Played by: Alexander Skarsgard
Occupation: Sheriff of Area 5, Owner of Fangtasia
Who is Eric Northman?
As a human, Eric Northman was a Swedish Viking Warrior and is well over 1,000 years old, making him one of the strongest vampires in Louisiana. He is also the Sheriff of vampire District Area 5 and runs the Shreveport vampire bar Fangtasia with his friend and progeny Pamela Swynford de Beaufort (Kristin Bauer).
The long-standing tension between Eric and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) due to vampire politics and Eric’s romantic interest in Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Pacquin) resulted in Eric reporting Bill to the Magistrate, and Bill turning teenager Jessica Hamby as punishment. Eric also tricked Sookie into drinking his blood to create a sexual bond.
Eric turned to Bill and Sookie for help rescuing Godric from The Fellowship of the Sun, only to find out he was there voluntarily. As his maker embraced the True Death, Sookie saw emotions rise in Eric which softened her feelings towards the handsome Nordic vampire.
To return the favor, Eric helped Sookie search for a missing Bill and later saved her life by luring a fairy-blood drunk Russell Edgington away from her and into the sunlight. Sookie reciprocated by dragging Eric back inside before he burned to death, despite Bill’s protests.
Eric eventually won Sookie’s affections while he was under a spell by the witch Marnie Stonebrook that caused him to lose his memory and transformed his personality. But when Eric regained his memories, Sookie struggled with her feelings and ended her relationships with both vampires.
As the threat of the Vampire Authority grew, Eric stayed (mostly) level-headed while Bill embraced the Sanguinista religion. Now that Eric and Sookie are on the run from powerful and evil vampire God “Billith”, will they rekindle their romance?
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- Wetpaint Entertainment Staff, Amie Simon