With the premiere of the sixth season of HBO’s True Blood coming up this Sunday, I figured this would be a good time to discuss vampires and their relationship – on any level – with God.
DISCLAIMER: This is not an invitation to debate the existence of God or any sort of theology. That is for another topic on another blog, in which there are many. Since vampires and God have gone hand-in-hand for centuries, this is an interesting topic to explore.
Now if you watch True Blood, you may recall last season where Bill Compton and Eric Northman got caught up with the Authority and their worship of their vampire god, Lilith. Eventually, the idea of that Lilith wanted all vampires to conquer humans made Bill spiral into madness and at the end of the season, he drank Lilith’s blood and became a vampire god himself (Sounds strange, right? I was baffled over the direction the show went and vowed to never watch it again. Of course, I have since changed my mind).
So with season six getting started, it is clear Bill is not going to be just another vampire, but a sort of deity. How that turns out remains to be seen, but it does give a nod to the centuries old correlation between the bloodsucking undead and deities.
I wonder, though, that if vampires exist, and if there’s a God, how will the vampire see God as it lives it’s supernatural existence? (NOTE: I believe there is a God, but again, we’re not discussing theism here)
I would think that a vampire would look at God with a wary eye. Not wary in how will the Almighty strike him or her down, but wary as in preparing for a fight. A vampire would probably like to know what a supernatural being who rules the world would do another supernatural being who also rules the earth, but in a very different way. I would imagine that God might see a vampire as an agent of it’s archnemesis, the devil, whom poisoned the body and mind of a human being who was forced to become a vampire, or didn’t really know what he or she was in for. This leads to this discussion of whether vampires could be seen with pity. But I already touched on that before, so let’s move on.
The characters in my book mention their attitude towards God, or any deity, several times. The main character, Claire McCormick, is apathetic to the existence of God, Daniel Bertrand, her boyfriend who revealed to be a vampire, tells her that is what made him think she would be a choice to be his eternal companion. He explained that she had a love of life, so why not have that love for as long as whenever? She had no one to answer to.
Daniel then goes on to say this: “When you are made like us, you’ll see the power we have and how we will always reign over humanity. Striking fear into mortals, exercising a power and strength they can only wish to have. Basically,” he leaned forward. “We are the Gods, and it’s a thrilling feeling.”
It should be noted that Daniel was born illegitimate back in Medieval France, at a time where the Church had complete control over society. Being a bastard weighed heavily on him, and becoming a vampire set him free from his misery, hence him saying how thrilled he is to be God-like.
I would think a vampire would see itself equal to God like that. Immortal, supernatural strength and abilities, powerful over humans. If that vampire has accepted it’s new existence and has no real issue draining humans of their blood, then I would say that vampire is flipping the finger at God and the world, and not caring about it’s evilness. Sounds like an agent of the devil to me!
I also wonder if a vampire would ever think about the possibility of an afterlife. They have found the key to immortality and eternal youth. Why bother thinking about Heaven, hell, reincarnation or nothing at all? They got the longevity going and they’re laughing at humans for their short, fragile lives. Basically, I would think by becoming a vampire, a person knows it is superior to it’s former fellow humans in many ways. It will see itself as blessed with a rare gift and it can dance happily in the night forever. There is no one to answer to or to stop them.
But no one lives forever (yes, I know that is the tagline for True Blood this season) and vampires have been known to finally being defeated and killed. What then? Are they doomed for hell since they embraced the dark gift? More than likely that will be what karma would give them. I personally believe how we live our lives affects the way the universe reacts to us. Once we are released from our mortal bodies, we are in the hands of the universe. What we gave to God – which I believe is an energy force – will come back at us very strongly. And vampires will be in for some major retribution.
I will explore how the vampires of my The End of Eternity trilogy think about God and the afterlife a little more in my two next books. Not much though, because that really is Anne Rice’s territory and I don’t want to mirror what she did, which was done very well. I originally had a few scenes where Claire considers God’s existence and even prays for help. But I removed them because they would’ve affected my plans for my characters. But since the relationship between humans and deities played a role in my book, I won’t totally ignore it next time.
So, True Blood returns this Sunday, and Bill Compton is a vampire God now. Even the promos show Sookie asking in fright, “you think you’re God now?” and Bill seems to have fully embraced his status as a supreme being. I don’t know what to expect this season, because the last one was not very good, in my opinion. New writers were brought in for this season, so maybe they had cleaned up the mess left behind from last year. We shall see…