Sam Merlotte – Sam Trammell

October 26, 2008 by  

Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte Photo Credit: HBO / John P. Johnson

Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte Photo Credit: HBO / John P. Johnson

Sam Merlotte, the guy with the puppydog eyes.  Everyone has met someone like him, he seems too good to be true.  Loyal, caring, affectionate, warm, protective, hard worker, shows up in the morning all bright eyed and bushy tailed.  You’ve always thought one day you’d start dating but then  a new guy shows  up and woah.. the fangs come out.

Not to turn Sam’s tail tale into a shaggy dog story but well, that’s just what it is.  It’s clear from the first episode that there’s some odd relationship between Sam and that cute little doggie that follows Sookie around, hiding in the bushes and licking her face eagerly after she confronts the V stealing Ratrays.  Bill and Sam recognize each other from the first moment but it takes us much longer to stop barking up the wrong tree and realize that Sam sometimes IS that cute little dog.

Sadly, Sam’s story echoes that of many dogs, left behind by his people at a young age, Sam has to make his own way in the world.  While we still don’t know what his full story is, it’s clear he’s made a bundle of money along the way because he owns a significant amount of real estate in Bon Temps especially the local tavern where much of the story occurs, Merlotte’s.   Obviously panting after Sookie, Sam has kept his feelings mostly to himself until Sookie shows interest in another man, Vampire Bill.  After repeated attempts court Sookie, Sam’s canine side comes out when he turns to Sookie’s best friend Tara for a little play time. You just know Sam’s going to end up in the doghouse for this choice.

At the end of season 1 we’re left with a lot of questions about Sam and Sam is left howling out in the cold rejected by both Tara and Sookie despite his heroic efforts to save both Sookie and Bill from the mysterious serial killer in the cemetary and threatened by the mysterious and sometimes naked MaryAnn.  One of the last scenes is of Sam stuffing a valise full of cash.  Will he make yet another shape shift and rabbit out of Bon Temps?  Will he stop dogging Sookie about being with Bill?  Is he just going to buy the biggest dog bone in the world to bring in tourist traffic to Merlotte’s?  Will we ever get to see him hanging his head out the car window?  Only time, and Alan Ball’s twisted mind, will tell.