Book-based; spoilers for book 11.
After reading Dead Reckoning, I had even more hope for Eric and Sookie than I did before. It made me sad to see so many E/S shippers predicting doom and gloom for our favorite couple, but I completely understand why they did. As it stands, I think E/S has about a 50% chance. The other side of that coin? Sam and Sookie. I do believe it’s entirely between Eric and Sam at this point. But here’s why I have every faith that Eric and Sookie can find happiness at the end of this series.
1) The blood bond had to go.
Let me be clear: I loved the blood bond. It was a romantic idea, and it gave me happy little goosebumps, and I hated that Sookie broke it without telling Eric or even considering his feelings. But when she broke it, I thought, “Eric and Sookie have a real chance now!” Yep, you read that correctly.
It was absolutely necessary for Sookie to decide that she loved Eric without it. I understand why the breaking of the bond made people depressed, but didn’t the porch scene make up for that times a million? It did for me! The moment when Sookie tells Eric that she does love him – all on her own – was one of my favorites in the whole series. Judging by the porch swing sex that followed, Eric was pretty happy about it, too. That was a pivotal moment for Eric and Sookie. They could never be together for good without it.
And hey, blood bonds can be re-formed. The important thing was for Sookie to realize that she didn’t need it. And for Eric to learn that Sookie didn’t need it. It was an obstacle and a crutch, and it’s gone for now. If they ever recreate the bond, it will be purely because they both want to. And that’s even more romantic.
2) Sookie will have to fight for Eric.
Throughout this series, it’s always been Eric seducing, wooing, and fighting for Sookie. Not once has Sookie fought for him or for any other relationship. Yes, she goes to Jackson to help Bill, but that’s to save his life, not to save their relationship. That’s a serious problem in the narrative and with Sookie’s character. Eric notices it as early as Club Dead:
“Had it occurred to you,” he said, after we’d rolled out of the city’s center, “that you tend to walk away when things between you and Bill become rocky? Not that I mind, necessarily, since I would be glad for you two to sever your association. But if this is the pattern you follow in your romantic attachments, I want to know now.”
Oh, Eric, honey, just wait.
It’s essential for the growth and maturation of Sookie’s character for her to step into the ring and beat a relationship problem to a bloody pulp. With this arranged marriage being dumped on Eric, Charlaine Harris is offering that chance to Sookie on a silver platter. It’s time for our Sookie to step up, gloves off. I love Sookie, and I believe that she can and will.
If she doesn’t? She doesn’t deserve Eric, and Sam can have her.
When we learned about the arranged marriage in book eleven, I didn’t see curtains for Eric and Sookie. The first thing I thought was, “Finally! We’re going to see her fight for him!” For their relationship to have any hope, it has to happen. Dead Reckoning opened the door for it to happen.
3) The cluviel dor.
The most obvious use for the cluviel dor is to get Eric out of his arranged marriage. Maybe that’s why it never crossed Sookie’s mind in Dead Reckoning when she seemed to think of every other possible use for it – and then some (which I found completely unbelievable, by the way, but never mind). She didn’t think of it because Charlaine is saving it for a future book.
The cluviel dor is Charlaine’s deux ex machina. It’s going to be used to solve some otherwise unsolvable problem for a person Sookie loves. If Sookie’s one true love is Sam, there’s no use for the cluviel dor.
Unless Charlaine is a fantastically bad writer (which she isn’t), the cluviel dor has to be there for a reason. That reason is Eric.
4) Eric evolves.
More than any other character in the series, possibly including even Sookie, Eric evolves. Bill never changes. Sam never changes. Quinn isn’t there enough to change. Only Eric follows the pattern of a true male lead. Only Eric has an actual journey in this series; he is the only male character in eleven books in whose fate the reader and the heroine are continually invested.
Again, unless Charlaine is a fantastically bad writer, she wouldn’t build up Eric so much only to have him fall by the wayside as Sookie takes the easy way out with Sam. Eric’s character has earned more than that. Sookie’s character has earned more than that.
5) Let’s be honest.
That bite that Eric gave Sookie at the end of book eleven… that was hard for me to swallow. But I made my peace with it and even came to understand and accept the reasoning behind it. It’s Eric forcing them both to be honest about the way things are. I see this now as a step in a positive direction. He’s not trying to hide the dark and ugly aspects of himself from her anymore. He’s saying, “This is what I am, Sookie. Take it or leave it.”
Charlaine left us with a cliffhanger: will Eric call or not? I think we all know that he will. The real cliffhanger is whether Sookie will answer the call – and I don’t just mean the phone call.Tags: Book 11
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