This episode was delicious! It has tons of goodies for Eric and Sookie fans!!
In the first episode Sookie found a Nazi symbol for “Operation Werewolf” on the dead man she found in Bill’s car. Jessica finds out if has something to do with werewolves and the first place Sookie goes for help is to Eric. They talk at a table in Fangtasia and he tells her that werewolves do exist and that they are bad news. He wants her to stay away from this investigation and that he doesn’t care if Bill ever comes back. Sookie begins to cry and she begs Eric for his help. Eric is noticeably uncomfortable with her tears and with talking to her in general about “feelings”. This is a marked contrast to Eric in earlier episodes. Whether it be the blood bond or the just the progression of their relationship, Eric is starting to “feel” for Sookie and be affected by her. Human tears would not be something that has moved Eric in a VERY long time. Eric confesses that is compelled to help Sookie.
Eric: Please don’t do that. It makes me feel disturbingly human.
At the end of this scene we see that Eric was withholding information from Sookie about the werewolves and he has a flashback memory of himself and Godric hunting them during WWII.
One of the main issues I had with the two previous seasons is that Bill is set up to be the “good guy” and Eric was made out to be bad. In this episode that starts to turn around. The vampire Franklin Mott breaks into Bill’s home and we see him going through a hidden “Sookie file” in Bill’s possessions. Bill has newspaper clippings, a family tree, and photos that go back to when Sookie was a child. We are left with the feeling that Bill may have known about Sookie before he actually met Sookie, which is disturbing. Also Bill has been abducted by the King of Mississippi who makes not-so veiled remarks about how unlikely it would be that the Queen of Louisiana would have let a vampire of importance to her (Bill) move to the country and fall in love with a waitress. We can only assume that the King thinks the Queen not only approved of this move… she and Bill may have planned it. Which of course means that Sookie was an assignment for Bill…he moved to Bon Temps with a mission to engage Sookie and get her trust. I was afraid they may not delve into this storyline, which is important to the books because it signals the demise of Sookie and Bill. My hopes and wishes for season three are being realized.. at least so far.
After Sookie spots a werewolf following her near Merlotte’s, Eric goes to Sookie’s home and confesses that he didn’t tell her everything and that these particular werewolves are different and especially dangerous. He wants to protect her and asks to be invited in to her home.
“Invite me in so I can protect you – or have passionate, primal sex with you… how about both?”
Sookie responds with ad nauseum talk about how she can’t trust him. Never mind the fact that twice this season she runs to Eric for help when she needs it. Alas Eric senses that there is danger inside the home and he demands that she invite him in NOW… which she does. They enter the house and Eric fangs out to attack a werwolfe who is standing in the foyer. Sookie unloads a shot from the gun she got from Terri and the episode closes….
This was one fantastic episode for Team Eric!! I REALLY like how the relationship between Eric and Sookie is progressing. Eric is clearly showing that he cares for Sookie and she is quickly seeing that Eric is her Viking in Shining Armor.
This episode and season are based on Book 3 in the Sookie Stackhouse series:
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