There are two ways of watching that scene. We could see Sookie wracked with indecision, struggling for the right thing to do. We could observe Bill laying on the charm, doing all in his power to make her want to say yes.
Or we could break down the fourth wall and watch the actors instead. This was pretty much a dress rehearsal for real life!
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, who play Sookie and Bill, are now married in real life. In the picture here, Anna is heavily pregnant. But let's rewind from that and look at the proposal scene in True Blood again.
The couple met at the auditions for the show. They read together and the chemistry was real enough for them to get the parts. Really real.
As season one progressed, they began dating. By the time they were filming season two, things were quite serious. In character, Stephen asked Anna as Sookie to marry him. We all watched it happen. What we didn't get to see was what happened next. That was Stephen asking Anna to marry him in real life.
She apparently had none of Sookie's misgivings. While season three was airing, the couple married in a private ceremony in Malibu, California. Season six was delayed because Anna was giving birth to their twins!
That on-screen engagement ring may not boast of any magical powers, but it's brought luck to at least one man! And Sookie did finally put it on her finger.