Parallels. We are suppose to remember Dawn’s death in Season 1. Sam rolled around in her sheets trying to collect some information about the killer. But there was no information.
We hear Sookie and Eric talking about Bill not smelling in Season Three. Sookie saying to Eric I’m smelling your memories.
Now we have Sam once again, smelling for information about the gunmen. He can located how man people, if they shot guns, etc, etc. So what are we suppose to sumise about this scene.
Dawn’s killer was not Renee. It was a vampire. Bing, bing, bing. Bill Compton its coming unraveled.
Woah. This -will- be the second time in as many episodes that we’ve been reminded of Sam’s great sense of smell. I thought they were being a bit heavy handed, but now I’m wondering if there’s actually a reason for them to point it out in such an obvious way…
Except that would mean Bill killed all of those women, which wouldn’t really make sense in the narrative. Not that I’m ready to throw in the towel on Gran’s murder, because I do believe Bill did that in order to get Sookie to depend on him, but it would mean Renee was innocent of every strangulation, including his own sister’s.
It’s possible this is just a hole in the writing. However, I’m willing to consider more information! All is possible. Bill being a mendacious, shady mofo is not a big stretch. ;)
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was that business in Dawn’s bed. I totally think they mean to remind us of that. I was wondering some of the exact same things.
oi… total blank here. somebody plz remind me… what did come of Sam’s rolling around on Dawn’s bed? I can’t remember if it helped them at all…
Nothing whatsoever. Except, maybe he smelled who the REAL killer was.
I know I’ve talked about Sam’s sense of smell and smelling the Killer in season 1 (and the problems therein) at least half-a-dozen times before, but since they’re usually included in Giant Teal-Deer Text Walls I just assume nobody ever reads them.
It is a little more complicated than pbt’s summery. We are led to believe that when Sam grabs Rene’s road crew vest that he left in Merlotte’s, he gets a whiff and connects it back to Dawn’s bed (we are shown a flashback of the sniffing scene as Sam is holding the vest). Except that doesn’t make any sense. He’s known Rene for a good long while, he knows what he smells like. Had his scent been on Dawn’s bed, he would have recognized it then. There are only two options that make sense when you analyze it, A.) it was not Rene’s personal scent on the vest he recognized, but another person’s, which also happened to be on Dawn’s sheets, implying Rene was connected to the murderer (but why would he never mention that?), or B.) he had been glamoured to remember Rene’s scent as what he smelled at Dawn’s.
The same thing for when he was in Sookie’s house the night of Gran’s murder, if Rene’s scent had been fresh, if it had been in Sookie’s bedroom (where it really had no right to be), he would have smelled it. Sam’s sense of smell is like a dog’s, and a dog would have no problem catching the scent of someone who had passed through the house just hours earlier.
It makes perfect narrative sense that Bill killed Maudette/Dawn/Gran, possibly Cindy Marshall (she had a vampire lover, you will recall), and glamoured both Rene and Sam to be his unwillingly accomplices. Bill has no alibi for Maudette/Dawn/Gran, and he was pissed-off and rejected by Sookie on each of those nights (Maudette: Rattray draining, Sookie was goofy, didn’t respect him, rejected his advances, no alibi past Sookie saving him/Dawn: Sookie told him to fuck off after he let his Monroe buddies manhandle her, no alibi after scaring the shit out of Sookie on her front steps/Gran: beat the shit out of the fireplace, claimed not to hear a woman being violently murdered even though he could hear a car pull up, no alibi after Budd and Andy left). He could have glamoured Rene well in advance into attacking Sookie in Merlotte’s kitchen (because it is Rene’s shirt the attacker was wearing), which would make a lot more sense than Rene deciding to kill Sookie in the middle of his party. Same thing with killing Amy (if a day-walking Bill didn’t do it himself).
It’s also way too goddamn convenient that a fangbanger-killing serial killer pops up in a podunk town right as the Queen’s procurer shows up to procure Sookie. Especially when Bill was so obviously throwing her into the path of danger time and time again, by leaving visible bite marks, stalking her, etc etc etc.
Sookie, not even now, has been shown to be able to discern a glamoured-in memory from a real one. She can tell when memory has been removed, she can break through blank spots, but not once has she been able to tell a false memory from a real one. And certainly not back in season 1, before she could even break through blank spots. So the memories she ‘heard’ from Rene could very well be false.
And actually, Rene did not really have the opportunity to kill Maudette. That night he was watching Cody and Lisa (as per Arlene’s phone call) and then Arlene comes home. Somebody would have noticed if he snuck out in the middle of the night to go a-stranglin’. Rene also had NO REASON AT ALL to believe that, on the night of Gran’s murder, that Sookie would be there and Gran would not (“Where’s Sookie?!” “You weren’t supposed to be here!”). He knew she and Sam were going out on a date, as did half the town. And where the hell is an elderly woman going to be late at night, except at home?
And, quite frankly, Sam’s complete fucking breakdown and nonsensical murder memories in season 3 make a lot more sense if it was the result of Bill’s blood/repeated glamouring. Not only did he get crazier at night, but the memory of the murder made no sense, nor did his 1930’s!Bill-hair or poorly fitted suit. If Sam owned a fucking suit, however poorly fitted, he would have worn it to Gran’s funeral, and not the jeans and sports coat he was in. Yes, that minor fact bothers me more than it should, but this is the South, and that’s just not how you do.