Last Sunday’s episode of True Blood titled “I’m Alive and On Fire” was another teaser for Eric Northman fans. Yes fans did see more of the amnesiac Eric Northman drunk from imbibing Fae Claudine’s blood. (in the process killing her). The episode started out with Sookie pleading with the playful Viking Vampire to get in his hidey hole to no avail of course! Eric enjoyed the fae blood buzz and gave Sookie’s bootie a pinch (ok two pinches but he did say it was a beautiful butt).
So yes I’ll start off with some of the fun “great moments from episode 4.04: SPOILER ALERT!! Yes I have some of my “guesses” in this and could be spoiler in nature!
Playtime with Eric:
Sookie is learning the joys of tending to amnesiac Eric. At times she seems very tender with him and also a bit stern much like a mother would with a child. One of the highlights for me was just how Sookie did act with Eric. In the past she would have no sooner spat at his face than try to help him out. Yes I do believe we are starting to see her heart soften a bit towards Mr. Northman.
Just when Sookie seem to have Eric listening to her and possibly go back with her to the house so he can be safe when he runs off at vampire speed. Sookie calls Alcide to help her find him when he does not return during the daytime. I can see the need for a supernatural to help sniff out a vampire. (She had already asked him to keep Eric earlier).
Thanks to Joe’s wolf form he was able to find Eric taking a dip in the waters by Sookie’s home. Here we see the very playful Eric swimming and asking Sookie to come and play with him. (as if there were no other possible answer to that question other than Heck Yeah!). Sookie would have no play time (yet…) sadly but did tell Eric there were gators in that water and to get out before they bit off his “you know what” (a nod to the gracious aplenty perhaps??) Eric of course starting call out the gators in swedish (pretty funny scene for me loved it)
The fae blood has enabled Eric to “daywalk” and not burn up in the daylight.
Alcide is a bit surprised to see Eric acting very unlike himself so he shifts back into human form. (giving fans a special treat -the vision of seeing both Alcide and Eric shirtless.)
Eric seeing Alcide in human form goes all fangy and goes into protect Sookie mode. Right after Eric went into vamp mode-he started to smolder in the sun. (you can see the smoke right above his left shoulder in the image below)
Perhaps the daywalking does not work if the vampire is fangy? (or it could have just worn off) So thanks Alcide for making that happen (NOT). Fortunately Eric vamp speeds it up back to the house and does not get all “crispy critter” and is healed quickly where he did burn.
Why was this action “great” for me? No it was not just seeing the shirtless visions of beauty that were Alex and Joe in this episode. What made it fun for me as a fan was seeing how Sookie is seeing Eric in a very different light and has really started to soften a bit towards him. She is seeing him as a very vulnerable vampire, who is also very playful. When ever Eric would pay Sookie a compliment in the past she would not really acknowledge it but in this episode she did thank him for saying she had a great butt. Sookie is still hurting from a broken heart and it is great to see her having a bit of fun. These “tender moments” when she showed care for Eric (the burns, trying to get him to rest to ward off the bleeds, staying safe etc) are starting to “open her eyes” to another side of Eric.
Bill Compton Shaking the Family Tree
Yes what many fans said would “never ever happen” where Alan Ball would show Bill Compton in a negative light finally did happen in this episode. Bill Compton is visiting his latest lady conquest Portia Bellefleur. Being the southern gentleman that he is with vampire vision he gladly helps Caroline Bellefleur, read the family tree in the family bible. The image below shows their faces when they realize that they share a certain leaf on that tree:
The mutual look of horror on their faces is priceless. She of course being the southern lady would rather suffer other horrors than have a vampire in the family tree. Bill well just realized he had sex with his great great great great grandaughter. So this definitely could be considered a “bad” moment on the episode but it did give a for a bit of comedy.
Burn Witchy Burn
The episode also showed a flashback to the Spanish Inquistion times showing a certain witch (Antonia) being burned at the stake. Marnie is able to witness the event as if she were actually there. Yes this is the “powerful witch” who took Marnie over when the spell was cast on Eric. We also may have been given a hint as to why she is so “anti-vampire” during the scene where Nan visits Bill in his office. Mention is made of the “vampire massacre” that occured during the Inquision. Nan states that “that was the action of one very powerful witch who had a reason to hate vampires 400 years ago” (perhaps a vampire turned her child? we do see Antonia in another flashback where a priest is praying over someone). No way would they mention that line without it having a reason. My guess is that Antonia was responsible for a vampire massacre and that the Church burned her at the stake as a witch. (perhaps the Church had a few vamps in their heirarchy).
The priest speaking in spanish saying how to properly burn a witch appears to be an arch bishop of the Spanish Inquistion timeframe. His “hat” is called a mitre and looks like the ones worn by “bishops”. The other man in the image also appears to be of royal blood. (in another screen cap a royal coat of arms from Spain is shown with two 3 towered castles representing Kingdom of Castile, and two lions rampant)cap below:
The inquisition was started when a priest convinced Queen Isabella of the need to cleanse other faiths and heritics and protect the church (many Jews, Muslims were persecuted). Antonia is chanting in the flashback and the words are a mix of Latin and Hebrew. Her chant is:
Colpriziana offina alta nestra fuaro menut
Allay fortission fortissio allynsen roa
This is a necromancy spell from the Grirmorium Verum. This spellbook was written in the 16th century. Translation of the spell is:
“Colpriziana, offina alta nestra, fuaro menut, i name …….. the dead which i seek, …….. thou art the dead that i seek. …
when the smoke started to appear Antonia continued with the spell: “Allay Fortission Fortissio Allynsen Roa!” this is also a combination of hebrew and latin. … SOURCE:
Perhaps Antonia is calling out the Church for protecting the “demons-vampires”. We did have a casting call for the season that said there was a “vampire priest”. My guess is that a family member a child perhaps of Antonia’s was a victim of a vampire. When she killed too many vampires in retaliation she was persecuted (to protect the vampire). Now that she has been channelled by Marnie she is back with a vengenance.
That brings me to one of the “Gross moments” of the episode:
The last set of action for the episode had Pam confronting Marnie to “fix her maker”. Having found the correct spell book (with Antonia’s help of course since the book just happened to jump out of the bookcase) Marnie starts to read a spell. Cue the fire eyes:
Seems that everytime Marnie is taken over by Antonia’s spirit we see those glowing eyes. That did not bode well at all for poor Pam. Yes the curse that was supposed to lift the curse was in fact a “revealing” spell. The true nature of a vampire is an undead corpse so the spell had the effect of showing a “rotting body”. We start to see Pam peel at her face realizing that it is rotting away. She manages to peel off
an ear her cheek I think:
I slowed down the audio portion of the curse and it sounds like it might be said in Galician (if it is not Latin) here is what it sounds like Antonia/Marnie (Maronia?) says:
for mortuus morituus et pre facto en colesca putres tas
translation (very rough translation):
for the dying died before the fact of putrefying, coalesce (ie FUSE) Sounds like she cursed Pam to have her body “rot” and fuse with what she is which is “dead”.
Pam runs away at vamp speed before any more bits fall off of her. I really hate seeing her beautiful face being ravaged like this. Perhaps Antonia is seeking revenge on Eric’s child to exact vengeance for the loss of her family? Just a guess and I could be wrong.
Getting back to just why was Eric the one sent to the witches? Still have a bad feeling that King Bill was seeking a way to eliminate a rival of his. (again I could be wrong). Even Nan questioned Bill’s judgement for sending Eric. Spoilers have been leaked away showing just how far his majesty will go to “get rid of Eric”.
These scenes were just some of the ones I highlighted. There were many more that really drove the action in the episode. Big bad daddy Mickens is back and has Tommy chained up. That is going to end very badly for the Mickens. Another gross moment of course was the Hotshot insanity. Jason was the only shining light when he refused to have Becky lose her virginity to him. Really sick town that just needs to have all the adults locked away and the kids taken to therapy!
One of the issues I had with the episode is having such a large cast leads to way too many storylines. Not enough of Eric and Sookie for my tastes sadly. Upcoming episode summaries just futher frustrate me as a fan as well saying how Sookie is trying to find a way for Eric and Bill in her life. Earth to Sookie- pick the Viking! I grabbed this cap since it seemed to foreshadow some upcoming action:
Don’t want to end the post with just a gross moment so I’ll end with the “Viking Puppy Dog eyes” photo: (yah I waited 4 seasons to see these so enjoy) Hopefully in 4.05 we will finally have another real “kiss” between Eric and Sookie (he asked so nicely Sookie come on now!) Added almost 500 screen caps to site on this page:
Dr. Skarsgard himself: