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What exactly was the difference between Sookie and Eric in this episode?
They both have a source of guidence, light, wisdom that they (LITERALLY) look up to but don’t always listen to (Godric, Claudine). Notice the striking parallel of these images that coincided with eachother in the very beginning of the show. In my opinion, this set the stage for showing the similarities and deep connection between Eric and Sookie in this episode (in order to set the stage for next season by showing Sookie’s capacity to one day love Eric back. “Forgive Him,” Godric said. This statement by Godric tied in with Sookie’s forgiveness of Eric as well. She forgave him for using her to go up against Russell and went to save him!
Eric has saved Sookie’s life. She has returned the favor. Eric goes out his way for the ones he cares for, Sookie does the same.
Sitting on the throne means a lot of things in relation to Sookie and Eric. This symbolizes Sookie’s growing strength and confidence in herself through Eric’s influence (she now possesses the same confidence, strength as Eric, once again they are paralleling each other; there is no true difference between them when it comes to who they really are). This symbolizes Sookie’s growing place in Eric’s life/ Eric’s heart and her influence on him(she almost rules over him as his in some ways for better or worse). Body language wise, this symbolizes Sookie’s desire to be closer to Eric by being near things that belong to Eric and literally being “enveloped” by them, like when a girlfriend wears her boyfriends sweater. It is an ownership gesture as well from the boy’s side. Therefore, this could also symbolizes Eric’s mind in that it could show that Eric feels almost like Sookie will be his eventually or subconsciously she already is, after she has saved him, they kissed, and have a full blood bond now. He feels her place is with him.
They both enjoy revenge against their enemies, thoroughly, and can be taken by their taste for vengeance.
Both of them felt the sting of betrayal by Bill for trusting him.
Both of them lash out the people they care about love when they are upset.
Therefore, the answer could be: almost NOTHING anymore! Will they find the peace in each other eventually, without the peace of a kind of “death” that Sookie seeks in the end and Godric says we all achieve once we are dead? Can Sookie find light in Eric and vice versa without having to resort to “death” or checking out from life voluntarily in order to do so. Unfortunately, I think Sookie going to fairyland like that, so easily, represented a kind of “suicide,” similar to what Godric did to escape his reality as a vampire. Of course, Sookie did it to escape her pain and the tough reality of being the who she is while alive.
Could Bill and Sookie look any more disconnected right now while Eric and Sookie look more and more connected?
This is the relationship that Bill wanted to seal with marriage? In the words of Lorena, he must be “delusional!”
Speaking of relationships…
Though being honest with someone you care about can push them away now, it would be worse if they found out on their own and push that person away forever.
Sometimes you just got to let people go for your own good, even if it hurts them now.
No matter how good you think things are, you must look beyond the surface.
It’s not always easy to fight for someone that you love and could complicate your own life.
Sometimes you’ll have to resist the urge for retaliation, violent or not.
Seeing the truth in others is also never easy and can be a burden…
but can also be positive. “You a witch whose a nurse whose a dude?”( you a honest vampire whose thoughts I can’t hear whose a powerful rich sheriff whose a hot guy /you a telepathic fairy that saved my life whose a waitress whose a hot woman) WELL SHIT, I GUESS I LUCKED OUT THEN, HUH?
No doubt, “Bad Blood (3×01)” from Bill invaded Sookie’s life and left her “Beautifully Broken (3×02).” “It Hurts Me Too (3×03), and the audience and Eric too. ” (9) Crimes (3×04)” had been commited against the heroine and it brought her a lot of “Trouble (3×05),” and left her saying, “I Got a Right to Sing the Blues (3×06)!” But it wasn’t over because everything was hitting the floor/ “Hitting the Ground (3×07),” and although it left her shaken, the “Night on the Sun (3×08)” was a set back for her progression against the “Bad Blood (3×01)” because it invaded her life once again during the “Night on the Sun (3×08)” But our heroine realized that “Everything is Broken (3×09) in her life because of the “Bad Blood (3×01),” and began to think “I Smell a Rat (3×10)!” “Fresh Blood (3×11)” was provided into her life and the life of the audience after the kiss and heroics of Eric showed themselves to us and Sookie, our heroine. Sookie finally realized that “Evil is Going On (3×12)” in her life after the true “Bad Blood (3×12)” was revealed to her. What will happen next?
The truth is… the depth of Bill’s love for Sookie is equivalent to an “infatuated tween.”
This was an important line to recognize. I doubt that AB would have allowed that line by the writer unless that is what he really believed because Pam is often a truth teller on this show. I think the purpose of Bill’s constant irrational behavior in contrast to this line was there to illustrate once again that the Bill and Sookie relationship is based on “infatuation” and “unrealistic expectations” rather than illustrating “what could have been,” or the supposed love between them. This parallels Tara’s confession to Franklin about Sookie’s claims of supposed “love at first sight.”
The Truth Is…Yvetta was not a dumb, slutty fangbanger desperate for a job and good sex with a vampire. She is/was a SMART cardiologist out with an agenda of her own.
Will Yvetta cut and run permanantly with Eric’s money or does she have more tricks up her sleeve? Only time will tell but I guess anything is possible from a SMART CARDIOLOGIST who was willing to moonlight as a stripper in a fangbanger bar!
The Truth Is… Jesus is not as innocent or as sweet as he seems. He is hiding more information about his “magical abilities” and the source of that. Wherever it is coming from, it’s obviously dangerous and scarey. Also, Laffy has the ability to see the truth about people.
Will we find out the truth about Jesus? How will it affect Laffy’s life? It has already brought Lafayette a disturbing ability to see the truth and potentially all of the darkness in others. Lafayette’s new ability could be almost as tragic as Sookie’s mind reading abilities when it comes to his life in general. Is Jesus’s power dark enough to attract the infamous Hallow and/or the dark witches or is Jesus involved in Hallow’s coven or will he be unless Jesus is Hallow but I don’t think Jesus will be though I pointed out that distinct possibility.
The Truth Is…Crystal is a were-panther who is not only being abused but is also being forced to marry her HALF-BROTHER in order to produce more were-panthers for Hotshot. Not only that, Hotshot is headed up by fanatical leaders who could create a WACO siege style catastrophe if Jason does not stop it.
Crystal is perhaps one of the most tragic characters/victims on the show who may eventually become a true predator as a result of the trauma of being the victim that she is (alot of the coldest con artists/killers etc. were once victims themselves. Of course, the raid on Hotshot is going to be a disaster similar to Waco as Crystal described AND/OR Jason is going to cause a lot of shame to the police department and Andy if he is spotted during the raid. As, I wonder if Jason is going to be turned into a werepanther because he is desperate to fit in, Crystal is desperate to help Jason fit in, or because he is attacked by Crystal’s family.
The Truth Is…Jessica is a vampire that LOVES drinking human blood but atleast she is woman enough to admit it and guess what? her lover not only appreciates the honesty but actually seems to like the idea!
As usual, I think this shows the potential for the B/S relationship is Bill had just been honest with her from the very beginning. It also parallels Eric’s total honesty about himself as well.
The Truth Is…Eric knows how to play anyone…EVEN when he is TELLING THE TRUTH while doing so.
Because Eric is not a great liar, he must avoid the whole truth when it comes to manipulating others (he has apparently mastered this). Eric is also apparently smart enough to even use the truth against people. He also knows how to use ANYONE’s weakness against them.
The Truth Is…Eric is down to earth enough to have a silly ringtone (just for fun lol : )
The Truth Is…Even Bill is now convinced that Sookie has real feelings for Eric that go beyond the blood!
When Bill is even admitting that you have REAL feelings for Eric, I think the whole audience needs to get the picture and of course you Sookie!
The Truth Is…Sam has deep seeded problems with anger , impulsivity, verbal abuse and alcholism.
Did this side of Sam emerge as a result of Bill’s bad blood or has Sam been trying his best to conceal this side from the very beginning (much like Bill covered up his dark side in front of others but it burst forth at the first chance)?
The Truth Is… V use and corruption is widespread in Bon Temps.
The Truth Is…Maxine and Summer have been working together the entire time.
They will probably attempt to hurt/get rid of Jessica. Will they succeed or will maxine simply alienate Hoyt forever? Will we have a tragedy? Will Maxine try to kill Jessica and end up killing her own son, Hoyt, tragically?
The Truth Is…Andy doesn’t feel like a hero, didn’t want Eggs to die, Jason didn’t know any better, and Eggs mostly died because it was his own fault and now Tara knows.
The Truth Is…Bill and Sookie will never be able to “start over” or have a “normal life” because Eric Northman and the vampire/supe world will always be in Sookie’s life (on her path, road in life).
Sookie must adjust her expectation/thoughts about what happinness is for her. In order to achieve any happiness, Sookie must learn to accept her role in the supe world and having Eric in her life because it will always be apart of her path. Sometimes happiness is right in front of your face ; )
The Truth Is… Sometimes you just have to accept the consequences of your actions and you cannot always run from your problems. Also, desperation and vulnerability can lead to blind faith ( in addition to fear as demonstrated in the previous episode).
Blind faith and unavoidable consequences and secrets will continue to be major themes on True Blood.
The Truth Is…Tara and Sam aren’t so different after all and they have an undeniable connection that is still there.
Can Sam and Tara help eachother through their darkness or will they only cause the darkness in eachother to flourish as a possible couple/ friends with benefits again?
The Truth Is…Eric has A LOT OF LOVE and affection inside of him for both Pam…
The amount of love pouring from Eric through his face and hands in these scenes was so enormous (before his big heroic act), I almost expected them to que the grand orchestra music! Body Language wise, we can once again see the trust that Eric and Sookie have for eachother with the non-stop eye contact and the momentary, strange calm that Sookie seems to have as Eric caresses her face, despite what is about to happen to her. Once Eric is forced to feed on her alongside Russell, he lovingly tries toconfront her (very book Eric, Eric strokes her back during the Andre feeding in Book 7).
The Truth is… Eric HAS WON this game of chess against Russell and is apparently the bravest and smartest vampire/individual on the show (though this does parallel Sam’s willingness to potentially risk himself for others last season)!
If we had any remaining doubts that Eric is going to be an admirable hero on this show or is to be redeemed, we saw it here. I was absolutely breathless that Eric was so brave even in the face of his final death and portrayed in this beautiful manner finally. Those that still question Eric’s inherant noble nature, bravery, love, loyalty and, intelligence are completely blind at this point. I wonder how his jealousy of Alcide and Bill’s potential betrayl will factor in for True Blood’s new hero?
Last week, the Audience and the characters were thinking: “I Smell a Rat (3×10)..
This week, “Fresh Blood (3×11)” was spilled and “Fresh Blood (3×11)” represented a fresh persepctive/the truth…
Two weeks from now, “Evil is going on” in their lives/undead lives from here on out and into Season Four.
Usually I just do a general theme for my recaps but I am going into a full-blown analysis of the theme presented and what is means for this season AND THE NEXT, so this is long it is quite a bit more in-depth than my usual recap:
Bill uses Sookie in an attempt to regain his humanity and to further his career but tries to pretend otherwise and Sookie uses Bill to gain “peace and quiet” as well as protection and excitement in her mind but has tried to convince herself it was love at first sight:
Does Bill omit the truth because he is an imposter: not an innocent vampire there purely for Sookie‘s love or is he that innocent vampire? Time will tell but the evidence points to: NO he is not that innocent vampire! Why does he tell her part of the truth? That is the mystery. Maybe because QSA didn’t tell him the truth and he doesn’t know that specifically matters OR maybe he ready to betray QSA for Sookie so he can hide the truth, which will of course only cause more problems? Will Sookie realize the true basis of their relationship?
Eric uses Yvetta for sex and Yvetta uses Eric for sex and money:
Considering that Eric is not known to be a total liar (though he is a master at avoiding the issue), I do no think he outright lied to Yvetta about her position with him. I think she simply assumed. I think this illustrates what most women expect from Eric: his money ( a book nod and something he often mentions to Sookie in them because he expects her to want that). He loves Sookie for various reasons but partly because she is not materialistic and has feelings for him that go beyond sex and money, though she doesn’t admit it. Though Sookie uses him, she uses him for something different and THIS SURPRISES ERIC. This confrontation with Yvetta could be a set up for revenge against Eric or the consequences of vengeance as well. Eric seeks vengeance this season and next season, others such as Yvetta seek their vengeance against Eric. (Karma)-what goes around comes around- might be a theme next season to counter the selfishness and darkness coming from all the characters this season! That is my prediction for next season’s theme.
Calvin uses Crystal to breed more werepanthers Hotshot citizens:
Eric wishes to use Bill’s lies to win Sookie’s favor. Bill wishes to use Sookie’s distrust of Eric to his favor:
These two are at a stalemate until Sookie begins to trust Eric one day AND/or distrust Bill openly or Bill finally takes over because Sookie loses all feeling for Eric (don’t see the last thing happening, atleast in the long run)!
Arlene uses the FOTS agenda to justify her hatred of vampires; Jessica uses Arlene’s hatred to justify her attack on her; Tommy uses Jessica’s dark side to justify her need to be with him:
Arlene’s hatred causes a chain reaction: Jessica attacks her for it and Tommy nurtures that dark side of Jessica and uses it to justify a relationship with her and encourages the negative behavior which will inevitably cause more problems for Jessica and everyone (much bigger chain reactions will be caused by hatred/retaliation in the future, setting up the Karma theme for next season).
Summer attempts to use her sexuality to change Hoyt’s mind (she is attempting to use Hoyt so that he will father her babies, Hoyt used Summer as a rebound from Jessica):
Using your sexuality alone for using someone almost never works (look at Yvetta). Rebounds only hurt people more, including yourself (Eric used Yvetta to combat his feelings for Sookie too, so it was a rebound in a way).
Franklin used Tara to combat his “loneliness,” while Bill used Tara as an example to put a front of loyalty up for Russell (by refusing to help her), besides the fact that he really cares for nobody but Sookie:
Tara survived being used BUT ATLEAST FRANKLIN was up front about it. Bill can’t even give that courtesy.
Bill uses Jason to look after Sookie for him keep Sookie isolated for him and protect her:
Holly uses Sam to push her religion:
Using someone as an example to push your religion is never appreciated.
Arlene uses Terry as a father figure and to feel better about her own life; Terry uses Arlene to find a purpose in his life and find “normalcy.”
Neither of the ways of “using” someone is necessarily bad if they benefit both parties (alluding to Sookie and Eric’s mutal using of eachother despite their real feelings for eachother, relationships can get complex). However, Arlene could ruin it with an underhanded move (omitting things) and going behind his back (sound familiar?)
Jesus uses Laffayette’s power and Laffayette’s V to enhance his own power; Laffayette’s intentions are purely for love (but he overlooks thing LIKE SOOKIE because he uses Jesus to complete his life):
The power generated from this partnership will have consequences for everyone and possibly attract Hallow because of the energy created from the ritual/power of it all (in much the same way that Maryann was drawn to Bon Temps). I think that Jesus might not be Hallow now, but that Jesus and Laffy will be the cause of Hallow’s arrival and this duo may be drawn into Hallow and the possibly V worship. I am thinking that Yvetta might ultimately sell out Eric out to Hallow for cash payment as well (karma and vengeance) POSSIBLY, Laffy will see following Hallow as a way out from underneath Eric and Jesus will see Hallow as a way of enhancing power and be attracted to Hallow for the ultimate healing power: animating the dead (a trait that Hallow is supposed to possess).
Sookie covers up her own feelings for Eric by using Eric’s feelings for her own benefit:
However, using a 1000 yr old viking is not advisable and is cold because Eric loves you.
Eric ends up coming up with a plan Sookie to save everyone by using Sookie partly because Pam convinces him too and partly because he justifies it in his mind because Sookie is using him too, in reality (neither of which are good excuses though extreme action was needed):
The fact that Both Eric and Sookie actually harbor passionate feelings for one another (and Eric actually loves her imo), adds fuel to the fire in this equation. Both Sookie and Eric will experience disastrous consequences if they DO NOT LEARN to trust one another and give into their passion for one another. This was just one of those consequences for them both. This season and the next, Sookie will make up for her “use of Eric ” by playing a role in Russell’s downfall and Eric will make up for his “use of Sookie,” this season by ultimately trying his best to get rid of her Russell problem (which is her biggest problem yet) or actually doing so. Sookie will continue to make-up for things next season by caring for Eric in his time of need. Eric might continue to make up for that next season by being her companion in her post-break up time of need (maybe even after Alcide too) and continuing to protect her. This redemption of their transgressions toward one another (and the hurt feelings that resulted), will lay the ground work for Sookie and Eric to gradually accept their love/passion for one another and have hot, steamy sex next season and hopefully later on, though it may be hard. THE BEAUTY OF THE ERIC AND SOOKIE relationship is it’s hearbreakingly painful for them to resist though it is sometimes necessary to do so and it exposes every weakness and dark corner of these two (that is why they resist it) while simultaneously exposing the strength and the light in these two (which is why they love each other or will love each other and won’t be able to fight it). It brings out every human emotion forth and that is why it is so very interesting to watch…not because Eric is hot (though that certainly helps) and not because Eric is a better character than Bill (though that helps too).
Tara uses her love for Jason to forget about her trauma; Jason uses Tara’s feelings to wiggle his way out of the secret about Eggs:
Needless to say, neither plan works or will work and will backfire.
Jessica uses her blood to save Hoyt but also tie him to her (sound familiar?); Hoyt uses Jessica’s blood to save himself against his better judgement (sound familiar?) I guess Hoyt might have died otherwise but I think he could have been saved by applying some pressure and a quick hospital visit accelerated by her vampire speed:
I smell disaster Jessica dreams for Hoyt because their relationship is already doomed but they will be forever tied to their cute but doomed relationship (sound familiar? ) I swear this isn’t going to end well for either of them (as Hoyt embraces his dark side to be with Jessica)! This will intensify the disaster already waiting at the end of their relationship. Atleast Jessica and Hoyt’s feelings had time to simmer before the blood exchange (*wink wink*). The only way this could be positive is to show how things would have played out for B/S if Bill had only been honest.
Sam used his shifting abilities to build his false life; Sam’s ex-gf used him; Sam used his ex-gf’s “accidental” murder to cover his tracks by opportunistically killing the witness; Sam uses these experiences to justify his rage (though he ignores that fact):
Sam will experience karma for these actions and it will drive him insane.
Crystal uses Jason to escape hotshot and for a place to stay (though she at least exposes the truth to him, which is more than we can say for SOME people):
Russell uses a prostitute to fill Talbot’s void and take his insanity/guilt out on someone:
Last Week we discovered that absolutely “Everything is Broken (3×09),” How is this happening?“I smell a rat (3×10),” but not just one, multiple ones and they are EVERYWHERE!
Next week: “Fresh Blood (3×11)” will begin to be spilled.
Come see Eric Northman’s guilty/scared side:
Come see Nan Flanagan’s badass, powerful, s.w.a.t team, authority ridden side:
Come see Russell Edgington as the emotional/grieving nut job:
Come see the Bill/Sookie relationship going down the drain:
Come see a Sookie Stackhouse actually suspicious of Bill Compton:
Come see Eric Northman as a stand-up/brave/honest hero:
Come see a Tara Thornton willing to reach out to others for support/help:
Come see a Lafayette happy and in love:
Come see Hadley as the desperate mother:
Come see Sookie Stackhouse’s motherly side:
Come see Arlene willing to open up and be totally honest with someone:
Come see a Ruby Jean with a new viewpoint/ not as crazy sounding:
Come see a Bill Compton who is suddenly able to access fairyland or Sookie’s word/mind and attacks Claudine (probably because of her Fairy Blood and/or because he doesn’t need to hide his mask for Sookie. Claudine even initially assumes that Bill Compton killed Sookie if he was able to drink enough of her blood to access it (in a way he did):
Come see the Eric Northman that is prepared to die/meet his final death/give up:
Come see a Pam who is emotional/desperate (in the same position Eric was in with Godric):
Come see a Jason suddenly smart enough to scheme/strategize:
Come see ruthless Sam, the street fighter/violent man-shifter:
Come meet a Hoyt that is willing to use a girl in order to make Jessica jealous and to flirt with Jessica while he has another date in the other room (gaining confidence/ a dark side):
Come meet Nan Flanagan, the ultimate hypocrite:
Come meet the true pychopathic, sadistic face of Russell Edgington, ready to start war (which he himself claimed was barbaric and he was above):
Ok, Eric REALLY NEEDS TO stop this guy! Because “Everything is Broken (3×09)”..especially now!
Next Week, the audience and possibly the characters will be thinking “I Smell a Rat (3×10).”
Could that be Bill, Yvetta, or both, or someone else or multiple people/supes?
No matter what, you are going to have a hard time letting go.
It’s probably not a good sign if you are cheating or thinking of cheating.
Sometimes a great beginning doesn’t mean a great future if it means a future at all.
It goes without saying but you need to recognize abusiveness/ neglect when it happens.
There are always better options. There is always a way out.
Sex doesn’t solve your problems or make you forget them.
WHAT is the difference between this:
Because of the “Trouble (3×05),” people were “Singing the Blues (3×06) and everything was “hitting the ground (3×07).” The lows reached when things were “hitting the ground (3×07)” were obvious during the “Night on the Sun (3×08)” and because of this “Everything is Broken(3×09)” or it will be.
“I think over again my small adventures, my fears, those small ones that seemed so big, all those vital things I had to get and to reach, and yet there is only one great thing: to live and see the great day that dawns, and the light that fills the world.”- Lafayette (inuit song)
Sookie must fight Lorena or she will die!
Claudine wants Sookie to fight the darkness of Bill so that the life inside of her will not die!
Bill is going to fight to keep their connection alive as it dies.
Sookie fights to live rather than die even if it means being initially lost, confused, scared, and alone in the dark.
The Magister will fight for the rule of “The Authority” even if it means he may die his final death.
It has hit the fan! People were “…Singing the Blues(3×06) and bodies were “Hitting the Ground(3×07)” Vampires have discovered how to have a “Night on The Sun(3×08)” and where will it lead? Will the “darkness” that Claudine referred to prevail or will the “light” prevail?
Jessica won’t let go of her taste for real human blood even if it means feeding off RANDOM unwilling victims.
Bill won’t let go of his need to always try to look like a hero for Sookie even if the attempt is feeble, desperate, destructive, and not only makes no difference but puts everyone in a worse position than before.
Eric won’t let go of his feelings for Sookie even if he tries to.
Arlene won’t let go of her prejudice against vampires.
Lafayette won’t let go of his trust issues, for better or worse.
Sookie won’t let go of her tendency to ignore RED FLAGS right in front of her face.
Lorena won’t let go of the same nostalgia and sentimentality that she so often critcizes Bill for.
Franklin won’t let go of his obsession with Tara and his desire to turn her.
Eric won’t let go of his over reliance on his sexuality to manipulate others.
QSA won’t let go of her obsession with spending money and apparently gambling.
Lafayette won’t let go of the darkness inside him.
Neither Russell or Eric will let go of their memories (causing Russell’s need to conquer humanity, Eric’s need for vengeance).
Bill won’t let go of his hypocrisy or his victim complex.
Neither Nan or Congressman Finch will let go of agendas that benefit their own power.
Sam won’t let go of his need to help Tommy.
Melinda M and Tommy won’t let go of Joe Lee or the way he uses their shifting abilities for personal financial gain.
Jason won’t let go of Crystal or his past.
Crystal won’t let go of Hotshot or her awful fiancee.
Debbie and Coot won’t let go of their addiction to V or Russell’s influence.
Sookie won’t let go of Bill (for better or worse…though I am thinking worse).
On a positive note, not letting go can be positive sometimes…
Tara won’t let go of her desire to live and will go to extremes to hold onto her desire to live.
However, an inability to let go even in the face of “Trouble (3×05),” often leads to “Singing the Blues (3×06).”
Next week, it will all lead to shit hitting the fan and bodies “Hitting the Ground (3×07)”