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Sookie, Bill and Eric: Speculations on the ‘True Blood’ Threesome on the Cover of ‘Rolling Stone’

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There’s some obvious tension between ‘True Blood’ characters Bill Compton, Sookie Stackhouse and Eric Northman. While it’s clear that both vampire males want to claim Sookie as their own due to her mysterious powers and charm, some viewers have wondered whether the three will get together…together.

A recent ‘Rolling Stone’ cover features Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skaarsgard (Sookie, Bill and Eric, respectively) covered in fake blood. Nude, they’re posed provocatively with none of their unmentionable zones exposed. The fact that all three are posed together furthers the theory that either Sookie will end up getting together with Eric in more than just her dreams or that the three of them will all hop in bed at some point.

We’ve also seen that vampires in the ‘Sookieverse,’ despite their original preferences, eventually experience and experiment with human and vampire members of both genders. Most people probably would expand their horizons considering an immortal future.

Further evidence indicates that Sookie doesn’t always operate like a regular human, either. She’s a telepath, among other things (this post contains spoilers about Sookie’s powers and true nature after page jump).

If there’s a reason for a threesome, I’m pretty sure it could happen on the show—and Alan Ball is a master at coming up with good reasons for vampire sex and the erratic (and erotic) behaviors they exhibit. The threesome, after all, can really alter audiences’ views about the subjects—be they vampires in the night or King Arthur. Yep—King Arthur.

It happened in both the book and movie version of ‘The Mists of Avalon,’ a feminist retelling of Arthurian legends. In Marion Zimmer Bradley’s version, Guinevere desires to bear a son but cannot; on a drunken desire to furnish an heir to the kingdom and a child to his wife, King Arthur invites Lancelot to the royal bed. While it was shocking, it made an odd amount of sense beyond pleasing an audience’s desire for the kinky.

To some, it justified Guinevere’s affection for Lancelot and the pair’s ultimate betrayal of Arthur’s love (in the book she also knew him prior to her betrothal to Arthur). Aside from being shock factor, Bradley introduced the threesome as a logical occurrence and as a mechanic to better explain a character’s understanding of her own world.

Since vampires are sexual creatures by nature and we’ve seen even mainstream Bill give in to carnal desires despite his better judgment, I’d say that it’s a good possibility. It’s also a fairly good possibility that ‘Rolling Stone’ hit the mark with a cover that would sell copies and get people talking about the actors and the show.

That said, would author Charlaine Harris ever include something like that in one of the Southern Vampire Mysteries that launched such a book?

(Click to the next page to find out—warning: additional spoilers about these three characters also discussed.)