I understand it from the meta-level...Eric is the "bad boy with the heart of gold" (ala Han Solo, Sawyer from Lost, Spike from Buffy, etc, etc, etc...)
So they have to turn him into a hero, but I don't feel like there has been enough to show us where he currently stands.
My best assumption is that even he doesn't know. He just went through having his mind wiped, getting together with Sookie, letting Pam go, having his "sister" go fundamentalist, and having Godric show up again preaching non-violence or whatever he stands for.
Speaking of Eric, I confess to being slightly confused by Eric's motivations this season. Eric was never really a main-streamer, it seemed like he was just more an opportunist. He certainly never rejected feeding on humans, nor did it seem like he found any sanctity in human life (aside from Sookie's I guess).
The only rationale I see for him being against this new Authority is that it's driven by religious fervor.
Regardless, I'm digging the Bill / Eric team-up. Way better than them fighting over Sookie every scene.
@Chris O'Hara: Thanks for the props. If you factor out Sookie, Bill's central conflict has always been about his love/hate relationship with being a vampire.
I remember thinking in season 1 that Bill must be a somewhat unique vampire, with his lamenting pretty much the entire way they live...more along the lines of an Angel from Buffy (vampire with a soul).
They've down played that since he became a king, and also once Eric got heavily involved.
I've always been a Bill fan...even though they've tried really hard in the last couple of seasons to cut him down so they could raise Eric up.
So here's my theory so far on Bill:
The flashback of him attending his daughter's deathbed didn't give him any reason to go further over to the "dark side", but I think it may have given us a clue to his endgame. He called immortality a curse.
I wonder if Bill hasn't gone from a man turned against his will, to a human-killing vampire of the "purest form", to a mainstreamer who thinks vampires can co-exist with humans now that Tru-Blood is around, to a vampire who, seeing that vampires will never stop murdering humans, sees no other way than to start a war so that all vampires are wiped out...
Bill always did strike me as having retained a lot of his humanity (or at least having gained it back) and seems a self-hating vampire.
Or...maybe he really is going over to the "dark side"...
HA! I thought he was actually good on X-Files. No Mulder, but at least they closed some cases when he was around. ;)
Man, True Blood is getting some real actors on screen this year...
From what I read they said they bought a bunch of heads from some company and that Bush's was just one in that bunch. They didn't have the time/money to fabricate every head they needed.
If that's true then it was probably just an honest mistake.
It's not like his face is plastered up there for all to see. A bit of nose and chin is all you can see...I wouldn't even have known it was Bush if not for them saying yes it was.
Stupid of them...yes. Worth spending more than a minute on...no.
- Compared to the rest of TV: A
- Compared to season 1: A-
- Compared to the books: A+
- Pros: Having Robb in it at all, Tywin/Arya, Tyrion, Theon, giving Danny something to do (dragon's stolen)
- Cons: Why the change to Talisa?
Loved the slow episodes, the fast episodes, the changes, and the condensations. Any nitpicks I have are just that nitpicks.
It makes me think that with book 3 split into two seasons that season 3 will end with that certain event, which means it's possible we won't see Theon or Ramsey until season 4... :(
If I have any real wishes that went unfulfilled it is with Winterfell.
I was hoping The Bastard of Bolton was going to make an appearance.
Instead they left it really ambiguous as to who burnt the place down, and in fact I felt like the characters may know even though the audience doesn't (which generally isn't the case).
For example, Bran says to the Maester, "they" burnt it all, and the Maester says later that "they" may come back...but no one qualifies who the "they" is.
One would assume that the Maester witnessed whoever it was and you'd think he'd assume Bran thought it was the Iron Islanders...to which I think he'd have warned him it was the Boltons.
Heck maybe it wasn't the Boltons in the show...but considering how ambiguous I think it was.
I guess they felt they still needed to keep that secret so that we don't suspect the Boltons until after a certain even in book 3.
It makes me think that with book 3 split into two seasons that season 3 will end with that certain event, which means neither Theon nor Ramsey will be seen again until season 4... :(
As far as the Jon / Halfhand controversy, I actually thought they left it rather more ambiguous than in the book.
The book pretty much makes it clear that Jon is doing it for the Watch, where in the show I just didn't get that strong of an impression.
I felt like Jon WAS angry and even though he may have killed him as part of the scheme, it didn't look like Jon was as sure his motives were all pure. Maybe that look was supposed to convey the general horror of killing one of your brothers, but...I can understand what the fuss is about.
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