Is Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman an Alpha Male?

March 15, 2009 by  

ericnorthmanIs Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman an Alpha Male?  That is the question being posed on E! Online: Watch with Kristin website.  The website has round 2 of their Alpha Male Madness: Who’s TV’s Top Dog Poll and Alexander Skarsgard‘s role of Eric Northman on True Blood is pitted against Carrie Preston‘s (Arlene Fowler) husband Michael Emerson who plays the bad guy on LOST as Ben Linus.  It seems funny that of all the other actors that Alexander could be competing with, he is pitted against his co-star’s husband.  It seems that there will be a True Blood connection one way or another no matter what the outcome although I think I know who True Blood fans want to see win this poll.

Here is the link to cast your vote.

Special thanks go out to Jaime, Linda and especially Wendy on our Facebook page for e-mailing us and informing us to spread the news regarding the poll.

SOURCE:  E!Online: Watch with Kristin

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)

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  • ria triska

    i hope like that too, i hope eric will be paired with sookie at the end, but i don’t want they change ana paquin as sookie, she roles good..can’t she roled it more professianally

  • mari thatcher

    We love Sookie Stackhouse novels. I hope this turns into a real movie, with Eric the real partner of Sookie since there’s no hope that would be the ultimate turn of events in the TV series TB. We think Alan B. is devoted to Sookie/Bill love relationship, which many of us don’t find appealing. I remember TB creator commented about the character of Eric Northman, “he is hot, but is dangerous,” and that “we don’t know if he ever loved somebody besides himself.” How could he be a good pair to Sookie?

    I think it’s not fair to say that, given Eric’s character in the CH novels. In fact, I am now with book 5, and I couldn’t remember any particular instance in the novels I’ve read that he did show his dangerous side without having to protect an innocent one (e.g. he stabbed Long Shadow, but that was only to protect Sookie, he killed the werewolves in Sookie’s house but that was again to protect her, he didn’t kill those men who ambushed them at the gas station in book 3, etc.).

    We love Eric not because he’s hot, but because of the totality of his character, from like a stone-heart vampire given a thousand of years he accustomed himself to vamp politics and he’s been successful. What’s wrong with that? Wouldn’t it be possible that a true love could melt his heart? Besides, there are many instances in the story that proved Eric’s soft, good side. He’s funny, he protects his employees in the bar, he does not hurt without a good reason, he saved Sookie several times (even more than Bill did), he is true to his profession as a sheriff i.e. protecting vamps in his area or giving justice to whatever dreadful that happened to them, like when Bill was kidnapped, he didn’t waste time to find him, not only for the sake of Sookie but because it was his job as a sheriff.

    When Eric lost his memory, I think CH demonstrated that Eric used to be that Eric long time ago, gentle, caring and loving (he cares for innocent people too e.g. when Maria almost got killed in book 4, he helped to bring her to the hospital) . And perhaps, a true love could somehow bring that back in him, no matter how stone-hard his character had been for many years because of his position and success in the Vamp hierarchy.

    I think Eric’s character is full of life and should be the best partner of heroine Sookie, instead of Bill. Bill was willing to give up on Sookie and just decided to come back to her after his mate was killed. Eric is stronger, has a soft side and could also love.. That’s the most interesting part of it because he used to be not that kind of person, and that’s the difference between him and Bill.

    It’s a little frustrating because it’s very unlikely to find a great novel with a heroine, who is paired to a weak character like Bill’s. Well not to be taken literally, but yes Bill may be stronger than the weres or shifters, but not compared to more powerful vampires. He doesn’t even have any strategy to protect Sookie, which he should have thought of in the first place, given the fact that he’s a younger vampire.

    Eric, on the other hand, is stronger and more brilliant. He has ways to protect Sookie against those older and more powerful than him. Remember when he stepped in opportunistically and offered to exchange blood with Sookie instead of exchanging with another powerful vampire, he managed to convince the Queen and the others to allow him to do it. Now, why couldn’t Bill think of such ways to protect Sookie from his maker, so that he didn’t have to leave her?

    Since Eric could not be the real partner of heroine Sookie in T.V. series TB, maybe in the movies he could be. And they can get other actress if Ana P. can’t do it since she would probably refuse to make love scenes with Alex S. given her engagement with Stephen M. in real life. (Maybe that was one of reasons TB could not make a good team for Eric-Sookie, because in real life it’s Bill-Sookie (or Stephen and Ana for that matter), and Alan B. just doesn’t want to ruin their real life romance.

    They could get equally competent actresses who can portray the role of Sookie Stackhouse, anyway. Maybe Scarlett Johansson or Rachel McAdams.. Alex Skarsgard would still be best for the role of Eric Northman. How’s that?

    • You are forgetting that this is True Blood not the Sookie Stackhouse Series. What you state happens has not occurred in the series. Also Alan Ball has mentioned in previous interviews he was drawn to the books because of the Bill character and how he see him as a Mr. Darcy character being the “tragic hero” and the themes. I must say I disagree in your assessment and reasoning in terms of stating that the Bill/Sookie hook-up is the result of the Stephen/Anna hookup. No one knew of their relationship for over a year and did not find out until long after the episodes were written. You seem to assume everyone is an Eric fan based on the books but there are many, many fans of Bill both from the books and the show. In fact a huge number of the viewers have never read the books. The characteristics you use to describe Eric are the very same arguments used to describe fans’ love for Bill in both the books and show.

      Let’s keep the two mediums separate and enjoy both of them for the pleasure that they bring and enjoy the characters for the pleasure that they give us whether it is for the love of Bill or Eric, there is no right or wrong.