Now Sookie doesn’t. The teapot and sugar bowl have been replaced by the hair brush.
Now go back up and look at the first picture. We, the audience, can also see a glass bowl and cup, just in front of the little porcelain doll, that is entirely missing from Sookie’s point of view. From the audience’s perspective the little porcelain blue bird is just to the left of the praying hands, but as Sookie looks down on Gran’s collection, the blue bird is just in front of her and to the left of the box. It has also sprouted what looks like a winding stem.
Do we know why the birdie sings?
Just in case we missed the point, the camera pulls back again and drives it home:
We can see the items suggestive of food but Sookie cannot. From her pov they have disappeared altogether. At the same time items suggestive of grooming such as the hair brush, the porcelain powder box, lotion bottle, kleenex box, jewelry tray, and make-up brushes have all moved closer to Sookie, taking prominence in her line of sight. A sewing kit fills the box when Sookie looks at it, but from the audience pov the box seems to contain nothing but a few random papers.
The little porcelain doll is helpless to do anything but lay there in her pink crocheted bonnet and gown.
Is Bill a magic man? TAP thinks so and I agree. How else to explain how she went from the Sookie we see above to this:
How else to explain why from that point forward we haven’t seen a morsel of food pass her lips? This doesn’t count:
..because we never see her put the chocolate mousse into her mouth, and remarkably she didn’t need to dab her lips with her napkin when she was done. Has Bill cast a spell to make Sookie thinks she’s eating food when she’s not? Does food of any kind interfere with the flavor of her delicious fae blood? I’ve read book spoilers that book Bill demanded Sookie stop eating garlic and taking supplements for this very reason.
The season of the witch is coming up but True Blood has yet to introduce a concept or plot point out of the blue. There are always clues, a set-up that the audience can look back on and recognize in light of new information. As has been discussed exhaustively at TAP there are clues all over the place that Bill has been using dark magic spells on Sookie for various purposes, spells that require a blood sacrifice to activate as indicated by the ritual performed by Holly for Arlene. In 3.01 Trucker Hank died in Bill’s house almost the very moment Sookie walked in to question Jessica on Bill’s whereabouts. Directly afterwards Sookie’s obsession with Bill at the expense of everything else in her life was manifest.
Did the death of Ms. Jeanette just the day before the disappearance of the teapot result in Sookie’s lack of interest in food and her transformation into Stepford Sookie? Who else has to die and how much worse will her transformation become as a result? How many of the deaths on True Blood can be attributed to sacrficial rituals performed by Bill to activate spells against Sookie? To anyone paying attention, it is not possible to believe that Bill will allow Sookie a choice in whether she wants to be with him after what she has learned recently. He has yet to allow her real choices where he is concerned. It is impossible for me to imagine the Bill I’ve come to know simply stepping aside and allowing the source of untold power and invulnerability–daywalking and possible immunity to silver– to slip from his cold dead hands. If Bill really is a magic man who utilizes the black arts to keep Sookie in line, to make her forget about food, how is it possible to believe he has the ethics required to prevent him from casting a spell to make her forget what she’s found out about him recently?
Russell Edgington to Sookie: Who knows what your blood can do?
I’d bet good money Bill knows all about it and has known for some time.
A vampire queen would make a powerful sacrifice, yes?
For those who are about to die we salute you.