Eric's scenes with Sookie and Godric are again the most intriguing, with Skarsgard's subtle performance forcing us to puzzle out what is self-interest and what is not as Eric reveals part of his past to Sookie. Eric and Sookie have had a very antagonistic relationship to date, but the writers are skillfully playing upon Sookie's compassion for Eric's loss of Godric as the two characters begin to forge a bond that is based on more than shared blood. Eric cannot turn away from his debt to Sookie, despite his discomfort with her feelings and perhaps his own. He also cannot turn away from a rage he feels toward the Nazi werewolves, revealed in a flashback that also brings back Godric (Allan Hyde) for a brief and welcome appearance.
That flashback is the source of my only caveat on how wonderful this story line is. Flashbacks are a clunky narrative device and therefore have to be used very sparingly and have a big payoff. Eric and Godric together is definitely a big enough payoff, but not if we hardly see Godric and get little of their relationship. Because of the multitude of storylines, the flashback was packed with exposition instead of emotion, though Skarsgard and Hyde are so good together, they find ways to suggest Eric's vulnerability and Godric's care. Still, in any future flashbacks, the emphasis should be on what we learn about character, not back-story.
But that's a small nitpick in the rich tapestry of Sookie and Eric's scenes. Paquin does an excellent job of recovering Sookie's combination of gentleness and strength we saw in the first season, as she tries to engage Eric's help through his emotions. These two characters, apparently so dissimilar, communicate on a level that resonates through their differences. Sookie defiantly tells Eric, "Don't underestimate me," to which Eric swiftly replies, "Don't underestimate yourself!" and the whole exchange recalls last season's equally charged conversation between the two about knowing the meaning of love.
The air remains charged as Sookie tries to see past Eric's flirtatiousness to discern if he really wants to help and Eric uses his naughty temptations to cloak how protective he feels about Sookie. The cloak drops as Eric catches scent of a werewolf in Sookie's house and demands again that Sookie invite him in. Sookie realizes Eric is in earnest and the episode ends with the line of Bill's nightmares: "Mr. Northman, won't you please come in?" And despite any flaws in the structure of the episode, I know I am hooked as Eric steps through the door to confront a wolf.