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The evolution of Eric and Sookie. Will they finally get together?

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Guest writer editorialWell it’s that time of year again, the time of year where sex, blood, mayhem, and well more sex fills the air and the beginning of a new True Blood season. The time of year where ship wars begin to start.
 
Rather you are ‘Team Bill’, ‘Team Alcide’, ‘Team Sam’, or well my ship ‘Team Eric’, the fights just never cease to end. Well in this article I’m here to talk about Team Eric and if we will ever get to see him and Sookie back together, in more ways than one. They started off as just, well allies I suppose. With heated looks across the room, and dreams that stemmed from one drop of blood, the romance just grew from there.
 
One of my favorite scenes, where I believe the love started, was the death of Godric. Eric’s grief over the loss of his Maker seemed to show Sookie that Eric wasn’t the boogeyman she believed him to be. Godric made her promise to look after him, and while in the moment she wasn’t sure she could, she tried to look after him. The dreams she had after the blood she took from Eric, after he tricked into sucking out a bullet that was lodged into his chest, made her feelings for him grow. The dreams weren’t one sided though. In season three, Eric shared those dreams. He fantasized about her during work and always felt protective over her, even if he didn’t admit it.
 
When season four came around we were introduced to amnesia Eric who became this way after a nasty run in with a witch named Marnie/Antonia. He was innocent, kind, and unhardened by the troubles he went through in is very long life. He fell in love with Sookie and Sookie fell for him. She couldn’t resist him for very long and they made love shortly after he began living with her during his time under the witch’s curse. With all the witch problems going on and Marnie becoming more powerful, Sookie cured Eric’s amnesia after he tried to kill Bill. After getting his memories back he realized he was still in love with Sookie and told her things didn’t have to change between them. Sookie’s heart, however, was still torn between Eric and Bill. In the end she chose neither and tried to live a normal life, without her vampire lovers.
 
When season five came along, we barely had any scenes to quench our thirst for more Sookie and Eric. Until the end, where Billith rose and he seemed to put our star crossed lovers together once more. So where does this leave Eric and Sookie? The answer to that is uncertain. Even though it seems like this would be the best time for the writers to finally give the Eric and Sookie fans what they want and get the characters together, they still appear to be fixated on having Bill and Sookie together.
 
In a recent article with the new show runner, Brian Buckner, he said that Sookie and Bill would always be the center of the show but may not always be together and that Sookie will find someone she may have more in common with aka Ben the new fairy in town. Well I for one am a bit upset by this. As an avid Sookie and Eric fan I believe the chemistry between them is electric. I believe they may be soul mates and that they should be together, and soon. They are both two troubled characters haunted by their past and in a weird way complement each other. The relationship is full of lust and love and I do hope they find a way back to each other.
 
Until then there is always fan fiction and who knows, maybe I am wrong. Maybe in the end Sookie and Eric will be with each other at some point this season. From one shipper to another, I’ll keep hope and keep my ship alive and we shall see what True Blood has in store for them this season! (New season starts June 16, 2013 on HBO)

 

Laura Dengrove
Laura Dengrove is a young journalist/critic on all things film and television. Full time student and writer.
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Samantha
Samantha

I for one am relieved Sookie and Bill seem over for the time being, though I'm betting the show will thrust them together in the end. In many ways I find Bill to be so much more manipulating than Eric is, since Eric doesn't profess himself a gentlemen and suffer all the annoying vampire angst and self-loathing Bill seemed to exhibit. As much as I want Eric and Sookie to get together again, I'd settle for a few scenes of the old sexual tension and flirtation between them. Lately, they're hardly even filmed together!! I thought it was interesting this season when Sookie went to Sam and admitted she always thought they'd end up together eventually. Though I never really thought they would in the show (and highly doubt it now he's impregnated someone else), I firmly believe bookSook and bookSam will end up together in the end. Charlaine Harris made it clear she'll never have sookie "turned" vampire, and she was considering killing Eric off awhile ago. Sam in the books is always there for Sookie, they're so close and I think she'll eventually fall in love with him back, and live a happy mortal life, warm blooded and breathing and with a litter of children. lol. But no matter how unlikely it seems, I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for some more Eric and Sookie action before the show is through. And hoping the next time Sookie stakes Bill, it will be the true death for him!!

Francesca
Francesca

After reading the comments I noticed there were a lot of contrasting opinions being shared by very determined fans. However that being said, I think it is great that everyone can discuss their own interpretations of the show and the characters relationships. I myself believe the greatest chemistry can be found between Sookie and Eric in both the books and the show. I personally never felt much of a permanent connection between Sookie and Bill bar Season 1-2. I am not by any means questioning their love, but more so it's briefness. It seemed like more of a fleeting romance to introduce the show and characters. There was a fair share of lust but I didn't find it entrancing in the same way as Eric & Sookie's scenes together. Sookie can be frustrating with her somewhat selfish actions, however she is the star of the show and so we are more or less obliged to love her! As for Bill, I always found him to be rather dull (bar season 1) and I found a preferred his character when he wasn't around Sookie. Although my interpretations of the characters are subjective, I truly see Eric as the perfect candidate for Sookie. I have been a loyal fan since the very beginning, and although I do like Bill, I have become less fond of him as the show has continued and in contrast increasingly fond of Eric..... But as for what season 7 will bring, who knows! But I do like the contrast between the books and the show, it encourages a new level of suspense and apprehension for the twists in the plot. I love TB, I love Eric and I love Eric and Sookie together. ^_^

Lexi
Lexi

I agree Eric as sookie r made for each other and the show is nothing without sookie or Eric and plus bill sucks because he turned on sookie and Eric he might be mean and weird but he loves sookie and I'm going to be so mad if sookie and Eric don't end put together forever

Colleen
Colleen

I think the writers were always going to keep Sookie and Bill together but when the fans overwhelmingly demanded to see more of Sookie and Eric relationship, they kind of gave us some cheesy love story in season 4 and quickly turned away from the whole Sookie/Eric romance. Basically if Sookie is not with Bill then she is definitely not with Eric. I think the cheesy writing for their romance in season 4 turned a lot of people off their romance so I guess the writers' plan worked. I am definitely not a huge fan of this show anymore since they did that.

iamtrue2bill
iamtrue2bill

Thanks, Laura, for a nice article about shipping for Sookie and Eric. IMHO, Eric and Sookie on TB do not have chemistry, or compatibility. I am not a bookie, so I can't comment on that. I realize beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My eyes see lots more chemistry between Eric and Nora than him and Sookie. Eric needs a vampire. He needs a woman with whom he can banter back and forth with, as well as have sex with. Nora is much more of a match for him. JMO. I'm not convinced that Sookie should end up with a vampire, much as I love the chemistry between her and Bill. It's what got me to come back after the pilot, and a big part of why I've stuck with TB. But Sookie may very well be happier and more content with a human, or shifter, or fae, rather than a blood-drinking vampire. Guess we'll see. Thanks again.

Laura D
Laura D

Hey everyone! Thanks for all the awesome reviews and feedback on my article!! I, as you can see, am a huge Eric and Sookie shipper and I really do hope there r at least some scenes for us Eric and sookie fans. Last season there was almost nothing, besides the season finale and the episode they found Russell, but I do agree with most of your comments that possibly next season their may be more stuff for them or hopefully toward the end of this season as the craziness calms down or speeds up... Whichever pushes them together haha. I know sookie can be selfish but I almost feel that she's a little better when she's with Eric .... When she's not breaking his poor Viking heart of course. Whatever happens I will always be a shipper for them but I also want them to be happy especially Eric !! So let's hope this season Is amazing and that all shippers get a couple scenes for themselves this season to cherish!! Thanks again for all the feedback it means so much to me :) plus keep telling us what u think of Eric and sookie.... Will they get together again?!? Yes or no?? Sound off here in the comments!!

danielik
danielik

I think they haven´t time to be together this season. Both are in big troubles. Maybe in the last episode will be some hope for them in season 7...

Sammy
Sammy

I just don't care for Sookie and Eric...as for Bill, I really enjoyed their connection in Season 1 and 2...but vampires are just too much drama..if Eric had never tricked Sookie into drinking his blood, that whole relationship would have never happened..but that is what the author of the books decided for her characters...of course now the book/Eric fans are all upset...

Rebecca
Rebecca

I'm a big fan of Eric, actually that is the only reason I watch the show. I would LOVE to have a season of Eric and Sookie showing off their chemistry, but I doubt that will happen. It makes me sad that TB decided to take away some of the scenes with Eric showing his desire / care for Sookie. Such as the Long Shadow scene where it was actually Eric and not Bill that killed Long Shadow. But... that is the books and not the show. I was also disappointed with the Amnesiac Eric as he was too mushy and the sex scenes were horrid. I did enjoy, as the author of this piece mentioned, the scenes when Godric gave himself to the sun. I don't hold out hope that this season will see Eric and Sookie together in any sense. For whatever reason, it doesn't seem to be where the writers want to go.

callonmebill
callonmebill

Laura, I enjoyed your evolution of Sookie and Eric and as we all know so well, we really don't know who Sookie will end up with, but until then I'm happy we have a show and someone to ship (Bill is my vamp).

billithpriestess
billithpriestess

Chemistry between Eric and Sookie ROFL you have got to be kidding. Is that some kind of a joke. Sookie is all about Sookie she turns it on and off depending on who she can use. She is selfish and doesn't deserve Bill and I really don't think that Eric should be lumbered with her either. All you Eric lovers.... hope and pray that he doesn't end up with her, she is more trouble than she is worth.

aura
aura

I think that they're dragging Sookie and Bill's relationship beyond any plausible excuse . I would rather see a character like Eric not wasted in a spin off like they did in TVD. I think that is better than see him waning with lame side stories.

AM
AM

AB and his people gave the E/S shippers their one shot in S4, but that was a very short relationship andi it really seems to me that the end game is Bill and Sookie. Now whether they will be together at the end of the series is another story. But there really should not be any doubt that it is Bill and Sookie who AB and his writers are making the romance of the whole series. It's been shown and said on the show by many people, in S5 alone Jason and Jess and even Eric made statements that told the audience it is Bill and Sookie, not Eric and Sooke. Just like with DEA, many Eric fans did not see or want to see any of the clues that pointed to Eric and Sookie not making it as a couple, and the same is true on True Blood. There really is nothing indicating that there will be a renewal of the E/S affair, imo.

wiwa
wiwa

I think there are reasons that Bill and Sookie are the central characters other than because they love(d?) each other. Their houses are side-by-side. The story starts the night they meet. The other vampires are introduced through Bill. It makes sense in True Blood because it is not seen only through Sookie's point of view as were the books. Bill is the reason I watch the show, so obviously I'm glad he is central to the story, whether or not he and Sookie are a couple.

Amanda
Amanda

I totally not believe Bill and Sookie are center of the at all - they just really bad together. We should have chance to have Eric and Sookie together because they do give each something then apart. Hopeful the shows writers and producer will see that before something happen that is don't good for them all.

wiwa
wiwa

It was interesting reading another point of view. Thanks. Never been an Eric fan myself, so I can't get behind a S/E pairing for many reasons. I like Sookie and I want her to be happy, but I don't think anybody is on the road to happiness this season.

LeeLee
LeeLee

I am also uncertain if the writers will give Eric and Sookie a chance at love again... its sad :(

Lori
Lori

I feel they have the best chemistry and from a storytelling pov make the most dynamic pairing on the show. We have yet to see a "whole" Eric with Sookie so I think alot of viewers want to see that, in the S5 finale Eric showed so much respect for Sookie and he obviously lovers her, I think well see more of that this season.

Liz86000
Liz86000

Chemistry? Um, I don't know about that. As Alexander S. said himself "those scenes request a lot of work actually", and you can feel it. While the chemistry between Bill & Sookie is electric. It was like that between them from the very beginning. Obviously, I'm a Bill & Sookie fan, but I like Eric (when he's not a scheming manipulator, but then again, no characters are perfect in True Blood, which I like). I think Pam is & will always remain the person who is the closest to Eric.

Dairne Woods
Dairne Woods

Yip, I too am a Sookie and Eric Shipper!! I hope the writers at some point through the series, revisits and reignites their epic romance!

Sookieeleana
Sookieeleana

I'm a huge Sookie & Eric Shipper too but I'm not sure now that we will ever get to see Sookie have a relationship with the "real" Eric on the show. The writers seem to be moving away from Sookie & the vampires and giving Eric (& Bill) story-lines of their own to develop their characters away from Sookie. It sounds like Sookie will be busy with Ben and Warlow this season whilst Eric is fighting against the Governor and his anti-vampire laws. It will be a real shame for the many, many Eric/Sookie "shippers" if True Blood doesn't give this relationship a chance at all. It may go down in TV history as the greatest supernatural romance that should have been, but never was :(

Kate
Kate

<3 Eric and Sookie <3 !!!

Strange
Strange

I agree with all the above . Iam and always will be a Eric / Sookie shipper. They deserve to be together . I really hope they do .

Laura D
Laura D

I agree completely I believe this may happen more than anything... Well I really hope this happens ;)

AM
AM

you are 100% correct about Sookie's attraction to Eric is only because Eric tricked Sookie into taking his blood. Only after she had Eric's blood did she have any kind of sexual feelings for him. Do any of you Eric fans remember when Sookie told Bill after she took Eric's blood? She said she was sick to her stomach to think that she had a blood connection to Eric. Sookie had a sex dream about Bill before she had any of his blood, meanwhile, Sookie had a sex dream about Eric only after she had Eric's blood. Just like in the books, Eric does not end up with Sookie, and Eric will not end up with Sookie on True Blood.

iamtrue2bill
iamtrue2bill

Rebecca, I would like to applaud your post, and the reasonable tone you set. Some fans can be rude in their comments, actually spewing hate for Bill, as well as the writers, producers, etc. You simply state your disappointment with some aspects of the s/l, without being vitriolic or whining. I was not happy either with the AE s/l. I'm not a bookie, but it just wasn't satisfying. He was too childish, which made the hook-up with Sookie kind of weird. I enjoy Eric immensely as a character. I don't want him to be different than he was early on. It's the differences between Bill and Eric that make their relationship so dynamic.

chantal
chantal

Amen to that. No chemistry with S/E. And yes, Sookie is too annoying for any dude to want to be tied to her.

Shadaliza
Shadaliza

I don't think they drag it out, Bill and Sookie haven't been together for 2 seasons.

iamtrue2bill
iamtrue2bill

Amanda, I do understand that you prefer Eric and Sookie together. But it's the writers who place characters in their story lines. So it's not a matter of 'believing' whether Bill and Sookie are the center of the show. They are because that's how the show is written.

iamtrue2bill
iamtrue2bill

Lori, if I were a Sookie/Eric shipper, I'm sure I would want to see a more realistic romantic liaison between them. The AE s/l was not satisfying at all. AE was like a little boy, making their sexual hook-up too weird. I don't get their chemistry at all. I know it's all in the eye of the beholder, but it just doesn't work for me. I do love Eric with Nora. For me, they are very well matched, and hot! JMO, I know.

Lori
Lori

I think that will hold true for the first half if the season then Eric/Sookie/Bill will play more in the second half building toward the finale. I also think this Ben has bad designs on Sookie, no way he's going to be this perfect fae bf lol

danielik
danielik

Sookie had a sex dream about Bill after injury from Ratrays and his help...

Rebecca
Rebecca

iamtrue2bill, Thanks for the nice words. Yes, fans get a little rabid about this stuff. We are all at the whim of the writers and I don't think any of the viewers get exactly what they want. Over the past few years I've been disappointed with the over the top handling of the show, but I hope that this season with a new head writer / producer will be different. We shall see... Thanks and take care, Rebecca

aura
aura

What about season 4 "dream" and Sookie crying "because she loves both of them " They're not together but they keep making excuses to pass him as another suitor.

iamtrue2bill
iamtrue2bill

I have to point out that there aren't 'excuses' being given for Bill and Sookie. In fact, as a Bill fan, I've been disappointed over and over that he and Sookie have so many obstacles to their romance. I haven't seen or felt any real chemistry between Eric and Sookie. I've seen some lust, and some maternal emotions when Eric was AE, but not much else. JMHO, I know, but they just don't work for me.