Loved the title of episode 3.10 “I Smell a Rat”. While we can certainly see a number of potential rats in the show this title seems more indicative of the rat in Sookie’s love life. Bill professes to love Sookie despite his unwilling admission that her Fae blood is what initially drew him too her. It was disingenuous at best… sort of like a crack addict saying that the crack has no real influence. Eric and Sookie also shared their first kiss and BOTH were quite into it.
So who is the rat?
Is it the rat she can see? Eric has always been interested in Sookie and has made no secret of it. He tricked her into a blood bond by faking that an injury was worse than it really was. He also admitted that he was in fact keeping Lafayette prisoner and made no apologies. He also bit Sookie’s cousin Hadley to obtain information. He doesn’t try to hide his nefarious ways… he owns them. You can always count on Eric to find some way to get what he wants. In episode 3.10 he chains her in the basement to use her in his plan to take Russell out. This will likely end up protecting her, as well as one can be protected when a psychopath is after you, and saving his own bacon too. He saw the opportunity and took it. You can count on Eric to stay true to his wily and sometimes wicked ways.
Is it the rat she can’t see? Bill cannot offer assurances that his love is genuine and he has lied to Sookie numerous times of late. He is still keeping a big secret from her too. Possibly that she was an assignment from the Queen of Louisiana and his arrival in Bon Temps and his pursuit of Sookie was no mere coincidence, but a planned event. His Sookie file has yet to be explained honestly either. And let us not forget that he cheated on Sookie only days before this episode aired AND almost killed her (by accident of course). We ALL have those little “ooopsies” right? When things go dark and we make up next to body parts or next to the shriveled husk of our lover whom we have just drained of almost all their blood? It can happen.
Bill has also had numerous opportunities to come clean and he still insists on lying to the woman he claims to love. And his early blood bond with Sookie that ensured a relationship was due to a convenient tussle with a couple called the RATtrays. Hmmmm…
In my mind he is definitely the bigger rat and the title should be dedicated to him. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.
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This episode and season are loosely based on Book 3 in the Sookie Stackhouse series: