Bill Is A Liar: The Body Language of Lying

Let’s face it, if you are here at my blog, you probably already believe Bill is a liar due to all the countless evidence already against him. However, let me put the final nail in the coffin(ha) for Bill and let me teach you how to spot Bill’s lies each and every time in the future and how he can be an example for all liars by looking at some of his body language during lies from Season 3:

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Bill ALWAYS Avoids Eye Contact during More than Half the Conversation when lying:

 

 

 
 

Russell questions Bill 3x02

 No wonder Russell was not fooled after a while!

 

Bill doesn't look away from the stripper because he is "shy" or "bored" or "hesitant," he looks away because he is being dishonest about the reason for being there.

Bill doesn’t gain confidence of the situation until he starts glamouring, figures…  

Sookie questions Bill about the file 3x09

Eric questions Bill about Sookie and the queen 3x10

Bill tends to lower his head and look out from the side without directly making eye contact:

 
 

Russell questions Bill 3x02

 

Russell questions Bill about the file 3x05

  

Bill looks oddly strange right before he turns the tables on Sookie by claiming they are breaking up because "he cannot give her the life she deserves" like babies and what not. (remember this is before he later claims she stupid for wanting a normal life).

Bill often  messes with his clothing, fiddles with things, or crosses his hands (it is difficult to expose the palms) when lying:

Bill fiddles with the napkin and begins to wipe though there is nothing to wipe (putting on a show or showing a nervous tick) while Russell questions him 3x02

Russell questions Bill 3x02

Bill tries to convince Russell he is his loyal subject now 3x03

Bill often tries to be humorous or smile a lot when lying (we know Bill doesn’t often smile a lot normally) or his smiling is out of sync with what he says or ends abruptly:

 

Russell questions Bill 3x02

 

squints his eyes, raises his eyebrows after saying the humorous distraction: "Perhaps your majesty uses werewolves to gather his intelligence as well" The smile comes after the humorous statement rather than during it

 

Russell questions Bill about the file 3x05 (attempt at distracting humor again with a fake smile and then an abrupt change when Coot enters the room)

 

Awkward/abrupt smile when Sookie question him about the file 3x09

 

Sookie questions Bill 3x10

 

 

Leg crossing during a conversation is often a sign of lying when other factors match up (which they do):

Leg crossing can be a subconcious defensive manuveur

( again, this is while Russell questions Bill about the file on Sookie: this leg crossing clue is especially true for men since leg crossing isn’t quite as natural or expected from them: it also is more true when someone is wearing pants, as opposed to a skirt or dress, because they aren’t covering that area up for any real reason)

 Touching your face and especially your nose during the conversation/confrontation IS JUST ABOUT THE STRONGEST SIGN OF A LIAR!:

C'mon Bill, could you be MORE OBVIOUS? no, you can't!

(of course he does this while Sookie confronts him about the file and calls him creepy for doing it!)

Sometimes unatural staring (without any break) is common after you feel you have just given yourself away after a lie:

Sookie questions Bill about the file 3x09

Bill hides his eyes from Sookie and gives Eric an aggressive stare  (tight lips, narrow eyes) as Sookie mentions the possibility of Eric giving her to Russell or THE QUEEN (we know that in fact Bill was probably involved with the queen):

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Well now that we have established that you are a big fat liar through body language alone, I wonder if Sookie is still convinced:

Yeah, doesn’t look like it. In fact, she thinks things are unstable enough to dream that Eric is telling her you are untrustworthy, RUN TO ERIC for answers and then return his kiss!:

Yeah…things really aren’t looking good for you anymore Bill. Plus, the description for 3×11 said you are going to bring her MORE dangers while trying to earn her trust again….real smooth Bill….real smooth! I bet I know how you are feeling about this!

Sound off below: What do you think about this evidence?

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  1. #1 by Lena on August 28, 2010 - 11:02 pm

    Thank you! I’ll try to use it in my real life! Great post!

  2. #3 by pbt on August 29, 2010 - 12:16 am

    I so enjoyed your analysis of Bill’s eye/body language. His side way glance with squinty eyes is his favorite tool. He uses it so often its almost too funny. I think that’s a drinking game in itself. Instead of the original video every time Bill says Sookeh, now we can drink every time Bill lies. LOL. Sorry I couldn’t help that.

    How about speculation as to how many times this episode? And better yet, will Sookie continue to believe our “savior” Bill Compton. We know she will not be overly happy with the Viking.

    • #4 by talktrueblood on August 29, 2010 - 12:58 am

      I thank you pbt.
      I know. It is funny! Good idea!
      I think I should make a drinking game based on that! lol

      She is pissed at Eric so she’ll take any opportunity to bust on out of there because she thinks Eric is just going to hand her to Russell w/o a plan.
      I think things will work out…I just hope they work out this season.

  3. #5 by Bobsgran on August 29, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Really interesting again TTB. The lie “tells” became more obvious in the last few episodes. He really can’t seem to help himself when he’s dealing with Eric. There might as well be a cartoon caption above his head blinking liar…liar. I’m going to go back to S1 (for the umpteenth time) and the first few episodes to see if the tells are as easily spotted now that you’ve shown us what to look for.

    • #6 by talktrueblood on August 29, 2010 - 5:54 pm

      Oh yeah. I think it is like I said after episode 3×03 and especially 3×04…Bill might as well have a neon sign above his head saying “bad guy…bad guy”
      Oh yeah. Bill also looked exactly like this after Eric questioned him after the staking of Longshadow…
      and Eric asked him about a possible edict to protect Sookie…

  4. #7 by Missy on August 29, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    You are spot on there TTB 🙂 I’ve noticed all these sideway glances especially this season from Bill. Could he be anymore of a liar!?! It’s so obvious! And the fake smiles, almost only when he is lying!
    And now I can’t wait for next episode 🙂 I know it’s going to be tough. Bill is going to put Sookie in more danger as usual. Eric has a plan and it involves Sookie not knowing what’s going to happen, to have it more authentic for RE behalf. He needs to be reassured! Eric knows what to do, even if it means Sookie hating him for it, better that then her dead or enslaved with Russell.

    • #8 by talktrueblood on August 29, 2010 - 6:07 pm

      Bill never smiles really, with anyone, so it’s almost always fake or forced when he smiles and occurs more when he is lying than actually happy or joking.
      It’s as rare as Eric smiling! For instance, I have only observed Eric smile with Sookie and Pam.
      Eric is a terrible liar because he always trys too hard to keep a straight face.
      Bill is a better liar because he takes advantage of all these tactics but your body language will always give you away regardless and I believe SM and the directors are trying to convey these things.
      I agree Missy.

      Actually I see Eric as a “spiderman” type hero. I know that might sound ridiculous at first but if you know anything about that superhero story it makes sense. Eric realizes his power comes with enormous responsibility and being a sheriff is plenty of responsibility as opposed to being a king. He also does what is right for everyone even if he is hated or unappreciated for it and even villified for it. He is also a personally flawed and he himself and his love ones personally suffer because of his heroics sometimes. Overall, Eric is a tragic hero I think and that is what makes me concerned for his character in the long run.

      • #9 by Hime on August 29, 2010 - 9:05 pm

        Very good analyisis TTB, as always. Bill’s lie face irks me. I can’t stand it anymore. Those eyebrows, that sad clown face, those glances to the left (obvious sign of someone who’s elaborating a very creative lie!)… all of that is screaming LIAR in capital letters. Sigh.

        Oh and [Eric realizes his power comes with enormous responsibility and being a sheriff is plenty of responsibility as opposed to being a king]
        Yeah, Eric as a sheriff has to have the shit done and no honor for that. In this particular situation more than ever. He will do something heroic but no one he saves (except for Pam) will thank him, or be grateful. No, they will hate him or in the best scenario they will remain indifferent. Quite the opposite of what Beel does.

      • #10 by talktrueblood on August 29, 2010 - 11:29 pm

        Thank you Hime!
        I can’t stand Bill anymore! lol. Bill’s lies are way too obvious at this point and I think that is pretty intentional.
        It’s ironic that Eric is the most honorable yet never really gets any honor for that.
        I think it’s horrible to witness Bill get so much credit even when he puts people in danger time and time again to appear noble….
        yet Eric is a hero and never gets credit.

  5. #11 by Ivy on December 25, 2010 - 10:52 pm

    All this Bill hate I see everywhere is sad…
    I’m not a HUGE True Blood fan, I’m not really a part of the fandom, but I don’t get where all the Bill hate and all the Eric love is coming from…
    I really don’t.

    • #12 by Katya on February 1, 2011 - 12:16 am

      The articles on this blog should explain the reasons that much of the fandom feel this way about Bill and Eric.
      Bill loves her in his own way, no doubt, but is not right for her and he is also a someone that usually murdered as a serial killer for no reason other than his enjoyment or personal self-gain, though he may have had legitimate reasons every now and then. When Eric killed it was defense, duty, obligation, or for the greater good.

  6. #13 by Fuckyoubillcompton on December 27, 2010 - 9:25 pm

    Great analysis. Glad all his lies were finally revealed!

    • #14 by Katya on February 1, 2011 - 12:10 am

      Im glad you loved this article.
      Thank you and welcome

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