This episode shows a very different side of Pam's relationship with Eric. Who knew that he was such a great dad?
It's really interesting because when we started out filming, it wasn't clear whether they were friends or romantic... But it's become very clear this season that it's a paternal relationship, and he's very much Pam's father. What was so interesting to me about this episode was that I had no idea Pam would have an Achilles' Heel or a weakness. But everybody needs one person, so this is Pam's one person. And also, she really believes that Eric is a great maker - he's cool, tough, funny... He appreciates disobedience and they really have a partnership.
He's better in some ways than Bill is with Jessica...
That's definitely what Pam thinks. To have a reluctant maker is the worst because he's not going to teach you anything. Bill is shackled in guilt for even having created Jessica, but Eric? There's no apology or guilt. Just love of being a vampire and everything that entails. And that's really fun to play.
Do you have any insight into Pam and Eric's history together?
The Season 2 Blu-ray was really where I found out a lot of it. She was made 100 years ago, and there were lines in the Blu-ray about how she was stuck in a very small world with small men and endless limitations for women. And she was looking at the life that she was being raised for and thought, "Ecch." She was pretty secretively promiscuous, and there was a line in there like, "I met Eric, and my world split apart. And Eric likes to joke, so did my legs." So, in my imagination, she sought Eric out and pursued being a vampire and never looked back.
Everyone is always debating which guy Sookie will end up with - do you think Pam has a shot with her?
Oh God, I'd love to see her try! With the endless torture that Sookie's been suffering at the hands of men, you'd think she'd at least entertain the possibility. Two women who understand each other, who could go shopping together for eternity? Sounds kind of awesome.