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Eric’s hair and my fragile grip on reality – Pt 2

A few weeks ago I was bitten by some sort of weird OCD bug. I spent half a day trawling the internet, attempting to piece together the process by which Alan Ball stole Eric’s hair before proceeding to tell us a bare faced lie about how he actually did no such thing.

I wasn’t going to post any more about this, because I feel like I go on about it obsessively. Obsessive? Me?

Hardly.

But the new promo pic today has sent me into Hair Meltdown yet again. So screw it, I’m posting.

In this week’s edition of “Eric’s Hair Makes Me A Raving Fucking Lunatic”, I want to share with you all why it matters so much to me that the crowning glory of this most revered book character has gone from this…

To THIS.

From my previous rants on this subject, it’s evident that there’s a proportion of people who aren’t bothered by Eric’s unfortunate encounter with a Clairol bottle, as long as he still looks hot and badass. To those people, I admire your ability to just go along for the ride with Ball – really I do. And I can do that too, at least to some degree. When the story of Eric’s maker was changed so radically on True Blood, I was cool with that. Alot of book fans were, and why was that? Because the changes didn’t betray the essence of Eric’s character. Book readers know Eric as intensely loyal and protective of those he cares about, and the Eric we saw in those episodes was one that we all recognised. Even though the storyline itself wasn’t canon, the Eric/Godric arc on True Blood was faithful to the spirit of the book character. So we were happy to go along for the ride.

But so help me Alan Ball, I am drawing a fucking line in the sand with this season 3 hair. RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW.

My objections to a dark haired Eric are not about what Alexander Skarsgard looks like on screen when he is playing the part.

It’s not about a personal preference for blonde hair; I have never had a blonde partner and blondes don’t normally attract me. It’s not based on some anal retentive, Misery-style purism that causes me to want every detail of True Blood to mirror the books. And it most definitely is not about a fondness for the season 1 wig that looked like roadkill peeled off a Louisiana backroad in 99 degree heat.

Eric’s hair is sending me off the deep end for one reason:

Eric’s long blonde hair is integral to the spirit of his character, and it is symbolic of his connection to Sookie. Take that long blonde hair away, and it feels too much like a symbolic severing of the potential for that connection. And I am deeply suspicious as to why Mr Ball would want us to feel that way.

The fact that Sookie and Eric’s hair is the “exact same colour” is referenced multiple times in the books, and references to Eric’s blond hair specifically are more numerous than I care to count. Harris doesn’t emphasise the similarity between Eric and Sookie’s hair colour because she wants us to suspect that they are distantly related, or that there is some accident of genetics at play to be revealed further down the line. She makes a point of it because it is a metaphor for their spiritual connection – for the fact that whatever Eric and Sookie are made of at their core, it is the same.

Since time immemorial, hair – its colour, its length and its style – has held symbolic meaning in stories. From Rapunzel in fairy tales to the biblical Samson, hair is a physical manifestation of both emotional states and character traits.

Long hair on men has long been a symbol of strength, virility, and romanticism. Fabio lookalikes don’t adorn the cover of those Harlequin romances by accident – the image of a muscular, virile man with long flowing hair speaks to a romantic ideal that women recognise right down to their ovaries, whether they want to admit it or not. Hair is a strong sexual emblem, and in western cultures we tend to assign certain personality traits to the man who wears it long and unrestrained. Subconciously, we see these men as operating outside the normal social constraints. We perceive them as free thinking, rebellious and in control of their own destiny. Sound like anyone we know?

Let’s be clear – True Blood and the SVM are nothing more than contemporary fairy tales. And in fairy tales and myth, blond hair has always been synonymous with goodness and purity. I am not going to sit here and tell you that I think Eric is a force for all that is right and good in the world. The vampire is a vampire, not a saint.

While Eric doesn’t quite embody the conventional “white knight” so often seen in the black and white morality of the fairy tale world, he is turning out to be a force for positive growth and change in Sookie’s world. Against the dark-haired Bill, whose presence in her life ultimately brought her a great deal of undeserved pain and hard learned lessons, Eric is unwittingly teaching Sookie about mature love and trust even as he learns about these things himself. Sookie has trusted Eric with her body for a long time. She’s trusted him to protect it from harm, to heal it, and to make love to it. Yet she has always found it much more difficult to trust him with her heart. Ever so slowly, that seems to be changing.

Eric’s long, blond hair is a subtle clue to us about his benevolence in Sookie’s world – against the more maelevolent, dark (haired) character of Bill. Compare and contrast. Darkness and light. Do I need to fill in the blanks here? Can you even imagine Bill Compton with blond hair? It’s just as wrong.

Since Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris has used contrasting language in her descriptions of Bill and Eric to prompt the reader to think about differences in their character. We examined this in detail in the Loved by a Vampire posts a few months back. Harris draws a stark physical contrast between Bill and Eric – Bill is dark haired, dark eyed and broody; Eric is fair haired, blue eyed and lively – while at the same time drawing strong physical parallels between Eric and Sookie. Blond haired, blue eyed Sookie shares a similar lust for life as the viking vampire with whom she has such a complicated relationship. It’s a simple device used to further highlight the fact that Eric and Sookie are similar, and Bill and Sookie are worlds apart.

Eric and Bill are archetypes – symbols that a lifetime of fairytales and storytelling and cultural identification have taught us to recognise.

Archetypes are sacrosanct when you are telling (or reinterpreting) a story. Even if you’re putting your own spin on things, there are some things that you just do not fuck with. In the reinterpreting of this story, there has been too much messing with archetypes already.

Aah, season 3 is going to be a blast.

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129 Responses to “Eric’s hair and my fragile grip on reality – Pt 2”


  1. 1 ladylaurin
    May 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    [But so help me Alan Ball, I am drawing a fucking line in the sand with this season 3 hair. RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW.]

    SVB, I really have tried to see past it. But you’re completely right and I fully support your justifications for madness. I really hope there’s some sort of ‘good’ reasoning behind this and it’s not a permanent change.

    I swear if it has anything to do with “when vampires lie to a human they love, their hair darkens,” I will step in line with any riot group heading for AB’s place of residence.

    • 2 Ericrocks
      May 2, 2010 at 2:17 pm

      “when vampires lie to a human they love, their hair darkens,”

      But you have to admit, that line right there would explain all of Bill’s stooopid hair last season. LOL

      • May 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm

        OMFG I just spat my beer.

      • 4 Janofarc
        May 2, 2010 at 8:10 pm

        I watched IWRU on FXHD last week and Bill’s hair had a definite red colouring in it. Can’t remember who had the theory about the red hair but with the colour Eric’s is now maybe AB’s comments aren’t so far out there. Yes they are fucking with us – we’re a pretty astute group of viewers but how many millions will watch it and just say ‘oh his hair looks different’ without theorising it?

  2. 5 Ericrocks
    May 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Rant away, SVB, cause I am right there with you.

    THIS MAKES ME WANT TO SCREAM!

  3. 6 Jo
    May 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Since I saw this dark hair, I immediately thought it was to piss off fans of Viking. This is deliberate! are cutting an important aspect in the books, it is often mentioned in them to be ignored!
    For me all the connections, the whole basis of the relationship between Eric / Sookie are being deliberately cut off the show. I do not know what AB will expect us to accept their “version” of the CH?
    I think the S3 will have good moments, but at the end of the season we will be satisfied? not

  4. 7 KPMRSE
    May 2, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Did you notice that both of the chairs are different in the pictures above. From the same Viing dining set, yes, but like the hair, the second one is the “castrated” version.

    • May 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm

      Yes, I did notice that. Hopefully it’s not deliberate.

      • May 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm

        His bed post’s have been cut.. no more tallying the conquests on the throne

        • 10 VikingLover
          May 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm

          [His bed post’s have been cut.. no more tallying the conquests on the throne]

          I really love this DazedRose.

      • 11 Ashley
        May 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm

        Maybe they are trying to show a different side of Eric by toning down the viking image he puts on for tourists. Maybe they are using it to show how Sookie is changing him. Then again, the hair color just plain doesnt make sense unless they write it into the season somehow that pam dyed his hair again for some reason, which i guess is possible. I still prefer the blonde.

    • May 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm

      KPRMSE–You are brilliant! That is exactly what has happened, Eric has been metaphorically castrated with the cutting of his hair. This is exactly what the femininized throne suggests. It goes with the physical impotence he experienced with the blood prostitute. I’m beginning to suspect that his encounter with Yvetta will not turn out the way he expects. It very well may be a replay of Jason going soft when he was with Dawn because of his vampire complex.

  5. 13 KittyKat
    May 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Yea, the S3 chair is definitely less…. primal? It’s like that while gonig from BookEric to TBEric, the character’s raw sexuality , which was one of the things all women that took a glimpse of him saw, is being subdued. Is that a velvet jacket on the S3 pic? I don’t even know what to make of it.

  6. 14 Dunkinstiks
    May 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    From your “keystrokes” to AB ears!!! Eric hair IS Eric’s essence, or a integral part of it. Would he dye Sookie’s hair red or black? I think not because for the same reason we recognise Sookie as a blond we reconise Eric as the same!

    • 15 MASpencer
      May 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm

      They HAVEN’T made Sookie’s hair darker– even though Anna Paquin is a natural brunette, and her hair must be turning to straw right now in her effort to keep her roots under wraps. That’s probably the BEST indication we have that the change to Eric’s hair is deliberate, and not incidental.

      I think they cut Eric’s hair in Season 2 because the wig was butt ugly. There certainly could be other symbolism there, since season 2 was clearly a very vulnerable season for Eric… so that angle works too. But personally, I PREFER the short hair… even if the long hair WAS Alexander Skarsgard’s natural hair, it would still be a little cheesy. Just my opinion, of course. (But I think many people might share that opinion, because Eric’s appeal as a potential love interest seemed to shoot up after the hair was cut… I think a lot of casual viewers finally recognized Eric as the sexy beast that he is after that.) Point is, they explained the change on the show… because it’s a biggie.

      Well this is a biggie too. People aren’t scratching their heads and saying: “Something’s different… I just can’t put my finger on it.” Everyone knows exactly what’s different. And I will be SHOCKED if it isn’t explained.

      • May 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm

        AB’s anal insistence that Sookie’s hair MUST appear naturally blond is what I cling to when I need to convince myself that there is a reason for all he has done with Eric’s hair.

  7. 17 MASpencer
    May 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I will say it again: There MUST be a reason for this.

    I know Gigi offered one potential motivation in her comments about the last post– but really, the hair change is FAR too drastic (in my opinion) to pass it off as some subliminal suggestion that we book readers should abandon our preconceived notions about these characters. True Blood has already placed a bizarre amount of focus on Eric’s hair, courtesy of last season’s premiere. They know the man’s head is under a microscope now, and that no change will go unnoticed. THEY KNOW THIS.

    If it was simply a tool to undermine Eric’s image from the books, this change would amount to an overt FUCK YOU to the readership… and I just don’t see what purpose that would serve for Alan Ball. At all. He’s not some crazy BL out to destroy the Eric-loving opposition. In fact, I’m quite sure he has been shocked and suprised by the fangirlish contention that so obviously divides his (presumably adult) audience.

    So as far as I’m concerned, there has to be a canon explanation for this. And I want to know what it is.

    • 18 Ericrocks
      May 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm

      MAS, I just read your post after I made my post below. We said some of the same things, so I agree with you 100%.

      But it still pisses me off.

    • 19 Kristen
      May 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      I completely agree here! It’s SO obvious and therefore not underlying or subliminal at all! And for AB to make it seem as if it were just an accident of filming schedules makes me feel like he’s condescending us, the audience. I’m not going to buy the idea that they were completely out of blond hair dye IN ALL OF EFFING HOLLYWOOD. So if you want to respect my intelligence, you’d better give me an explanation!

    • 20 VikingLover
      May 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm

      Yeah, I agree with you MAS. I really think there is a valid reason for this change and I certainly don’t think it’s to piss fans off. I mean, AB and CO need the fans to keep the show on the air – HBO would certainly not renew if no one was watching. Also, they are obviously focusing on Eric now – almost everything we have seen has a very Eric-centric theme to it. I think this will be a short term change and I have a feeling that when he overcomes whatever it is that has caused his hair to go dark, that his hair will go back to being blonde. I think that this season for Eric will be a turning point of sorts in many ways. His Maker just died, apparently he’s now remembering some things from his human past (thanks to Sookie and Godric). I think maybe the change in color is to symbolize his connection to Godric and the vengeance that he is seeking (which is what you said some time ago MAS and I agree). While I think part of S3 is about us seeing his growing connection to Sookie and about his feelings growing for her, and him realizing those feelings, it’s also about him understanding them. His life is also going to be in a bit of tumult in S3 so maybe this symbolizes this as well. I really don’t know but like I said, I’m sure this is a temp change and we’ll find out in S3 why it happened. Right now we just don’t have all of the facts.

      But I definitely understand how you feel SVB and I’m sorry Hon. Hang in there Hon, I’m sure all will be explained.

  8. 21 sunnynala
    May 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Eric and Bill are archetypes – symbols that a lifetime of fairytales and storytelling and cultural identification have taught us to recognise.

    Yes, and I have to admit that Alan Ball is deliberately turning the archetypes on their heads.

    Bill is ‘supposed’ to be the darkly romantic, brooding hero in the mold of Heathcliff.

    Eric is ‘supposed’ to be the brawny Viking God, the object of lust for millions of women as when his ‘type’ graces the covers of romance novels.

    This is the superficial surface of the characters as represented by their physical appearance. What they actually are is so much more complicated, so much more subtle and interesting.

    It doesn’t have anything to do with turning ya’ll against Eric or that AB is implying now that Eric has dark hair he is ‘bad’ or ‘like Bill’.

    Partly, AB is testing your devotion. Eric is still the same character, with or without the long blonde hair. Cutting and coloring his hair doesn’t change his character, it makes others have a different impression of who he is.

    This show is all about false impressions.

    I’ve said recently that I think where Bill tries to appear noble when he isn’t, Eric tries to come off as more ruthless than he actually is. On the show, we will see Eric MAKE THE CHOICE to become dark haired. Why? Because it will give the impression that he is ‘darker’, more ruthless. He’s in a situation where he’ll need every tool in his arsenal to fight the forces against him. He can’t afford to have his enemies thinking he’s a blonde himbo, a Fabio, a pretty blonde playboy. His first line of defense will be his appearance, the impression his enemies will have of him.

    Of course, the BB’s will take his darkened hair as a sign that Eric’s appearance is now matching his dark inner core and this is just how AB would have it. “Digging deeper” and looking past appearances to the real person/vamp inside seems beyond the BB’s, and truly? This is the kind of attitude that AB is brutally skewering.

    • 22 LLE
      May 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      I agree with and good post.

      • 23 VikingLover
        May 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm

        Wonderfully written Sunny and I agree 100%. As to the continuity, that’s why there has to be a valid reason for it. Eric seems to be the only one who has had a drastic noticeable change from the Season Finale to Ep 1. That’s why I’m sure it has to be related to one of the storylines and it will be explained.

        • 24 LLE
          May 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm

          In book 3 Eric used alas name. Eric maybe using his hair color so that person who he after does know who he is. Eric is out for revenged. TB wants Eric to have different color this season.

          • 25 VikingLover
            May 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm

            Yes, exactly. There could be a multitude of reasons why this happened but we just don’t know because it’s too soon and we haven’t watched the new episodes yet. I do agree that in the books Eric’s hair is a connection to Sookie but I think that in TB, and in S3 in general, we will see a bit about Eric’s life aside and in addition to his connection to Sookie. We’ll learn about some of his other connections as well and how this might tie in to his overall growth/arc as a “person” and in connection to Sookie. In the books we have mostly the Sookie part (except for Book 10 where we meet his Maker) but on TB we get to see more about Eric’s other life as well. The hair change could also be related to that. I’m sure we’ll find out.

            • 26 sunnynala
              May 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

              Yes that is all I am saying. Wait for the ep and I’m sure all will be explained and it will make perfect sense. And if it doesn’t make perfect sense I will MAKE it make perfect sense, by damn. 😀 j/k (I think)

              • 27 VikingLover
                May 2, 2010 at 6:15 pm

                {He can’t afford to have his enemies thinking he’s a blonde himbo, a Fabio, a pretty blonde playboy. His first line of defense will be his appearance, the impression his enemies will have of him.}

                Sunny, as I read this, it reminded me of the scene when he’s with the Queen and she insults him when she tells him to stay out of the maenad situation and to “stick to what you’re good at”.

                • 28 sunnynala
                  May 2, 2010 at 7:04 pm

                  Exactly VikingLover.

                  His reputation as a Casanova is probably widespread. Even the ‘hot’ and experienced human Dawn called him the best lover she ever had.

                  You just know the Viking has conquered the earth and fucked every beautiful female, vampire, human, or other, he has come across for 1000 years. Especially Sophie-Anne.

                  Didn’t Isabel seem awfully comfortable getting so familiar with Eric? ‘don’t look at me like that’. in his tone of voice it sounded like something you’d say to a fondly remembered ex.

                  Tee hee, this is why Jason is his main alter ego. Just watch Jason’s intuitively expert handling of women, and the cavalier way he assumes they will fall at his feet. And they DO.

                  • 29 Angie
                    May 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm

                    You just know the Viking has conquered the earth and fucked every beautiful female, vampire, human, or other, he has come across for 1000 years.

                    Ugh, you are killing me here!

                    And yes, now I need Eric/Isabel fic, plz and thank you. 🙂

    • May 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm

      Great post! ❤

    • May 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm

      I think the dark hair may be symbolic and relate to this emotional state, but it doesn’t seem like a deliberate attempt to intimidate. Last season he looked like a ruthless badass. Now he looks like a choirboy.

    • 32 Angie
      May 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm

      I’ve said recently that I think where Bill tries to appear noble when he isn’t, Eric tries to come off as more ruthless than he actually is. On the show, we will see Eric MAKE THE CHOICE to become dark haired. Why? Because it will give the impression that he is ‘darker’, more ruthless. He’s in a situation where he’ll need every tool in his arsenal to fight the forces against him. He can’t afford to have his enemies thinking he’s a blonde himbo, a Fabio, a pretty blonde playboy. His first line of defense will be his appearance, the impression his enemies will have of him.

      Excellent point, I agree 100% on this.

    • 33 Gigi
      May 2, 2010 at 11:00 pm

      [Because it will give the impression that he is ‘darker’, more ruthless. He’s in a situation where he’ll need every tool in his arsenal to fight the forces against him. He can’t afford to have his enemies thinking he’s a blonde himbo, a Fabio, a pretty blonde playboy. His first line of defense will be his appearance, the impression his enemies will have of him.]

      And since when Eric has a personality so unsure of himself that he cares what others may think of him?

      Just sayin’…

      • 34 sunnynala
        May 2, 2010 at 11:19 pm

        Why do you think I am accusing Eric of being unsure of himself?

        Most confident people I know dress and style their hair in such a way as to create a certain impression of themselves.

        Studies have shown that brunettes are taken more seriously in the workplace than blondes.

        That is all I’m saying.

        • 35 Gigi
          May 2, 2010 at 11:22 pm

          I’m not acussing you, I’m asking since when Eric has a personality so unsure of himself that he cares what others may think of him.

    • 36 VampirePamsGirl
      May 4, 2010 at 12:06 am

      “Partly, AB is testing your devotion.”

      Well, if he is hoping to see people turning against Eric, I think he’ll be sadly disappointed, lol. I don’t care if they put AS in a tutu and dye his hair pink, I’ll still be an Eric Lover, Viking Wench, crazy-bitch-that-can’t-see-how-wonderful-Beehl-is, or whatever you want to call me. 😀 Though I must admit that even though nothing diminishes my Eric Love, I am tempted at times to see if it would be possible to put out a mob hit on AB. 😉

  9. 37 Ericrocks
    May 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    And truly, the thing that really pisses me off about is that they do color other actors hair. AP, SM, even Carrie Preston now has BRIGHT red hair. So I believe this is quite intentional and it PISSES ME OFF! But I think it was a plan all along because we would not have the highlight-foils-gone-bloody last season,showing us his version of the Viking did bleach his hair.

    I know in the past that AB has said that TB was about Snoookie & Beeehl’s love story.*Pffft* Is he pissed that we like Eric more than HIS hero? So he has decided to say FUCK YOU to us all. I find it hard to believe that HBO wouldn’t be aware of the fans adoration of Eric, and then allow AB to do this.

    Okay, take a breath!

    OTOH, Askars is a great actor and I am sure that I will still love his portrayal of Eric, no matter what Stoooopid AB tries to pull.

    SVB, where did you say that hunting party will be gathering?

  10. 38 Kristen
    May 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    In truth, while I agree in theory with everything you’re saying, my main issue with the EFFING hair is with continuity not symbolism… Bill mentions in season 1 that vampires turned with beards always have beards!!! Jessica fucking hymen grows back for god’s sake!!! NO other vampire on the show has shown ANY appreciable change at all! But ERIC can get highlights, have a trim, and THEN DYE HIS HAIR BROWN?! Really?! Alan Ball… tsk tsk…

    And IF AB is doing this fuckery on purpose, then what are his underlying motivations? Is it as SVB describes?? The leveling of the playing field between Bill and Eric?? I just don’t know…

    But someone PLEASE tell me why not one hair stylist on the show protested??

    • 39 MASpencer
      May 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm

      I agree with this. Continuity is my main gripe. It’s a vampire show ferchrissakes. These things need to be explained… especially when no discernable amount of time has passed during which said change could have feasibly happened in an organic fashion.

      Additionally, these changes ARE NOT subtle. Which makes them even more noticeable. I refuse to believe that they would abandon continuity in such a careless fashion. There TOTALLY has to be a reason for this.

      • 40 sunnynala
        May 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm

        I think Pam might have dyed his hair the night of the proposal? which takes care of the timeline.

        As for his hair not growing back, we did see some very fast growth in season 2. Look at his hair on the roof–it has grown long down his neck but it’s only been about three days since Pam cut it.

        But then, look at his hair in Sookie’s second dream. It’s short on his neck again, and the next time we see Eric, with Sam, it’s short on his neck. (which is neither here nor there, just pointing out that SOOKIE hasn’t seen his hair cut, yet it’s short again in her dream)

        • 41 MASpencer
          May 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm

          I thought the hair looked essentially the same length throughout season 2. Any changes were so subtle, to me, as to be unnoticeable. Especially given the way Eric styles his hair on the show, which is good at camouflaging length changes. I also think the duckbutt that ocassionally shows up at the nape of his neck mostly has to do with how he’s holding his head.

          Anyway, the length issue is not terribly concerning to me. It’s the color change that’s bothering me here. But really, BOTH issues are bothering me because– as SVB’s snooping revealed– they were BOTH deliberate choices on the part of the show. Alexander Skarsgard’s hair was practically the same length by the time production began as it was when the last episode of season 2 was shot. A couple hours at the salon, and continuity could have been achieved.

          Well it’s clear that AS spent some time at the salon. But it obviously WASN’T with the objective of achieving continuity…

          • 42 sunnynala
            May 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm

            Well it’s clear that AS spent some time at the salon. But it obviously WASN’T with the objective of achieving continuity…

            I honestly don’t see a problem with continuity if Eric is shown getting his hair done on the night of the proposal.

            Unless TB means for us to think Eric’s hair changed by a magic spell LOL, or that AB doesn’t care about continuity we will get some sort of explanation.

            • 43 MASpencer
              May 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm

              Yes, I think so too. And honestly, any canon explanation will do, as far as I’m concerned.

      • 44 holby
        May 4, 2010 at 11:29 pm

        Yes continuity!! And long hair is the symbol of the archetype of virility and strength (Sampson, anyone?). I just don’t see how a show can hire and maintain hair experts that are so good that they can keep APs dark hair so consistently blonde and healthy-looking but can’t afford a realistic fucking wig to maintain the image of a 1000 year old Viking. And on that issue…he’s a fucking thousand years old and he just now decided to cut his fucking hair?????? Really?????

    • 45 Ericrocks
      May 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm

      Yep, there is always that. AB is changing his own canon. Asshole.

      I hope he can change Jessica’s perpetual virginity. Poor girl!

  11. 46 MAP
    May 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    SVB agreed on all points… Eric should look like the Blond Viking hunk he was written to be… And, I hate to say it but this colour/hairstyle reminds me more of Steve Newlin – phony, artificial – YUCK!!!!

  12. 47 Jo
    May 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    AB really do need to change your appearance to prove your point? SVB as explained further in the post, your appearance is an important part of the story of CH. personally it’s not because he is blonde and beautiful books that I like him, but since his appearance was so prominent in the books with a reason for me as much as Eric and Sookie books are judged by their appearance on the surface, but they are more that!
    Not counting the main factor, vampires do NOT change appearance, this is canon, not only in the stories of CH. Alex is a good actor, he knew how to capture the essence of Eric, at least so far, but I do not buy this deliberate change for me is a huge get out to fans of the books. I do not think there is a minimally reasonable explanation for this but for us to distance ourselves increasingly in the “spirit of the books.”

  13. May 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    First I will say that I know nothing about the publishing world or producing TV shows. That said, does it stand to reason that CH would sign over her characters to someone to do with them what they want and not retain in the end the integrity of these characters. She has spent 10yrs. and counting on building them. Would she really give carte blanche to some else. There are better brains than mine on this site and I’m sure one of you has some
    ideas.

    • 49 sunnynala
      May 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      I’m sure CH set certain conditions but I’m also sure AB wouldn’t agree to said conditions if they contravened what he planned to do with the show. The fact that an agreement was even made between them tells us that both parties were satisfied.

      • May 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm

        Agree Sunny, both parties were satisfied. I still think that CH would not allow the core of the characters to be changed. How that core is shown is most certainly open to interpretation. Maybe there will be an explanation for the changes and we are getting hot and bothered for nothing. You aren,t loosing your faith in AB, I hope.

    • 53 MASpencer
      May 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm

      Oh, I think you’re right Bobsgran. Everyone says that AB is doing his own thing here. But I’m pretty sure that one of the preconditions of using CH’s characters was that he would be doing HER thing, in his own way.

      I’d bet any sum of money that the show and the book series will both end with the same essential outcome. And I’d also bet that CH and AB discussed what that outcome would be before anyone signed on the dotted line. As far as I’m concerned, it only makes sense.

      People who would prefer to slam the book series– and specifically, the character arcs of both Bill and Eric, which they feel went horribly off the tracks– can hold onto their delusions about True Blood “getting it right” as tightly as they want. They’re only going to be disappointed in the end.

      • May 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

        YIPPY. Just keep repeating Sunny’s mantra…I believe in AB.

        • 55 VikingLover
          May 2, 2010 at 9:57 pm

          [Everyone says that AB is doing his own thing here. But I’m pretty sure that one of the preconditions of using CH’s characters was that he would be doing HER thing, in his own way. ]

          Yes, I think so too. Harris has said: “Actually, it was Alan Ball who contacted me, not HBO. He didn’t have the deal with HBO until later. Alan’s offer was the most interesting artistically.”

          I’m assuming that since his offer was the most interesting artistically, that means that he explained exactly how her story would be adapted and told. I don’t think she would have sold him the rights otherwise. Apparently she had other offers on the table but she went with Alan Ball.

          [I’m sure CH set certain conditions but I’m also sure AB wouldn’t agree to said conditions if they contravened what he planned to do with the show. The fact that an agreement was even made between them tells us that both parties were satisfied.]

          Yes, I agree.

  14. 56 Jo
    May 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I’m not so persepção about understanding between CH and AB. There were more than a few changes of history and the canon, some fans have adopted and others not, all depends on how it is being done. Do not think CH is known or even consulted about what appears on the show, it’s ok for me. But I think she does not know whether a better example of what all the controversy Kill Bill?
    I remember an interview before the second season began, CH asked about what she most wanted to see this season, she said it was the part in which Godfrey, not Godric, find the sun. I do not mind the changes of the secondary characters, they hardly have come on in history books, but the main and continuity, which is an important part of any show, but TB is more, being ignored is beyond me. Yes I’m boring to those details, but nothing would give me more joy than to prove that I’m wrong.

    • 57 sunnynala
      May 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm

      Godric vs. Godfrey was a PLUS for Eric’s TB character. In fact, it was a profound plus imo.

      • 58 Jo
        May 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm

        I agree, I really like this change, but I do not think CH was the same as what I meant. But since that has consistency and is interesting I’ll be willing to accept certain changes. But I still prefer that their appearance did not change much.
        I resent people who watched this arc of Godric and Eric and think that Eric is a villain only because of the bullet suck scene. When Godric proved exactly that Eric is not evil and is capable of love, by adding much to his character.

        • 59 VikingLover
          May 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm

          [I resent people who watched this arc of Godric and Eric and think that Eric is a villain only because of the bullet suck scene. ]

          Yeah, that’s because those people are not looking deep enough – they are only taking things at face value and this isn’t that type of show. The Vampire Diaries is a face value show, not TB. You have to dig a little deeper here and that’s the point I think.

  15. May 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Is it certain that the women at the pole is what’s her name. This could be clip of another dancer (I hope).
    I,m starting to feel like Rev. Newlin Sr. I will not type her name directly SVB. Yah, I’m in denial.

  16. 61 Robin
    May 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    [The fact that Sookie and Eric’s hair is the “exact same colour” is referenced multiple times in the books, and references to Eric’s blond hair specifically are more numerous than I care to count. Harris doesn’t emphasise the similarity between Eric and Sookie’s hair colour because she wants us to suspect that they are distantly related, or that there is some accident of genetics at play to be revealed further down the line. She makes a point of it because it is a metaphor for their spiritual connection – for the fact that whatever Eric and Sookie are made of at their core, it is the same.]

    SVB, I really appreciate that you analyze and discuss with your readers the different types of writing techniques such as symbolism and foreshadowing found in the SVM. This particular example of symbolism only strengthens my resolve that Eric and Sookie will be together when the last book is written.

    I have learned to accept that the SVM and TB are very different. In my mind, the books are cannon, authentic. The show is basically no different than fanfiction witten by AB. Both are different, but very enjoyable.

    [Eric’s long blonde hair is integral to the spirit of his character, and it is symbolic of his connection to Sookie]

    As for ASkars hair color, the color looks great on him, but I am so in agreement that it should be blonde. I refer back to this sentence that I pasted above – this is why Eric should be blonde.

    [Sookie has trusted Eric with her body for a long time. She’s trusted him to protect it from harm, to heal it, and to make love to it. Yet she has always found it much more difficult to trust him with her heart. Ever so slowly, that seems to be changing.]

    So true, SVB, could not have been better said.

  17. 62 meiliharrison
    May 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    [Eric’s long blonde hair is integral to the spirit of his character, and it is symbolic of his connection to Sookie.]

    [The fact that Sookie and Eric’s hair is the “exact same colour” is referenced multiple times in the books, and references to Eric’s blond hair specifically are more numerous than I care to count. Harris doesn’t emphasise the similarity between Eric and Sookie’s hair colour because she wants us to suspect that they are distantly related, or that there is some accident of genetics at play to be revealed further down the line. She makes a point of it because it is a metaphor for their spiritual connection – for the fact that whatever Eric and Sookie are made of at their core, it is the same.]

    I completely agree with you SVB. It has been a difficult journey watching Eric’s hair style and color change. I’ve always felt the hair was symbolic, CH always mentions it when Eric and Sookie are intimate – not just sexually, but when they share an intimate conversation.

    I’m not sure what AB is trying to achieve, since sometimes I view him as a villain, but other times, he seems to be a genius. I do hope that he will give us a good reason for this drastic change. I wasn’t particularly pleased with the short blond hair in S2, but made it through because ASkars is so damn hot (it can be pretty distracting!!) But this new color is really REALLY messed up. And while it doesn’t take away from ASkars’ good looks, it definitely takes away a very “Eric-like” trait!

  18. 63 Dwimordene
    May 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Ok… I’m not having much time latelly, so I’ll have to catch up after with the comments in the latest posts as well as in this. But I just passed to see the news 😀 and couldn’t help reading…

    I think I read some comment some time ago that Eric’s shoter hair could mean the loss of power (like with the problem with the queen or other behaviours). However, after reading this post another thing came up to my mind. While I think this could be Samson’s metaphor… Could the cause be Sookie and not others? Could it mean the loose of his power regarding his own destiny, his actions, his personality and thus, his whole life? Not because someone gets to rule over him, but because he lets someone to rule within him.

    Just a thought… Maybe the hair will grow back later? hahaha… I too think it’s disturving, I hope it really does have a meaning and that we get to know it.

    • May 2, 2010 at 11:57 pm

      I agree Dwimordene. The shorter hair correlates to Samson’s loss of power. It’s interesting that Eric had lost his long hair because of what he did to Royce. By killing Royce as he did, he lost his self-control and is now he’s having to pay the price for letting his temper get the better of him. It’s about a loss of power. It seems to relate to all the other characters who give up their independence because of fear or lack of self-control.

      • 65 Gigi
        May 3, 2010 at 12:07 am

        [By killing Royce as he did, he lost his self-control and is now he’s having to pay the price for letting his temper get the better of him. It’s about a loss of power.]

        I agree with you.

  19. 66 sunnynala
    May 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Hey guys, I hate to be a blog whore AND go off topic, but I edited my piece on the Ratts yesterday and I think I have proven conclusively that Bill and the Ratts had a deal.

    ie..how did the Ratts get Bill’s jacket off him so the silver touched his flesh? Seems to me that he had to have helpfully removed it for them.

    • 67 Ashley
      May 3, 2010 at 3:18 am

      Maybe Bill took it off to get some booty like we all know he was aiming for…blood and sex is what he wanted from the Rattrays…maybe he took off his jacket and they grabbed him. Im not saying he didnt plan the attack i wouldnt put it past him, but thats one other explanation.

  20. 68 Suzanna
    May 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    It seems to me that AB doesn’t like anything that he hasn’t created himself and he has to change TB around so that it has his signature stamped on it. Sort of like a dog marking his territory.

  21. 69 Pogonip
    May 2, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Why would AB cast a Swedish actor with blue eyes and blond hair, then have his hair dyed dark brown or red? If that’s what he wanted, why not start out with a local actor with the suitable hair color? Why import talent? Is it that much cheaper?

    • 70 L
      May 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm

      Honestly, I think Alex did it himself.

      • 71 VikingLover
        May 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm

        L, which part? The blonde or the brown?

      • 72 Dee
        May 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm

        Yeah but the problem is that when youre on a show or you do a movie, they basically own the way you look when doing the show. So even if you do something to your hair or anything else with your appearance, the show will tell you to change it or do whatever they want you to do. Most shows are pretty strict with how you look and actors have to follow their rules. They can tell you that you’re not allowed to cut your hair, dye it and tell you what you must do, at least once shooting starts. Since most studios are pretty strict with appearances for shows and movies, its weird so has to be on purpose.

    • 73 VikingLover
      May 2, 2010 at 9:46 pm

      Pognip, I found this little tidbit as I researching CH selling her rights to AB:

      In an interview, Ball explained that he didn’t intentionally seek out “non-American” actors, but was willing to go anywhere he needed to in order “to find the actor who makes the character breathe.” Ball went on to explain that, in casting, there was more of a focus on who would portray the character in a compelling way rather than who would physically resemble the characters from the book. Noting that there’s a definite difference between the characters portrayed in True Blood and the ones depicted in The Southern Vampire Mysteries, he described Harris as being very understanding in terms of how her work was being reinterpreted.

      I honestly believe him. I don’t think CH would have sold her rights to someone who wouldn’t understand her overall vision for the books. She said this when asked why she chose AB:
      “…because “[Ball] really ‘got’ me. That’s how he convinced me to go with him. I just felt that he understood what I was doing with the books”.

      • 74 Pogonip
        May 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm

        She also understood the price she was paid. 😉 She recently said that Ball now owns the rights to Sookie Stackhouse, which surprised me. I thought she had just sold the film rights. http://spedr.com/zq8kl

        • 75 VikingLover
          May 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm

          LOL Oh yes, I’m sure! 🙂 But I really don’t think she would have sold him the rights to her creation, her character, if she didn’t trust him and what he would do with it. I’m sure there are preconditions set in their contract for that. Plus, she had other offers besides his and she chose him.

          • 76 VikingLover
            May 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm

            Pogonip, I know nothing about publishing and selling rights but I found this:

            An author is said to have the “moral right” to control her work. The concept of moral rights thus relies on the connection between an author and her creation. Moral rights protect the personal and reputational, rather than purely monetary, value of a work to its creator. In the United States, the term “moral rights” typically refers to the right of an author to prevent revision, alteration, or distortion of her work, regardless of who owns the work…..The right of integrity bars intentional distortion, mutilation, or other modification of a work if that distortion is likely to harm the author’s reputation, and prevents the destruction of any work of recognized stature.

            I’m sure CH has something like this in her contract with AB but who knows. LOL

            • 77 Pogonip
              May 3, 2010 at 12:25 am

              That sounds good, and I wonder if the law came about because of authors selling movie rights to a work, and having it show up completely different while retaining the character’s names and the author’s name.

              But I think you’re right. CH selected AB and accepted his offer, and now it’s done. It’s always a gamble, and she is keeping a good face on it. She may actually be happy about it.

  22. 78 Millarca
    May 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this thread. You all have so many interesting ideas.

    I think the hair colour is an essential part of Eric and I hope there is a reason for the change. I don’t mind it being short rather than so long it needs to be braided, as I don’t find hair that long particularly attractive on a man and I think Alex looks better with shorter hair, though perhaps not quite as short as it seems in this pic. The colour is quite another thing though. I think there must be a reason in the storyline, perhaps that this particular pic is after they return from Jackson and the change was part of his disguise. I hope it returns to blond, or at least blond highlights to give the illusion it is blond. Yes, it bothers me.

  23. 79 Gigi
    May 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    For the benefit of those who apparently misinterpreted or didn’t understand what I wrote in SVB’s last post, I just want to make clear that I never wrote THERE that AB wanted to piss Eric’s fans. I wrote that he has been teaching them to change their behavior and responses to his TB Eric. My point wasn’t if anyone should like or not the TB version of Eric neither. My point is that he has been gradually changing Eric into a NEW different character. The scene where Eric went to Bill and told him: “This is THE NEW ME, you like?” wasn’t made just for the store employee’s joke. It was especially made with the purpose to introduce him and let us know that, even when he might keep some traits from book Eric character and no mattering the outcome of his acts on the show, TB Eric is a NEW different character from the original SVM’s one. The exactly same way as it happens in any fanfic. And the contrast between these two pics, not just in his image, but also in his throne, gives me the rationale to know that what I wrote is the truth. Because there’s no more actual proof than to see how even his throne has been changed.

    [Eric’s hair is sending me off the deep end for one reason:
    Eric’s long blonde hair is integral to the spirit of his character, and it is symbolic of his connection to Sookie. Take that long blonde hair away, and it feels too much like a symbolic severing of the potential for that connection. And I am deeply suspicious as to why Mr Ball would want us to feel that way.
    The fact that Sookie and Eric’s hair is the “exact same colour” is referenced multiple times in the books, and references to Eric’s blond hair specifically are more numerous than I care to count. Harris doesn’t emphasise the similarity between Eric and Sookie’s hair colour because she wants us to suspect that they are distantly related, or that there is some accident of genetics at play to be revealed further down the line. She makes a point of it because it is a metaphor for their spiritual connection – for the fact that whatever Eric and Sookie are made of at their core, it is the same.]

    THIS! I agree 100% with all your post, but THIS IS the pivotal point of ALL this controversy about Eric’s hair changes and the reason why I’m also drawing the fucking line in the sand (as you called it) and why I don’t like it neither. I could add several important arguments that support all you are saying here, but I just do not think it’s worth doing, because as the old saying goes, none so blind as those who will not see. But for those who think there are different kinds of Sookieverse, I need to say that I’m respectfully disagreeing with them. Because the only and real Sookieverse that exists is the one created by CH, and TB, as well as any other fanfic written about the SVM, are merely personal interpretations based on it.

    • 80 Gigi
      May 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm

      Oh, and I forgot to say that I do expect that TB could give a reason for the color change inside the story context, but it doesn’t changes the real motives of why that AB has created a NEW Eric.

    • 81 MASpencer
      May 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

      I see what you’re saying Gigi– and you might be right about the “new me” comment holding deeper meaning. However, Alan Ball didn’t feel the need to symbolically reinforce the changes to any of the other characters in the show that way– and there are MANY changes, across the board, I think we can all agree– so why would he single out Eric?

      I still think there’s more to it. And again, I don’t think that CH would sign over the rights to the characters she created without some solid assurances that they would be handled with care, and in a way that upholds her vision appropriately. So when CH says that she agrees with Alan Ball’s interpretation at this point, I don’t think it’s because we were all wrong and Bill is meant to be the REAL hero of the series– as anyone who only saw the first two seasons of True Blood might assume. I think it’s because CH already KNOWS Alan Ball’s endgame, even though she may not be aware of all the details and developments that will pop up in between. I can’t imagine she would have made a deal with Alan Ball without having discussed the initial premise of the show, and where it would lead.

      Either that, or CH is a writer who is only interested in money, without any vested interest in her main characters beyond that. And I just refuse to believe that any author who worked so hard to get where she is would feel that way.

      • 82 Gigi
        May 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm

        [However, Alan Ball didn’t feel the need to symbolically reinforce the changes to any of the other characters in the show that way– and there are MANY changes, across the board, I think we can all agree– so why would he single out Eric?]

        Because the real success behind the SVM series and the biggest fanbase it has is based on Eric character. And because Eric posts and the quantity of comments on the old HBO/TB forum that they erased, as well as the posts/comments on the new one, are proof that TB success also depends on his character.

    • 84 Jo
      May 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm

      I agree with you 100%

  24. 85 MASpencer
    May 2, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    [Eric’s long blonde hair is integral to the spirit of his character, and it is symbolic of his connection to Sookie. Take that long blonde hair away, and it feels too much like a symbolic severing of the potential for that connection. And I am deeply suspicious as to why Mr Ball would want us to feel that way.]

    I think that Alan Ball is going to be setting up connections between Eric and Sookie that go far beyond hair color– and that those connections will be evident to us as viewers. We already have the death of Godric to parallel with Gran’s death– two major losses shared between them. And by the end of season 3, I suspect that there will be many more shared experiences that create a bond and reinforce the similarities between Eric and Sookie… just as the dream sequence in season 2 seemed to prophecy.

    Because of this, I don’t think we should feel too threatened by the hair color change (for which there is probably a reason, and which may only be temporary). But if I’m wrong, I’ll be mighty pissed, too. 😉

    • 86 sunnynala
      May 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm

      You are not wrong.

      Please read this piece from Renee, which touches on Eric and ‘camouflage’:

      http://www.ancientpythoness.com/2009/12/23/the-opening-scene-tells-the-tale/

      Foreshadowing Eric’s involvement in Bill’s affair with Sookie, the clerk’s deception draws the attention of the blonde vampire. He wears camouflage which is symbolic of the world weary Viking god persona that Eric displays at Fangtasia. On another level, the camouflage proclaims honestly that Billy Bob, as Brad calls him, is a hunter, which is also something that Eric does, never hiding his vampire nature.”

      “Hunters” use camouflage to blend in so their prey is caught unawares. Eric’s dark hair represents him disguising himself in some fashion to catch his enemies off guard.

      • 87 sunnynala
        May 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm

        And just to add, I think it might also a TB nod to “Leif” but I think AB is expanding this concept of Eric in disguise and making it a more serious aspect of the s3 plotline.

        • May 2, 2010 at 11:52 pm

          I always found it funny that people couldn’t see thru the simple ‘Leif’ disguise. How many 6’4 vampire could there be, and one that is as old as Eric (i think other vampire could sense age to some extent~ re Godric’s talk with Lorena). It’s the whole superman thing, where the only disguise used was glasses and slick-back hair.

        • May 3, 2010 at 12:12 am

          Sunny, you made me think of what I wrote about Eric and Vampire Billy Bob in a completely new way. I think I might agree with myself. ROTFL!

          Perhaps the new doo is a disguise after all. It doesn’t work with book cannon because Eric dyed his hair before Sookie informed him that Bill was missing, but it could be disguise for his mission of retribution against Russell assuming Russell is only into brunettes like Talbot and Godric. There may not even be a blond in the entire palace.

          • 90 sunnynala
            May 3, 2010 at 1:33 am

            LOL!

            Eric is a ‘big faker’ after all. Unlike Bill, who fakes goodness and nobility, Eric dons an intimidating demeanor meant to keep others off balance, never knowing whether he might fall asleep or pounce and kill somebody. He probably won’t. 😉

            I’ve said it before but nobody took notice: do not be surprised if a certain redneck walks into a bar…

      • 91 LLE
        May 3, 2010 at 12:12 am

        Good post and I agree with you.

  25. 92 Dee
    May 2, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    A lot of the symbolisms mentioned on here are great, the only thing is that a persons emotional state, any change of character, power issues and etc., won’t change his hair automatically bc of what he is going through. It has to be something he does himself or Pam I shall say. So what would be the reason that he decides to change it? Maybe the whole avenge plot? Maybe it lasts throughout the season, starting with his plan to avenge someone, and then towards the end achieving it. Maybe he has to go undercover for it?

    We know in the minisode he has dark hair already, minisodes take place around end of S2. AB has said there was a reason Eric wasnt around for end of season and we’ll find out. Maybe the minisode with Yvetta showing up was after maenad was attacked so might be another reason that Eric was absent during that time, which has to be reason for hair change. Maybe the queen had him go do something that deals with them selling V, maybe in an attempt to keep him from trying to help Sookie with the whole maenad situation. Maybe he had to speak to people to find out info on whomever he is after in the avenge plot, of course he didn’t want people to know it was him. It has to be a good enough reason for Eric to change his own hair.

    • 93 VikingLover
      May 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm

      [It has to be a good enough reason for Eric to change his own hair.]

      Yes, exactly. He made this change himself so there has to be a good reason for it. I’m sure we’ll find out soon.

      • 94 Gigi
        May 2, 2010 at 11:52 pm

        I just hope that this reason will also give us an explanation of why his throne has been changed (too).

        • May 2, 2010 at 11:53 pm

          I hope so too.. it is actually a striking change. I put a bit further up in the tread that they have taken his ‘bed post’ down, so no more tallying of conquests

          • 96 VikingLover
            May 3, 2010 at 12:03 am

            DazedRose, I have to reiterate how much I love what you said! I think you could be exactly right.

            Gigi, I’m sure this was a symbolic change just like DazedRose suggested. I doubt they’ll explain it but will leave it up to the interpretation of the viewer. I could be wrong though. Honestly, I’m okay with it because I know it must be a valid change. I trust the story being told on TB.

            Honestly, I’m very happy with TB Eric and how the story is being told so far so this does not bother me in the least. Like I said before, I see TB Eric as TB Eric and Book Eric as Book Eric now. I love them both and I view them within the context of each individual story being told (CH’s and AB’s). But that’s just how I feel and I would never push that on anyone. lol

    • May 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm

      i’m thinking we will see a similar scene with Eric/Pam/Hair as we did last scene. Not sure about the rational behind it, but we will see it. BUT i hope him dyeing his hair isn’t like the date excuse: ‘Sorry i can’t go out with you, i’m washing my hair that night’. I’m still hanging on really tight to Sunny’s alternate ending theory. Eric as sheriff shouldn’t neglect his area, really regardless of what the Queen said. It makes him look weak.

      The Minisode i think is the night of bill’s kidnapping, but i’ve said that over on the thread about the ep!

  26. 98 Caitlin
    May 3, 2010 at 1:04 am

    SVB: AMEN AMEN AMEN!!! This post is just dead on! (no pun intended hehe) This blog is the only thing that keeps my blood pressure in check while watching True Blood and reading the books! I’m so glad the posters are more intelligent and eloquent and I can enjoy your wonderful theories, thanks guys!

  27. 99 Aposmeal
    May 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    yuck on the hair. Is this AB futile attempt to get us to like Eric less? If so it will not work/

  28. 100 Snorkmaiden
    May 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I absolutely agree that Eric’s hair/ apparent new image are rubbish.
    I don’t think that his hair change is necessarily deliberate. Askars has just had his highlights buzz-cut out and let it grow. It will be interesting to see how the continuity is for the other characters in S3.
    Re: the hymen thing, head-hair is already dead – as soon as it gets more than an inch long in any case, so it is plausible that it could be dyed. Otherwise A Ball has already broken the hair rule as Eric’s hair would have re-grown as soon as Pam cut it.

  29. 101 lala
    May 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    RE: HAIR: I have noticed color changes in Pam’s hair as well – there are episodes of TB where Pam’s hair is so light it is almost white-blond, and other times in season 2 where it was auburn-brown – the scene where she is telling Laffayette to go back to seeling V – her hair is so dark. Maybe the cosmetic dept at TB just gave everyone an auburn rinse b/c it looks better with the vampire pale skin?! I’m ust fishin’, of course. But I hate it. Pam’s hair is supposed to look like Alice in Wonderland- blond, according to CH.

    And as I have said numerous times, I had the transition of eric’s look from buff and blond to thin and dark. I think AB considers Eric’s character “evil”, pure and simple.

  30. 103 chantal7399
    May 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    The way you feel about what Alan Ball has done to Eric’s hair is how I feel about him casting a gaptoothed Anna Paquin. It just aint right

  31. May 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I think she looks great. The gap toothed smile doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, I think she deserves a lot of credit for not trying to make herself look like all the other starlets. Her looks are distinctive. Most of the Hollywood starlets all look alike and you need a programme to tell who’s who. No boob job either. Good for her!

    • 105 holby
      May 4, 2010 at 11:42 pm

      I have all sorts of respect for her not making herself over to fit the stereotypical starlet template. I just think she’s a lousy actress and I can’t get past that. (I didn’t know her Oscar history when I saw her in Xmen and I thought she couldn’t act at all!).

      • 106 kelly
        May 7, 2010 at 12:02 am

        yeah, rogue was nothing like the comic books, anna paquin was too weak. but thats the writers as much as her.
        and as much as i dislike her acting in true blood (and it really makes me cringe – especially the lafeyette shooting scene) surely its the directors job to tell her how to play the scene, tell her what emotion she is supposed to be showing. unless he’s just given up cos she can’t do it or is a bit of a diva.

        i hope she gets a sense of humor injection

  32. 107 chantal7399
    May 4, 2010 at 12:37 am

    i have no problem with her having a gap tooth.

    but i do have a problem with sookie having a gap in her teeth on true blood. it is totally not the image you get from the book.

    and yes, she looks distinct with her gap. just not what i would pick to play sookie. the book would have had to describe her with a gap for me to get behind her more as sookie.

    as far as eric’s hair, i don’t like what they’re doing with it either. how hard would it have been to get a wig/extensions similar to jason mewes’ hair (jay & silent bob)?

  33. May 4, 2010 at 1:41 am

    I agree, i find myself wishing that they kept his hair long bc it not only keeps inline with the books but its part of Eric’s essence and i feel AB is taking away from that:( So I say AB get it right or go fuck yourself until u do!!! lol

  34. 109 sunnynala
    May 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Hey! With all the excitement over the release of DITF I hope ya’ll notice this comment. 😀

    With all the angst over Eric’s hair nobody has commented on the fact that Jason has also been given the horrible aurburn rinse. But now, here he is on the TB set yesterday, back in all his blonde-highlighted glory:

    http://www.trueblood-online.com/cast-crew/stephen-moyer/sookie-bill-and-jason-spotted-on-the-true-blood-set/#comments

    So there is hope for Eric getting back to blonde!

  35. 112 lala
    May 4, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/05/04/dead-in-the-family-how-charlaine-harris-and-hbos-true-blood-vampires-stack-up/

    if you want to see some really bad eric hair. I tried to paste photo, but it woud not work.

  36. 113 LydiaB
    May 6, 2010 at 11:31 am

    It’s MOTHERFUCKING HAIR.

    You’re insane. Stop it.

  37. 114 LydiaB
    May 6, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I’m pretty sure they didn’t intentionally change it either to make it darker. He’s a normal person (AS IN NOT A VAMPIRE) and his hair changed depending on how long it is, how much he’s been outside, etc.

    This is is his real hair color

    and so is this

    • May 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      They DID intentionally change it, we’ve been over this in the other post and proven it.

      I know he’s not a vampire, love. I’m not insane either, at least not yet.

      However if you feel I am, you might want to find somewhere else to play.

      • 116 sunnynala
        May 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

        SVB, I have a theory about his hair that might blow some minds but I’m not sure I want to put it out there. I’m not quite sure how my theory would relate to the hair change..but..as we’ve seen, almost anything is possible.

        I’ll give you some hints.

        *we think QSA uses magic
        *she’s pissed at Eric
        *s3 begins, he’s just left QSA…

  38. 120 Kathy
    May 9, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I SOOOOO agree and I’ve been screaming about this since the beginning of Season 2 but at least his hair was blond! My friends laugh at me because I’m so passionate about this! Eric the Vampire has long hair. And it’s all about the type of man who would wear his hair long, as mentioned above. Also as mentioned above his hair is so important in the books. There’s even a bit with it in DITF, so for Eric to have it short, 1960s, saturated with brill cream and combed back severely so that he looks like somebody’s a “square” father, it takes away the power of a man confident in who he is (a viking, a rock star, really), who keeps his hair that way regardless of the fashion of the day.

    I hate to say it, but I come down of the side of those who think it’s AB saying “Screw you, you vocal Eric lovers. Bill is the hero! It’s my way or the highway.” I want to be proved wrong, as I’ve said to Sunny. But I think it’s spite, laziness and the worst hair and makeup crew in the business.

    One of AB’s lame excuses for the hair was that Alex had just done “Straw Dogs” and his hair was cut for the role, but I don’t see that cut growing out over the weeks (in paparazzi photos anyway), as a vampire who’s hair was long should grow back, I know rehash, but dammit, it makes me crazy!! Unless, Alex has to keep it that way because the film isn’t working and they’re afraid they’ll have to go back for reshoots (very possible, as for the life of me I don’t know why anyone would want to redo “Straw Dogs”), there isn’t any reason for his hair to be so unattractive. At any rate, even if that IS the case, put a damn wig on it. And not that rag mop of a wig they had on him in S1, a proper good wig. I know they’re out there. I had no idea Orlando Bloom was dark headed when he was in Lord of the Rings. Spring a little dough for a good one for God’s sake the show is a hit! (so far…)

    I want to spite AB and still root for the Viking, but the way he looks really does change the way I feel about the character. I’m not sure how much of S3 I’ll watch, as I don’t want my picture CH’s Eric polluted by the way Alex looks.

    BTW, I think it makes Alex look very unattractive. He has a very odd face, his eyes are small, his nose is odd, like his father’s. With longer hair (even S2 hair) his face changes, it softens. But without the hair around his face, he looks completely different to me. I also hate the jogging suits. Eric wears T-shirts and jeans, which actually goes with the long hair. I know the jogging suit was Alex’s idea, along with the flip flops (I don’t mind the flip flops) but Eric just wouldn’t wear an Adidas suit. I do like the black leather pants and the black wife-beaters, but they’re closer to t-shirt and jeans than a doofy jogging suit.

    I just heard Charlaine speak at a book signing. She said she gave Alan the rights to do whatever he wanted as long as he stayed within the spirit of the books, which means she gave him license to do what the heck he wanted. She also said, while she’s fine with what he’s done, she’s very happy that people like her books better! LOL! So she did not make any stipulations that he had to keep the characters the way she created them. Also as an aside, when she brought up Eric’s name the whole place when up in cheers. She said what she always says about it “I’m not sure why exactly my readers love him so much, he’s so much about himself.” Eh..he’s still the one I choose! LOL!

    In closing, if I have to guess for the excuse with the hair, it would be the “disguise” in Jackson. Instead of have a beautiful long blond braid we have this fugly doo. And it makes me bat sh*t crazy!

  39. May 13, 2010 at 5:11 am

    This is why I love reading your posts. I didn’t think twice about the hair but now I see your point.

  40. 122 Chat_Noir
    May 29, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Sorry for the slight necro (I’m new here) but add me to the list of people who are slightly miffed at the darkening of Eric’s hair and I’ve got my arms folded and I’m tapping my foot while I wait for AB to come up with a darn good explanation as to why this has happened.

    I actually watched S1 and S2 back to back on dvd on the recommendation of a friend and then sought out the books, and I saw the haircut in S2 and thought to myself “Nooooo! I wanted it LONGER not SHORTER!”, and that was before I knew that Eric was supposed to have very long hair. However, I came to like the shorter cut, particularly in the naked E/S dream sequence when it was all soft and untamed. After reading the books it made me think that it would be very good for Eric’s hair to be left ‘unstyled’ like that during the amnesia storyline as it gave the character a very boyish and vulnerable look, which would fit in well with the situation he was in. I can only hope that this very short, dark look is a temporary blip and that we’ll be back to blonde soon, otherwise I might be tempted to get all Hallow on AB’s arse and cast a spell that’ll make it so he has to pee sitting down and hand in his man-membership for life, lol.

    Slightly OT, but I’d also like to see the makup artists ease up a little on the pale makeup for the vamps. Yes, I know that they are supposed to be pale thanks to not being able to go out in the sun, but its almost like they have been thrown into a vat of flour and shaken about at times, more so in S2 than S1. It’s also distractingly heavy in some scenes, and I for one could quite easily live with a little colour in their skin tones if it didn’t look as though they had gone crazy with industrial strength foundation in the shade of Graveyard #1.

  41. 123 Malifisense
    May 31, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Sorry for adding to the thread late, I’ve been reading book 9. I’ve been reading through the comments, and maybe I missed it but no one seems to have brought up the point about the change in Eric’s hair that seems most important to me, which is that it can’t last. When you create a world, you set certain rules for it, and if you bend or break those rules you provide a plausible reason (or a good loophole). It’s been established in both the books and the tv series that vampires stay the way the were at the time they were made vampires.

    Book example, Dead Until Dark, Chapter 2:
    Sookie: I touched his sideburns, since apparently touching was okay. “They’re long,” I observed.
    Bill: “That was the fashion,” he said. “It’s lucky for me I didn’t wear a beard as so many men did, or I’d have it for eternity.”
    Sookie: “You never have to shave?”
    Bill: “No, luckily I had just shaven.”

    Series example: Jessica’s perpetual virginity.

    So in order to continue following the established rules, Eric’s going to have to start spending a lot of time maintaining his new hairdo. Maybe his shorter darker hair is easier for the tv series, but to me at least it undermines credibility. I’m not saying I want the series to faithfully follow the books to the letter, but since there’s already evidence of obeying this rule in Jessica, to have Eric ignore it doesn’t make sense to me. But maybe I’m being nit-picky 🙂

    • May 31, 2010 at 2:17 pm

      You’re not being nit picky at all!

      Quite a few of us have raised the continuity issue, I think most of it is in the Part 1 post.

      General consensus seems to be that hair is dead (therefore whatever is done to it is permanent) but Jessica’s hymen tissue is not.

      Personally, I ain’t buying this because as far as I’m concerned, once you’re a vampire EVERYTHING is dead. And that includes hymens.

      When you’re dealing with a genre such as this, “rules” are important and I think it’s an issue on TB. Not only with Eric’s hair, but also with the blood exchanges. This is another area that I feel rules and precedents aren’t being followed. It’s enough to make you tear your hair out by the roots isn’t it? Ugh.

      • 125 Kathy
        May 31, 2010 at 2:56 pm

        I sent two questions to Michael Ausiello (who is moderating the Q&A). One is the Jessica/Hymen, Eric/Hair issue.

        The other is the continuity problem in the writing: Bud asking Sookie about beating up Mack the night the “twister” destroyed their home (his cousin had treated him that night)/Eric saying to Bill “You gave her your blood the night you met her.” Is is something I’m missing or a mistake? Cause it looks like a whole day passed between Sookie beating up Mack and Bill giving her his blood.

        I’m hoping he asks the Jessica/Eric one. I have a feeling I’m not the only one that submitted that question!

      • 127 Malifisense
        May 31, 2010 at 11:55 pm

        Yikes, I claim nit-picky status and don’t even notice a “pt 2” in the title of the post. My bad 🙂

        So popular opinion for the series is holding that, unlike humans who have to continuously maintain a different hair color or length, a vampire can color or cut and it stays. Though it’s clear that it wouldn’t hold in the books, or Bill could shave and presumably wake up the next night with a full beard again, if he’d been brought over with one. Or it may not even take that long, which is why I think when Eric disguises himself as “Leif” he doesn’t bother with changing his hair color or cutting it, because he knows it wouldn’t stick for long and he’d be exposed. As for Jessica’s virginity in the series, I don’t think it’s addressed in the books because I get the feeling it’s a given that the vampire would have sex with the person before bringing them over, since it’s emphasized several times how the various lusts overlap.

        Personally I don’t particularly care what changes they make in the series, as long as they’re consistent and make sense.

  42. 128 Jo
    May 31, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    This Saturday I went to a show and had a guy sitting a few rows below me, he had a beautiful long hair, do not look anything like Eric, but I spent some time looking at your beautiful hair with grief and wondering Eric with long hair “sigh”

  43. 129 Chat_Noir
    June 1, 2010 at 8:06 am

    As far as the continuity with hair goes, one thing that did irritate me was Eric bleaching his hair. I know a few Bill-Bots who very nearly had orgasms over the little revelation that Eric wasn’t a natural blonde as to them it was proof that Bill was “naturally all man” and Eric was merely a self absorbed and vain fop. However, if you refer to the flashback scenes of Eric’s final hours as a human you can see that, underneath all the blood, gore and dirt of battle, his hair was pretty much the same as when we first encountered him in “Escape From The Dragon House” a thousand years later. I hadn’t realised that Clairol had been providing that natural, sunkissed look for so long… 😉 I can understand that maybe the whole “foil” thing was done for humour, diversion of the violence that was about to come and to usher in a change of look for the character, but it was another kick against the cannon of the books and the TV series.


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