremony with media and witnesses, of course at night; the protests outside Fangtasia as Hoyt, Pam, and Jessica leave; Eric tells Sookie he wants everything; I think we see Bill’s upgraded House?; More awkward communication between Sookie and Bill; Sookie asks Marnie for a reading; more scenes from marnie’s witch’s meeting including a scene showing the necromancy with a raised bird; it seems as if Marnie’s face shifts into Maryann’s face? what?; scenes from the fairy sneak peek with Sookie and the evil fairies; the person Pam is tossing around the dungeon is Lafayette; Hoyt being attacked outside Fangtasia again; Sam naked with a gun in his hand (probably after shifting); Eric shows Sookie his fangs; Bill points Marnie out; someone filming Jessica during that scene outside Fangtasia; bite marks on a woman we believe Bill fed on; Sam’s cottages exploding again; looks as if Jason is staking someone but it’s in the middle of the days so he’s probably attacking another supe or a person;
Ohk and there were some scene clips released recently as well:
1. Jessica/Bill Clip – This clip clearly shows that Jessica and Bill have gotten a little closer and confirms that she is cheating on Hoyt (by feeding on others, and possibly more) and so this is probably one the reasons they are breaking up; not so surprising, Bill Compton is being hypocritical as usual (this time about feeding on the willing).
2. Pam/Sookie Clip- Pam will be actively encouraging Sookie to accept Eric’s offer while Sookie will be going against it initially (I figure his offer is probably to be his so that he can protect her and take care of her as we have seen in other clips). She also reminds her that ‘she needs to be somebody’s or she won’t be.’
3. Sookie/Eric Clip- Eric tells Sookie, “the blood tastes like Freedom Sookie, like sunshine in a pretty blonde bottle.” Eric offers Sookie protection because other vampires will find out and it will threaten her.
4. Sam/Luna Clip- Luna attempts to seduce Sam in his office while she’s in between teaching classes. They admit they want to open up to each other.
5. Eric Clip-Eric uncovers Marnie and confronts her by telling her to never meet up with the coven again (Lafayette, Jesus, and Holly are there). Marnie tries to negotiate and Eric refuses, Lafayette tells Marnie that he knows from personal experience that “Eric tends to get what he wants.”
6. Jessica/Hoyt Clip– Hoyt complains about work and Jessica not cooking him anything after she mentions the Pizza in the fridge. Jessica gets angry and mentions Hoyt’s momma taking care of him and explains that “human food is gross because it’s dead, like forever dead.” She then cracks a bunch of eggs into the pan in a fit of anger to spite him. Hoyt also says that he thinks bleeding out into Jessica’s mouth was gross to him at first, not sexy.
7. Lafayette/Jesus Clip– Jesus seems happy and amazed by the bird raising at their coven meeting. Lafayette seems very concerned and questions them stepping into black magic or where he views that they do not belong. Lafayette schmoozes Lafayette to ease his fears and basically calls him a “light” or “good witch.”
8. (I assume most of you have seen the 8 minute sneak peek about Sookie in fairyland).
There are other spoilers but I do not plan to list them all because there are too many and will instead explain some of them as I write out my predictions below, if I include them in my predictions (but most of these are based on the spoiler evidence):
PREDICTIONS FOR SEASON 4 BY MAIN CHARACTER:
Bill- Bill will overthrow Queen Sophie Ann by setting her for a capture by the AVL/ The Authority’s SWAT team. She will be possibly be charged with Selling V and/or conspiring with Russell and/or putting the goals of the Authority/The AVL in jeopardy and maybe be turned over for her tax problems as a scapegoat to improve public opinion (showing that even vampires are willing to follow the law) or simply punished quietly/killed. Bill will replace Queen Sophie Ann as King after deposing her (Bill deposing QSA was recently confirmed . Bill will also become a public figurehead much like Nan but probably more on a local scale rather than a national scale. Bill’s house will be renovated so that he will have his “palace.” It will be seen as a historic renovation for the city and that might be why they may have a ribbon cutting. Bill will either meet Portia after she advises Sookie on getting her home back or he will meet Portia after he restores his own home/Bon Temps. Portia and Bill will have sex but it will probably come out later that they are related so he’ll stop his relationship with her (we know this from the books and a spoiler in the episode guides about being discovering a connection with the Bellefleurs). I considered for a second that Bill might be the one to renovate Sookie’s home as well but we know that Eric will do it because he seems to be making himself at home at her house and positioning himself as her “caretaker.” Bill will obviously continuing feeding on people despite his job to project the image the AVL needs, like Nan was doing; obviously that is in character with Bill’s constant hypocrisy. Bill will discover the witch threat to vampires and order Eric to break up the witch coven practicing necromancy. We will receive a flashback of Bill on a feeding frenzy in the 1980’s (possibly to counter his new image or to compare to the underground “feeding busts” filmed by anti-vampire activists). Bill will work with Sookie though he will be hesitant at first; he will help her find the cure for Eric in exchange for her helping him overthrow the coven. Nan and Bill will be working closely together (because of their history revealed as a spoiler) and he will receive his orders from her/the Authority; that is probably how Bill was able to set up Queen Sophie-Ann so easily.
Sookie- We all know that Sookie will lose about a year after almost falling for the honey trap the fairies set and will also barely survive after discovering that not all faires mean well for her in the process because she is a human-hybrid. She will go back to Merlotte’s of course. Sookie will come back only to be hounded by a worried Eric and Bill. Because Eric has bought her house, he will drop by on several occasions to reiterate his position as the owner of her house and his offer to for her to be “his.” Of course, Sookie is hard-headed so she will refuse and even contact Portia about trying to get her house back (saw this in a casting call though they didn’t explicitly say it was Sookie) ,despite feeling her own attraction as well as the sexual tension. She will even go to Pam and ask her to get Eric to consider giving her the house back and give up this notion of her belonging to him , who will of course take Eric’s position and will once again try to get Sookie to accept Eric’s offer. However, Pam will discover that Eric never showed up one night and will instead tell Sookie Eric is missing rather than let her know he is back (like she asked in the promo scene). Sookie will search for Eric with Alcide (that is how they will meet up in episode 4×03 and cuddle) but will not be successful until she runs across him later on in the woods at night without Alcide. She will take him in and they will grow closer. She will investigate Marnie later on while Eric is there (she will go to Bill for help and information) in an effort to help find out about Eric’s amnesia and Eric will wear Jason’s clothes.
Eric- Eric will be forced into aiding the public image of vampires for the AVL or will willingly do so to improve Fangtasia’s buisness (they may be lost due to the new surge of vampire hate). He will discover that Sookie is alive and spend his time trying to win her over to no avail. However, Bill will inform Eric of the witch problem and order him to break up the coven. Tara will try to stake Eric when he enters the witch shop but will not succeed and she will tell him about the coven. Eric will try to break up the coven but will not be successful and will be held by the coven somehow while they give him the amnesia curse (and possibly also manipulate his mind into being their vampire puppet). He will be discovered later on by Sookie and she will help him and they will have a romance during that.
Jessica- She will end up being unhappy in her relationship with Hoyt in many ways. Hoyt is used to being spoiled by his mama and will not adapt to total independence and separation from much of the human world as well as he thought he might; Jessica will be bored by being tied down to Hoyt and his complaining. As Alan Ball said, neither knows how to work with a relationship and that will add to their problems. Therefore, Jessica will cheat by spending most of her free time roaming Fangtasia for “meals” and possibly more with other men. Obviously, she will turn to Bill to confess to him about it out of guilt but will continue to do it anyway. Pam will take her under her wing so-to-speak. Hoyt will go looking for Jessica one night at Fangtasia and they will leave with Pam and that’s when they will be confronted outside the club by the protestors. Hoyt will be attacked and Pam will probably be the only one to prevent her from doing something rash. It’s possible that Jessica will start working at Fangtasia and become closer to Pam. I think Hoyt with either die somehow or they will simply break-up. Jessica will become wilder than before and possibly begin something with Jason or Pam (maybe Pam will simply have a growing affection for Jessica, friendship or otherwise). Obviously, if Hoyt is still alive it will be a new love triangle for Jessica, if Hoyt continues his love for Jessica (which I am sure he will).
Pam- Pam will obviously be desperately searching for her maker and then desperately attempting to restore him. She will run Fangtasia in Eric’s absence and possibly hire Jessica as a stripper, who seems to like it a lot at Fangtasia. Jessica and Pam will get a lot closer as friends, and maybe the tension will build between them (just a possibility). Pam will try to make Marnie restore Eric when she uncovers everything, probably with no effect. I think Pam will try to warn her against an involvement with Jason. If Jessica is involved with She will interrogate Lafayette in regards to his association with Marnie’s coven and Tara/the coven will probably break him out somehow or Lafayette will use his powers to do so.
Lafayette- Jesus and Lafayette have been developing his powers over the last year. They will join the coven and become manipulated by Marnie and accessories to what happens to Eric. Lafayette will know it’s wrong but will be sucked in by Marnie, Jesus, and his new-found power. Jesus will take Lafayette on a journey to improve his powers. Lafayette will introduce Tara to the coven when she comes back to town or Tara will already be involved somehow.
Sam- He will feud with Andy for some reason and begin romancing Luna (a fellow shifter) but have to contend with her crazy ex boyfriend. Because Luna’s ex is a werewolf, he will be in conflict with the werewolves and may run across Debbie or Alcide somehow in the plot. He will scare his brother straight but they will eventually become partners in crime (and Sam will not totally escape his past as he desires) as I predicted last season. Maybe Andy confronts him when he either discovers some parts of Sam’s past of his crimes with his brother or both. However, I think Sam will still be holding a torch for both Tara and Sookie despite all this new drama and his involvement with Luna. Because Andy is addicted to V, he will probably be behaving irrationally and might actually be a match for Sam.
Tara– She will become a fighter as a job so that she will feel empowered and overcome her victim mentality she has endured (Holly or Lafayette or both will introduce her into the coven). She will meet Naomi (another fighter and someone spoiled as a fighter in the casting calls) and they will begin a lesbian romance. Holly or Lafayette will peak her interest in witchcraft and she will be active in Marnie’s coven; it also appeals to Tara because of her crusade against vampires because vampires are dead and witches are about life. She also probably possesses power because she is related to Lafayette and that was part of the reason that Maryann was attracted to her and that she was able to evoke actual power in that “fake ritual.” Obviously, Tara’s mother will not be happy about her and Laffy’s pursuit of witchcraft if she finds out.
Jason- He will be trapped in Hotshot and forced to become a panther hybrid. When he turns into a panther, he will escape his restraints and escape Hotshot but that doesn’t mean that will be the end of Jason’s Hotshot problem because he is new a were-panther hybrid. He will continue his job as a new Deputy Sheriff and will probably eventually uncover Andy’s addiction to V, which will probably help save his job other than the thing about them killing Eggs. Jason will get involved with Jessica and aid them in the fight against the witch coven eventually. If Hoyt is still around, it will put him at odds with him in a love triangle. If not, Tommy will also still be around pining for Jessica and Tara (who loves Jason) will obviously not approve even if she’s still with Naomi. Crystal might also resurface and cause them problems if Jason doesn’t deal with them. Jason may also be feeling forever attached due to his new condition though he’ll hate Crystal for it.
Arlene- Because Holly is actually involved in black magic, her spell actually made Arlene’s baby evil by making her worst fear come true (rather than actually abort the child). Terry and Arlene will suffer with the influence of the black magic infecting their lives. Terry’s PTSD may resurface full force under the stress or he may somehow find out later on what Arlene and Holly did.
MY THEORY ABOUT MARNIE’S POSSESSION:
I now think that Marnie is possessed by the spirit of Maryann. That image above seems to confirm it and I heard a spoiler of a statue of Maryann in Marnie’s shop/coven. Maybe Marnie/Maryann’s spirit will be seeking revenge on Tara in particular, maybe Sam and Bill as well later on.
I am putting together a little treat to help us through this second torturous week ahead : – )
This will be a three part series that goes over Eric Northman’s body language Season by Season, Episode by Episode in which he appears:
Fangtasia: 1×04 “Escape from Dragon House.”
We know from the first few looks at at Eric that his raw sexuality is what he normally uses to play others and command a room (and is his outward front in public since ), Eric uses his sexuality even in a business setting apparently (I still say this despite the fact that Eric’s business is a bar of course). Eric displays the “open crotch,” and that is often a conscious or unconscious expression of sexuality and male dominance (let us think he is showing off the “gracious plenty” if you are a book reader).
Placing your hands-palms down on the arms of the chair during a conversation shows authority over the person/group (something we know Eric has and shows). However, instead of keeping a firm grasp on the chair, it is very loose and Eric even seems to be twitching his fingers while talking to Sookie (showing a symbolic loosening of that authoritarian face with in her and he is also showing nervousness, surprisingly ). Obviously, nervousness around Sookie as well as a loosening of his authority around Sookie is something that he obviously would not be keen to reveal and something that is therefore not obvious to the audience (unless you are paying attention of course). The twitching of fingers can show general arousal as well. Having Pam behind him symbolically shows his willingness to let trusted individuals “guide him” sometimes despite his authority (besides showing Pam “has his back,” though that would be obvious of any child to their maker in most circumstances).
Fangtasia: 1×07 “Burning House of Love”
Eric presses his fingers together, almost at a folded steeple. Pressing fingers in this manner can symbolize arrogance or deep thought, maybe both. Eric is probably very thoughtful about Sookie, because he insists upon her presence later and is presumably texting Bill about meeting her. Eric also carries a certain amount of arrogance in his bar, obviously.
Fangtasia: 1×08 “The Fourth Man In The Fire”
1. He is actually not very confident about the situation and his is very anxious about it. Maybe he is actually acting this way because he is anxious that Sookie is around 🙂 Or Eric is really depending on Sookie here! This also goes to show that even season 1 Eric had moments of weakness and helplessness and anxiety (maybe even as a result of Sookie : ). Maybe he was also anxious about having to possibly deal with the human in question, since on the surface, he thought it was a human suspect.
2. This can indicate dishonesty or withholding information. In this case, it would indicate that Eric brought Sookie here simply to see her again because he already knew who the culprit was. In this case, it would indicate that Eric took extreme measures to see Sookie again, even at this point, which would indicate he is already developing feelings for her that probably went beyond the sexual aspect.
Fangtasia: “Plaisir D’Amour”
Eric keeps a relaxed and wide body posture with Bill (demonstrating his superior presence in the room). He also smiles, so he considers Bill’s presence in front of him and Bill himself quite humorous and not worthy of being taken seriously. Eric also leans back in the chair and leaning back in the chair is also a way of indicating superiority over the other person in question and can also indicate a generally large ego (something we know Eric definitely has but has earned in some ways haha but something Lafayette has as well but hasn’t entirely earned, yet we still love Lafayette and find him endearing in some ways). What makes this interesting is later on in Season 3, Eric makes it clear to Lafayette that he actually downplays his own ego/superiority when he is trying to be a salesman (work with others in a business setting) and does not normally expect the other person to adapt to him under those circumstances. Frankly, Eric thinks so little of Bill that he puts his full ego on display for him. This Eric was also less affected by outside stresses and his full on cocky viking shined through. As a chess player, Eric knows that Bill’s own ego is so large that it would annoy him to submit to such an outwardly cocky superior (as a result, Eric might get under Bill’s skin enough to get a rise out of him and slip up, either by attacking him in some way or revealing hidden information).
However, the facial differences between the first picture and the second picture are striking. Eric goes from a face full of humor (the smile) regarding Bill, to a face of skepticism (raised/scrunched eyebrows, parted lips, tongue on the back of his teeth). This is interesting because Eric was already definitely questioning Bill’s motives and this evidence backs up Eric’s comments about “the possible edict to protect Sookie,” which he seemed to be questioning Bill about, indirectly of course.
Merlotte’s: 1×09 “Plaisir D’Amour”
Here, Eric displays a little aggression by leaning into this person that he hardly knows and widening his eyes in his face (once again, the cocky viking is the main side of Eric shown). However, Eric was possibly trying to make a point more than anything else. We have seen Eric display this similar face to those he is simply trying to make a point to, but never harm (like Sookie). At the very least, this just shows that Eric and Sookie’s willingness to get into eachother’s faces is very significant, especially if he is known to be obviously aggressive and scary when he is in someone’s face in this manner.
Covering the gential region (“gracious plenty” book readers) with his clasped hands and hanging arms indicates a potentially anxious position (he wants to get out of there, is tired of looking at Bill and Sookie’s love fest) or feels as if he is looking forward to Bill’s potential demise or is nervous about seeing the magister (no matter the circumstances). It could also indicate his subconcious/concious sexual desire for Sookie and is a “barrier” between him and her (his beginning feelings for her and his disgust at witnessing the B/S display of affection before Bill leaves).
Bill’s Trial: 1×10 “I Don’t Wanna Know”
Of course, once Eric is concerned with playing to others, his cockiness is considerably lower yet he still plays it to those he considers inferior (i.e Bill). Eric’s aggressive face does in fact show that Eric was definitely trying to opportunistically take out his rival then (though I think Eric now realizes keeping Bill around as help sometimes is worth the hassle of having him as a rival as well, whether or not Bill feels the same way). It was surprising to realize that it seemed like Eric had feelings in regards to the nature of Bill’s punishment and was trying to conceal it (another indication that Eric might not have been quite as “heartless” as portrayed on the surface, even at this point in the show).
Fangtasia: 1×11 “To Love Is To Bury”
Bill’s House: 1×12 “You’ll Be The Death of Me”
Season One obviously mostly shows the cocky/arrogant/opportunistic viking (the Eric who is concerned with showing his authority and power above all other things), finds dealing with others that are beneath him/inferior humorous in all situations, and uses his sexuality to manipulate others in most situations (male or female) and claim the room.
More importantly and less obviously and surprisingly, it shows an intelligent Eric who is already skeptical of Bill, an Eric that is nervous around Sookie, and Eric that is nervous/anxious and not in control of an important situation, an Eric that has to hide feelings about an innocent girl being forcibly turned by an unwilling maker, a vulnerable Eric, and an Eric that can be more bark than bite (using intimidation to make a point rather than following through on the aggression most of the time). All of this sets up the Eric of Seasons 2 and 3 of course…