This quote speaks well to a major theme I detected in that episode: hierarchical, authoritarian power & control
IN THE FAMILY
|Joe Lee has a choke hold on Tommy and Melinda Mickens|
|Crystal: "I'm big mama kitty now, finally. Everyone gonna do what I say"|
|the newly crowned vampire king of Louisiana|
If we are to organize ourselves and act to get out from under oppressive rule, we've got to be able to determine who's really in charge.
For example, Bill looks rather more presidential than kingly here, no?
In countries where there are both royalty and systems of representative government, the royals are generally seen more as figure heads than politicians; that label being reserved for those in elected office. Interestingly, Bill is being portrayed as the later.
And he certainly seems to be more involved with matters of state than the two other vampire monarchs we have met thus far on True Blood, Russell & Sophie-Ann, ever were. Yet, it seems someone else is really in charge.
Now, we all know that at least in this country, there is [supposed to be] balance of power. The executive branch of government is not omnipotent; the president must answer to the congress, etc.
On the surface, at least, this appears not be the case in the vampire nation.
So far this season, King Bill's power seems rather absolute and iron-fisted. Pam's telling him she wouldn't risk lying about Eric's whereabouts because word of Bill's ruthlessness as king has travelled far and wide is seemingly evidence of that. And then there's his condemning the vampire caught on YouTube feeding on a human to the true death without benefit of a trial (I want to take this case to the Authority!" Bill: "I am the Authority, you idiot !"). S4E3 If you Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'
But in this week's episode, we found out that things aren't so simple.
With Bill cast as somewhat of Nan's puppet - his distaste for power wielded unilaterally & unjustly made clear by his sarcasm when she inquird about the execution - could this be a critique of the U.S. system of government? Is True Blood suggesting that our elected officials from the school board to the Commander-In-Chief aren't really holding the reigns, the [fill in the blank - multinational corporations, shadowy interest groups, others in government, etc.] are?
Thoughts? Please share below.