Mr High Handed and the Fairy Prince

November 30, 2011 in Character & Plot Analysis, Dead Reckoning - Book 11, Dead to the World - Book 4, Eric Northman, From Dead to Worse - Book 8, Niall, Sookie Stackhouse, Southern Vampire Mysteries

Depending on your point of view, Dead Reckoning is either a “getting close to the end”,  expositional book that begins the process of tidying up loose ends – or the harbinger of a Viking-sized character assassination, rooted in blind panic and designed to kill off the rampant worship of a character whose popularity has somehow unintentionally eclipsed that of others in the series.

There are at least three key Eric-related incidents in book eleven that have generated quite the ruckus – Eric’s collaboration with Niall to keep tabs on Sookie, a collaboration which apparently goes back to the beginnings of the SVM; his physical brawling with Pam; and “Bitegate” (as Eric’s bite at the end of the novel has come to be known in these parts)….also known as The Really Big BAD.

I don’t have a crystal ball.  Nor do I proclaim to know Harris’ plans for Sookie, for Eric, or for the two of them as a couple – and I’m absolutely not here to tell anyone that their reading of the books is wrong. But I will openly admit that I don’t understand why so many people seem to find Dead Reckoning so discouraging, or why they believe Harris is trying to retcon her story in order to hose down some uncontained and purely accidental explosion in Eric’s popularity. I know only what makes sense to me given Sookie’s narrative and Eric’s character development over the course of almost twelve books, and it’s from that perspective that I’d like to take a closer look at one of the bombs mentioned above:  the nature of the relationship between Eric and Niall.  Specifically, whether this relationship casts Eric in a deceptive light, and whether evidence exists in earlier books to support the background of this relationship as it was laid out in Dead Reckoning.

I hope that by the end of this two part post we’ll have a clearer idea of how this partnership evolved based solely on details provided in Dead Reckoning and the ten books preceding it. This means putting aside preconceptions about the impact of True Blood on the direction of the novels (and since nine of the eleven were completed before the show even aired, that shouldn’t be too hard); the author’s notoriously twisty interview soundbites on Eric, and anything else that is not spelt out between the covers of these books. When we reach the end of this series, all that will matter is what is written in black and white.  So for the purpose of this post, that’s all I could really give a shit about.

As Sookie’s narration can at times be unreliable (ie. she can only relate what she believes to be true at the time), I’ve tried to only include Sookie’s take where it can be verified by other characters or subsequent events.

So are you still with me? Good.

Dead Reckoning raised the following questions:

  • What did Eric tell Niall about Sookie?
  • When did Eric and Niall have Terry start watching Sookie?
  • How long did Eric know Sookie was a fairy?
  • How long did Eric know Sookie was related to Niall?
  • Why would Eric feed Niall information? What was in it for him?

 

So let’s dive in, head first. And what better place to begin than at the very beginning.

CARELESS WHISPERS – WHAT DID ERIC TELL NIALL?



Eric and Niall have a history spanning many years; at least back to Sookie’s youth and probably even before she was born:

“I have known Eric Northman for a long time. I thought you would come if he asked you to.”
Niall to Sookie at their first meeting, From Dead to Worse (8)

“He [Eric] has been useful to me in the past, but he can’t second-guess me with you.”
Niall to Sookie, From Dead to Worse (8)

In Dead Reckoning, Sookie was given a brief history of her great grandfather’s involvement in her life from Claude and Dermot:

[Niall] assumed you would be the same as Jason . . . essentially a normal human.”
“But then he heard you weren‘t,” Dermot said.
“Heard? From who? Whom?”…
“From Eric.”
Sookie, Dermot and Claude – Dead Reckoning (11)

Cue Horrified Reaction from entire book fandom  - “HOLYSHIT!  WHUTTHEFUCKINGHELLNOW??”

What’s the deal, Eric? Have you taken up stalking babies? Did you somehow find out Sookie was a fairy and just decide to keep that all to yourself? Did you pull a Sophie-Anne and screw information about her telepathy out of Hadley? Shit, were you watching from the shrubbery when Sookie got beaten up? (“Move ovah Eric….this is MAH bush!!”)

What exactly did you tell Niall, Northman? And more to the point, what business was it of yours to be telling him anything?

While it’s easy to jump to all sorts of heinous conclusions and read this as a nuclear bomb going off, I’m pretty happy to leave that to those who have turned jumping to heinous conclusions about Eric into an Olympic sport. Instead I’m going to do something outrageously sensible, and look at this in the wider context of previous books to see if we can’t make some sense.

There’s no implication whatsoever here that Eric had any knowledge of who or what Sookie was before she met him in Dead Until Dark, or that their meeting in Fangtasia all those moons ago was not the first time Eric had heard of Sookie Stackhouse.

Does this passage say that Niall heard from Eric that Sookie was a fairy?
Though it might be an almost automatic leap to this conclusion since Fairy Prince Niall is on the receiving end of the information, it actually says nothing of the sort.

What it does say is that Niall heard from Eric that Sookie wasn’t a “normal human”.

So what exactly did Niall hear from Eric?

Given the fact that there’s zero evidence in previous books to support an argument that Eric knew Sookie was a fairy before his association with Niall and before Sookie herself told him – and that it’s a well established fact that he knew she was a telepath from the night they met – what Eric most likely told Niall was that this “non normal human” was a telepath.

Not particularly earth shattering in the overall scheme of things, considering every man and his three legged dog in Bon Temps knew that Sookie could read minds anyway.

Yet, now we’re left wondering why Niall would ever give a crap about some random telepath in Bon Temps. We know from Dead Reckoning that Niall visited Jason as a newborn to determine whether he had the essential spark. Upon learning that he didn’t, Niall lost interest in the Stackhouse children and when Sookie was born, assumed that she too was a normal human and didn’t bother to check on her. But he knew about her. He knew she lived in Bon Temps, he knew her name and her age and most importantly, he knew her genealogy – specifically her direct descent from Fintan, half fairy and dear friend of the telepathic demon, Cataliades.

“I’ve known about your family for the past sixty years, give or take. But my son Fintan forbade me seeing any of you.”
Niall, first meeting, From Dead to Worse (8)

It’s the essential spark, not the telepathy, that interests Niall.  But for the telepathy gift to manifest in the Stackhouse line in the first place, the spark must already be present. So when Eric told Niall he’d met a telepath from Bon Temps (and perhaps even told him who she was, though the theory still holds even if he didn’t give Niall her name), how many dots does Niall need to connect to work out that it’s probably Sookie, that she has the spark after all, and that she’s suddenly worthy of his interest?

Given what he knew of the Stackhouses already, not many dots at all.

EVERY STEP YOU TAKE – WHEN DID TERRY START WATCHING SOOKIE?


“Niall thought to ask Eric to alert him to events in your life. Eric would tell Niall from time to time what you were up to. “
Claude to Sookie, Dead Reckoning (11)

“Sookie? You knew they wanted me to watch out for you? They come to my trailer at night, for months, that big blond one and then the shining one. They always wanted to know about you..”
”Sure,” I said, thinking, What?
”They wanted to know how you were doing and who was you hanging with, and who hated you and who loved you…”
”That’s okay,” I said. “It was okay to tell them.”
Terry and Sookie, Dead Reckoning (11)

Sookie then thinks to herself:

“I’d known Eric had had someone watching me while I dated Bill and while I was on my own later. I’d guessed that my great-grandfather had had some source of knowledge, too.”
Sookie, Dead Reckoning (11)

OH, REALLY? Sookie knew someone had been watching her? More retcon, obviously!   Since when did Sookie know she was being stalked by someone besides her creepy woods-dwelling ex – and if she knew this to be fact all along, why didn’t she mention it before?

Well, actually…she did.

Dead Reckoning is set in May 2006, but as far back as Dead as a Doornail (set in late January, 2005) Sookie knew that someone was “informing” on her to Eric, and she expressed it in no uncertain terms:

After a moment’s silence, [Eric] said, “I wish I knew who’s trying to kill you. And I hear you had a visit from some private detectives. What did they want of you?”
“Who told you that?”
Now I had something else to worry about. Someone was informing on me. I could feel my blood pressure rise.
Sookie and Eric, Dead as a Doornail (5)

Naturally, Sookie wonders if the informant is Charles Twining – a relative stranger and employee of Eric’s who is working at Merlotte’s and has recently started staying with her. But as she left work earlier that day, having just spoken with Lily and Jack Leeds (the private investigators Eric mentions above), she randomly notes:

Charles Twining was due to relieve Terry at full dark.
Sookie, Dead as a Doornail (5)

Terry…the self-confessed snitch.

WELL, FANCY THAT.

So in book 5, we learned: that Terry was working the same shift as Sookie when the Leed’s visited her at Merlotte’s, that Eric knew about the Leed’s visit before Sookie told him herself, and that Sookie suspected that someone was informing on her to Eric.

We now have solid evidence that Eric and Niall had Terry running surveillance back in Dead as a Doornail (5). Can we trace Niall and Eric’s arrangement back even further than that?

Let’s find out.

“Niall thought to ask Eric to alert him to events in your life. Eric would tell Niall from time to time what you were up to. There came a time when Eric thought you needed the protection of your great-grandfather, and of course you were withering.”

“So Grandfather sent Claudine, and then when she grew worried she couldn‘t take care of you, he decided to meet you himself.”
Sookie, Claude and Dermot – Dead Reckoning (11)

Exactly when did Eric begin to think that Sookie required Niall’s protection? Well, Claudine first lands in Sookie’s life early in Dead to the World (4), just after Eric was cursed. Since Dermot maintains that it was at Eric’s insistence that Niall sent Claudine – and Eric was amnesiac and staying with Sookie from the opening pages of DTTW – it must be the case that Eric’s request for Niall’s protection came during the events of Club Dead (3), at the latest.

What happened during Club Dead that left Sookie vulnerable enough in Eric’s eyes that he started to think she needed additional protection? Sookie dumped Bill – and found herself alone and unattached to a vampire for the first time since entering the supernatural world. A rather precarious position to be in when powerful vampires as far away as Dallas and New Orleans already know about your neat little party trick, or have witnessed it firsthand.

Eric was almost definitely conferring with Niall throughout Club Dead. We can reasonably extrapolate from here that their initial conversation about Sookie occured even earlier – in Living Dead in Dallas (2), or possibly even Dead Until Dark (1), since we know that some time elapsed between Eric first telling Niall about Sookie, and his request for Niall’s protection.

We also have Eric’s rather succinct defense in Dead Reckoning, when Sookie called him out on the way he got her to marry him, and about his deal with Terry:

“But that happened before I knew you, Sookie”.
Eric, Dead Reckoning (11)

Since he was obviously quite well acquainted with Sookie by the time he married her in Dead and Gone (9), these manipulations happened when he didn’t “know” her in the sense that he “knows” her now – they weren’t as emotionally connected.  His mention of the marriage is what actually clarifies this.   This line has been used to argue that Eric hired Terry or was conspiring with Niall before he met Sookie. It’s pretty clear when you actually read it in context with what comes before and after it, that is not what he means at all.

THE BOTTOM LINE



That’s a truckload of dry and tedious shit I’ve made you wade through up there, and we’re still only two questions into the five at the beginning of this post. Let’s condense the key points down into a tight little summary, just to make sure we have everything straight.

1. Eric told Niall that Sookie was a telepath, and this conversation definitely occurred before Dead as a Doornail (5).

2. Niall deduced from this information and his prior knowledge of the Stackhouses that Sookie probably possessed the essential spark and therefore warranted further investigation.

3. Niall asked Eric to keep him informed of Sookie’s business, and Eric coerced her co-worker, Terry, to do this on a day to day basis. This deal was clearly already operating by Book 5 so it must have been struck prior to this.

4. Eric requested protection for Sookie from Niall, which Niall sent in the form of Claudine. The timing of Claudine’s arrival indicates that Eric made this request before he was cursed in the opening pages of Dead to the World (4), most likely during Club Dead (3).

Whoa, I think a need a drink.  Now that we have a timeframe for when Eric and Niall started watching Sookie, the last few questions on our list can be tackled.

How long did Eric know that Sookie was a fairy?
How long did Eric know Sookie was related to Niall?

And the elephant in the room: what was in this arrangement for Eric?

Is his association with Niall comparable to Bill’s association with Sophie-Anne? After all, both vampires made deals with a more powerful supe who wanted to get closer to Sookie….didn’t they?

Stay tuned for part 2 in the next day or two, where I’ll take a look at these questions a little more closely.

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Mr High Handed and the Fairy Prince

108 Comments

    1. AidsBurger says:

      THIS. CHANGES. EVERYTHING.

      What if Eric was pulling a Bill all along! It sure sounds like it to me!

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      • Mony says:

        Well, if you read this post and if you think about the whole saga till now, he’s definitely NOT putting a Bill.
        That’s basically the point of this post btw, to show how it is not, and not based on want we want or would like, but considering all the books, and if we do so it’s clear the kind of business relationship Niall and Eric had, which is nothing like Bill with the Queen.

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        • Leif says:

          Agree Mony!

          Watching out for Sookie and/or having someone else watch her during the day for PROTECTION (as Terry also said he was told never to let anyone hurt Sookie) – and Terry reporting back on who hates and loves Sookie, and what she has been up to from time to time to her GGF/Eric – is a far cry from Bill being sent to procure Sookie for her telepathy by any means necessary and removing her from her life and into subservience for the queen.
          We know QSA and Andre cared nothing about what Sookie wanted as Andre so eloquently stated in ATD :” You don’t have a real life anymore.”

          Sookie under the watch of Niall/Eric/Terry -was still able to live her life uniterrupted, was able to date Bill, work for Sam, grieve for her gran,help the Were’s, and go about her daily business while unknowingly having someone(s) watching over her – including Claudine.

          There is no doubt that both Eric and Niall are high-handed – but the circumstances; i.e. “Wanting to keep her safe by being informed of her whereabouts and doings” vs. ” Wanting to harness her as an asset for the Queen of LA” – are so far apart it’s incomparable, imo.

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          • Mony says:

            “Sookie under the watch of Niall/Eric/Terry -was still able to live her life uniterrupted, was able to date Bill, work for Sam, grieve for her gran,help the Were’s, and go about her daily business while unknowingly having someone(s) watching over her – including Claudine.”

            This! She was able to live her life and make her own mistakes, she was able to actually grown up, she was able to suffer, a lot, on her own, even if she was protected all the time because Eric was taking care of her with Niall.
            Her life hadn’t been manipulated like Bill did sadly.

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          • Skarlove says:

            Exactly, Leif and Mony. ITA. It comes down to Sookie’s free will and the purpose behind the surveillance. QSA was not out to protect Sookie’s well-being.

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      • the cat says:

        ummm, I think that the Sookie Stackhouse companion put a good time frame as to when Eric found out that Sookie was fae…and so do the books…it was when Sookie came to visit the queen around the time of her marriage to Peter Threadgill. That’s when Rasul, Chester, and i forgot the female vamps name said that she smelled of fairy. Then Andre tasted her. Then Sookie tells Eric she is part fairy after he saves Sookie and Quinn from the Pelts…Eric seems surprised. Then I think Niall approaches Eric soon after…and Eric believes him and begins to watch over her more intently, therefore Terry yadda yadda in the daytime. Then Niall scopes Sookie out at Halleigh’s wedding and asks Eric to arrange a meeting. Now I’m going back up to read more. I also wasn’t bothered by any of this. I thought it made sense. Sookie gets into so much trouble, she needs all the supervision she can get. I also think that Niall knew about Sookie before Eric because he sent Claudine to her. Eric only knew after Sookie told him…and Niall sought out info about Sookie after the bllod bond from Eric amnesia state..so maybe book 5. I think Niall’s interest in her was explained to Eric when he found out that she was part fae.

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        • thevikingsluvher says:

          ITA. Sookie tells Eric she is part fae in DD and Niall tells Sookie that he didn’t tell Eric about their kinship until it was time to meet her in FDTW cause Eric didn’t want to set it up until he told him. eric was soooo not pulling a Beehl

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    2. znb says:

      SVB I so appreciate your knowledge of the books and attention to all the small details one might miss or forget when it’s been a while.
      I love this post! I ADORE all your book posts!
      I have to say though,I don’t think Eric knew all along that sookie was a fairy..or even that she was related to Niall from day one. I know there was a reason I thought so but right now I can’t remember what it was :s Can’t wait for part two of this!!!

      I never had such a strong reaction to the terry thing because…well…sookie seemed to take it in a stride and not over react,so it didn’t make sense to lose my shit over it. LOL. Plus I think it’s a good thing she’s always had someone watching over her in some way,not that i think sookie cant take care of herself,just that her having some backup wouldnt hurt,..especially since she has a tendency to go running off to fix things with out really telling anyone what shes up to. I can relate hehe

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      • Kimberly says:

        Great post! A lot to think about for sure. I think this absolutely shows that Eric was not “pulling a Bill” in that he wasn’t trying to procure her for anyone because of what she was capable of. Rather he was trying to protect her, when he didn’t even have a reason to in that he and Sookie’s relationship wasn’t very strong at this point, because she had been exposed to the supernatural world and that wasn’t going away.

        Looking forward to part 2!!!

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    3. Skarlove says:

      Excellent post, SVB. I find this analysis fascinating, and can’t wait for part II! I certainly don’t believe Eric knew she was a fairy all along. Eric is many things, but not a liar. I don’t have it front of me at the moment, but I believe that whatever suspicions he might have had prior about why Niall was so interested in Sookie…. he found out for sure in Definitely Dead. When Sookie blurts it out in the swamp cabin after learning the truth from Andre, Eric seems to be genuinely surprised and responds with something like “Well, that explains a lot.”

      If he had known before, I think Eric’s response would have been more snarky – Sookie was exhausted, dirty and bedraggled. She was attributing her fae blood as the reason for her irresistability to supes, and kind of irrationally ranting. If Eric had already known this piece of her puzzle, I think he would have responded to Sookie in a more sarcastic, humorous manner. So I really do believe that what we read of Sookie’s experience at this moment was the truth.

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      • Kathy says:

        Right Skarlove. That “Well, that explains a lot” was always when I thought he found out. The maenad thing I say below was just a memory lapse stab at it.

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    4. Kathy says:

      Great post. And I’m right there with you. I don’t think Eric/Niall is anything like Bill/QSA. I never saw anything dire in the DR revelations. I agree Eric didn’t know Sookie until she walked into Fangtasia, nor did he know right away she was a fairy. Perhaps he figured it out during the Maenad mess, when they all had to drink her blood. I always just figured since Eric was the sheriff that when Niall needed help on certain situations, he was the go to guy and was probably the go to guy way before Sookie was born.

      I look forward to Pt2!

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      • Lyta says:

        I agree, I can not see so much negative importance to this for Eric / Sookie, as she his own didn’t give much importance. But that’s me, just can not worry about that minimally.
        I can not totally trust Niall, but I dont see him having something evil to Sookie, or want to uses her in some way, frankly, he departed and left her behind, at least Sookie would not bring any advantage, if this were the case.
        Moreover Niall is Sookie’s great-grandfather, can not be a regular grandfather, but their relationship is much more personal, it is not like QSA.
        I do not see what advantage would have Eric with your relationship with Niall, because Niall did absolutely nothing for him. If Niall was an ally of Eric, could help him now. But Niall left, I know he will be back, but I do not think has anything to do with Eric.
        I just can not understand how Eric could have spoken to Niall send protection for Sookie already among the books CD and DwTW. There can be but one of continuity errors?

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        • SVB says:

          I can not totally trust Niall, but I dont see him having something evil to Sookie, or want to uses her in some way, frankly, he departed and left her behind, at least Sookie would not bring any advantage, if this were the case.

          I get what you’re saying but the fact that Niall left her behind doesn’t automatically mean that she had no value to him – it could simply mean that closing off the portal was more important (and given what was going on at the time, that’s not such a stretch).

          I think it’s clear that Niall wanted Sookie protected but I’m kind of cautious about saying that’s ALL he wanted and jumping from that to the conclusion that it’s definitely not comparable to Sophie Anne and Bill. Fact – we don’t know yet what Niall’s true agenda is with Sookie, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that there is one. So until we know that, it’s very hard to make a call about whether this shit will stick to Eric in the end.

          Just playing Devil’s advocate :lol:

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          • Mony says:

            CH said that Appius and Niall are very much alike in some ways
            This says something about Niall imo :lol:

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            • SVB says:

              It sure does.

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            • C.K. says:

              I’m not a huge Niall fan after the “date rape” Gift Wrapped story. Maybe Niall meant well but I still consider the Preston/Sookie thing as a breach of trust, a violation, and it was rape in my opinion. I don’t think Niall’s intentions are purely altruistic. I think it’s disturbing that fae can glammer Sookie. All those “thank yous” to Claude could come back to bite Sookie in the butt. I worry about the fae more than Sookie/Eric.

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          • Lyta says:

            I never thought just you try shake my confidence :(

            But I need more evidence why Sookie was so important to Niall, can not be only by his telepathy, he is an ancient and powerful creature for what he would need a telepath? I find it hard to believe, precisely because many readers think that Sookie is a kind of super premium, which will bring tremendous advantages, and I do not know … become the who “own” her in king of the world, or whatever.
            OK, so it would be an advantage but not essential. And because I read a lot of fanfiction where Sookie has super powers (yes AB… microwave fingers are not a “big thing”, Sookie being able to do a “houdouken” or “Kamehameha” was not new at the time that TB did), or they think she is able to give birth to a whole new super race fae, even if she’s only 1/8 fae, when Claudine was pregnant and a complete fae and direct descendant of Niall, sacrificed himself for Sookie. Will be the CD? I do not think he would not have come to check Jason, if he wanted only the CD.
            I can not imagine what he want or need from Sookie, and it makes me crazy!

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            • IATM says:

              My goodness, i’m confused on your point in your post?? ( IDK, how to respond to you)?

              i thought it was pretty clear with what SVB posted ..??

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            • Lyta says:

              is only a joke that many readers out there think, or write fanfics on why Sookie is so important, or whatever, they invent things that have nothing to do with how CH will write, of course.
              of course I know that SVB does not think so.
              But I mean I can not imagine that Sookie would have so important to offer Niall, besides his telepathy, which IMO is not so important to help someone as powerful as Niall.

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            • IATM says:

              @ Lyta , Gotcha !!

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        • C.K. says:

          When I initially read about the Eric/Nial/Terry reveal in DR, I did not view it in a negative light. I saw it as Eric looking out for Sookie even when he did not have to look out for her. Eric care about Sookie and wanted to make sure that she was safe. Plus if Eric didn’t ask Niall to send Claudine, Sookie could have died. It’s unfortunate that Claudine died and even CH regrets killing her off. I don’t know why Niall didn’t just send Claudine away to be protected since full fae babies are dwindling but that is getting off topic. However, I did not like that Eric/Niall used Terry who was in a fragile state of mind but Eric did give Terry something (I think a dog?). Sookie did pretty much the same thing with Bubba. Sookie was not even upset that when she found out the news just that he used Terry.

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    5. sookieismine says:

      I’ve been saying this was a major concern of mine. I really hope that Eric hasn’t pulled a Bill. I will be utterly devastated if this is the case. I’m sure that will lead her straight into the arms of Sam too. *rolling my eyes* Please…say it ain’t so Eric! :(

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    6. hime says:

      Great post SVB.
      I’m not a very expert bookie but given your deep analysis here’s what I think. Eric must have had contacts with Niall for a long time, long before he met Sookie. We actually don’t know why. They may have had a deal of some sort, or be allies, or Eric had a debt with Niall. I believe that Eric said to Niall that he met a telepath coming from BonTemps shortly after the first time Sookie went to Fangtasia for the first time. Why did he share such an information? Again, it’s hard to tell but it may have been part of the relationship he had with Niall to share interesting news about the surroundings, who knows.
      The thing is: Eric says to Niall “I met a telepath, she is from BonTemps, [her name is Sookie Stackhouse"].
      Niall replies “Huh”. And thinks “She must be my grand-granddaughter and she must have the sparkle”.
      Then, what?
      What happens, between Eric and Niall, that makes Eric ask Niall, later, to provide additional protection for Sookie? I mean: why did Eric think that Sookie was so important to Niall that he would bother to protect her?

      In other words, I think that Eric did know that Sookie was Niall’s descendant, hence part-fairy, from early. Let’s say shortly after Dead until Dark. Maybe Niall didn’t tell him out loud, but Eric certainly realized that the fairy prince was interested in Sookie’s safety as much as he himself was. How many dots did Eric have to connect, in order to figure out that Niall was interested Sookie because he was his kin, or at least part fae? I doubt many, since Eric is a smart guy. But I could be wrong. :)

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      • hime says:

        * in order to figure out that Niall was interested IN Sookie because SHE was his kin, or at least part fae? *
        Typos.

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      • trarecar says:

        The Companion gives us clues, too. Eric was surprised to see fairies coming to her rescue on two seperate occasions. So I think you might be right – he was giving Niall info because that is the relationship they had, but he figured out for himself that Sookie was someone special to Niall.

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      • Mony says:

        And we shouldn’t forget that in book 8 Niall said to Sookie that he only told Eric why he wanted to meet her when he was sure he could trust him, and i think this happened between book 7 and 8. There are always few months of time jump in the books.

        Charlaine Harris said it at Comic Com 2010 btw.
        Someone asked her if we would had somethng a la Bill with Eric and she said “No, but readers have to remember he is under a lot of pressure”.
        There’s nothing a la Bill here, not matter how hard some readers may try to see it.

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        • znb says:

          exactly Mony!
          “And we shouldn’t forget that in book 8 Niall said to Sookie that he only told Eric why he wanted to meet her when he was sure he could trust him, and i think this happened between book 7 and 8. ”
          Niall said he only told Eric AFTER he was sure he could trust him… Also i love that CH said this is not a bill moment for eric.

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      • Leif says:

        “, I think that Eric did know that Sookie was Niall’s descendant, hence part-fairy, from early.”

        130 duckpond100 2011-09-09 13:59
        “Niall is always hazy about time, which has little meaning for him. Time also passes differently in Faery than it does in the land of humans. He and Eric have known each other for decades, but Eric only learned that Sookie was Niall’s relation ‘not long’ before Sookie did.”
        Charlaine Harris

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        • Leif says:

          CH said this on her site less than 3 months ago.
          September 2011

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          • Mony says:

            Yes he did, Nial told Sookie this in book 8 when they were having dinner, he told her he needed to tell Eric why he wanted to meet her so he could arrange this meeting. :)

            Maybe he knew it fro few months, i mean between the end of book 7 and book 8 there are a couple of months and Eric was even recovering after the bomb at the end of book 7.

            I see CH put it in a cool way, nothing to worry about ^^

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            • Mony says:

              Forgot to say that i think Niall had to answer many questions from Eric after he knew the “why”. You know, Niall’s intentions and all. We know how Eric is :lol:

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            • Leif says:

              Yep Mony, :) I was quoting from Hime’s post;
              that she thought “‘Eric knew that Sookie was a descendant of Niall’s very early on (as early as DUD)”‘ – when CH confirmed a couple of months ago that in fact Eric did NOT know Sookie was related to Niall until shortly before Sookie did.
              I thought that part of the text in FDTW was very straight forward in the conversation btw Sookie and Niall.

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        • hime says:

          @ Leif: I always thought that Eric didn’t know of the fae lineage until Sookie herself discovered it. But, following SVB’s train of thought: if I am to believe that Eric worked with Niall to protect Sookie’s life ever since the first 2/3 books, then I find very unlikely that he didn’t even suspect that Sookie had something to do with the fae.
          I simply can’t imagine that Eric wouldn’t do the maths and come to some sort of conclusion, because, let’s be honest, why on hell would a fairy prince be interested in a human, even if she is a telepath?

          To be honest, I’m not liking the weight that Niall is turning out to have in Eric/Sookie history. I loved the fact that Eric started caring and sort of protecting Sookie on his own, by his own initiative. The fact that he did it – at least partly – on account of a deal with Niall, whatever their intentions were, and whatever he knew at the time, doesn’t make me scream in delight. *shrugs*

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          • IATM says:

            IMO it’s Shakespear… CH likes Shakespear.

            In DD CH had Eric put 2 & 2 togather when Sookie announced that he likes her because she is part Fae.. realistically, under Sookie’s POV that is how she saw Eric’s reaction… But on another note Eric really could have been putting 2 & 2 togather at that particular time why Niall had such an intrest in Sookie.. lest be honest, in FDTW Eric made Niall tell him why he wanted to meet Sookie.. maybe for confirmation ( of his thoughts) or simply because Eric wanted to know why he was looking after a Fae’s human?

            knowing Eric it could be both.. But i’m leaning torwards the idea that Eric wanted confirmation after DD ( book 6) experiance & he wanted it in FDTW ( book 8) since Niall was requesting to meet Sookie in person…

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          • SVB says:

            @ Leif: I always thought that Eric didn’t know of the fae lineage until Sookie herself discovered it. But, following SVB’s train of thought: if I am to believe that Eric worked with Niall to protect Sookie’s life ever since the first 2/3 books, then I find very unlikely that he didn’t even suspect that Sookie had something to do with the fae.
            I simply can’t imagine that Eric wouldn’t do the maths and come to some sort of conclusion, because, let’s be honest, why on hell would a fairy prince be interested in a human, even if she is a telepath?

            This is a really good question Hime and I’m looking at that in the next post (have it up today I hope). It’s true that if Niall and Eric’s arrangement goes back to the early books, there is NO way Eric couldn’t have suspected what Sookie was before he was actually told.

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      • the cat says:

        Ah, the elusive sparkle.

        Perhaps, when Eric said “Sookie”…Niall just knew…and was like:” Muct be my great grandaughter, I told her grandmother not to give her that stupid name.”

        I mean how many Sookie’s live in Bon Temp?

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    7. BRAVO SVB!! :D

      Honestly, this whole history between Eric and Niall never bothered me. I’m glad you decided to write blog posts about it, because it does seem like it created some unrest within our fandom and something needed to be said about it! Yay! Glad that person is you, because your book blog posts are AWESOME!

      I think Eric told Niall that Sookie needed protecting for a number of reasons besides the ones you mentioned above. I think it was also because of the trunk scene with Sookie and Bill. Eric knew how badly she was affected by it, since he found them in the trunk together. Eric had been raped by Appius when he was first turned into a vampire, so he knew how rape affects a person. Bill lives next door to Sookie and Eric couldn’t be there 100% of the time. I think we could add that to one of the reasons why Eric requested Niall send someone else to look after her. What do you think?

      As for if this is comparable to Bill and QSA…I think there’s a difference between them. When it comes to Bill and QSA, QSA sent Bill to Bon Temps with the exact purpose of getting close to Sookie, and eventually turning Sookie over to QSA to use for her gain. With Eric and Niall…I think Eric didn’t know her until he met her in DUD. It was by chance that Sookie was investigating a murder, which led her to Fangtasia to find out who may have done it. Eric didn’t set out to meet her first, it was the other way around. Whereas, Bill was the one who showed up on Sookie’s doorstep (so to speak) first. I think neither Eric and Niall wanted to get too involved with Sookie’s life (well, maybe except for Eric who wanted to get in her pants. LOL), but they would be there in case she needed it. I don’t feel like there was any malicious intent with Eric and Niall, like there was with Bill and QSA.

      Looking forward to reading Part 2!!

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    8. Leila says:

      It’s would be sad if Eric pull a Bill’s mistake blunter as another procurer. Be very sad that in Sookie’s life now there is no one she can truly trust, I hope CH gives us reader some kind of happy ending for Sookie, she I’d better off unknown to the supernatural community.

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      • Mony says:

        She’s will never get out of the Supes World,a nd she shouldn’t otherwise it means all her evolution was for nothing and i my add that CH said many times that if people keep expecting for Sookie to settle down with a family and out of the Supe World, they would be very disappointed.
        Sookie has a lot of people she can trust, and Eric is defintely one of them.

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      • C.K. says:

        Even if Sookie never met Bill or Eric the fae might have still come for her eventually (Brendon did killed her parents). Sookie is part supe. If Sookie and Eric donn’t end up together it still does not change the fact that Sookie is not fully human and she never was and never will be. Sookie told Sam that she does not want to go back to the way things were before she met Bill. Sookie feels like she has value in the supe world like she fits in a little better.

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    9. trarecar says:

      I think telling too, is when Sookie asked Eric if he tells her everything/the truth. He hesitates, and says he might not always tell her everything, but what he does tell her is the truth.

      I don’t think CH would make Eric to all of a sudden be a liar now. Even Sookie herself has said that she can trust Eric to always be honest with what he is wanting from her. CH has gone through pains to show us how different Eric is from Bill. She is not going to drop that on us out of the blue.

      Further, this answers the question about who Niall meant when he said “He’s a good man and he loves you.” (Might not be the exact quote) He was obviously talking about Eric because he has known Eric for a long, long time.

      Yay! *bows* We’re not worth , SVB. Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to break this down for us.

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    10. IATM says:

      i love this post.. because i have actually been trying to figure out why all the DR dislike?? & thanks for refreashing my memory of DAAD.. this is another perfect example of why it’s important to re-read the earlier books to keep it freash in your mind.. especially before the newest book hits the shelfs..

      Thanks for the post SVB :-)

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    11. [...] SVB’s blog post is called, “Mr. High Handed and the Fairy Prince”, which you can read, here! [...]

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    12. Marlene Emmett says:

      Ladies:
      I don’t know if all of you are readers of
      fanfiction, but if you are then I suggest that
      you read Morgaine Swann’s “LATE!!!”
      There’s a passage in it that clears up all of
      the questions you have about Eric Northman and
      Naill Brigent’s relationship and how long they
      have known each other.
      Morgaine Swann fills in the holes that
      Charlain Harris leaves in her books/stories.
      You can find the story at: http://www.fanfiction.net
      under “Morgaine Swann”

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      • SVB says:

        Here’s the thing though – there’s a difference between “leaving holes” and just making your reader sit down and piece it together. I think sometimes people expect Harris to explicitly explain every plot detail in a neat little paragraph where Sookie sits down and has a heart to heart with the character concerned that ties everything up with a neat little bow.

        “I don’t explain the occurences in the books, unless I simply can’t stand it. That’s up to the reader. I usually feel I’ve built the explanation in.”

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      • krtmd says:

        And I say this without snark, I swear, that I’m not sure we should rely on a fanfic that has Sookie having Eric’s babies to tell us the “reality” of CH’s characters.

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      • ASfandancer says:

        I thoroughly enjoy the Eric/Sookie fan fiction reads, but they are completely separate stories not related to the CH novels and True Blood. I have read “Late,” and while it is a decent read I put no value on it in relation to the true story created by Charlaine Harris.

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    13. Liz fowles says:

      Nice investigative work SVB. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that there is no way Eric is doing a Bill. Given the. Time he has been on this earth it’s natural he would have some sort of relationship with Nial and this just shows he’s been looking out for her all along.

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    14. Lydia says:

      I have to agree that Eric has been watching over Sookie from Club Dead at least. The only thing that sticks in my craw is Eric’s response to Sookie when she asks him about his motives for keeping an eye on her for so long and he states, “it was before I knew you.” What bothers me is that Bill said almost the exact same words when confronted by Sookie about why he pursued her…Not sure if Ms. Harris is going to blow up Sookie’s world and bascially confirm what the Breitling Clovache said to Sookie in All Together Dead, “While a vampire, by definition, is twisty and deceptive.” Sookie replies…”By definition? You mean, without exception.? “I do.” states Clovache. Perhaps Eric, wayyyyyy back, set into motion some set of plans for his future which involved Niall, with Niall providing a level of power and status which Eric had always craved, unfortunately using Sookie as his leverage and barganing chip. Sadly, our favorite Viking fell deeply in love with her, but can’t back out of the deal for some reason. I don’t know…just speculation. Come on May!

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      • Lyta says:

        I really think we should not worry about it, Eric never wanted more power and status, only power to be able to be relatively independent, like was said in the books.
        And if Eric wanted to, for example, be King, why he had not killed QSA when her was vulnerable after ATD? would be much easier, is not it?
        Like as I said in a post above, what advantage Eric had with Niall? nothing, he left and Eric still trapped with enemies on all sides. And Sookie still makes it much more vulnerable, because your enemies can use it against him.
        And also Mony placed on the response of CH if Eric had any “problem” like Bill, up against him, so we can remove this part of our concerns.

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    15. *squee* SVB awesome breakdown and review AS USUAL! I agree, I never understood, and been *left scratching my head* why people were going crazy of the revolution that A) Eric and Niall new each other B)That Eric and Niall had someone watching out for her…ie Terry and Claudine.
      *shrugs* I guess, I’ve come too understanding that some people only read the books at face value and nothing more. Also the they tend to classify this series as a (romance series.)
      They don’t take the time to re-read and breakdown in a (mysteries) way to read in-between the lines. After all that’s what Southern Vampire Mysteries is about. (Mysteries with some romance in-between.) That’s what I love about this series the most. To use your brain, re-read and try to figure out what’s happening in-between the lines (whats this book(s) mystery this time and how they all lead up to, a 13 book series together in a connect-the-dots-kind-of-way.)
      I think people keep forgetting that little detail constantly, for whatever reason I don’t understand.
      Cheers! SVB *thumbs up*

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    16. C.K. says:

      I felt a little more optimistic in regards to Eric/Sookie after DR. There was specultation that they would break up in DR (for a short time) but that never happened (unless they broke up in between DR and the new book DL which I don’t think is the case). I am going into Dead Locked being a little more optimistic and trying not to panic over spoilers.

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    17. krtmd says:

      Great post SVB. Already looking forward to part two.

      Although I can see why many were bothered, I was not upset by the revelations from DR in regard to Eric and Niall. Eric was not trying to garner Sookie’s trust in an underhanded manner. He was asked to watch over her by Niall, and to report on her life. Was he hoping/ counting on return favors from Niall in exchange? Most assuredly. I don’t see anything inherently wrong with that, from the perspective of their world. Favors and indebtedness are a commodity in the vampire and fairy world, and I see no reason we should demonize Eric for this. Pulling a Bill? I think not.

      I know you’ll show, in black and white evidence from the books, that while Eric knew her blood was different (CD), he didn’t know she was part fairy until Sookie told him herself in NOLA.Furthermore, he didn’t know Niall’s relationship to Sookie until he arranges the dinner between the two of them. The dinner Eric escorts her to personally, as he is truly aware if what a family connection to Niall will mean for Sookie.

      I view it much as Sookie did in DR. While she was first surprised at the revelation that Eric and Niall had been using Terry, or what she was told by Claude and Dermot, she finds herself not angry or upset about it in the end. Not only is it not on the same level of deception that Bill’s betrayal was, but she’s also been changed by her experiences, and has grown to see the shades of grey around her, not just the black and white.

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    18. Liliput says:

      Thanks for the rational analysis! I completely agree that a character assassination of Eric at this late stage in the books having built the story arc around him and Sookie for so long now makes no sense. I have always, however, been thrown by the fact that CH says she doesn’t really plan, and have found it hard to trust her because of it. However, your menitoning that support for Terry having been spying and reporting on Sookie since almost the beginning has comforted me greatly! It would seem that perhaps there is more “method to the madness” than has been admitted to. I really, really hope that is so.

      Just one other thing: I have always wondered if we could trust the things that are revealed to Sookie by Dermot. I know as a full fairy that Claude cannot lie, but can Dermot?! He is half-fairy so perhaps he is not obliged to tell complete truths?

      Looking forward to part two! THanks!!

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    19. Marcso says:

      That was cool!

      We already know from CH that Eric doesnt have a hidden agenda or pull a Bill. Im not worried. I am interested what was in the deal for Eric, I mean money he has.. Let’s hope it’s to get rid of Bill ;)

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      • Marcso says:

        Forgot to add, I thought Ms Harris also said Eric found out about Sookie’s fae-ness(?) when she told him.

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    20. EricObsessed says:

      Thanks for the great post, SVB! I love your in-depth analysis and figuring out all the little details!
      Of all the things that made me twitchy in DR, finding out that Eric and Niall had Terry looking out for Sookie, was never one of them. I honestly don’t see any problem with this. It fits with what we’ve always known of their personalities, Eric’s especially. But WOW I never would have pieced that all together that it was going on that far back in the series. Very interesting!

      Off to read the rest of the comments now. Can’t wait for part2!

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    21. KCScout says:

      You have me waiting on the edge of my seat for part 2. I think it’s the details like this that keep us all so invested in this series. I mean, there’s no way that can be coincidental so CH must have a much better grasp on the threads of the story than a lot of people believe. Love me some SVB;)

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    22. Mark says:

      I don’t get why everyone here is trying to make these ANCIENT characters more genial and conscientious
      I wonder how any conscious entity that has existed for nearly a millenia does not become jaded and cynical purely out of self-preservation. So Niall and Eric are manipulative, BFD. Imagine yourself going day to day for ONE THOUSAND YEARS. I have a hard enough time imagining how most vampires in this series do not have the utmost contempt for any human. Even with this great revelation and all the PC b.s. what can a human do to 1000 yr old vampire? If you have been able to watch yourself for a thousand years from being burned or staked, handling a single human should be fine.

      If I personally was that old and a pathetic, insignificant human decided to talk back to me, I would not hesitate one iota of a second to do what TB Eric did to Roy in 4.11. Because what is going to stop me?

      It has been mentioned several times in that Eric goes through the motions to get what he wants, because at the end of the day, no matter how you cut it Sookie will die and Eric will have to find another. So I personally believe that the vampires appease Sookie because she is useful to them. There have been other telepaths and there will be more in the future.

      How many people do we think Eric has loved over a millenium? Imagine watching someone you loved wither and die while you stayed young every 50 years? The only way of self-preservation is to distance yourself.

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      • KCScout says:

        I think there’s a whole morality play going on with vampire literature and you could use the same metaphor for humans in our world now. We are at the top of the food chain and have incredibly more power over our environment and more power than any other species currently on the Earth. How do we use that power?

        It’s the same for the vampires. IMO. Just because you have the power to do whatever you might like, do you? Book Eric wouldn’t have tortured Royse or probably have killed him because he would glamor Royce into telling him anything he might need to know. Book Eric would have killed him in a flash if he was a threat to Eric’s existence, but he wouldn’t have done it in a fit of pique or just because he could. Where’s the challenge, or honor, in that?

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      • trarecar says:

        But Mark, you’re also thinking like a human. LOL Who knows what lessons a person would learn after living a thousand years? It might not be all self preservation and contempt. That is one outcome, sure, but I just as everyone is different, I don’t think folks would all end up the same if we all could live for so long. Of course you change and adapt, but just because that is what YOU would do does not mean that I would do the same thing. :)

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        • Mark says:

          What happened to Hallow after the vampires captured here? Did they let her go? They tortured her until she freed Eric and then ate her. What did Eric do to the Pelt’s gang? People who are a threat to the vampires and their tools are taken out painfully. Eric is a viking at heart. “There’s nothing new, except someone new”.

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      • krtmd says:

        @Mark, I think you discount the uniqueness of Sookie, and I’m not talking about her telepathy, although telepaths seem rare as well.

        The humans most vampires encounter in the books are sycophants, wannabes or fangbangers – not the stuff of Sookie’s Southern-Chistian upbringing. Set aside the glamour myth of TB – Eric’s world is dark, dreary, full of blood. He’s adapted to it – thrives even – make no mistake, book Eric is good at being a vampire. Sookie, smells like sunshine, gets to know the real Eric and likes him. Defends him. Saves his life. Falls in love with him. This is what makes Sookie unique to Eric.

        And yes, Sookie will age and die. Eric will go on. He has loved before. He will love again. This is not a tragedy. It is a gift.

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        • the cat says:

          oh no….I hate the preospect of Eric living on while Sookie ages and eventually dies. It makes me think of Edward Scissorhands when Winona is all wrinkly and fragile and Johnny Depp is making an ice sculpture of her as she was when she was young.
          *tear*

          what is the 13th book ends with Eric sitting around a campire saying: “And that’s the story of Sookie Stackhouse my second wife” And then all the cyborgs(Year:40031) are like: “Incredible!”

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    23. Jeanna Helton says:

      I’m going to through in a guess and say that after book 2 is when Eric got in touch with Niall about Sookie when he cleaned her arm and she mentions he’s in a drug like state from tasting her blood. Then after that does his 1st bit of trickery with her drinking his blood. I think he knew she was a fairy or of the faye and contacted Niall to let him know…this is just a guess and I still love and don’t think anything bad about Eric, Niall eh..but I really love thise articles and look forward to reading part two

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    24. LovetheViking says:

      Excellent post SVB. Definitely something for me to chew over.

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    25. Duckbutt says:

      An analysis worthy of Peppermintyrose! Bravo!

      I think as old creatures, Naill and Eric have known each other for hundreds of years. Eric told Sookie after she met Naill for dinner that Naill would be the first one he would take out in a fight –leading me to imagine that they have met together on a battlefield before, during a Fae/Vampire war and are not at the very least, uneasy/allies.

      Look what happened to Sookie after Club Dead –my goodness, she had her shouldner gouged by the Were, was staked, drained and raped, then beaten by the Weres when she got home….in Terri Botta’s fanfic, she had Eric saying “if another thing had happened ot you, I would have jumped out of my skin”….and I can believe that was his motivation to ask Naill to provide protection for Sookie.

      Now…I think that Naill knew about the “telepath from Bom Temps” through Eric. As former enemies now allies, I’m sure they shared info about their dealings in the supernatural/human world. Naill was running a pharmaceutal company (there is fanfic speculation that his company developed TB, but has not been confirmed in the books) so it would be business as usual for Naill and Eric to compare notes.
      Can’t wait to see Part II
      Pat

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    26. WildSeed says:

      True Buds are hard to find. I had no idea there was much shitisms’
      comments stirred up about Niall’s relationship with Eric. I guess never considered Dermot’s comments to Sookie in DR as a big reveal moment. Niall, being a elder statesman and important Prince in the Fae world would likewise seek someone well regarded.Eric wasn’t a flunky or watching Sookie’s every move but did delegate others for ever present needs and death threats. He often showed up out of the blue ( LDID , etc) because of this history and growing genuine concern for her . It does explain perhaps why Terry would so graciously offer help, sometimes for free. For Sookie’s kitchen renovation he claimed that demolishing her destroyed kitchen was good exercise. Where would she be without such help? How much more did Claudine intercede? Claudine said our girl Sook was a full time job. I love her though. As for the big bad ” bite” from Eric, that was a little juvenile of him( we often hurt the one we love ).

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    27. skargasmic says:

      Excellent post SVB! When I first read of all this in DR, I thought back on so many things and realized I was not worried about it at all. One thing that stuck in my head is when QSA right hand man said Sookie smelled like a fairy and Eric said if I am not mistaken that her being a fairy explained so much. I am sure that will be in your next post.

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      • Mony says:

        Yes i remember, it was in book 6 when Sookie found out she was part fairy and Eric said something like “This explain a lot” and Sookie get all angry/hurt because she thought he fell for her just because of the blood….when of course Eric was just thinking about why Niall wanted to meet her.
        Don’t worry Sookie, he loves you no matter what xD

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        • skargasmic says:

          Yes that was it Mony! She was deeply hurt about that, I even wondered myself at the time that he was referring to that as well.

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          • Mony says:

            Yes it was one of CH’s tricks :lol:
            She let us with this idea till book 7, when Eric yelled a big “No!” at Sookie when she tried to suggest that the time he was amnesia he was running to her house because of her blood :)

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    28. heart's desire says:

      Your in-depth book posts are such a treat! My initial reaction was to panic when I first read about Eric & Niall, but then I realized I was jumping to conclusions. So far, I’m right there with you. Thank you ~ can’t wait for Part 2!

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    29. sheldon says:

      Great analysis SVB – this is why I love this site!

      For myself I haven’t been concerned over the five questions you posed at the start of the post. I think the fact that Eric was watching over Sookie binds her and Eric more closely, not less. Now, thats not to say Niall doesn’t have any ulterior motives and I think we’re all waiting to see if Niall has a more dark agenda for Sookie than has been revealed so far. Coming out of DR, I don’t trust the Fae and I can’t wait to read more on this storyline/arc

      And I don’t see any parallel between Eric’s behaviour and Bills (I look forward to you laying out the reasons why in the next post). Unless CH spells it out that Eric had nefarious motives, I see Eric’s involvement in Sookies’ protection as a positive not a negative.

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    30. WaitingFS says:

      Great post SVB! I wonder if Niall asked Eric to keep him posted on unusual news from the Bon Temps area once Fintan met Adele. A telepath who has drawn the interest of a number of supernaturals would certainly qualify, especially one who is such a magnet for danger.

      Thanks for giving me something new to chew on when I begin my nth series re-read in the new year.

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    31. Kitsunegari says:

      “Move ovah Eric….this is MAH bush!!”

      Holy fuckballs! I was eating a Danish pastry when I read that and I laughed so hard that a part of it tried to exit via my nose!

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    32. Eric4Life says:

      I see the five disturbing questions that needed analying, but what about the sixth. What about the breaking of the blood bond? Does this not cause another major malfunction to Eric and Sookie’s relationship? I know it allowed her to know that she loved him without the bond, but now without it will he still love her? CH is trying to kill me. I am so worried about it that thinking about it brings tears. I love the Eric and Sookie dynamic and though you have greatly analyed your analysis of the you questions and start to mend my bruised heart, I am still soooo worried. Please help me before I go off of the deep end…….

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      • SVB says:

        But if the bond wasn’t the “cause” of Sookie’s love for Eric (which it was not, since she still loves him after it’s broken) – then why would it be the cause of Eric’s love for her?

        I have a half nutted out post about the BB that I wrote prior to DR – basically looking at how it worked and proving that Sookie’s feelings were separate to it. Then DR came out and it made it all redundant, since I felt the book proved the case I was making anyway.

        I’m going to rework it eventually but the crux of the matter is that the bond doesn’t create feelings. So I can’t see Eric not feeling the same about her any more than I could see Sookie not feeling the same before it was broken.

        It’s going to be a long wait till May 2013, huh.

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        • Eric4Life says:

          Ok. Thank you. My heart feels somewhat better. I can do the wait but it will be dreadful. I think I may spontaneously combust if CH does anything other than a S&E HEA. I fear she may let Eric sacrafice himself for Sookie. Oh God her come those tears again. I am simply a wreck of this. I will be leaning on your blog for support during these trying times. Thanks for being there!

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          • Skarlove says:

            Hmmm…..I never once considered Eric NOT loving Sookie once the bond was broken. I mean, there are so many selfless, loving moments where he displays such tender affection – before the bond was ever set in motion. So why would he feel any different now that it’s gone?

            Besides the obvious DTTW proclamation that he’d leave everything for her – there are sooooo many more “tells”. In LDID, the way he bandages her wounds in the hotel room, the mere fact that he disguises himself as Leif to go check up on her, etc. Yeah, you could say he was keeping tabs on his employee he wanted to fuck, but who goes that far for a non-sure-thing booty call???

            Then in CD, how he kept appearing at Alcide’s window, the tenderness in RE’s palace when he carries her up the stairs post-staking, the ability to ease her mind from EXCRUCIATING pain, and at the end….. the gas station “future lover” comment, as well as the displays of pride and admiration towards Sook for all that she does to do defend them.

            I could go on – these are just a few examples from the early times that absolutely SCREAM “love” to me – but I won’t. The blood bond is a nifty thing to have with a partner. But true connections do not depend on them, and Eric and Sookie have made that pointedly clear to me since waaaaay before they became a technical “item”. ;-)

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            • C.K. says:

              Also, the scene where Eric waits outside the hotel for Sookie in LDID and the elevator scene where Eric holds Sookie when she is crying. Sookie even kept the bullet from Dallas and wrapped in a piece of Eric’s shirt. Furthermore, she wondered why she picked up the bullet in the first place. She mentioned it being a souvenir from her trip.

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      • C.K. says:

        Eric4Life have you read PeppermintRose’s Live Journal about why she thinks Eric is Sookie’s HEA. It’s called “Two Peas in a Pod”. TB Rants and Raves also wrote some articles on entitled “Sookie/Eric End Game” it is in three parts.

        Here is the link to “Two Peas in a Pod”:
        http://peppermintyrose.livejournal.com/53889.html

        Here is the link to TB Rants and Raves Eric/Sookie End Game Part I:
        http://tbrantsandraves.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/sookie-and-eric-end-game-part-1/

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        • Eric4Life says:

          Thanks for this I will definately check it out. I have to say that everyone on this blog is great. Happy Holidays to all!

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      • Kira says:

        Eric4Life, CH did an interview with the Washington Post in September. In it she said this:

        “Some readers are sure they see a traditional romance hero in Eric, but he’s anything but that. He’s a murderer, many times over, and pragmatic. But he does love Sookie. However, romance novels always end with everyone happy except really bad guys, and that’s not the way I write.”

        So she has confirmed that Eric really does love Sookie. IMO her statement makes it sound like Eric has a good chance of being Sookie’s HEA. :)

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    33. Freyja says:

      Really love this post SVB. Thank you, can’t wait for next part :)
      I have to admit, first when I read DR, I was like ‘WTF???’ but then I calmed down and looked at it from all angles. Was it really a surprise? No it wasn’t. I’ve/we’ve all known Eric had someone watching over Sookie. I just thought it was Sam, not Terry. I had already wondered how long back Eric/Niall connection went, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Niall had Eric protecting/watch over her. It isn’t like Eric was procuring Sookie, keeping her from her life in any way, like QSA was going to do.
      So this revelation isn’t a shock really, just very interesting and explains so much about incidents from prior books.

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    34. jayetea says:

      Nice one, SVB! It was your book analysis that got me interested in this site in the beginning. I think that Charlaine can be deceptively subtle sometimes. That little line about Charles Twining relieving Terry at full dark is a classic example. I know that I have missed things like that in the books many times, because I am distracted by Sookie’s weird fashion choices or a cringeworthy albeit hilarious line in a love scene or something….
      I love it when you pull things out like that and show us how they make sense in the larger narrative.

      Also, the pic up top is pretty terrifying…I like it, though.

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    35. agrippina says:

      Something that’s been simmering in my brain for awhile now… what if Eric’s connection to Niall is that Eric was once in love with a Fairy? What if it had ended badly?
      I’m probably way off base, but that thought refuses to dislodge itself from my head.

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    36. Oh Yes says:

      Great blog SBV! Thanks :)

      I think you are right about Niall, and have given this a lot of thought too. I can’t imagine that Niall told Eric about Sookie from the beginning, before DUD, because it wouldn’t make any sense. He isn’t going to single her out because he thought she didn’t have the spark, why bother? That after all is what is important to him “the spark”, not her being a relative or a telepath. I think he probably was concerned with illegitimate Stackhouse’s (Sookie’s dad or Jason), or other possible children of Fintan’s may have had in the area who could have had the same demon blood gift as Adele had with Mr. C.

      Any children descended from Gran with the spark would be telepaths. Sooooo….he probably told Eric to alert him to any telepaths in the area. I think it is really that simple.

      When Bill brings Sookie to Fangtasia in DUD, I imagine Eric told Niall, next time he talked to him, about the little telepath in BT. This would be when he learned from Eric that she was “other” as Dermot said. Then I imagine that Niall said we must protect her, and already realizing she was valuable to him after the staking of Longshadow, because she agreed to work for him, he agreed. I do not think there was any monetary gain. Just the goodwill of doing a favor for the fairy prince and a common goal that he was already doing so to begin with, protect Bill’s property and keep his future lover :) and telepath safe.

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    37. Lynyrd says:

      Okay, I’d like to start by saying that I didn’t see “Dead Reckoning” as some sort of “kiss of death” for Sooke/Eric. I actually saw it as a good sign. Couples fight, they don’t get a long all the time, but what makes a strong couple is when they fight to stay together. Did Eric make mistakes in “Dead Reckoning”? Yes, he did. Sookie also made mistakes. That doesn’t mean their relationship is done, it just means that they have to figure out if the mistakes are forgiveable.

      Now that I’ve said that, I just want to say that I think Terry and Eric’s relationship precedes that of Terry/Eric/Niall, mostly based on this line: “They come to my trailer at night, for months, that big blond one and then the shining one.” This says that Eric would come, and then after a time Niall started to come. My prediction is that Eric convinced Terry to report to him sometime during DUD (possibly after Rene’s attack on Sookie). After all, Eric would want to protect his assets, and Sookie had shown that she fit that description.

      As for Niall/Eric’s little deal… well, we know Niall is powerful. We also know that it wasn’t a secret that Sookie worked for Eric, particularly after LDID. Perhaps Eric owed Niall a favor, and Niall, hearing that Eric had a Stackhouse telepath working for him, decided to call in that favor. It would be simple for Eric to pass what Terry told him onto Niall, and it maybe even seemed like a relief to be asked for such a simple thing. I don’t believe that Eric approached Sookie under false pretenses. I do believe he probably took advantage of the situation. At some point he probably came to suspect Sookie’s lineage, but I don’t believe he knew it from day 1.

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      • Kira says:

        You have some good points, Lynyrd. I don’t think DR signaled the end of Sookie and Eric’s relationship either. They need to work through their problems so they can be an even stronger couple. Honestly, DR would have had me concerned if everything was going great with Sookie and Eric because I would have been worried that something bad was coming that would break them up at the end of the series.

        ITA with your analysis of the Terry/Eric/Niall situation. Of course Eric would have had someone watching Sookie once he knew she was a telepath. Telepaths are pretty rare, so he would want to protect that kind of an asset. Plus, Eric seemed to have personal interest in Sookie since DUD since he killed Longshadow to save Sookie. I think his interests in having Sookie watched went a little deeper than protecting an asset.

        Seeing how protective Niall is of Sookie, I would imagine that if he had known about Sookie long before DTTW that fairies would have showed up in Sookie’s life earlier on. I can’t imagine that Niall would be totally cool with entrusting Sookie’s safety to a vampire.

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        • krtmd says:

          I figure Eric was watching over Sookie at the request of Niall and to protect his own interest in her as an asset to his area. Bill’s interest in Sookie seemed genuine at the time, and he would certainly protect her as his girlfriend. But in CD, Bill makes arrangements through Eric and Pam to pension Sookie off when he plans to return to Lorena. I’m guessing Eric lets Niall know that Sookie no longer has the protection of Bill, and would not want to be claimed by Eric. Eric sends her to Jackson to cover his own ass, no question, but he does arrange for the protection of Alcide, and also comes to protect her disguised as Leif.

          It’s after she returns from the horrors of what happened in Jackson and ended her relationship with Bill that Claudine first appears in Sookie’s life. IMO, this is the time referred to by Claude and Dermot in DR, where they tell Sookie that “there came a time when Eric thought you needed the protection of your great-grandfather, and of course you were withering.”

          I don’t see any issues with Eric protecting Sookie as an asset prior to DTTW. She agreed to work for him in DUD – they had a business relationship. Things obviously change after book 4.

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      • Duckbutt says:

        You know, he could have had Terry reporting back to him about Sookie as early as DuD when she tipped Eric off to the police raid… I wondered how Eric knew of Sookie being in the hospital after the confrontation with Rene. Bill had been away in NO becoming an Investigator –would he have informed Eric –possibly….but I think it was probably Terry. Dont’ know how long Sookie was in the hospital before Bill got back in town…

        Pat

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    38. VikingDame says:

      Awesome post SVB. I didn’t even realize people were still up in arms about this stuff. A little careful reading and use of the ol’ grey cells lead exactly to the conclusions you’ve written about here. It’s all there in the text folks.

      Can’t wait to read part deux!

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    39. Duckbutt says:

      BTW the picture up front is rather scarey –but it reminds me too much of Howard Stern and not Eric Northman :-)
      PJ

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    40. the cat says:

      I just know that Eric didn’t know that Sookie was a fairy until she told him after he saved Quinn and Sookie from the Pelt family. I remember thatt he was surprised and I think he said something like: “That explains alot.” And then Sookie went on a tirade about nobody loving her for herself. I think that when Eric said that explains alot, he meant that now he understood why Niall was so interested. And after checking Sookie out at Halleigh’s wedding Niall told Eric that he was her great great grandfather. I don’t find any of this underhanded, no doubt, Eric and Niall have knows each other centuries, both be thousands of years old, and have a mutual respect of each other that is no doubt uncommon. Uncommon because vamps kill fairies. I think that after Niall told Eric of their geneogical relationship, Eric introduced Niall to Terry. I don’t find this odd. Eric has had affection for Sookie before she knew about it and reciprocated…before he even knew it himself. Remember his curse: “to be near his hearts desire and not be aware of it,” He’s had it bad ever since she first walked into Fangtasia…(Remember when CH said that Sookie thought that Eric was counting her eyelashes, that’s just sooo funny to me, hilarious) I think that no matter what happens between Eric and Sookie, the ball is in Sookie’s court. Eric may want to follow Appius’ dying wish and the secret phone calls between Bill and Eric make Freyda, Queen of Oklahoma, a finite thing…I just can’t see Eric keeping his promise. I see him sneaking away in the middle of the night and coming through Sookie’s window in his “consort, kept man” outfit fully equipped with King Henry the VIII ruffle neck collar. So spy away Eric, while you still can.

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    41. Northwoman says:

      I find the comment to Sookie “Of course, you were withering” fascinating and wonder if anyone knows exactly what that means. Does it have anything to do with Dermot blowing into her mouth? Is there a connection?

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      • krtmd says:

        I agree that there must be something there, along with how she’s feeling more fairy with Dermot and Claude around. I don’t think she’s actually going to become more fairy, but they definitely like to be around each other, maybe in a ‘the whole is more than a sum of its parts’ kind of way. Much like how the fae and part fae left behind are gathering together at Hooligan’s.

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      • C.K. says:

        That is a really good question Northwoman. Since I think the fae storyline is supposed to be wrapped up in book 12, I hope we find out what the “breathing thing” does. I know that Sookie will not live forever but maybe she can stay looking youthful longer due to the breathing. CH mentioned that Sookies life would not be extended. Maybe she could live to 115 but age slowly. IDK . I want to know what the repercussions of those “Thank You’s” to Claude will be?

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    42. Jerron says:

      Well I am one of the few people who hated DR. But interestingly that wasn’t one of my dislikes. I see it as one attempt to retcon among many others.

      Let me first say that as a telepath, Sookie doesn’t have the skill set to read between the lines and decipher facial expressions, pauses in speech, change in pitch. All the little things we do when we are trying to figure out that someone is lying to them. So when she asked Eric about lying to her, and “he hesitated,” everyday humans ask a backup question to probe. Sookie never does. Is Eric a skilled liar? Gotta be. And omission is the same as lying. Truth be told. LOL.

      Now the timing. It doesn’t matter to me. Niall (Granddaddy PImp) and Eric were in all likelihood, watching out for her in a protective manner. And if they helped Terry then the more better. Not for their own benefits, but out of concern for her. Totally completely independent of Bill’s actions.

      What bother’s me about the books of late is the de-volution of Eric. I believe Ch doesn’t like the attention Eric gets instead of Sookie. (I can understand that) But if Eric and Sookie break up I want it to be organic, original. Not because it’s the same shit Bill did. That’s just the same book with the names switched.

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      • the cat says:

        totally…..oh, that so better not be on the menu…..don’t make me use the cluviel dor CH! Cause I’ll do IT!!

        use that wish for a do-over rewrite.

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    43. Ancient Pythoness says:

      SVB, I agree with everything you said. In fact, I didn’t have a problem with the Niall/Eric reveal. I thought it had some continuity problems, but didn’t have any relationship impacts.

      I think BLs have made more of it because they want to establish parity with Bill’s big nasty reveal. But it was not close to the same kind of betrayal. Eric was never sent to secretly seduce Sookie, in order to manipulate her for some selfish purpose. He was just sent to watch over her. He should have told her, but it doesn’t cast into doubt the sincerity of his actions toward her.

      However, I don’t think we can simply rely on the relationship development in prior books to know where the romantic storyline will head. I think we need to look at current trends and subtext, especially in the last two books. That’s where all the warning signs are. I won’t address them now since you will be posting further analysis. Unfortunately, I think CH is sending us a curve ball inconsistent with prior narrative.

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      • Jerron says:

        Also, Sookie hated Eric at the beginning of the series. (hate is a strong word but you get my drift) So if IF Eric had said at some point in the first two books, “hey I am looking out for you, watching you to keep you safe,” how would she have reacted? Angrily? Stubbornly refused his help? I can’t see her being in a grateful frame of mind. An Eric state of mind.

        Like I said I wasn’t fazed by that one. Now that other shit. Oh yeah we can talk about that all day long!

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        • SVB says:

          I think “hate” is a pretty strong word to use in terms of how she felt about him in book 1 and 2.

          Wary? Yes. Intimidated? Yes. Mistrustful? Yes.

          But I don’t think she ever hated him.

          In fact, she tells Eric pretty clearly in Book 2 that she trusts him to keep her safe, and she kisses him in the same book. She keeps the bullet she sucked out of his chest as a keepsake. Hardly the actions of someone who hates him.

          I can understand this argument in relation to TB but definitely not in the books.

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    44. viking_vamp_lover says:

      There has to be a specific reason for the fae’s interest in Sookie. I know that the obvious answer would be the CD, but I really think that it has something to do with her having the essential spark. I can’t help but wonder if being in possession of the spark means she is some type of fae royalty. Does anyone have any theories about that possibility?

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    45. the cat says:

      ha!

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    46. the cat says:

      I like to think that that portal is not in her woods for nothing. I would like her to at least take a trip inside and see what it’s like in there.

      I hope Dermot keeps breathing in her and she keeps becoming more fairy. Someone mentioned Eris “Big. Bad. Bite.” yeah, I’ve read that like 4 times…read DR 4 times and that part bothers me everytime…and when Sookie says that she looked at Eric as though looking at a stranger. Bad things are going to happen after sunset. After all, he did say he was coming by. So yuck it up while you watch Jeopardy because it’s going to get intense.

      Everytime I read about Eric biting her it makes me so mad. Why did CH write it like that. Eric is always the caring opposite of that dialogue. Now all of a sudden they disagree and he hurts her. C’mon! He never wants to hurt her! He’s her main protector! I mean I actually understand where Sookie is coming from, I mean, she killed Victor, even planned the whole assasination, she just didn’t want to celebrate the violence and death, even though the fact was that Victor had to die. I guess she could have phrased it differently she could have said:” I’m thinking, I don’t feel much like celebrating, I’m glad this is over. See you later.” Though that’s pretty much what happened, but that whole scene gives me anxiety, like the heebi-jeebies coupled with indignation. It’s an “AW, C’MON!” Joey moment from “Friends”.

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