Franklin = new favourite character (previous favourite characters; Lafayette, Jason and Jessica)
I doubt he's dead. Vampires can regenerate can't they? I didn't see his body explode...I HOPE he's not dead.
So, speculation on King/Queen marriage...a plot to overthrow the Magister? The King's secret weapon being Sookie (or so he thinks). I love that the marriage is purely for power, harking back to medieval europe, where exactly the same was true.
What about Eric ingratiating himself with those two...now see Bill would have just killed the King for revenge. Eric...he was a prince, wasn't he? We saw that from the flashback. So what more fitting way to get his revenge by taking the throne from his old nemesis? That would satisfy OUR need to see him in power again (we loved him as the Sheriff) but we've been introduced to vampires more powerful than he, so what better way than to have him as King of Mississipi/Louisiana/both?
I'M SPECULATING BUT EVERYONE WHO'S READ THE BOOKS KNOWS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN SO ARGH.