GOING TO GROUND
While the vamps and SWATs make Castle Compton light-tight, the King and Princess are down in the cells silvering themselves. It's heartbreaking, watching him hurt her like this, and even moreso when you see where it leads her: "I used to have a whole box of silver earrings and necklaces. My mom gave 'em to me when I was 13. She said she never wore 'em, but maybe one day I could. Oh, I hope Eden's got 'em now."
As much as we talk this season about Jessica recapitulating Bill's mistakes her own relationships, there's also an interesting return here to previous seasons, in which Bill's role as her father by necessity recapitulates that of her own father's abuses. When Mr. Hamby chained his daughters, when he installed that beeping door-monitor that kept them locked inside, it was because he thought the night would take away their innocence. He named her sister Eden. And now, in this new Eden, Bill -- with whom she's already dismantled and rebuilt their relationship a few times, into the healthiest one of the entire show -- is forced once again to tie his daughter down.
He thinks better of the last length of chain, too pained to continue, and asks for twice the amount on himself. Maybe he thinks about how newborns are stronger, maybe he thinks about how he released her once as her Maker, maybe he thinks about those things, but mostly he's just reached the limits of what he's prepared to do to hurt the person he's become closest with in the entire world. It's always Bill's weakness toward his loved ones that fucks him up, but that's true of everybody.
Ginger injects Pam with her last treatment before morning, then pulls a swatch of silver mail across her face and closes Pam's deliriously wonderful pink couture coffin.
Sookie chains her lover up, downstairs; the last thing he asks is for her to stay with him, through the day.
I hate that somebody told me about Quentin Tarantino's foot fetish because now you can't stop thinking about it, it's like how Whoopi Goldberg has no eyebrows and now you have to think about that every time you see her face, and even moreso you have this Rule 34 situation where any time anybody gets tied up on a show, you can bet the internet will explode about how it's kinky bondage LOL, even if the people are getting tied up because somebody's robbing a bank or whatever. Cigars often just being cigars.
So I got irritated all by my ownself, watching fathers tie up their daughters and Sookie tie up Eric, hearing Pam scream "fuck me!" because it hurts so bad on her skinless face, and thinking about some imaginary giggling nerd calling it bondage and fanning themselves about the hawtness and whatever. But on the other hand, I don't know, because they're always biting each other on this show and this is the one time where it's like actually important to hurt the people that they love the most, not sexy at all, which makes it sort of bondage in the larger sense. Like I said, it's my issue that I even went there, much less that I got preemptively irritated about it, but it's still interesting to compare and contrast this situation with, and beyond, some simplistic fanfic "hurt/comfort" deal. (And even funnier, in retrospect, that I saw almost none of that among fans, in reality, when all was said and done. Making me, as usual, the worst of all.)