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“Where Were You?” ~ Dead and Gone

“Where were you?” Rage bubbled up in my throat.
“It’s not like you were obliged to come find me,” I said, “but I hoped the whole time – I hope you would come, I prayed you would come, I thought over and over you might hear me…”
“You’re killing me,” he said.
“You’re killing me.”

~Dead and Gone~

Eric’s whereabouts during Sookie’s torture by the fae in Dead and Gone stands as the number one question I (and I’m betting most of you) would like to have answered in Dead in the Family.

All I have to judge Eric on is what I see written on the pages of these books. Eric can be twisty. He can manipulate people and situations to his advantage with an ease that only comes with a thousand years of practice. He is cunning, intelligent, and often self serving. He rarely does anything without more than one motivation. Lest you think I’m about to tear him down, I love these things about him because book by book, he is tearing them down himself. Nine books into this series we have uncovered a vampire who still has all of those character traits – but who is learning through a human woman that even after so long in his skin, it’s still possible to become more than he was without her. This vampire always has Sookie’s back – even when it’s put him in danger, at political disadvantage, or just been an outright pain in the butt. This vampire has taken more bullets for, and been involved in more skirmishes over this woman than I care to recount. This vampire is finding more and more that he is doing things, and feeling things that would have been unthinkable to him before a small town waitress walked into his bar. His story arc has shown him becoming increasingly willing to take big risks for Sookie, even to the point of risking his undead life as his feelings for her have deepened. Whatever else you want to throw at him no one could accuse Eric of apathy, stagnation, disloyalty, or backing down from a fight.

Yet in Dead and Gone while the Fae are engaging in all out war – with his blood bonded, fae descended wife right in the middle of it – Eric is suddenly a no show. Where was he when Sookie was as close to death as she has ever come, and why did he send others to help her?

I thought we might kick around a few theories and see if we can find something that fits. I’m effectively throwing the proverbial at a wall here to see what sticks, so feel free to grab a handful in the comments.

THE BLOOD BOND

The crux of the blood bond theory runs like this: Eric felt Sookie’s torture through the blood bond and was somehow incapacitated by it, unable to come to her rescue.

As I understand the blood bond (and I could well get flamed here since interpretations of the bond and its effects vary wildly), it acts as an emotional conduit – Sookie and Eric can feel eachother’s emotions through the bond. It has been hinted at in the text that the two-way nature of their bond is unusual, and that blood bonds don’t normally see the vampire as affected by the human as Eric seems to have become by Sookie. Certainly in traditional vampire lore, the vampire would usually retain the upper hand over the human. And while we don’t know if Eric has ever fully bonded to a human before Sookie – he makes a couple of comments that indicate some aspects of his bond with her are not what he expected:

“We’re bound a bit too tightly to suit me, Sookie.”
He was visibly tense; I couldn’t remember ever seeing Eric so notably anxious. “I’m here to die right along with you, it seems.” – ATD

“The blood exchange has worked both ways,” he said. “I’ve had the blood of many women. I’ve had almost utter control over them. But they never drank mine. It’s been decades, maybe centuries since I gave any woman my blood. Maybe not since I turned Pam.” – DAG

While the bond is an emotional freeway, it does not conduct physical sensations or pain. Again, this is supported by the text. When Eric and Felipe are accosted by Sigebert outside Merlotte’s (bad juju in that parking lot, I tell you) they are beaten and burned with silver; but Sookie, driving away just before the attack, is not aware of Eric’s physical pain and that’s not the impetus for her to turn her car around and go back to check on him. She notes that she feels anxious, that she is overcome by what is almost a panic attack. She realises that it may be possible that her feelings are Eric’s, decides to trust her gut and returns to Merlotte’s. Interestingly, she points out that is her genuine regard for Eric motivating this decision and she makes a point of telling the reader that these feelings are separate to the blood bond. At no time does she mention feeling the physical effects of his assault and though she does experience some mental fogginess, she still manages to quickly assess the situation, come up with a plan, and dispose of Sigebert single handedly.

Charlaine Harris gave this answer last July to a question on her board about the difference between the sire/child bond and the blood bond:

If Eric were to be staked, Appius and Pam would both feel it, and Sookie would feel his absence emotionally and know he was in pain, though she would not actually experience it”.

And this in May last year:

Q. Can the bond can have an effect from afar? Sookie felt the impact on the road to go to save Eric, but would it be possible that she felt it from Shreveport in Bon Temps?

A. Yes, but not as vividly as when they are closer.

So what’s the point? Well, let’s pull it all together.

  • We know that Sookie does not experience Eric’s physical sensations through the bond – that is supported in the text, and has been confirmed by the author.
  • We know that the blood bond is working both ways, as confirmed by Eric. So if Sookie can’t feel physical sensation, it’s reasonable to assume that Eric can’t either.
  • We know that the intensity of the bond is affected by distance – and we are told in DAG that the shack Sookie was tortured in was in Arkansas. This is some distance from Eric, who was in Shreveport.
  • So if we accept that only Sookie’s emotions were flowing to Eric through the bond, and we accept that the distance between them would have dulled their intensity somewhat – the idea that the blood bond incapacitated Eric starts to come undone.

    Despite being in very close proximity to Eric while he was attacked by Sigebert, Sookie was clearly nowhere near “incapacitated”. So if Eric was hundreds of miles away during her torture, it’s not likely he was incapacitated either. And this is not even taking into account Eric’s age, which should make him harder to keep down than some 26 year old human – telepathic part fairy, or not.

    And then there are the phone calls – one taken from Bill, and at least one more to mobilise Niall. In the context of the blood bond theory, Eric called Niall in because he was physically unable to go to Sookie himself and he assessed Niall to be the only other being with the balls, and the commitment to Sookie to take on the fae successfully. Looking at the way the phone calls went down, that doesn’t pan out either.

    Bill called Eric as soon as he saw the abduction, making Eric aware of what was going down even while Lochlan and Neave were still moving Sookie through the portal. The Things had not started torturing her at this point (recall also that they waited for their spell to wear off so that she was aware). Bill told Eric to “call Niall”. Eric really had no choice but to enlist Niall, knowing that fae had taken Sookie and that he wouldn’t be able to find them without his help, so he wouldn’t have needed to think about this for more than five seconds. Eric’s call to Niall then, was almost certainly made before Sookie was being tortured – and before Eric could be affected by that torture. This makes it unlikely that Eric called Niall to rescue Sookie because he was incapacitated by the bond.

    It seems to me that Eric’s call to Niall was to formulate a plan to get Sookie and enlist his back up, rather than to ask Niall to go in his place. So how did Niall end up rescuing Sookie with Bill? Either something happened after this call that pulled Eric out at the last minute – or else whatever kept him away was actually in play beforehand, and Eric knew immediately upon hearing from Bill that he would not be able to help her.

    While the blood bond has played a huge role in Sookie and Eric’s relationship in the last few books, I feel that this is probably the least likely reason for his absence. It’s a heady romantic notion – that Eric and Sookie are so tightly bonded that Eric could be rendered useless by an attack on her – but I just don’t see support for it in the text.

    So I ain’t buying it.

    NEXT POST: Meet Your Maker

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    80 Responses to ““Where Were You?” ~ Dead and Gone”


    1. 1 MASpencer
      January 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm

      I’m new to this blog… love your posts! And I totally agree with all of your thoughts in this one. Personally, however, I had hoped that the blood bond *would* have something to do with Eric’s absence during Sookie’s torture.

      Here’s how, in my own little perfect world, this unfortunate situation would be explained:

      When Sookie was captured, Eric was taking steps to remove the blood bond on his own, having sensed Sookie’s dubiousness about it– and perhaps even her tendency to dismiss the relationship because of it. (How this removal would be achieved remains unexplained, of course…) At the time that Eric got the call, the bond was already broken (or weakened), thus he was unable to track her any longer.

      Knowing that Bill was the only vampire who *could* track her at this point, Eric sent him with Niall to find her, while he rallied forces at home in the meantime. Ultimately, he’s no longer exchanging blood with Sookie– not because they’re reaching some dangerous “limit” as he told her, but because he doesn’t want the blood bond to be re-formed. (Which would constitute a dangerous limit of its own, really.) Sookie will continue thinking that the bond is responsible for all of her feelings toward him, until– SURPRISE!– she finds out that the blood bond has been broken since her kidnapping. She realizes her feelings are both hers AND real, and they all live happily ever after… unril some other really bad thing happens.

      This, of course, is NOT how things are going to go, I suspect… if only because, having read the next book’s prologue, it would mean that Eric had yet to explain any of this to her several weeks after the event. Of course, it’s always possible that he just (horror of horrors) omitted that part, offering a different (but still valid) excuse for his absence. Or, Ms. Harris actually expects us to buy that the subject hasn’t been raised between the two yet.

      All of these possibiilities seem highly unlikely. And given the supposed theme of the next book, I’m going to say Eric’s evil maker is somehow involved. Which is too bad, really, because I find that a rather tired excuse. We’ve already been there and done that with Lorena. Yawn.

    2. 2 j9
      January 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm

      I think it’s unlikely that the blood bond incapacitated Eric physically, but there is one comment CH made that could lend a little credence to that theory: “No, the blood bond will not work the same way for either partner.” And, it’s interesting that as Eric and Sookie were working together to escape the hotel in Rhodes, “he was concentrating so heavily on keeping himself moving that his strength was pulling on [hers].” That seems like a physical reaction to me. And, yes, distance is an issue . . . but do we know for sure Eric was in Shreveport? Yes, Bill called him, but perhaps he was elsewhere and Bill reached him on his cell phone?

      But enough of playing devil’s advocate. I agree that the blood bond theory is definitely not the best answer. I think I’ll go with Occam’s razor on this . . . and the simplest answer is: Bill was already there. Niall could get there in a matter of minutes via a portal (remember it took Niall and Dillon only five minutes to get there after Sookie killed Murry). Was it worth delaying the rescue–and possibly making it even harder to track Sookie–to wait for Eric to get there? And once they were tracking her through Faery, how would they get word to Eric? And it’s not like Eric could track her himself through Faery. Then, there’s no way of knowing how long Bill and Niall were back in the human world before they found her. It could have been mere minutes, in which case, what would be the point of their trying to contact Eric then? I doubt they contacted him until after they rescued Sookie.

      So what about the blood bond? Bill told Sookie that it was his sense of smell AND Niall’s knowledge of fae magic (not the fae WORLD, but fae MAGIC) that enabled them to find her. Perhaps Neave and Lochlan used magic to obscure their trail through the human world and their destination. If that was the case, Eric may not have been able to find her on his own, even with the blood bond. And though Bill mentioned in DAG that some fairy magic doesn’t work on vampires, in December 2008, when asked if it was crucial to the future storyline that Sookie is susceptible to fairy magic, CH responded “everyone is susceptible to fairy magic.”

      So, even if Eric didn’t have his hands full with the NV vamps or other fairies or Appius or whatever, it’s possible that he was simply unable to locate her. Yes, it’s a simple answer . . . so why wouldn’t Eric have simply told her that, instead of telling her he would explain later, implying it was somehow complicated? Well, because CH is now in love with cliffhangers. I even wonder if she hadn’t decided on the answer yet.

      I also wonder if the time difference between the fae and human worlds was a factor. CH hasn’t explained how the time difference works in the Sookieverse, but doesn’t time typically pass much more quickly in the human world? If that’s the case, Eric may have encountered a lot of problems in the time it took for Sookie to return to the human world, assuming that he was even able to sense her once again.

      But, you know . . . if there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that when (if?) we get an answer in DITF, it will still lack a lot of details.

      Oh, and I love the blog, by the way. 🙂

      • 3 MASpencer
        January 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm

        Lacking in details, indeed. It wouldn’t be the first time. Eric’s explanation of the much-debated curse is a good example of something that just left me scratching my head. It seemed more like an afterthought cooked up to appease curiosity. Really, though, I’d almost rather it had been left alone. The ship had kinda sailed as far as I was concerned.

        In this case, on the other hand, I have to believe that the reason for Eric’s detainment is something that the author had planned ahead of time… that said, I’m still hesitant to overthink it.

        Maybe he was busy playing Yahtzee with Felipe. *eye roll*

        • 4 Mia
          February 1, 2010 at 8:38 am

          I didn’t buy Eric’s explanation of the curse either. It might have made sense if Hallow didn’t spend the rest of book 4 looking for Eric, and instead, went after Eric’s hierarchy i.e. Pam, Clancy, et all until she could get his businesses. Even if Hallow planned to use Eric’s “heart’s desire” as leverage against him, why curse someone that way if you don’t know what the desire is? What if Eric’s “heart’s desire” was to return to his country of origin? And I really never bought that Hallow could think she was Eric’s desire and that he would appear before her.

          Of course the big “reveal” about Sookie’s parents’s deaths seemed contrived to me also.

      • January 29, 2010 at 11:58 pm

        I don’t buy that it was just because Bill was closer. The impression I got was that Bill and Niall travelled through faery – as in Bill was able to go because Niall accompanied him. Bill would’ve taken as long to get there as Eric otherwise, and Bill can’t even fly.

        Niall can “poof” himself around the human world at will – witness his poofing from Sookie’s living room a few chapters before she was taken. No reason he couldn’t “poof” himself to Shreveport and leave via a portal there.

        Fairly sure that Eric was in Shreveport because he’d sent bubba from there the evening before – he had been dead all day, and then Sookie was taken early in following evening (he would have just risen).

        I don’t buy that Eric would trust, or willingly allow Bill to get her unless he had absolutely zero choice. Recalling ATD and the Dr Pepper bomb when he ordered him to stay away – and Bill did.

        Re the faery magic – if Eric can be cursed by a witch I think it’s reasonable to think that vampires can be affected by faery magic, which is much more powerful than human witchcraft.

        • 6 j9
          January 30, 2010 at 1:09 am

          Yes, CH did say that Bill was only able to travel through Faery because he was covered in Niall’s presence. And certainly it’s possible that Niall could have poofed to Shreveport . . . if there were a portal there. And if it hadn’t been blocked off by Breandan. But there’s also the possibility that the Bon Temps portal was the best, most expedient, option. And perhaps it was important to go through the same portal Neave and Lochlan used in order to most effectively track Sookie?

          One of the reasons I thought this scenario was a possibility was that Sookie also made an expedient choice: the decision to call Bill to help her because it would take too long for Eric to get there. The Bill lovers read so much into her calling Bill, when she clearly indicated that it was a practical decision. So, perhaps practicality applies to Eric’s role, too?

          I definitely don’t discount the possibility that Eric was being forced to stay out of it and HAD to rely upon them to go after Sookie, but he’s also practical. And if their best option to save Sookie was for Niall and Bill to go directly after her from Bon Temps, wouldn’t he make that choice?

          • 7 Holby
            February 2, 2010 at 2:54 am

            In several of the books, Sookie comments on Bill’s extraordinary sense of smell. Perhaps Eric is just pragmatic. Bill’s sense of smell, combined with Niall’s knowledge of Fae magic…the choice of Bill as the companion for Niall was a practical one. And, Niall and Eric were able to talk before Bill and Niall were brought together, because Bill called Eric and Eric called Niall. Did Niall send Eric on a parallel mission???

    3. 8 CAT
      January 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm

      Maybe the blood bond didn’t affect Eric, but I don’t buy the theory that he was trying to destroy the blood bond either.

      • 9 Stef
        January 30, 2010 at 5:02 pm

        No, I don’t think he could get rid of the bond even if he wanted to. But, as discussed in previous posts, maybe it’s possible for a witch to break the bond (and maybe Sookie might eventually try and do that).

    4. 10 ellemoe
      January 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm

      Very interesting take on things. I don’t think the Blood Bond had anything to do with it. I like the simple answer best and you’re right, why wouldn’t Eric just tell her that instead of waiting to tell her later? Guess cause the fairies were coming and they had to get ready to fight? How about the simple fact that he just couldn’t do it? Since Appius is supposed to make a showing in DITF could it have been him keeping Eric where he was? But if that was the case why did Eric eventually get to go to Sookie at the hospital? Or, how about the NV vamps keeping him from going. Would he really disobey Felipe to rescue Sookie when he knew Bill was already there and Niall was on his way to aid him? I’m sure Eric felt Sookie’s emotions and could probably feel her “calling” to him but if he was truly able to go to her why would he not have? He can fly to getting to Arkansas wouldn’t have been a problem. When it all comes down to it I think it was something that physically kept him from going to her and that would have been Appius. I think Eric is in love with Sook enough that he would risk himself to save her. Felipe issuing an edict wouldn’t have kept him, shouldn’t have kept him from going to her. Plus, Felipe has her under his protection and wouldn’t allow her to be injured/hurt because he wants to use her ability. I’m going with Appius.

    5. 11 walgigi
      January 29, 2010 at 8:04 pm

      [I think I’ll go with Occam’s razor on this . . . and the simplest answer is: Bill was already there. Niall could get there in a matter of minutes via a portal (remember it took Niall and Dillon only five minutes to get there after Sookie killed Murry). Was it worth delaying the rescue–and possibly making it even harder to track Sookie–to wait for Eric to get there? And once they were tracking her through Faery, how would they get word to Eric? And it’s not like Eric could track her himself through Faery. Then, there’s no way of knowing how long Bill and Niall were back in the human world before they found her. It could have been mere minutes, in which case, what would be the point of their trying to contact Eric then? I doubt they contacted him until after they rescued Sookie.

      So what about the blood bond? Bill told Sookie that it was his sense of smell AND Niall’s knowledge of fae magic (not the fae WORLD, but fae MAGIC) that enabled them to find her. Perhaps Neave and Lochlan used magic to obscure their trail through the human world and their destination. If that was the case, Eric may not have been able to find her on his own, even with the blood bond. And though Bill mentioned in DAG that some fairy magic doesn’t work on vampires, in December 2008, when asked if it was crucial to the future storyline that Sookie is susceptible to fairy magic, CH responded “everyone is susceptible to fairy magic.”

      So, even if Eric didn’t have his hands full with the NV vamps or other fairies or Appius or whatever, it’s possible that he was simply unable to locate her. Yes, it’s a simple answer . . . so why wouldn’t Eric have simply told her that, instead of telling her he would explain later, implying it was somehow complicated? Well, because CH is now in love with cliffhangers. I even wonder if she hadn’t decided on the answer yet.]

      I completely agree with you. I really don’t care why Eric wasn’t there because he isn’t Sookie’s bodyguard, and it is a very unrealistic thought (from her and our part) to expect him to be it, no matter how many times before this incident he put his own life for hers (anyway I understand her saying it on that moment because she was under a shock). And, as you well said, logically it wasn’t worth delaying the rescue awaiting the arrival of Eric and making it more dangerous for Sookie.

    6. 13 KC
      January 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

      Love your blog! Since I’m recently persona non grata on another not-going-to-be-named discussion board, I thought I might start checking in here with other like-minded ladies.

      I’m going to out on a limb here and speculate that the blood bond doesn’t come into Eric’s non-appearance at all. I think Eric made a (high-handed) decision that he couldn’t tell Felipe about Sookie’s Fae heritage without putting her (and himself) into even more danger. IMO Felipe would stop at nothing to get Sookie under his control (like our friend Quinn) if he knew that!

      • January 29, 2010 at 11:48 pm

        Persona non grata are welcome 😉
        And I think you’re onto something with Felipe.

      • 15 Mia
        February 1, 2010 at 8:55 am

        It’s possible too that Eric WAS trying to rally support from Felipe, but that when Felipe realized that this would involve getting in the middle of a fae war, he refused. He may have forbade Eric to help and perhaps Eric disobeyed and is going to be facing repercussions?

        • February 1, 2010 at 10:06 am

          Ding ding ding!

          That is exactly what I’m thinking.

          The conversation just before she was abducted, when Sookie phoned Eric to ask for protection and he wanted her to clarify if she was asking as someone owed a favour by Felipe, or as his wife.

          I think Sookie gave the wrong answer, and I think Eric asked that for a reason.

          • 17 walgigi
            February 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

            Eric could go to Las Vegas to discuss it personally with Felipe, because I always found very odd that he sent Bubba as the “help” requested by Sookie, because Victor was at the bar when Sookie called him. Maybe he decided to go as a way to buy some time while he was trying to find a way to request the help without talking about Sookie’s fae genetics…

            • 18 Kealeagh
              February 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm

              This is sorta leading toward Eric becoming king. But he has said he doesn’t want to be. What do you guys think?

              • 19 VikingLover
                February 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm

                @Kealeagh: I was thinking the same thing but maybe he’s realizing that he doesn’t have a choice. It might be the only way to protect Sookie and himself. Otherwise he will always be vulnerable to FDC (or any other King that may come along. They will always use Sookie as leverage over him and always have the power to take her away/use her at any time.

                I have to say that I’m hoping it doesn’t come to Eric having to become King. That would make me worry about any possible future between him and Sookie.

                • 20 Kealeagh
                  February 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm

                  Well I think if Charlaine does go the King route, it could very well end with him and Sookie breaking up. And you know what, I think I’d be okay with that. I’d PREFER them to be together, but the thought of watching them go through a break-up for whatever other reason (you can’t have babies, you’re a vampire, I cheated on you, the bond, you betrayed me — whatever could POSSIBLY happen) just hurts my heart.

                • February 2, 2010 at 12:15 am

                  I agree. Eric doesn’t want to be King. We all know that.

                  The bottom line is that while Eric is only a sheriff, they are always going to have problems coming from above. We’ve seen how this is going to play out already. First the problem came from Sophie Anne. Sophie Anne died, but problem is NOT solved. Felipe takes SA’s place and they are right back where they started – fending off attempts by those more powerful to use Sookie for their own ends.

                  This is always going to be an issue and I think this is starting to dawn on Eric. There’s been a bit of foreshadowing (Pam – “Eric will never be king unless he can learn to control himself better.”)

                  I see Eric “stepping up” rather than make a calculated power play. I think it was gigi who mentioned he doesn’t have enough vamps to oust FDC. I’m not sure about that either, there is a high concentration of vampires in the NO area and I think they’d side with Eric rather than an outsider if it comes to that. But I’m thinking it’s more likely that FDC will be either killed or removed for unrelated reasons (man has ALOT going on in Vegas by the sounds) and Eric will step into his place, rather than having to take it by force.

                  On the concerns about what this would mean for E/S – I haven’t got time to expound on this too much but in a nutshell:

                  CH has said that what Sookie went through in DAG happened for a reason. That DAG was so dark and awful for a reason.

                  I think that this was a watershed book. I don’t think we’ll see the same Sookie we knew from earlier books ever again. She is changed, and that was the point of DAG. The Sookie who refused Eric’s offer to go to his house and get protection from the fae? I think that Sookie would seriously rethink that decision now. I think she’ll be rethinking alot of things. Not the least of which will be how to survive this game long term. She’s been flying by the seat of her pants, she can’t do that forever. It’s time to put her big girl pants on and start accepting the reality of her situation.

                  I don’t think this Sookie will be quite so opposed to the idea of a “political” Eric.

                  That’s what I’m thinking…today anyway lol.

                  • 22 walgigi
                    February 2, 2010 at 2:32 am

                    Yes, it was me who commented that I always feared that Eric doesn’t have enough “strong” (physical and economical) vampires in Louisiana to backup him, compared to FDC’s sophisticate and powerful “elite” hierarchy of Nevada (Las Vegas). Because maybe there is a high concentration of vampires in the NO area, but we aren’t sure how old and strong are them. Also the vampire state finances were very bad after the hurricane devastation, and from all the sherrifs, Eric was the only one they didn’t kill because his area was the only one they considered productive. That means all other sherrifs were chose by FDC and are loyal to him, and he is also investing and supporting the vampire state of Louisiana with Nevada resources. Oh, I almost forget that he also made a “pararell” position to the sherrifs in each area, and in Area 5 now Sandy Sechrest (the vampire who met with Amelia’s dad) is the new area rep for the King of Louisiana. Somehow seems to me like a very tight and risky situation to to think about a direct confrotation. At least I prefer that Eric will stepping up as you said.

                    Anyway, there are also other elements to consider before or about this, because we really don’t have an idea why is Appius showing up and why he is “towing” Eric’s brother with him… (because we all remember about his maker, but few of us remeber Eric’s brother is coming with him in the same package @@). LOL

                    I really don’t know about Sookie moving with Eric right now (if there are still 4 more books to write… lol) and she is also so uncomfortable with the BB right now, that I think she’ll be focused on breaking it to convince herself about her feelings. As determined and stubborn as she is, I don’t see her moving with him until she resolves her doubts without the BB… (*roll eyes*).

                    • February 2, 2010 at 2:41 am

                      Oh no, I don’t mean that she’d move in with him now. Just that if she had her time over and had to make the same decision she made in DAG – she might make a different choice.

                      I agree with you on the whole political situation – I think stepping up is definitely more likely than a grab for power. If E/S are the HEA, I really can’t see any way around it. They will never be left alone otherwise.

                • 24 VampirePamsGirl
                  February 2, 2010 at 4:41 am

                  One major problem I see with Eric becoming a King is that that vulnerability would still be there. Even amongst the rulers of the different kingdoms in vampire hiearchy, there are always power plays taking place and alliances needing to be formed.

                  I mean, he wouldn’t have to be worried about his king or queen ordering him to do something, but he’d still have to be worried about other kings and queens trying to oust him. Look what happened to Sophie Anne, look what happened to Peter Threadgill. I’m sure that Eric as king of LA or NV/LA would definitely become a big target for other rulers, as would his own little telepath.

                  I’m not saying that it wouldn’t solve some problems, but it would also pose some new problems to be overcome as well, which I’m sure is what has you worried about that route as well VL.

                  But (yes another but here) I don’t see anyway for Sookie to get out of being involved in vampire affairs either, regardless of whether she severs all ties with Eric or not. They know about her and her power and they are going to want to exploit that. Having a very high ranking protector/husband could be beneficial for Sook in the long run.

            • 25 Holby
              February 2, 2010 at 9:44 pm

              I was just perusing this part of the book again, too. Perhaps, as SVB says, she gave the wrong answer and Felipe (or Victor) only approved Bubba because they acknowledge the debt owed to Sookie, but never guaranteed the quality of the assistance. Sending Bubba was meeting the minimum requirement of protection without any real commitment of personnel.

              BTW, any thoughts on why Sookie kept feeling waves of dizziness, disorientation and nausea after she called Eric? Like SVB said, CH claims the text isn’t random, so I think it must have some significance that she spent so much time describing the feeling. Could this be related to why Eric was unable to come? Was she feeling something FROM Eric? He’s got Victor there (wherever he is) and it was AFTER Sookie spoke to him…

          • 26 MASpencer
            February 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm

            I was thinking this as I read, also… which would turn his “You’re killing me” statement into a double entendre, conveying a very literal threat of death via Felipe.

            Only one of many possibilities, though.

          • 28 Holby
            February 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm

            I was just reviewing this part of the story. I think you are on to something about the answer that Sookie gave. Since it is a debt payment, Felipe (or Victor) would feel that they just need to make minimal effort without actually sacrificing any important personnel, hence the decision to send Bubba.

            BTW, any thoughts on this. You said before that CH maintains that if she has written details, they are pertinent. Sookie experienced severe waves of dizziness, disorientation and nausea twice while working…after she called Eric. Could she be experiencing this FROM Eric, via the bond? Could it be something that may have kept Eric from responding? He was with Victor (wherever they may be, since they spoke via cell phone).
            Thoughts?

            • 29 Holby
              February 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm

              My apologies to you all for this sentiment getting posted twice. Apparently I don’t know what I am doing with this interweb typing device! I actually got an error message so reposted. Sorry.

            • 30 Maria
              February 3, 2010 at 1:45 am

              Good point! I was wondering what was going on with those dizzy spells.

    7. 31 Cara_Dawn
      January 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm

      I am truly hoping that there’s some deep, interesting reason for Eric’s absence that will enlighten us even more in to the urban vampire world that CH has created. But some of the details in the books seem thrown together and inconsistant, so I always see these cliff-hangers as an indicator that perhaps even CH isn’t entirely sure where she’s taking the story. I will happily gobble up the next book nonetheless!

    8. 32 Pogonip
      January 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm

      There’s nothing in the advance “peek” posted on CH’s site that addresses this one way or another. It’s also not the “first chapter” that is posted. I’ll guess that the matter has already been addressed by Eric to Sookie by the time we get the “peek” and that when the book comes out, all questions will be laid to rest.

      There is that time factor, isn’t there? By tradition, spending the night in Faery might result in returning to the mundane world 20 years later. Another time factor is that vampires are no good between dawn and dusk – or nightfall, actually. This could really interfere with Eric’s efforts on Sookie’s behalf. He could be caught far from shelter at the wrong time of day. One’s rescuers need to be alive in order to be of any good.

      • 33 Kealeagh
        January 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm

        Yeah, the time difference from Dead and Gone and Dead in the Family puzzles me. There is so much we (and Sookie) need to know after the fairy war, but it seems like the skip ahead in time means Eric already explained it to Sookie or for some reason Sookie forgot to ask Eric about it again. Either way, it’s sort of cheating the reader (and Sookie).

    9. 34 ML
      January 29, 2010 at 9:54 pm

      I think it was just that Bill and Niall could get there faster to save her. Also to consider is Eric saying “You are killing me” and Pam saying that Eric will live on in Sookie. Maybe Eric is dying and wasn’t strong enough to track her and save her. I would love for Sookie to end up with Eric was that doesn’t logically make sense because Eric never ages and Sookie will (hopefully) grow old and die.

    10. 35 stephernutter
      January 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm

      I agree with a lot of the points that have already been made. I don’t think that the blood bond incapacitated Eric and that’s why he wasn’t there…although I do think that he somehow helped give her strength through the bond and took some of the pain away. Pain isn’t just physical, there is emotional pain and trauma in a situation like that and I can see the blood bond playing a factor in it that way.

      I do think that the fact that we’re going to be introduced to Appius points to there being some sort of connection to why he wasn’t able to rescue her, but it doesn’t make sense that he was able to get to the hospital if Appius forced him to stay in Shreveport (or wherever) when Sookie was taken.

      Perhaps the “you’re killing me” comment is in direct reference to the fact that Eric wasn’t the best person to find her and that Bill was? He hates to admit that there might be something that Bill is better at doing for Sookie?

      In summary, I guess I really just have no idea. Hopefully CH gives us a good explanation. I’m definately confused as to why so much time has passed in the preview and why none of this has been resolved.

    11. 36 Holby
      January 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm

      I agree that the BB is probably not the issue. Here are my observations after reading ya’lls posts. Honestly, I so enjoy not only Sookieverse’s comments but the intelligence of each of the other contributors. You guys are great!

      -There is definitely tension between Niall and Eric. Niall mentions that he has used Eric’s services in the past. It seems to me that it is implied that Niall and Eric have known each other much longer than their American history. From the very beginning, Eric is conflicted about introducing Sookie to Niall, and yet he is compelled to do so. What power does Niall have over Eric??? If Niall is able to “use” Eric, is there a relationship there that might have given Niall leave to try to keep the vampire that seems to have the greatest hold over his great-grandaughter away? Eric would not immediately want to tell Sookie that because we know that he tries to protect her from news that demonstrates betrayal and causes her pain. The hostility of the dialogue between Niall and Eric after Eric’s crew clearly just saved Sookie is interesting, and Eric’s determined statement that Sookie is his and his alone.

      -He states that he is able to give her blood because he “fed well before coming.” In CD, when Bill and Eric wipe out the invading Weres, Eric says, “It’s been a long time since I’ve had real blood in quantity.” Makes me wonder what (or who) he fed well on! Could he have been under siege as well? Thing one and thing two openly comment on her relationship with vampires, so it is known.

      – Clancy is dead and “lives on in Bill.” Why would Pam remark that Eric lives on in Sookie? Did he make a choice that could potentially cost him his afterlife by going to Sookie’s aid?

      -As for chapter 1 of DITF being after the event. Can’t be too far after if Tray hasn’t even been buried yet. Never underestimiate Sookie’s ability to FAIL to ask important questions and get clarification about critical inconsistencies. (I think she is an enabler for CH!! ;-))

      • 37 walgigi
        January 30, 2010 at 5:32 am

        [-There is definitely tension between Niall and Eric. Niall mentions that he has used Eric’s services in the past. It seems to me that it is implied that Niall and Eric have known each other much longer than their American history. From the very beginning, Eric is conflicted about introducing Sookie to Niall, and yet he is compelled to do so. What power does Niall have over Eric??? If Niall is able to “use” Eric, is there a relationship there that might have given Niall leave to try to keep the vampire that seems to have the greatest hold over his great-grandaughter away? Eric would not immediately want to tell Sookie that because we know that he tries to protect her from news that demonstrates betrayal and causes her pain. The hostility of the dialogue between Niall and Eric after Eric’s crew clearly just saved Sookie is interesting, and Eric’s determined statement that Sookie is his and his alone.]

        I have a completely different point of view about this.

        Why would a fairy prince (who doesn’t even wanted to meet his great-grandson Jason because he doesn’t trust him) would trust a vampire on anything??? Moreso, why to trust a thousand y/o vampire Sheriff (that could become one of his most dangerous adversaries) with something as important and sensitive to him as the first meeting with his great-granddaughter? Don’t you think that before he wanted to meet Sookie he didn’t investigate her enough to know she had a relationship with Bill and he is her neighbor (remember Claudine and Claude?)… and that she is Eric’s “Achilles heel” and he saved her life several times risking his own? Why didn’t he ask Bill? He could even meet her without calling Eric, because he let her saw him after the Bellefleur’s wedding.

        The fact that he contacted Eric to met her through him means that even when he as a vampire is a risk to his life and a potential enemy, he also respects the vampire he was dealing with and knows his ethical conduct, his code of honor and trust his word. And that is for one of two reasons: or Niall is an incredible naive fae (which I highly doubt) or he knows about Eric enough to make a judgment of his character, to trust him regarding Sookie’s matters. And likewise, Eric also knows him enough and trust him regarding Sookie.

        In FDTW, when Sookie were at her first meeting with Niall, he told her he knew him from a long time and he also knew they are much more than friends:

        [–“You have a man? Besides the vampire?”–

        –“I have known Eric Northman for a long time. I thought you would come if he asked you to. Did I do wrong?”
        I was startled at this appeal. “No, sir,” I said. “I don’t think I’d have come if he hadn’t told me it was okay. He wouldn’t have brought me if he hadn’t trusted you…. At least, I don’t think so.”–]

        I also want you to notice the detail that he referred to Eric there as “the vampire”.

        In DAG, the moment after the fighting with Breandan ended, and before Niall told her “The vampire is not a bad man, and he loves you” we found some subtle but very important details:

        [–Some of my cuts had reopened, and the scent of the blood and the reek of fairy lured Eric, pumped full of the excitement of battle. Before Niall could reach me, Eric was on his knees beside me, licking the blood from a slice on my cheek. I didn’t mind; he’d given me his. He was recycling.
        “Off her, vampire,” said my great-grandfather in a very soft voice.–]

        [–My great-grandfather sat back on his heels and looked at me. “You need to go home,” he said.–]

        [–“Fairy, I leave cleaning this place to you,” Eric said. “Your great-granddaughter is my woman, mine and mine alone. I’ll take her to her home.”
        Niall glared at Eric. “Not all the bodies are fae,” Niall said with a pointed glance at Clancy. “And what must we do with that one?” He jerked his head toward Tray.–]

        Notice here that even when Nial couldn’t reach Sookie first and Eric was licking her blood, he wasn’t harsh or rude with him, but told him “in a very soft voice” to got off her. Another important detail was that after Niall suggested Sookie needed to go home, he made no argument when Eric made clear that she was his woman and it was his responsability to take her home. He took it in a very normal way as if it was the most natural thing Eric could do. He only cared for the bodies that weren’t fae. I really think Eric was just answering Niall that it was his responsability to take care of her, and with the “mine and mine alone” words he was stating to Sookie and to himself that their relationship had gone to a much more committed and exclusive status. Moreover, if there was some sort of hostility between them, then it wouldn’t make sense that after that event Niall had told Sookie, before leaving, “The vampire is not a bad man, and he loves you”.

        • 38 Stef
          January 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

          To address further the comment “The vampire is not a bad man, and he loves you”.-
          -This comment has plagued me (and I’m sure a lot of you) for some time now. I think it has a lot to do with the reasons that Eric may have been detained, and therefore unable to come to Sookie’s rescue. I do believe that Niall, and even Bill, knows what happened to Eric. And the possibility of Appius being a part of this detainment is in the forefront in my opinion. IMO, I think that Appius must have called to Eric for his help (maybe because he was in danger, etc). And as we all know by now, the maker “calling on” the child is a thing that cannot be disobeyed for any reason. I think it will be addressed in DITF. If Niall knows of this when making the infamous comment “the vampire is not a bad man, and he loves you”–I believe that he knows Sookie may harbor animosity towards Eric eventually for finding out that he went to Appius instead of saving her. We already know how she took it when Bill was found to have gone back to Lorena. It would seem like another betrayal to Sookie. And although most of us Viking wenches believe that Eric must have had his reasons and would not have outright betrayed Sookie the way that Bill had–it still would be a deja-vu in Sookieverse. I do think that Eric delayed in telling her–and that may have been a good thing (even if Sookie doesn’t eventually come to believe it to be a good thing) considering the skirmish that followed in the hospital. The skirmish would have been more disastrous if Sookie had found out Eric’s reasoning for not coming to her rescue. Sookie would have felt probably less willing to stand and fight, and possibly would have risked herself (and even Eric) more if she knew the truth at that point in time. She was already broken-down, and would have probably just given up. And we all know Eric loves her enough now to know how she works and how she would react, and he may have spared more lives (including his own) in the process. So…IMO the truth will come out…yes, it may hurt Sookie…again…but Niall’s comment may in fact end up saving her and Eric’s relationship in the long run.

          • 39 Mia
            February 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

            “The vampire is not a bad man, and he loves you.” I do agree that this is a reference to Eric. Bill has declared his love to and for Sookie time and time again. In DAG, he almost dies protecting her so by his actions, he has proven that he loves her. Eric’s emotions are the only ones that can be suspect to her because of his absence and her fear that the blood bond is allowing her emotions to be manipulated although they had feelings for each other before the bond was ever forged.

            While I think Bill loves Sookie, I really don’t think Sookie loves him in that way any longer. There have been several instances when she’s happy for Bill to be present simply because she finds his presence comforting, which suggests romantic indifference and a lack of sexual tension.

            The one thing that bothers me about the Appius theory is how Eric could rise to be sheriff if at any time his maker could control him or make him abandon his post. How would Sophie Anne have been able to trust him or any of her sheriffs if this was a possibility? I asked the question about makers and vampire hierarchy on the CH site a long while ago and never got an answer.

            • 40 Ashley
              March 29, 2010 at 3:52 am

              Yes “the vampire is not a bad man, and he loves you.” IMO is talking about Eric. Nial called Eric “the vampire” more than once. once was listed above when he says “you have a man? Besides the vampire..” and another time, when Sookie is asking him why he contacted her through Eric, i think their conversation in Merlottes. If im not mistaken, there he refers to him as “the vampire” as well. I dont think he was talking about Bill because he wouldnt have called Bill “the vampire”. He had never met Bill before that night they saved Sookie. So i dont think he would have addressed him as “the vampire” as he had done with Eric twice before.

          • 41 T.Rece
            February 18, 2010 at 1:39 am

            Stef,
            I was so happy to see that someone saw a link between Niall’s parting words and the reason why Eric was absent in the initial rescue. However, I went a little futher in my explaination to myself. I have always felt that Niall was part of the reason why Eric didn’t come. Since both Niall and Eric are both described as being high-handed and Eric 1st alerted Niall of the kidnapping, I always felt that for whatever reason Eric’s actions regarding Sookie’s safe return compelled Niall to leave her with that rather cryptic “blessing.” I have no doubt that “the vampire” is Eric. I also believe the main reason Bill went with Niall and not Eric was stratigic (Bill was there, sense of smell, FDC, etc.)and to some degree a genuine expression of Eric’s TRUE love for Sookie. We don’t know what went down between Niall and Eric but I’m gonna assume that Bill was the LAST person Eric would want to give that honor to. I’m also going to speculate that Niall knew that. If you put that together with Eric’s actions post-rescue in the hospital (something that he was obviously–atleast from Clancy–taking heat for) I think Niall finally gathered the evidence he needed to confidently speak of “the vampire” when he did…when he knew that Sookie would be vulnerable…and in need of reassurance. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that Eric was “the vampire” and I think the fact that Sookie is “in a relationship” with him in DITF supports her coming to realise that.

            So, yes I think his words are connected. I think that Niall made the high handed decision for Eric, I think Eric knowingly sacrificed his pride and potentially his relationship with Sookie–provided she would be upset that HE did not come for her–because that plan would BEST ensure Sookie’s welfare. Given how high-handed Eric is, the strong bond–he felt her torture emotionally, and his genuine affection for Sookie, I would think giving in like that, to Bill Compton of all men, must have been excrutiating. I believe his guilt and the “you’re killing me” comment are directly related to that “choice”. He could be second guessing himself for allowing someone else to make the final decision, perhaps the decision was not agreed upon easily and therefore could have resulted in a delay in her rescue.

            Sookie is a stubborn, childish, fool sometimes (sorry if I offend) and Eric knows better than anyone how volitile her reactions can be when sprung upon. I’m sure had the circumstances been better–and another attack hadn’t been an imminent threat–Eric would have loved to explain why he couldn’t rescue her–he told her she would “understand” and I trust that she will. I’m also sure he would have liked to have elaborated on how he would have let Bill Compton rot had she been irreparable.

            My one hope out of Niall’s words is that Sookie reflect on what it means to truly love someone. May she finally understand that for every “knight in shining armor” there is a “patient, unsung hero” who at the very least doesn’t deserve to be falsely accused of caring less…that perhaps declaring that you will die for someone is not as romantic as it seems and that doing so does not PROVE it true–or erase the multitude of lies/betrayals provoking such declarations…that we love who we love without reason and to deny such a feeling is, in the end, just denying our own happiness. For peets sake, can Sookie just stumble upon that damn bullet she stashed from LDID (which is in her nightstand according to CH, btw) and put it all together for once and for all?

            • February 18, 2010 at 1:54 am

              I think I LOVE YOU.

              Amazing. I love how you tied Niall and Bill’s rescue, Eric’s absence, what N said about Bill, and Niall’s words at the end of DAG together like that. I think you just converted me to your theory.

              Re the bullet – I have every hope that Sookie is going dig that thing out one day, and realise that her feelings for him were there before she ever had his blood, before that curse, and before the blood bond. Why else would CH have her keep it?

              Oh I harp on here all the time about how actions speak louder than words, and dying for someone isn’t romantic at all…it’s just tragic. So totally on board with you there 🙂

              • 43 T.Rece
                February 18, 2010 at 4:50 am

                Haha…I loved you immeadiately after reading your piece on Bill vs Eric-sexual persuasion. So, the feeling is mutual!

                And, I am so glad to hear I have converted someone w/ my theory. When I looked at Niall’s words in context the first impression I got was that it was his blessing. I mean what other purpose would he have for saying it at all. Those are his parting words–clearly significant to him–and while he had previously acknowledged Eric as an acquaintance the only thing that further connected them was Sookie. Maybe I’m crazy but his interaction with Eric after the rescue seemed altered, subdued, as if he opinion of him changed?

                Niall filled a certain fatherly role in Sookie’s life, one that she was so desperate to have, and I think his words spoke true to that. I always felt that Niall-Eric had somewhat of a father-son in law type of relationship. They respected each other and therefore embraced their respective roles in Sookie’s life, as best they could (their private correspondace shows this). But, under that exterior I think they both (as one would expect) struggled, wanting to be the one that Sookie relied on. Closing off the Fae world was essentially ceasing his existance. So who would any father (or anyone who truly cared) relinquish their loved one to? The man he respects..the man he knows he CAN trust. There is no way anyone is going to convince me that my father would so much as humor the idea of leaving me with a man that had raped and betrayed me on more than one level…I don’t care how many times he was willing to die for me. In fact, most would probably want to do the deed themselves! Bills willingness to protect Sookie to the death was most likely nothing more than convenient for Niall (he’s not at all romantic like his great grand daughter). Plus, Sookie was under official protection (which I’m assuming would include Bill). I often wondered if Niall even registered that Bill was acting on more than just orders. Anywho,after thinking of it like that everything else just sort of fell into place in my head.

                I agree that the blood bond-incapacitating theory is not practical…and personally I don’t think Sookie would forgive Eric if the reasoning involved Ocella, due to the nature of Bill’s previous liason with Lorena. I think the same would have to be said for FDC–basically Sookie would balk at any explanation that did not put her FIRST in Eric’s eyes. It would only cement Quinn’s warning. So, I have to believe that Niall was responsible and thus felt compelled to “set the record straight”, and that Eric not being there was putting her safety–her being–her soul–first. I want to prove that blasted Quinn wrong! To be honest I think it will “kill me” if CH doesn’t reckognize that.

                • 44 Ashley
                  March 29, 2010 at 4:02 am

                  Are you a writer…you have a way with words…and i agree with you 100%. Niall was giving Sookie and Eric his blessing, why else would he have said it? You are so right nothing else makes sense. And Eric passed Nialls inspection because of his actions during the faery war…he saw he could capably protect her and that he loved her, and thats one of the reasons why he was confident he could leave for good. He knew Sookie was in good hands.

            • 45 walgigi
              February 18, 2010 at 2:59 am

              [My one hope out of Niall’s words is that Sookie reflect on what it means to truly love someone. May she finally understand that for every “knight in shining armor” there is a “patient, unsung hero” who at the very least doesn’t deserve to be falsely accused of caring less…that perhaps declaring that you will die for someone is not as romantic as it seems and that doing so does not PROVE it true–or erase the multitude of lies/betrayals provoking such declarations…that we love who we love without reason and to deny such a feeling is, in the end, just denying our own happiness.]

              I completely agree with you in all, but especially about this words. Sookie’s lack of love during her childhood (besides her Gran love) didn’t allow her to know what love really means. Until now she didn’t knew, but now it’s time for her to mature and realize that love is much more that romantics notions from Harlequim novels. That’s why she needs the BB to be removed. Sookie needs to understand her own feelings without confusing her with Eric’s. That’s the only way she is going to convince herself that her feelings for him are true. This is the moment for her to stop making excuses and be sabotaging her feelings. And I really hope she can.

              • 46 Holby
                February 18, 2010 at 3:23 am

                YES! And again, Sookie is so quick to recognize that the desperation and anger that she feels through the bond is Eric’s but never seems to recognize that the “overwhelming happiness” might be coming from Eric, too and that he may be just overjoyed to be in HER presence! Can someone shake her, please?

              • 47 T.Rece
                February 18, 2010 at 5:00 am

                A part of me wants the BB broken as well. But then a part of me doesn’t. I’m completely torn on that subject. I would much rather Eric have to eliminate Ocella, which would hopefully prove to Sookie that Eric is DIFFERENT than Bill. Or my theory on Eric’s absence would pan out and Sookie already realizes Eric loves her and ends up killing Ocella herself (blood bond or no blood bond). She does have a rather murky track record with “exes” lol. Plus her reaction to kill Ocella could trigger her true feelings for Eric. Maybe the two (BB and Ocella’s return) could be related. It would be interesting to see how she would react to the idea of Eric’s final death without the BB…

                • 48 Holby
                  February 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm

                  Your idea of Sookie’s fatality to exes is great in regards to Ocella…considering her response to Eric’s tales of his turning and how Ocella showed him “how to get to know him.” She was really disturbed by the fact that Eric couldn’t get away from him, either and was compelled to do what he asked.
                  Perhaps this same issue is the root of Eric’s reputation for not requiring those Vamps who work for him to engage in sex unless they are willing??? (A sensitivity in Eric?)

                • 49 Ashley
                  March 29, 2010 at 4:08 am

                  Even Quinn realizes that Sookies feelings for him arent just the blood bond…his conversation with her after hes shot with the arrow, he suggests killing Eric to get him out of the way (a**hole) and then Sookie says that it feels like someone was stabbing her through the heart thinking about Eric dying (or something like that i dont remember the exact words). Quinn can see it goes beyond the blood bond, and he hasnt even known her that long.

            • 50 VikingLover
              February 18, 2010 at 3:45 am

              T.Rece, you complete me. 🙂 Loved your theory and your words. Very beautifully said.

            • 51 Stef
              February 18, 2010 at 5:38 am

              T.Rece…you nailed it on the head! Excellent theories! You, like pretty much everyone who comments on this blog, should contribute in the writing of the rest of this series! I sure hope CH doesn’t let us down. I’m dying to see what she’s done w/ DITF. Is May here yet?? 😦

        • 52 VikingLover
          January 30, 2010 at 6:58 pm

          I agree 100% with everything you said. You’re so right. Also, Eric telling Niall “This is my woman, mine and mine alone” further illustrates that Niall was speaking of Eric when he said “the vampire is not a bad man, and he loves you”. As you said, Eric had basically told Niall that he and Sookie were in an exclusive relationship so therefore Niall’s statement could only be attributed to Eric. It wouldn’t make sense for him to be speaking of Bill after such an exchange. It would just make sense that Niall would assume Sookie would understand who he meant considering everything that happened before (everything you said Walgig – Niall seeking Eric out, Eric telling him they’re in an exclusive relationship, etc.) That Sookie! She just loooove being in a state of denial! 🙂

          I also think this explains why CH has said that she will never elaborate, in any of the upcoming books, which vampire Niall was referring to. She probably thinks (and I tend to agree) that it’s pretty darn clear.

          By the way, I always enjoy your posts Walgigi. 🙂

          • 53 VikingLover
            January 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm

            Oooops, my post above was meant for Walgigi. Steph, I loved your post but somehow my comment was moved below yours. LOL.

        • 54 VampirePamsGirl
          January 31, 2010 at 3:30 am

          Gigi, you are very much like SVB in that you make me so jealous that you take all the things I think and word them so much better than me, lol.

          All that you said here is exactly why I feel there is no doubt that Niall was talking about Eric with that parting line. Sometimes I’m not even sure there would have been a debate about it at all if the ever oblivious Sookie had not questioned the statement after he said it.

          • 55 Ashley
            March 29, 2010 at 4:10 am

            your are so right…Sookie is the cause of all the debate because she cant get anything through her head.

    12. 56 liz
      January 30, 2010 at 1:56 am

      LOL Holby, Sookie the enabler, too true.

      I agree with everyone who commented about Eric protecting Sookie’s heritage from Phillipe, we know Eric sent Bubba when Sookie asked Eric for Philipes protection. I dont think he would have done that if he could have been there himself, so it would make sense if Eric was engaged in a battle, or other situation he couldnt have gotten out of involving Phillipe, fae, daddy, or all of the above?
      I wouldnt be surprised if Eric has already explained what happened off page, but it didnt come up in DITF yet simply because Sookie hasnt thougt of it yet, or we havent seen Eric and her in a scene yet. Not sure of the timeline too, Is the short stoy in Deaths Exellent Vacation suppose to be squished in there too?
      I am still upset with Sookie for not accepting Erics invitation to stay with him, wtf?

    13. 57 VampirePamsGirl
      January 30, 2010 at 2:16 am

      Okay, firstly, SVB I just want to say that sometimes I kinda hate you, lol. Just kidding, lol, but that first part of this post. I’m reading it and once again I was struck by how you take everything that I am thinking and say it so much more eloquently than I ever could. What you said about Eric’s growth through the series is exactly how I’ve seen it as well.

      And I love the intelligent debate between the other posters as to Eric’s whereabouts at the end of Dead and Gone. There have been so many good points made by all of you. Personally, I also think that the reason he wasn’t there probably does have something to do with Felipe or with Appius. I honestly feel like whatever kept him from being there was a damn good reason though. I mean just look at the quoted lines at the beginning of this post. So while I do want to know, I am honestly not really worried about it because I trust the Viking, lol.

      Also on the subject of Pam telling Eric that he lives on in Sookie and that possibly meaning his life is in danger, I thought that as well when I first read it. While I do think that he definitely may have endangered his life in some way, I checked several times (after having a small panic attack at the thought of Eric getting killed) on CH’s website and she has said before that Eric will not die in the series.

    14. 58 Maria
      January 30, 2010 at 5:14 am

      I’m been following the blog and wanted to say “hi” to everyone and let you guys know that I really enjoy it. In response to the post, I have to say at first I thought it was the emotional toll of the blood bond that kept Eric from effectively coming to Sookie’s rescue. I think he did add some strength to for her to endure. After reading all your guys’ great ideas, I agree that it must be something in the vampire world, or hierarchy that prevented him. I hope we’ll find out in the next book.

      I was wondering about Pam telling Eric he would live on in Sookie as well. I thought that was a strange comment…

      Also, I thought that Sookie should known which vampire Niall was talking about at the end of DAG. He always referred to Eric as the “vampire.” Plus Bill has told Sookie many times before that he loved her, which I think he does despite his mission. Eric has never said it and Sookie stopped him from telling her how he felt about her; she thought she would not like the answer. I was on another forum and people were actually debating pretty hotly over it; a lot of people thought he was talking about Bill. I thought Harris just put that in for the TB fans.

    15. 59 Dan
      January 30, 2010 at 6:18 am

      It’s been awhile since I have had a chance to digest my favorite blog.  This topic is of high emotion and concern for many of us.  But come May 5th, I doubt we will be concerned by it.   The best any of us can do is speculate based on the what’s written and our intuition.  What I think: Blood Bond or not, Eric suffered greatly that he could not be in hot persuit.  The reason he could not, in addition to the additional distance he had to cover, is that these Fay assasins prepared for the abduction.  I suspect they targeted Eric in advance to slow him down.   Claudine had been ambushed by a couple of fae, including some Brownies before she drew Sookie guard duty during daylight hours.  I suspect Eric had to kill some fairies during the abduction.   I don’t think the Nevada vamps or even Appius could have stopped Eric from the rage inside him.  I know about the maker compulsion, but Eric is very old.  And we don’t know anything about Appius in modern times.  Would he even try to stand in the way? Certainly he comes to America after 
      Bill’s database reached Europe.   But we have no reason to think he would stand in Eric’s way.  Besides, I think he has yet to arrive.  Appius may be an asset for Eric against FDC.  Who knows?

      The DITF chapter we read confirms Sookie and Eric’s mutual love.  I am sure  Eric has already explained and she understands.  If his reason were not damn good, I think chapter one would have mentioned at least one word about Bill and his grave condition.  Sookie is more concerned about her future with Eric, wanting to regain the confidence that will allow her to loose herself in the bedroom, worrying about growing old as he remains the same.   Eric’s wherabouts that nigt in DAG is not important to Sookie anymore. 

      • 60 walgigi
        January 30, 2010 at 7:03 am

        [The reason he could not, in addition to the additional distance he had to cover, is that these Fay assasins prepared for the abduction. I suspect they targeted Eric in advance to slow him down. Claudine had been ambushed by a couple of fae, including some Brownies before she drew Sookie guard duty during daylight hours. I suspect Eric had to kill some fairies during the abduction.]

        I agree completely with you, and that’s the reason Eric said that he was able to give blood to Sookie because he “fed well before coming.” He fed gourmet fairy blood LOL.

        [Appius may be an asset for Eric against FDC. Who knows?]

        I always think that could be a possibility…

      • 61 VampirePamsGirl
        January 31, 2010 at 3:25 am

        Dan, that’s a great point about them sending someone to ambush Eric beforehand as they did to Claudine. I’m sure that since Niall knew of Eric’s connection to Sookie, other fae would have known of it as well.

        Everytime I turn around here I find another great theory, lol. 😉

    16. 62 Holby
      January 30, 2010 at 6:50 am

      Walgigi – I appreciate your insights. I agree, after reading your post, that there is a mutual respect between Niall and Eric (Eric would kill him first if there was a war because he sees him as being as formidable as Eric is himself). I just keep getting a weird feeling that there is something not quite right with Niall, he kinda gives me the creeps.

      • 63 Kealeagh
        January 30, 2010 at 9:46 pm

        Have we seen the end of Niall? Charlaine said the fairy storyline is closed and yet Claude is still snooping around and there are a lot of unanswered questions about the fairy Prince of Clouds or whatever.

    17. 64 JBdRone
      February 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

      I have really enjoyed reading this blog!

      I was so torn after reading book 9 I had so many questions but one thing that keeps coming up for me is when Eric said in DTTW (love this one): “We could go back,” “We could go back to your house. I can stay with you always. We can know each other’s bodies in every way, night after night. I could love you.” “I could work. You would not be poor. I would help you.” WOW!

      Now I know it wouldn’t be feasible for Eric to leave it all behind for her but I wonder if she asked would he even consider now – it was Quinn who pointed out that she never made demands of Eric’s time or anyone else. Will that be her litmus test?

      And why didn’t Quinn call instead of driving all that way only to get his butt kicked and sent packing?

      And for the record, I don’t think Sookie is in love with Eric – she “loves” him but she doesn’t seem “in love” (I know, boo!). But even when she was faced with gentle, simple amnesic Eric she still wasn’t sure if she loved him – but instead she said she felt “something” for him. I think sadly the only one she loves is Bill (tragic).

      Another thought – is it possible that the only reason Eric didn’t go on the search and rescue with Bill and Niall is that the fairy smell was too intoxicating for him. I know its simplistic but what strikes me is when Claudine says: “Here comes trouble and Eric.” And then she walks along the wall and dodges out before they are in the same room together. Maybe he can’t control himself. We also see how he dashes over the Sookie after the in-room battle to lick her face (gross). Its almost like it affects him more than Bill.

      Thanks,

      • 65 Kealeagh
        February 2, 2010 at 10:58 pm

        If anyone has control issues, it’s Bill. He’s proven it time and time again. Sookieverseblog makes an excellent point of this in her previous blogs on the Eric vs Bill’s sexual tendencies.

        I’m also curious as to why you think she loved Bill more than Eric? Bill did a lot more than Eric to lose her trust and to lose her love – maybe she loves him but there has been some serious mention and a point to get across through the last few books now that she is no longer in love with Bill.

        I’d like to know your view in a bit more detail. 😀

        • 66 JBdRone
          February 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm

          Glad to see my post is back up, thanks.

          Kealeagh — I feel that the first love bond is strong and even though Bill has betrayed Sookie over and over she’s still stuck on what she first felt for Bill. I feel that once she sees how sick he is after trying to save her from those who tortured her, he will once again gain a warm spot in her heart. It will remind her of simpler times. Of course, for me all of this is tragic and I hope that CH will find some last way for Bill to betray her once again and thus put the last nail in his coffin.
          Of course all of this is just my opinion based on my own experiences with the first love bond.

          • 67 Ashley
            March 29, 2010 at 4:25 am

            i dont think Sookies in love with Bill…in book 4 Sookie doesnt know if she love Eric, but that was before a lot of other things happened as well…and she also didnt want to take advantage of the fact that he had amnesia, in fact she actually wanted the old Eric back, because amnesia Eric was missing the personality she had grown so fond of. Even when Sookie was with Bill, she questions whether or not shes in love with him, in both Book 2 and 3. She says she doesnt know if shes in love with Bill. I think its book 3, after she kisses sam. He says “Youre in love with Bill” and she thinks that she doesnt know if she is, but says yes for simplicity. I think Bill comforts her and makes her feel safer and they have a sexual connection, but thats about it. That and the first love thing. She loves bill, but i think that shes not in love with him. Icould be wrong, but i dont think she would have said “in that moment i loved him again” if Bill hadnt been dying. If Bill had been fine and fighting alongside Eric, it wouldnt have brought up old feelings. There have been times where Bill was around when she didnt feel like that at all. She felt comforted some of the time, but that time when she saw he was dying it just brought more specific memories and emotions back temporarily. Thats what i think anyways.

      • 68 VampirePamsGirl
        February 3, 2010 at 11:13 am

        You bring up some good questions and an interesting pov, which I love because it gets me thinking and pondering stuff as well and I’ll go ahead and apologize right now for the length of this response. One day I’ll learn to shup up, maybe. 😉

        “Now I know it wouldn’t be feasible for Eric to leave it all behind for her but I wonder if she asked would he even consider now – it was Quinn who pointed out that she never made demands of Eric’s time or anyone else. Will that be her litmus test? ”

        I don’t think Eric would consider this option if Sookie did ask, which I don’t think she would either, because as you state it is not feasible for either of them. Eric is very practical, as is Sookie. As has been said before, Eric doesn’t make grand gestures to try to prove his love. Instead, he figures out the best way to take care of Sookie and himself. Like when Felipe and his disciples come to Sookie’s house and he’s threatening Sookie and Bill declares that he’ll die to protect Sookie (I don’t have my books here, so correct me if I’m wrong) and Bill glances at Eric to show him that Bill is getting one up on the ‘who loves Sookie more’ contest. Instead of making worthless declarations (I mean, I’m sure it would really tear Felipe up to have to kill Bill too) Eric uses his knowledge to let Felipe know that killing Sookie would have much greater consequences than he could imagine.

        I also don’t see Sookie as the type to give this kind of test to her suitors. She never asked Quinn to give up his family for her; she just realized what she could and couldn’t deal with and made a decision. My personal opinion is that she didn’t love Quinn and she realized it and that is what caused their split, not his issues. And as for why Quinn acted the way he acted, that’s definitely still a mystery for me as well.

        I definitely have to disagree with your opinion that Sookie only loves Bill. I do agree that she does love Bill, but she also loves and is ‘in love’ with Eric in my opinion. And those feelings have been building a long time. In LDID, she trusts him even though he has given her no reason to do so. In CD, she turns over her will to another for the first time ever when Eric helps her after the staking. In DTTW, their relationship develops a new facet and I think that ‘something’ that Sookie was feeling was the beginnings of love for Eric. Why else would she have been so depressed at the end of the novel? In the next few books, she was fighting those feelings, not accepting that love is complicated and trying to run away from it. And now, in the first chapter of DITF, she finally admits what we’ve known for a while. “Overwhelming or not, I love him” (page 6, DITF preview from CH website).

        Your theory about Eric’s lack of control is quite interesting. Do you mean that he can’t control himself around pure fairy blood or that he can’t control himself around Sookie’s (part fae) blood or that he just lacks control in general? I really don’t see him lacking control in any of the three areas myself. As Kealeagh said, Eric’s overall self-control has already been well documented by sookieverseblog in previous posts. As for his control around the fae blood (or just around fairies) I don’t see it being a problem. Even in DTTW when he wasn’t himself and clearly really, really, really wanted to drain Claudine, he left with Sookie and restrained himself from doing what he really wanted to. In DAG when he was licking Sookie’s face, he stopped immediately when Niall told him to, and I have to point out that it really wasn’t bothering Sookie though. Even in CD, when Sookie was staked and laying on the floor in the Club and he tells her how hard it is not to just lean over and take a lick and she replies that if he does then everyone else will. He controls his own urges for her protection time after time, so I definitely don’t see that as being the reason that he wasn’t there in DAG. Just my opinion. Thanks for sharing yours!

        • 69 JBdRone
          February 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm

          Love your response VampirePamsGirl – length and all.

          My theory about Eric’s self control is only based only on the pure fairy blood/fairy smell – but I see your point he did seem to control himself even when he wasn’t himself. And in general, he seems to control him temper and his impulses more so that lets say Bill. However, he makes it such a scene regarding the fairy smell, saying something once like “when you smell like that I just want to f*** you, bite you and rub myself all over you…”, while she was trying to relate what happened during her first meeting with Niall. It would just seem that the smell has its affects on him and in battle it may not be a good idea for him to be in such close proximity to fairies or vice versa.

          I agree, He does seem to have a lot of self control when it comes to Sookie – there were many a time when I thought he should have gone off on her but that’s just me.

          Thanks

          • 70 VampirePamsGirl
            February 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm

            Thanks for clarifying and I also agree that Eric has probably been more patient that I could have been with Sookie. I also remember that scene you’re talking about…with pleasure, lol. 😀

    18. 71 VikingLover
      February 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm

      Okay, this might be completely off and out of left field but did anyone else ever consider that maybe Bill had something to do with Eric’s delay? Like maybe in his zeal to save Sookie he went rogue and did not follow Eric’s orders or wait for Eric? This might be a little farfetched and I don’t think Bill would do something to hurt Sookie but there was always a line in DAG that bothered. It was when Eric goes to the hospital to protect Sookie from Breandan and his crew and Sookie asks Eric if he was not going to give blood to Bill. He responds “If you were irreparable…no, I would have let him rot”. I always found that line interesting. Maybe he was just angry with Bill for not trying to intervene when the fairies first took Sookie but that line always made me wonder…any thoughts?

      • 72 VampirePamsGirl
        February 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm

        Intersesting theory VL. I guess I could see that being true, but even as much as I dislike Bill, like you it is hard for me to believe that he would have let Sookie get hurt at that point. But it is possible, I guess. I always took that line (“If you were irreparable…no, I would have let him rot”) to just mean that Eric would have been majorly pissed at Bill if Bill had failed to save Sookie. Kind of like, “if you don’t save her, I’ll kill you myself” type thing.

      • 73 Holby
        February 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

        I have always thought that his comment about letting Bill rot has more to do with his essentially dislike for Bill’s treachery. He only allows Bill to live because it would hurt Sookie if he killed him. If she was irreparable, he would no longer be bound by that. (Or I have been reading too much fanfic…hahaha)

    19. 74 KPMRSE
      February 22, 2010 at 12:44 am

      I read Eric’s “You’re killing me” like most here. First, he was already feeling frustrated/guilty/mournful that he couldn’t get/was powerless to the woman he loved fast enough to help, kshe was in knowing grave danger. Something detained him he couldn’t break free from, or by doing so would further endanger them all. This could be any a number of reasons, as y’all discussed so wonderfully. I took the comment a step further to mean through and thought that in Eric having these feelings about Sookie, part of the “vampire” in him was “dying” because he was having very real authentic human emotions/reactions. Then, Pam stating that “Eric would live on in Sookie” could mean that just as Eric was developing a more “human” side, because of this experience, Sookie would start thinking/reacting more like a “vampire”.

      In DITF, I think attempting to break the blood bond is a very practical one. If it is broken, Sookie would realize that her feelings for Eric are very real and true, and in no way influenced by anything supernatural. Plus, she can’t take any more of Eric’s blood because she’s dangerously close to having too much. Would breaking the bond allow her to take more in later? It seems hard to believe that somewhere in the next 4 books, she won’t get into dire straits again and need some.

    20. 75 KPMRSE
      February 22, 2010 at 12:48 am

      please ignore my previous post, my laptop submitted prematurely.

      I read Eric’s “You’re killing me” like most here. First, he was already feeling frustrated/guilty/mournful that he either couldn’t get to/was powerless to get to the woman he loved fast enough to help, knowing she was in grave danger. Something detained him he couldn’t break free from, or by doing so would further endanger them all. This could be any a number of reasons, as y’all discussed so wonderfully. I took the comment a step further to mean though and thought that in Eric having these feelings about Sookie, part of the “vampire” in him was “dying” because he was having very real authentic human emotions/reactions. Then, Pam stating that “Eric would live on in Sookie” could mean that just as Eric was developing a more “human” side, because of this experience, Sookie would start thinking/reacting more like a “vampire”.

      In DITF, I think attempting to break the blood bond is a very practical one. If it is broken, Sookie would realize that her feelings for Eric are very real and true, and in no way influenced by anything supernatural. Plus, she can’t take any more of Eric’s blood because she’s dangerously close to having too much. Would breaking the bond allow her to take more in later? It seems hard to believe that somewhere in the next 4 books, she won’t get into dire straits again and need some.

      • 76 walgigi
        February 22, 2010 at 1:51 am

        [I took the comment a step further to mean through and thought that in Eric having these feelings about Sookie, part of the “vampire” in him was “dying” because he was having very real authentic human emotions/reactions. Then, Pam stating that “Eric would live on in Sookie” could mean that just as Eric was developing a more “human” side, because of this experience, Sookie would start thinking/reacting more like a “vampire”.]

        This is an EXCELLENT assesment KPMRSE, I love your insight!

        • February 22, 2010 at 2:16 am

          I really like that too. I hadn’t thought of it that way but it certainly makes sense.

          • 78 walgigi
            February 22, 2010 at 6:10 am

            I actually had the thought of she “killing” the vampire in him when he said that because he has shown a big development into his human nature since he met her, and he was experiencing a very deep emotional pain while he was watching her hurt. But, though I saw her becoming more practical with each experience, I didn’t think before she could be thinking like a “vampre”. It’s an interesting theory.

    21. February 22, 2010 at 4:59 am

      Very realistic..Sookie has been getting more practical & shrewd as we’ve progressed in the story (the whole “call 911” analogy they mentioned) It’s really almost like she has been reborn now that she is so deeply ingrained in the supe world. You’d have to be to survive-can you imagine? I think we all are enjoying the “human” side to Eric. As long as he can revert back to his bad-ass vamp self in a heartbeat, it’s nice to see his tender side with Sook 🙂

      • 80 Holby
        February 22, 2010 at 9:39 pm

        What call 911 analogy are you referring to?

        I agree with Walgigi that she isn’t becoming more vampiric, but I also see what you are saying. She has definitely lost that sweet hick girl from bufu Louisiana attitude. She’s become more sure of herself, more pragmatic and more inured to the idea that sometimes folks just gotta die! She’s no longer stomping her foot and saying, “It’s not right to do that to a human!” as she realizes that vampires as monsters are probably the least of her worries!


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