Episode 10 begins at the Tolerance festival. Antonia has brought her zombie vampires, which includes Eric and she commands them to kill the King. Eric makes his way to kill Bill but Sookie jumps on top of him and distracts him long enough for Bill to shoot him with a silver bullet. This slows him down just a bit and Sookie puts herself between him and Bill, begging Bill not to harm him. Eric comes back at full strength though and is just about to end Bill’s reign when Sookie, in a panic that she might lose Bill, unleashes her fairy powers on Eric. I am not sure what she thought would happen to him which makes me a bit hot under the collar but all it actually does is break Martonia’s spell. Eric’s memories come flooding back to him.. INCLUDING his love affair with Sookie. Woot! Eric is back!!!
This is definitely an interesting twist. In the books Eric had no memory of their time together but apparently Alan Ball is changing that up. Not sure what I feel about it at this time, especially in light of what goes down just afterwards. But the look they share as he remembers was oh my Godric good. Their faces speak volumes… Sookie is unsure where she stands with him and Eric is waking up from a fog to find himself in love. Yes, he may have cared deeply for Sookie but IMO it was not quite “love” yet or at least he was not admitting that to himself. Now he get this head rush of memories and finds that not only did he spend the past week making love to Sookie but holy shit… he LOVES her and he is bonded to her. But on the flip side most of the memories we saw were of Sookie throughout the seasons so there were definitely some substantial feelings there pre amnesia. Perhaps his look of incredulity was more about finding out he got what he has wanted for a long time, Sookie!
This is confirmed at the King’s mansion when they get to sit down and chat. Sookie is hesitant to be close to Eric again and he has to comfort her and help her understand that he is still the same guy, only more. AE is still there inside him and he asks Sookie to look in his eyes and see him there. She sees the truth in these words and smiles.
Eric: I haven’t changed. I’m just… more. The other Eric is still here. Sookie, look at me. Can’t you see him in my eyes?
She is safe with Eric.. just as she was in the days previous but that is not what is bothering her. When Eric asks what he problem is she tells him it is Bill. When Eric was about to kill Bill she realized how much she still loved him and can’t bear to be without him. Eric looks a little angry at first to hear these words and he tells her that she gave herself to him.. she is HIS. Sookie begs to differ though. She never promised that and then in what can only be an attempt to bait Eric she reminds him that he gave himself to her as well. I think she thought he would be regretful of this “lapse”. Eric the bad ass, arrogant, aloof, vampire Viking God does not let his emotions hang out there for all to see but he throws her a curve ball. He admits that he did give himself to her because he LOVES her.
Sookie: You gave yourself to me completely.
Eric: Yes, I did. I love you.
Amnesia Eric meshed together very nicely with BAMF Eric and even with his memories back at his disposal the Viking still loves his faery princess.
Pam interrupts them and Eric does his best to comfort his “child” but he keeps looking back at Sookie with a totally crushed look on his face. It must have been so hard for him to open up and share his love for her only to have her throw her feelings for Bill in his face and claim she loves him too. He tells Pam they will have to talk later and he leaves the room.
When Sookie overhears Bill talking about blowing up the Moon Goddess Emporium she runs in and confronts him with the details that Tara and other humans are in that building. Bill doesn’t much care and Eric makes few snide comments as well because he is hurting. Sookie sees that Bill is ready to let her friend die in the name of war and that she cannot exactly appeal to Eric after the bomb she just dumped on him or expect him to disobey his King, so she leaves to enlist help from her brother.
Later we see Eric and Pam locked up in Bill’s cell, silvered to prevent a witch’s curse motivating them to seek sunlight. They banter with Nan a bit, which was hilarious and then at the end of the episode they get out of a black van dressed in SWAT gear.. ready to attack the coven.
Last week we discussed who Sookie will choose and some of the rumors flying around. I don’t even know what to think now that Eric has all his memories and has owned up to loving Sookie and wanting to continue his relationship with her. I will be darned pissed if she chooses Bill. Not only has he not earned back her love after all his transgressions against her, he is now making decisions that will get her friend killed and not caring one iota about how she will feel about that. Eric is in a difficult position to. If Sookie chooses him will that be enough for Eric? The man is completely in love with her but she has admitted that while she does love him, that love is not his alone. Will he want to start his life with her knowing she loves Bill too? I am thinking that would be an almost impossible pill for Eric to swallow.
My best guess at this time is just speculation but here it what I think could happen. We know from the preview trailer for the end of season four that Eric and Bill are being burned on a stake the way Antonia was. It is possible that the choice Sookie makes is about which one to save. I am not a fan of Sookie’s right now after episode 10, so I think she may choose to save Bill (or save him first), leaving Eric to burn. That certainly would be a true AB shocker no? Eric will survive of course, but no thanks to Sookie. Afterwards she may regret her decision to save Bill and try to reunite with Eric but he will reject her, since she put Bill before him and he could have died. Just some wild guessing but right now it seems plausible.
What do you think? And who else thinks Sookie needs to be slapped right about now?