"He really is the one rock in her life -- the one person she really loves and would do anything for," Bauer told The Huffington Post. "She would die for Eric. That's it for her. He's her maker. He really is her best friend, her daddy, and they just have such a complicated relationship. And she loves being his lieutenant. She doesn't want to be first-in-command, so when he's not there to be her rock, she doesn't like it. That will definitely come into play when we go into Pam and Eric's pasts next season."
But as an actress, Bauer points out, fans are just starting to understand Pam and all of her intricacies as a character -- "part vulnerable, part badass" -- and season five promises to explore Pam's origins even further.
"I loved seeing a vulnerable side to Pam this season, " said Bauer. "As an actor, you want to do something new every year and do something deeper, so it was incredibly fun for me to get to see who she was without Eric because he wasn’t really there for her this season. And then you take away her looks -- her vanity -- and I had no idea how she would react. It’s the same in real life too. When the sh-t hits the fan, you really discover yourself, and the fact that she becomes a warrior made me love her even more. She could have sat there and cried and felt sorry for herself, but that’s not Pam."
Although Pam isn't one to cry and breakdown, there were a few vulnerable scenes for Bauer this past season. In "Burning Down the House," Sookie finally helped Eric break the spell that erased his memory. While Pam was initially overjoyed at the thought of Eric returning to his normal self, she suddenly realized that she was no longer Eric's number one girl -- and although she would never admit it, for the first time, Pam looked really hurt.
"In that scene, she realizes that she'll never have the same relationship with Eric that she once had," said Bauer. "There's this incredibly touching scene between Eric and Sookie and then this incredibly touching moment between Eric and Pam, and then you realize that this is a huge issue for both women. Pam has always been number one."
Since season one, Eric and Pam have always shared a strong bond -- one that transcends behind the camera as well.
"Speaking for myself, I have total faith and trust and love of Alex [Skarsgard]," said Bauer. "He's a great guy. I've been sitting next to him for four years now and after all of the long nights, the tough scenes and even the easier scenes, we always laugh a lot. He's really funny. That's one thing you don't always see in Eric, but Alex is so funny. I just have a great relationship for the whole group -- Anna [Paquin], Stephen [Moyer] and Alex. I feel so comfortable with them. They're talented and funny, so I couldn't ask for more."
And while Bauer couldn't choose one favorite behind-the-scenes moment (although the badass slow motion walk in episode 10 was pretty cool), she does believe that the chemistry between the cast is what ultimately makes "True Blood" so enjoyable -- for both the cast and the fans.
"It's like lightning striking," said Bauer. "I've been on a lot of sets, and this doesn't happen everyday."
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