Wait isn’t that Rolling Stones song? It should be the vampire national anthem.
In this article I am going to look at the three main characters and how time is reflected in their storylines in the first two episodes. Let’s start out with Bill, because I think, at this point in time, his is the most complex. (Ducking, you know this is an Alex site good grief, you know what team I am on!!)
Did Bill become king simply because he killed Sophie Anne? I doubt it. She called him a traitor and rightly so. He is a traitor not only to Sookie but is a traitor to the vampire kingdom system in general. He was, after all, recruited by Nan to be a spy for the AVL in the Americas and their feudal courts in order to further the AVL’s propaganda.
Since the 1980’s Bill has presumably been at Sophie Anne’s court as a spy. Kidnapped he then ended up in Russell’s court, presumably still a spy. It was truly amazing how little surprise Nan and the Authority showed at Eric’s tales about Russell. Could it be because they already knew?
Back to our meta messages and foreshadowing, the first time Sookie sees the new king’s estate, which once was Bill’s crumbling Compton house, the view is extremely reminiscent of our first view of Russell’s estate in Mississippi. And then to further imprint on us the Mississippi downfall, we see Bill fucking a woman, much in the same position as he had fucked Lorena in Mississippi, including a head hanging off the edge of the bed.
And both times, Bill goes out of his way to make sure Sookie knows about it. However the second time we see a disgusted Sookie, not a broken hearted one. She has turned the tables on Bill.
Sookie also asks Bill to make Eric sell her house back to her. He admits that even as king he does not have the power to do this, because Eric has friends in high places. Bill is backed by Nan and the AVL and yet Eric has more powerful friends backing him? To me this says that Eric did not care to have the position of king, and this is reinforced by the flippant way he treats Bill.
Bill’s kingdom is built on a lie. He lies to Nan about Sookie, after a warning Nan gives about Sophie Anne lying to her. This foreshadowing makes it clear Bill will not be king for long. He is obviously a puppet king for the AVL, because in the cutthroat world of the vampires, how else could a vampire under two centuries old become king? Sophie Anne was considered young at twice his age.
Sookie, in an extremely short time, has changed dramatically. This change has been forced upon her and she has rallied herself to the challenge. At the end of season three we see that everything she had to rely upon had been stripped from her. But what she relied upon was the fleeting feelings of a tender heart, not the sound judgments of true deep emotions. She had the emotions of a volatile teenager. What grounded her, her grandmother, was no longer there for her to depend on. She had no family to turn to. So when she ran off she ran to what she felt was family, but again with the emotions of young girl, not a woman.
Faerie opened her eyes and also closed off her heart a bit, something that any adult needs to learn to do. Guarding your love and heart is something no one else will do for you, and if you do not learn to do it for yourself, you will be used and lied to. Eric showed Sookie this at the end of season three. While some may see this as cruel, it was actually a necessary evil. Eric tried to get Bill to do it himself, but Bill did not care enough for Sookie to own up to his own manipulations. That is one main difference between the two vampires, both manipulate but only Eric will willingly admit to it.
Eric, at this point in the season, is still somewhat of an enigma. He clearly wants Sookie, and for the first time, he comes right out and says it. Not for a plaything but wants her as his, and is willing to wait. He tells her he understands her and also tells her how to protect herself, unlike Bill who treated her more like a child.
Eric is the one who did not give up on her. And the subtleties with his story line, he feels Sookie return and what does he do? He sends workmen to ready the house to be occupied, the furniture drapes are being removed, the paint is being refreshed, the house is being cleaned and opened after being closed for a year. Eric made sure she had a home, a safe haven to return to. Bill could have easily done this, living so close. Why didn’t he? It shows another facet of both of their characters and true natures.
Also Eric buys Sookie’s house with an offshore corporation. Does he do this in case of his ultimate demise or in case his holdings in Louisiana are confiscated her home is still safe?
Although Eric bends to Bill’s will, he does not bow to it completely. It makes sure to show this to Sookie, and even in private to Bill.
One thing that caught my attention, and I have not made up my mind about this, is the witch’s story with the inquisition. Unfortunately they do not refer to which inquisition, although Eric is old enough to have been around for all of them, but I do wonder if vampires were the victims of the inquisition or the inquisitors? There is a pope whose family name has some negative connotations for some, Borghese. Pope Paul V was a Borghese and it would be fun to tie this notorious family into vampirism in some way.
If however, the vampires were the inquisitors then the wicked witch who comes to inhabit Marnie might be an old nemesis of Eric’s from that time, or a vampire nemesis in general that was put to death by burning.
Just a general thought on the strange name of the company that did buy Sookie’s house, AIK. Obviously it is an acronym for something but what could it be? Doing a little research and working with a Danish friend (I know but it is a similar language) we came up with this for the company’s name that bought Sookie’s home:
Alla I Kärlek that translates to all in love. Eric has done all he has for love.