Posts Tagged Body Language
I’m not covering the Eric time in episode 3×04 that involved the obvious themes such as concern over the V/Pam and fighting Hotshot. In addition, I won’t be covering 3×08 for the obvious faked submission to Russell by getting on one knee and Eric’s obvious reluctance to have sex with Talbot right there but his willingness to do so opportunistically. :
Fangtasia: 3×01 “Bad Blood”
Eric displays the classic “alpha male posture (that can obviously occur clothed or unclothed hah)” that men can sometimes conciously or unconciously display in order to attract the attention of a female (hips jutted forward and chest moved backward in an attempt to make themselves look bigger-as if Eric needed that- and hands near the hips or on the hips-framing the hips- in an attempt to frame their “manhood” so- to-speak). This type of positioning “alpha male posturing” has worked for ages in the wild and today. Of course, Eric’s nakedness is symbolic of a totally bare Eric, willing to put himself on display both physically and emotionally and their growing intimacy.
Once again, a terrible liar, Eric displays definsivenss with his crossed arms in front of the magister. He also mistakingly positions himself above the queen and the magister by standing above them (conciously or unconciously displaying his own opinion that he thinks he is better than both of them despite their positions), but they counter that by invading his personal space by sitting at his throne area in his place.
Fangtasia: 3×02 “Beautifully Broken”
Eric is trying to treat Sookie as an equal as he lowers himself to her level while they share the ultra-flirtacious prolonged eye contact as usual. Also, as I mentioned in the Eric/Sookie body language flashback article, Eric is also expressing desperation as he leans into her with the “notice me, please” move: https://talktrueblood.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/ericsookiebodylanguage/
However, Sookie’s crossed legs show hesitation for obvious reasons and they counter Eric’s open legged “crotch display (another example of an Eric “opening up.” However, they still trust eachother and are comfortable enough to have their legs so close, almost intertwined, in the first place.
3×02: “Beautifully Broken” Eric’s Flashback & Sookie’s Porch:
Sookie’ House and the Graveyard: 3×03 “It Hurts Me Too”
Eric and Sookie walk in-sync (“mirror eachother”) with each other from the graveyard. This is one of the strongest signals of not only interest/flirtation but also a deep connection (literally being in-sync with each other).
Russell’s Mansion: 3×05 “Trouble”
Russell’s Mansion: 3×06 “I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues”
Eric takes on his cocky viking/vampire persona for Russell (to convince him he totally prejudice against anybody/anything but vampires by the way he leans back into his limo seat.
QSA’s Palace: 3×06 “I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues”
QSA’s Palace and Fangtasia: 3×07 “Hitting The Ground”
Eric is actually being rather gentle with Hadley when you consider the way he “guides her along.” Why did he notify her of the plan? If he didn’t care and simply wanted to immobilize/transport her, why didn’t he just pick her up like he did with QSA or Sookie (in order to make her believe him) later on? NO, he gently puts his arm around her (like he did with Sookie earlier on) and then gives her blood when he is done…
Eric simultaneously shows his respect for Pam’s mind and his general affection for her by rubbing her head.
Fangtasia: 3×09 “Everything is Broken”
As I pointed out in the season two analysis, Eric being hunched over indicates insecurity. Eric is obviously not confident when dealing with Nan/The Authority but HE IS STILL HONEST WITH THEM! The amount of distance for their mutal personal spaces during the interview is ENORMOUS, indicating complete distrust and general uneasiness with eachother, yet ERIC IS STILL TOTALLY HONEST!
Jason’s House, The Dream, Fangtasia: 3×10 “I Smell A Rat”
For my analysis of the dream and Fangtasia kiss in regards to Eric/Sookie, Read the Episode 3×10 Section of my Eric/Sookie Body Language Flashback! Part Two!: https://talktrueblood.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/ericsookiebodylanguage2/
This head holding/kiss by Eric is once again symbolic of their emotional as well as intellectual connection (entire mutual respect). It is also a very paternal/maternal (father,mother) thing to do as well all know.
This of course parallels the same thing I just said about Eric/Pam and the head touching/holding before he is forced to bite her. Also, they mutually gulp ( gulping in and of itself is a sign of deep attraction and when they “mirror eachother” it symbolizes their deep emotional connection is addition to that general mutual attraction as well). Then Eric tenderly comforts her by petting her head when she is scared because Russell bites her likes he does and he is forced to bite her ….
Eric heroically gives Russell a fake smile (the rest of his face is stiff, indicating the fake smile) because he won’t allow him to see fear or regret on his face!
Eric has gone from a pure Cocky Viking Vampire to the Cocky Viking Vampire who can also have the flaws of humanity ( such as insecurity) and benefits of the humanity ( such as the ability to be a tender father and love a good woman) he willingly or unwillingly retained (yet sees no need to flaunt). YET he has actually transcended all of that at the same time and become our Sacrificial Hero!
I am skipping episode 2×01 since Eric did not appear until the end and it was clear that was the aggressive, impulsive Eric reacting to an attack. I am also not going to cover episode 2×04 because it was also a minimal Eric episode and it only contained a straightforward coercion by Eric in order to get Lafayette to drink his blood so that he would be connected to Sookie through Lafayette and also be able to track Lafayette:
Fangtasia: 2×02 “Keep This Party Going”
Once again, Eric uses his pompous viking demeanor to get in Lafayette’s face in to make a point by intimidating him and get Lafayette to answer to him.
In this instance, Eric’s hands in the pockets must be connected to one of these things since I established in part one that this exhibits 1.nervousness/anxiety 2. Dishonesty/concealment:
1.Eric is experiencing nervousness and anxiety because he knows Godric is missing and he is afraid Bill will reject his request for Sookie’s help (which Bill ultimately does) OR 2. Eric is of course not being completely open about why he is so eager to find Godric or why he needs Sookie’s help. (it is probably both reasons in this instance).
Fangtasia: 2×03 “Scratches”
We have Eric claiming dominance over the room similar to the position he had sitting on his Fangtasia throne (refer to part one). Leaning back in the chair points to Eric’s obvious adventurous personality but can also refer to “critical thinking,” which refers to Eric being dumbfounded as to what the maenad was. It can also indicate a certain “relaxation” because he thinks Bill is worrying too much/overeacting and that it will be taken care of. He really feels in control and tries to communicate that “dominance” and “control” to Bill through this position.
Godric’s House/Nest: 2×05 “Never Let Me Go”
Insecurity, here? I say yes! This will become a typical “Eric is insecure” pose. Eric is insecure because of feeling helpless about Godric, helpless about Sookie and affected by a “human” (to the point where not even feeding is giving him satisfaction at this point), and Bill’s role in all of this.
Outside the FOTS: 2×07 “Release Me”
FOTS Building: 2×08 “Timebomb”
(i know this isn’t body language related, but even Newlin admitted Eric’s actions were noble, despite the fact that he obviously did not agree with them, example of unreliable narrator with the truth)
SERIOUSLY? Do these two ever stop? Did they ever think they were fooling themselves, much less anybody else?
Godric’s House/Nest: 2×08 “Timebomb”
1. Eric is anxious about approaching Sookie because of the intensity they just went through, plus the feelings that were already there. 2. Eric heard Sookie question Bill about being gone and is concealing the answer. (possibly both).
SERIOUSLY GUYS! WHY DON’T YOU JUST GET A ROOM ALREADY???
The Carmilla Hotel Dream: 2×09 “I Will Rise Up”
This is the ultimate sign of equality in the relationship, facing eachother face-to-face on the bed and “mirroring eachother.” Kissing the hand is the ultimate sign of respect and total adoration of the partner. (this is where they are going or how they truly feel).
One of the more obvious and cute Eric and Sookie flirting moments was the classic “look at your crush and look away as they look as you,” or “eye contact game,” game they played in the hotel Carmilla when questioned by Nan. Nothing indicates interest and open flirtation more than this across the room game played both conciously and sometimes unconciously, but obviously conciously in this case:
The Roof: 2×09 “I will Rise up”
(more on Godric/Eric body language/interaction on the Carmilla Roof here once again: https://talktrueblood.wordpress.com/2010/08/18/makerchildrelationships/
Yeah, these two are so ending up together…HAND HOLDING? I don’t even see Bill doing that with her much…
The Car From Dallas Dream: 2×10 “New World In My View”
QSA’s Palace: 2×12 “Beyond Here Lies Nothing”
(also a lot of bliking in this scene to back up the assertion I made about the 2×12 scene)
Season 2 of course showed the Cocky Viking with a sensitive side for Sookie and his blood(such as Pam and Godric), a spirited and brave viking willing to risk/give up his undead life for those fortunate enough to gain that loyalty/affection from him…
Of course Eric can be the selfish, generally/sexually manipulative, impulsive, aggressive, angry, cocky viking but Eric can also be loyal, brave, nervous, anxious, desperate, respectful, vulnerable, intellectually/emotionally attached to a non-blood related human, insecure and trustworthy…
But if being generally good but very flawed isn’t human (his humanity), then I don’t know what is…
AND Eric showed potential of being SACRIFICIAL…
But Eric had no opportunity to be a “hero,” (atleast on the surface), atleast till now…
(will be continued in the next installment).
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…
Let’s face it, if you are here at my blog, you probably already believe Bill is a liar due to all the countless evidence already against him. However, let me put the final nail in the coffin(ha) for Bill and let me teach you how to spot Bill’s lies each and every time in the future and how he can be an example for all liars by looking at some of his body language during lies from Season 3:
Bill ALWAYS Avoids Eye Contact during More than Half the Conversation when lying:
No wonder Russell was not fooled after a while!
Bill doesn’t gain confidence of the situation until he starts glamouring, figures…
Bill tends to lower his head and look out from the side without directly making eye contact:
Bill often messes with his clothing, fiddles with things, or crosses his hands (it is difficult to expose the palms) when lying:
Bill often tries to be humorous or smile a lot when lying (we know Bill doesn’t often smile a lot normally) or his smiling is out of sync with what he says or ends abruptly:
Leg crossing during a conversation is often a sign of lying when other factors match up (which they do):
( again, this is while Russell questions Bill about the file on Sookie: this leg crossing clue is especially true for men since leg crossing isn’t quite as natural or expected from them: it also is more true when someone is wearing pants, as opposed to a skirt or dress, because they aren’t covering that area up for any real reason)
Touching your face and especially your nose during the conversation/confrontation IS JUST ABOUT THE STRONGEST SIGN OF A LIAR!:
(of course he does this while Sookie confronts him about the file and calls him creepy for doing it!)
Sometimes unatural staring (without any break) is common after you feel you have just given yourself away after a lie:
Bill hides his eyes from Sookie and gives Eric an aggressive stare (tight lips, narrow eyes) as Sookie mentions the possibility of Eric giving her to Russell or THE QUEEN (we know that in fact Bill was probably involved with the queen):
Well now that we have established that you are a big fat liar through body language alone, I wonder if Sookie is still convinced:
Yeah, doesn’t look like it. In fact, she thinks things are unstable enough to dream that Eric is telling her you are untrustworthy, RUN TO ERIC for answers and then return his kiss!:
Yeah…things really aren’t looking good for you anymore Bill. Plus, the description for 3×11 said you are going to bring her MORE dangers while trying to earn her trust again….real smooth Bill….real smooth! I bet I know how you are feeling about this!
Sound off below: What do you think about this evidence?
Special blog entry to update the Eric/Sookie body language after Episode 3×03 to Episode 3×10 including dreams/fantasies (since I believe they are very symbolic of how Eric and Sookie truly feel about eachother) This will be updated again after the season finale:
3×04- Eric’s fantasy:
Whew! Look at that face Eric gets when he sees Sookie. He shows a lot of passion and total desire just looking at her sleep (parted lips, “the eyebrow flash,” scrunched forehead).
Allowing their mutual vulnerability, Sookie kisses him back (showing her mutual desire for him) in such a way that Eric believes he can go all out on her! (he simultaneously shows friendly love and affection by “hugging her with one hand and passion by grabbing her hair with the other hand).
Eric feels comfortable enough to ultimately embrace her in a fully affectionate and purely loving way, with a “hug” / full embrace without any of the lust shown through the hair grabbing. He was totally emotionally bare here in a way we have never seen before as an audience.
I think Eric is actually experiencing fear more than anything else (wide eyes, clenched jaw, heavy breathing). He is afraid because he has never loved before (he is in love, trust me, Do I need to prove that through body language too?) and knows this could mean serious trouble for both of them and also because he is vulnerable with her like nobody else and doesn’t know how to handle that especially because he has just discovered she DEFINITELY has feelings for him too yet they can’t be together for various reasons and she is also still in love with Bill.
This face also indicates pity for Sookie (her ignorance concerning Bill) with the downward face and glazed eyes added to the other body language/facial signals.
I updated the Bill and Sookie body language…updated section is at the bottom of this blog entry: If you like my body language posts, please check it out:
(This post is dedicated to my reader ELLA who requested it : )
“We are who we were in our human lives,” – Eddie
Lorena & Bill
Lorena considers Bill to be a gentlemanly lover that she gave everything to.
Bill considers Lorena to be an obsessed lover/stalker that brought him death.
(Body Language wise, notice that both Bill and Lorena take turns getting on top during sex, signifying an equal partnership, equal control of the situation and each other. Not Lorena or Bill’s total dominance)
Renee at the Ancient Pythoness (ancientpythoness.com) suggests this shows similar bloody passion that Sookie and Bill have for eachother.
What does this say about Lorena and Bill? Lorena was obsessed with the idea of Bill being her “noble lover” but Bill was too focused on her “murder” than anything else. HOWEVER, Lorena allowed equality in their relationship! Therefore, Bill had an equal part in everything that occurred over the years, including their murders. Bill and Lorena clearly showed a mutual bloody passion for each other and what they did, nobody forced it. Therefore, Lorena did not control his every action as he would like us to believe. Both Bill and Lorena were sentimental and therefore Lorena probably had the same obsessed love for Bill (her ideal of the noble lover) that Bill has for Sookie (his ideal of the submissive southern belle that he can regain his “humanity” from), so she ironically passed on obsessive love to him. They both possessed the capacity for abusiveness in their human lives probably but it was amplified by being a vampire because it gave them ultimate superiority over humans. Lorena was obviously so desperate for Bill’s love, I am sure she would have toned it down if that would have made Bill happy, but obviously she didn’t think that would have made Bill happy.
Godric & Eric
Eric considers Godric a Father that gave him Life.
Their relationship was born of pure admiration. Godric considers himself Eric’s Father, Brother, Son.
Though Eric is happy to be submissive to Godric. Godric doesn’t mind treating Eric an equal with close, quiet, and tender face-to-face eye contact.
What can we interpret about Godric, Eric, Sookie and the storyline from this maker/child relationship?
Godric passed on his traits of undying loyalty, respect, cooperation, and appetite for justice onto Eric. Although Godric taught Eric to control his emotions, he also taught him how to express them when deserved. Although not turned violently like Bill, Eric certainly did not understand exactly what he was signing up for but Eric did not self-loathe. He saw the benefits of his new life and did not focus on the death aspect as Bill so morbidly does (Eric knows how to make the best of a situation). They provided eachother all the love of a father and child with the equality and companionship of brotherhood (which they bother certainly benefited from. However, we can see from his human life that Eric already had traits that inspired the loyalty of his men until their very own ends, so surely he possessed some of these admirable traits before Godric’s influence.
Jessica & Bill
(body language shows Jessica is desperately reaching out for affection from Bill but Bill is hesitant/unwilling to give her the affection she desires beyond using her to protect Sookie and be the vampire he never was)
What does this relationship say about Jessica and Bill? Because Bill sees Jessica as a burden, he ignores her at every possible conveinience. That shows Bill’s lack of maturity/responsibility not only as a vampire but as an individual, it also shows that he cares for nobody except Sookie, even if it comes at a greater cost to others than Sookie. It shows Jessica is suffering from the same lack of love she suffered at home, except that now she much contend with neglect rather than over- bearing/stern parents (the worst of both extremes). Instead of giving her support, he often reinforces her negative opinion of being a vampire because he hates himself.
Pam & Eric
Pam considers Eric to be a Father/Teacher that she can gain wisdom/companionship from. Though the exact motive of Pam’s turning is unclear we can tell by the tender body language between them (his swift rescue, wide concerned eyes, tender head touch) that Eric loves Pam as a daughter/companion. Eric probably views it in much the same way Godric did, but instead it is Father, Sibling, Son (Mother, Sibling, Daughter).
What does this say about Pam and Eric? They have much the same relationship that Eric had with Godric, except maybe even more emotional due to Eric’s naturally more emotional side that he attempts to hide. Eric respects women enough to have “made one” and make one a buisness partner. Eric shows respect to all those loyal to him and is never afraid to show affection to those who give it to him (that will one day be Sookie too for Eric). Her symbolic sitting over Eric represents his trust in her that she will one day take his place (when he gone), that was part of the process in which he saw her as a worthy successor and worthy of being a great maker herself in the Godric-Eric-Pam line. They also are cooperative and work as a team toward a mutal benefit just as Eric and Godric did together for centuries. They both obviously possessed this just nature of loyalty and cooperativeness with those who give it to them in their human lives to retain this nature in the state of being a vampire.
Sure, Lorena could have fed Bill and sent him on his way, but Godric could have given Eric his blood and healed him too, Jessica was at the wrong place at the wrong time and I guess Bill could have died rather than turn Jessica and I guess Eric didn’t have to turn Pam either. It is a fruitless battle to discuss the nature of the turning. Therfore, it is important to focus on discussing the nature of the vampire AFTER the turning. Jessica was violently turned, yet is making the best out of her situation (despite her mistakes). Eddie had no benefit of a maker present in his life, yet he was almost completely non-violent…
Proof that blaming your maker for your behavior is TOTAL bullshit! (**wink wink**)
Becoming a vampire and having a maker either good, bad or absent merely enhances characteristics that were already there, rather than creates them (other than the obvious physical enhancements and new nutritional requirements), much like my theory on the Blood Bond explains that BB’s merely enhance relationships that were already there. Sure, a great maker can make you a better maker and a better vampire but it doesn’t determine who you are as a vampire, your HUMANITY that you already possessed does. Bill would not be seeking his humanity if he had already had it in his human life. Eric doesn’t want it but still has it! So…. A maker/child relationship or the absence of one merely enhance what was already there inside. In other words, you won’t be a vicious, remorseless killer if you didn’t already have the capacity for that…
NO EXCUSES BILL! NONE!