Why are people surprised that Eric is upset with Pam? Why are people upset that Eric would sacrifice himself for Sookie? Does everyone have amnesia?
Godric. Remember him? Eric’s maker. Remember how Eric was flipping out when Godric was missing? He was snapping at everyone. Because he cared about Godric. Because he loves Godric. However, when Godric wanted to die, he ordered Eric to go. Eric didn’t want Godric to die alone; he didn’t want to live in a world without his maker. But when Godric ordered him to go, Eric went. Because that’s how the maker/progeny relationship works.
Pam was put in the same situation. She can’t see a world without Eric. Because he’s her maker and she loves him. But he ordered her and she disobeyed him. So yeah, he’s pissed.
The fact the Pam could have killed Sookie only makes it worse. Like it or not, Eric is in love with Sookie. You can count the number of people Eric genuinely gives a shit about on one hand. Godric, his maker. Pam, his progeny. And Sookie. That’s about it. Does Pam understand how or even why Eric’s in love with Sookie? No, but she doesn’t have to understand it. Eric didn’t understand why Godric wanted to die, but in the end he didn’t stop him. It is her duty as progeny to respect his wishes. In that moment, Eric was willing to sacrifice himself so Sookie could live. That’s his right and Pam should have respected that.
Now why would big, bad Eric want to sacrifice himself for Sookie? The Sookie who just rejected him about five minutes ago? Because he loves her. He wants her to be happy. He wants her to live. This does not make him whipped or emasculated or any of that other bullshit. For someone like Eric - who’s cut himself off emotionally for the better part of a thousand years - to fall in love, to be vulnerable takes an enormous amount of courage. He’s tapping back into his long forgotten humanity and that’s scary as shit. It doesn’t make him different, it just makes him more.
And this isn’t the first time he’s been willing to sacrifice himself. He did it in Dallas too. Sookie said as much. And that was before the amnesia. Sookie’s been important to Eric for a long time now, so we shouldn’t be surprised at the lengths to which he’s willing to go for her. If Pam’s RPG had killed Sookie, I wouldn’t want to see Eric’s wrath. Most likely, Pam would be joining Talbot in the jar. She’s lucky he just yelled at her. But it’s going to take a long time for that relationship to repair itself.
So lay off Eric, everyone. Eric has shown over and over again what he’s willing to do for the people he cares about. And what happens to people who disobey him. Let’s just hope that Alan Ball doesn’t piss all this away by having Sookie choose Bill, because that would really suck.