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“Cocky Viking to Sacrifical Hero”: The Body Language of Eric Northman Part Two/ Season Two

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: 

Season Two: 

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. 

despite his skepticism, Eric respectfully maintains eye contact and listens to Lafayette's story in order to bring the information forth by playing to Lafayette's ego for a while in this "buisness setting." However, Eric remains cocky enough to casually worry about his hair during the questioning (however, he remains in a commanding position in the center of the room).

For future reference, this is Eric’s actual “angry/aggressive face (open mouth with teeth exposed, raised eyebrows, jutted jaw, and a wrinkled nose sometimes)”

After the suggestion by the saleswoman to Bill, Eric once again uses his sexuality to his advantage with an exaggerated arched eyebrow, even with Bill.

 

another Eric “hands in the pockets”

 

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). 

Again, we see Eric "nervously" fiddling with the clothes though he obviously has no real intention of buying any of them (ties into my previous point about Eric's anxiety). Also, Eric is attempting to "guide Bill along (influence his decision and show his dominance) by taking his arm and moving him along during the discussion.

 

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. 

Eric exhibit's his typical "intimdation face" in order to make a point and he lacks the facial wrinks/scrunched nose/raised eyebrows/ pronounced jawline of a true agressive/mad Eric face

Eric exhibits "cooperation" with Sookie by sitting on the edge of the desk with his hands on his knees and getting down to her level/looking her in eye as well. Proof that Eric was in fact treating her an equal/worthy of respect already during this scene

Eric once again attempts to charm someone with his sexuality as usual (whether male of female obviously) with a flirtacious wink/ same as the exaggerated eyebrow and a light touch with the finger (I conclude that this is typical fake-Eric-fliriting ALWAYS, when he actually likes someone it is different as we later see)

Although Eric fans are often captivated by the rest of the interaction in this scene between all three of them, the most significant thing in relation to Eric and Sookie's growing relationship was the VERY LONG AND PERSONAL eye contact here. One-on-one eye contact like that lasting for more than a second or two means a DEEP connection and Eric smiles on top of that because he understands the connection then.

Godric’s House/Nest: 2×05 “Never Let Me Go” 

Once again, we see Eric's true angry/aggressive face (exposed teeth-minus the fangs/sometimes clenched, wrinkled nose, etc.) - backed up by Eric throwing things (something we know he typically does not do).

...or tight, pursed lips (with or without a type of disgusted scowl)

Eric often keeps a straight/undistinguished face while being open and honest (this is often mis-interpreted as indifference/emonlessness/boredom/concealment) which is the perfect time to bring this example out since we know Eric could not have been more emotional since we now know what Godric meant to him and him knowing he was in trouble as he recounted his turning.

Hotel Carmilla: 2×06 “Hard Hearted Hannah”

Being "hunched over" in this manner can indicate two things: 1. Thoughtful (which would make sense, he is thinking about Godric, Sookie, Bill and Lorena's arrival). 2. INSECURITY

 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. 

No wonder Lorena didn't believe Eric! Crossed legs indicate defensiveness or concealment (defensiveness about his feelings for Sookie or his nervousness about Godric/ concealing his true feelings for Sookie as well as his real need for Bill to be "held" by her. He also fiddles/pokes at the couch, showing that nervousness. At the same time, he fails at trying to convince her he is relaxed by having those legs casually stretched out.

Outside the FOTS: 2×07 “Release Me” 

Like most others that lie, Eric avoids eye contact while telling her the lie that "he isn't interested in Sookie, he only cares about Godric, etc."

after he just eyed her intently like this as she talked about love with a human.

(my reader, Robin, indicated that one of the biggest things she noticed about this scene was Eric’s constant blinking, which definitely indicates lying or withholding information and the only think Eric could be lying about or withholding is the truth about his feelings for Sookie).

Another true Eric angry/aggressive face (see refs above)

FOTS Building: 2×08 “Timebomb” 

Presumably, Eric is leading Sookie by the small of her back (one of the deepest signs of male-to-female affection and attraction) as he attempts to rescue her.

In this famous/beloved scene, Eric and Sookie convey the same trust for eachother (leaning into her and her not backing away) that Eric is seemingly asking her for.

Prolonged eye contact similar to the eye contact after 2x03 (showing their deep connection, mutual concern) as Eric attempts to reassure her despite knowing her might not make it.

(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) 

More prolonged eye contact (showing more of their deep connection) and obvious concern.

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” 

Hands in the pockets again for Eric as he approaches B/S!

So either.. 

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). 

(body language with Godric is discussed in my maker/child relationships post a little bit back)

MORE PROLONGED EYE CONTACT

SERIOUSLY GUYS! WHY DON’T YOU JUST GET A ROOM ALREADY??? 

The male-to-male face off seems to be intense on the surface but of course Eric finds dealing with Bill humorous once again as he smiles.

 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 

Godric’s House/Nest: 2×09 “I Will Rise Up”

She is aggressively sucking his chest, no matter what face she puts on. He looks at her like a guy with a school boy crush as soon as he knows she won't be looking at him. Of course, OBVIOUSLY, he is aroused and happy when he smiles, as his fangs have come out too.Of course, this is the ultimate sign of cocky arrogance (leaning back with one hand behind the head), the Cocky Viking is in full force here.

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/ 

Hand holding (the ultimate sign of feelings/affection and it was outside a dream) AND prolonged eye contact.

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” 

Kissing cheeks in a sign of their deepening friendship and Eric gives his shocked stare

Touching the heads is a sign of an intellectual as well as an emotional connection. It is actually one of the most affectionate moves possible.

 Fangtasia:2×11: “Frenzy” 

He gets on Sam's level to hear him out although since he does not respect Sam and is distracted, he does not maintain good eye contact with him.

Eric does show curiosity and consideration for the children by keeping eye contact with them and also trying to get at their level as well.

QSA’s Palace: 2×11 “Frenzy”

Worrying About/ Fiddling with his hair either indicates his boredom/frustration with Bill and/or his anxiousness to hear Sookie potentially speaking of him.

QSA’s Palace: 2×12 “Beyond Here Lies Nothing” 

When asked about Sookie by the queen, Eric diverts her gaze in order to try to hide his feelings as he lies about them, he even swallows which is something Eric has been shown to do when trying to keep his emotions in check (despite this, the queen is of course not fooled).

(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).

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