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I promise not to take up too much of your time but there are a few things from last night’s amazeballs episode that I want to discuss here because Scribe and I got into a discussion over it and we have very opposing points of view on the whole Eric/Willa situation. So I suppose I will start there.
Wait, sorry! *pulls brain out of the gutter & flicks unicorn poop off of it*
Alright so here’s the thing… Scribe thinks Eric turning Willa is gross and skeevy. At first glance, I can see that. I may have even had a knee jerk reaction of, “Bb, wtf are you doing with that child who looks so much like your sister but isn’t?” As a matter of fact, there is still something creepy about Eric’s first scenes with Willa but they’re supposed to be. Clearly Willa has this idea of what vampires are in her head. She’s romanticized them and sees all of these awesome things about being a vampire. She’s young and naive and doesn’t fully understand what she’s getting herself into.
To that end, I think I understand why Scribe feels this is rapey.
Willa’s poor decision making isn’t Eric’s fault. He’s using what advantages he still has left. Right now all he’s really got is his pretty face, his 1,000 years of experience and the fact that he’s a vampire. He has the ability to destroy the one thing Governor Burrell truly loves and he does so with Willa’s consent. There are really only two ways for this situation to pan out. Either Burrell chooses to accept his daughter as a vampire and he pulls the plug on the evil shit he’s been doing OR he sends her off to camp like she’s any other vampire.
He chose what’s behind door number 2 and sent Willa to camp. Now Eric knows where the camp is because he’s got a bond with three someones inside it. Of course he doesn’t know they got Pam yet, but he will and once he does the shit will hit the fan. Contrary to Pam’s recent beliefs that Eric no longer gives a fuck about her, he just doesn’t have time for her bullshit. He doesn’t know that Nora has been captured either and you can bet he won’t be down with that.
My guess is that Eric knows being captured is inevitable. While he could, he inflicted the maximum amount of personal damage to the governor. The problem is, I don’t think Governor Burrell is the real bad guy here.
There is nothing rage and hatred in Sarah’s eyes in that last gif. She has zero tolerance for vampires, whereas the governor clearly still sees his daughter as his daughter. Methinks that she’s been pulling the governor’s strings for quite some time and is extremely unhappy that all of her hard work could be undone by his daughter being turned. We saw the governor have a little tantrum at Ginger’s house when it became obvious that Willa wasn’t there anymore. He’s like a toddler in a grown man’s body. He never anticipated that his daughter would be used as a pawn in all of this and that was a huge oversight on his part. Either that, or he was too arrogant to think some stupid vampire could ever get the better of him. Regardless, he’s not nearly as clever as he thinks he is.
It’s only when Willa attacks him that his opinion changes. That leaves me to wonder if Willa attacked him on purpose. Was it a command from her maker that she be sent to camp so that he would be able to find her? Or was she supposed to broker some sort of truce? Either way, Eric wins.
He didn’t turn Willa for nothing. There were purposes to his decision and believe that he didn’t make the decision lightly. It wasn’t like when he turned Pam and his hand was essentially forced. Eric is a pragmatist and an opportunist. Something fell into his lap that was just too good not to pass up, and at a time when his options are so limited, he played the hand he was dealt to the best of his ability.
My gut says this camp is going to end up a Trojan Horse. Yes, the humans running it have weapons at their disposal, but vampires don’t survive for thousands of years (mostly in secret) by being foolish creatures. In his human life Eric was a warrior. He knows something about war and even Pam recognizes that fact.
Which reminds me that I’m back to being tired of Tara running her mouth. She talks a tough game and I guess kudos to her for standing up to what she believes in, but she’s made a series of shit choices over the years without really having the knowledge to back up the shit she talks. Does she really think she can just put her hands over her ears and not hear a command from Pam? Maybe that shit works with Mommy but Daddy’s not having it.
One of these days Tara will figure out that Eric doesn’t give a single fuck about being popular. He cares about survival. He values life above all else, and I don’t think Tara feels the same way despite her misguided notion of doing a good deed by setting Willa free. We see how well that worked out for her anyway. Eric accepts Tara as part of the family but that doesn’t mean she’s on his level and Tara needs to learn her place in the pecking order.
It would help if Pam actually had a conversation with her about that, by the way.
It was said somewhere that this season is all about power and how it corrupts. We see what it’s done to Bill with him having Jessica kidnap the doctor that formulated TruBlood. What possessed Bill to have an essentially newborn vampire faebysit four young fairies, I will never understand. He had to have known that eventually their smell would get the better of Jessica. I felt terrible for her at the end of the episode, not just because she feels such crushing disappointment in herself but because for all of her talk, I really don’t think Jess wants to kill pe0ple.
Then we see Rikki, Alcide’s #1 bitch, as she so aptly named herself, and how she thinks being his woman gives her more power than she really has. Like it or not, she still has to bow to someone. She obviously thinks she should be able to call her own shots but that’s not the way it works. My worry is that in trying to reel in his bitch, Alcide will exert more force than necessary to get the rest of his pack to fall in line. Or will he be spending time cleaning up Rikki’s mess? I don’t know what she said to Emma to get her to shift (aside from the threatening and the glowing eyes) but that’s some fucked up shit. You don’t threaten a child like that, lady. Just no.
Okay so we’ll move on to the Warlow situation.
There are some pretty obvious Bill parallels with the Ben storyline. Bill played on Sookie’s good nature in order to get close to her. Sookie fell for it hook, line and sinker because she knew that the Ratts were drainers and it never occurred to her that Bill knew it too when he left Merlotte’s that night. I’m convinced he knew, by the way. Hell, for all we know Bill glamoured them into draining him. I find it hard to believe those two freakshows were able to take down a vampire with just that thin piece of silver they had draped over him. Then again, maybe Bill’s just a pussy.
Regardless of all that, Sookie is smartly and rightfully suspicious of Ben from the beginning. There is definitely something off about him and it’s good to see Sookie not only catching on to that fact but formulating a plan to deal with it. Even better? She does it on her own. She doesn’t wait to run it by anyone else and she doesn’t discuss it with her brother or Peepaw Baggins; she just does it.
It’s good to see Sookie being proactive and smart. I don’t know if this is the last we’ll be seeing of Warlow but at least now he knows he’s not nearly as clever as he thinks he is and Sookie’s not without some smarts or defenses. She’s not the same naive girl she was when she met Bill and she is determined not to fall for that bullshit ever again. Sookie has zero intention of going with Warlow of her own free will and I love that she figured it all out on her own. She used her intelligence to figure out what Ben really is and relied on no one to come and save her.
This is the Sookie we know from the books and it’s nice to see her present in the show once again. She’s been missing for quite some time.