I thought that the flashback to the Spanish Inquisition was great. I wonder how many viewing this realized that what they were watching, was essentially a re-enactment of a war on women. I know that Ball is linking vampires to this witch's death, but we have yet to hear the whole story. It is clear that Marlee is in way over her head. She cannot control the spirit, she cannot force it to answer her, and when the spirit does appear, she cannot control what it does.
It was sweet to watch Eric play in the sun. I also have to say, I don't understand why Ball couldn't have the camera drop just a few inches when Alcide was changing and when Eric was in the water. That is what I call a serious tease. When Sookie turns to Alcide and says, "stop making that noise," it cracked me up. Watching Eric mourn the loss of daylight really gave me a sense of his loss. Though he is over 1000 years old, and has seen things that I could only dream about, to do that he had to give up simple pleasures like going for a swim on a hot summer day. I guess there is a cost for everything. Tenderness is something the old Eric would never have exhibited, and it is this vulnerability that is drawing Sookie in. In some ways, she is still very much a sexual conquest to him, and in others, she is a mother figure.
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