True Blood recap: The Ties That Bind

It sucks to be a Stackhouse right about now
Ep. 02 | Aired Jul 3, 2011

SINGLE LADY: It's dangerous for Sookie (Anna Paquin) to be alone, and dangerous for Jason to be in love.

John P. Johnson

Note: Because the July 3 episode of True Blood was available to HBO GO subscribers on June 26, we published our recap of the episode early.

This is the episode fans of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels -- and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) acting human in True Blood's second season -- have been waiting for: amnesia has struck. But before we start fantasizing that Alan Ball will incorporate a certain shower scene from Harris' Dead to the World into his tale (or was Eric walking in on Sookie post-shower in the season premiere the only homage we'll get?), let's analyze the reality of our situation.

We picked up with Eric and Sookie fighting over the fact that he'd bought her house thinking that she would come with it. What does Eric want from Sookie? Everything, now that he's removed the only power she had over him (which was the ability to keep him out of her home). What is he going to get from her at the moment: Nothing, other than a saucy retort when he suggested there are two Sookie Stackhouses, one who wants to cling to the idea that she is just a human and one who is coming to grips with the fact that she is something better. "And what do you think’s gonna happen when I do come to grips with it?" she asked him. "Do you think my legs are just gonna magically open for you?" That was fairy Sookie talking, and Eric liked it. I agree with him: She'll live longer the more she lets that side of her personality speak. She'll also be more entertaining.

I'll be honest: I don't see the point of spending time trying to decide what Sookie should do in this situation. It's a supernatural summer TV show, so I'm pretty much open to whatever answer results in her having sex. Therefore, as a viewer, Eric makes some sense when he said that once others find out that Sookie's blood tastes like freedom ("like sunshine in a pretty blonde bottle"), she will need protection that he can provide. If he just wanted to drink from her again, he could have done that already. Instead, he is asking her to be his because he cares about her. Of course the question here is similar to the one Russell had posed about Bill last season: Is he being a true gentleman, or does he just want to ration her blood to prolong the high he'll get off of her? At what point does a woman in Sookie's position admit that a man calling her his not only angers her but also makes her feel safe? I feel like that's one reason the vampire genre is so appealing to females: We get the rush of tangling with the dark side, but also the security of knowing that our beloved bloodsucker will stop anyone else in his world from harming us.

Sookie eventually went to see Bill to ask him to do something about Eric being her new landlord. Her "Yeah, y'all, stand down" after Bill's armed guards let her through the perimeter was priceless. I'm pretty sure Bill could have used his super vampire speed to dress Katerina, the redhead member of his security team he'd been having sex with and feeding on, before Sookie got to his bedroom. Or, you know, he could have met Sookie downstairs. So he must've wanted her to see that he'd moved on.

NEXT: "Shame for you then. He pulls good string."


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