First of all, this blog is dedicated to ENA, my reader who requested it.
Let us tally up and compare the evil/bad deeds done by both Bill and Eric (that we as an audience know for sure about now) as well as their lies and then let us compare the numbers, shall we? I’ll attempt to be objective as possible as I analyze this:
Season One Tally:
As the audience later finds out in Season Three, the whole reason Bill came back to Bon Temps in the first place was to seduce Sookie so that he could earn her trust enough (since she couldn’t be glamoured and had friends/family that would look for her) in order to lure her to the queen. We also find out in Season Three that Bill was keeping a file on Sookie. This is almost worthy of two x’s but I wont do that:
Bill stood by and watched while Sookie was being almost beaten to death OR hired the Rattrays to beat her up so that he could give her his blood as soon as possible (before they even really knew eachother):
Although they were not good people, Bill killed the Rattrays either to cover up his plot with them or simply in order to feed on them and look good in front of Sookie in his mind and/or as part of his mission to “protect her”:
Although it was a pedophile, Bill killed an elderly and defenseless Uncle Bartlett after feeding on him as a result of Sookie confiding in Bill that he had molested her as a child (Sookie does not seem happy with this “protective” move later on):
Bill did not tell Sookie/ tried to hide the fact that he turned Jessica (effectively lying) by attempting to pawn his new child off on Eric:
Although he did not know Sookie well at the time, he did not rush to her aid when Longshadow attacked her when she was on buisness for him at his establishment. (I am including this to be fair despite the fact that he probably knew Bill would attack or maybe he had a better plan in mind before Bill killed Longshadow, however, as an audience we only see Eric not reacting before Bill attacks):
Season One Tally: Bill: 5 ; Eric: 1
Although, it was his duty as sheriff, Eric imprisoned Lafayette and killed Royce (though Royce could almost be called self-defense although we know Royce was no match for Eric:
Although Eric had just saved her life, he convinced Sookie he needed her to suck the bullets out so the he could heal and did not tell her otherwise, effectively lying about that and taking the opportunity for her to take some of his blood:
After Sookie confronted Bill with some of his lies/cover ups (including Uncle Barlett’s murder), she asked Bill if there was anything else he needed to tell her. He said “No,” effectively lying about a lot of things ( the queen sending him to Bon Temps for her, being a procurer for the queen, giving her his blood on purpose, his past with Lorena, etc.):
Although Bill was understandably mad at Sookie for bringing Jessica to see her parents, he got a little physically violent with Sookie during his anger with her:
Season One and Two Tally: Bill 7; Eric 3
Although Bill was starving and desperate, he fed off of a sick and elderly woman against her will (by glamouring her) and although it is very possible she survived, it is also possible she did not. Because of his extreme circumstances, I will give him a half of a X:
Bill needlessly lashed out at Lorena by attempting to burn her to death/ burning her (despite the past, Lorena was no immediate threat to Sookie or anyone and therefore this was vengeance similar to Eric staking Talbot later on):
Bill cheated on Sookie with Lorena (he had sex with her before he broke up with Sookie over the phone). Bill had no reason to have sex with Lorena other than his own self fufillment, so it was cheating was no justifiable reason. The abuse part of the sex was ambiguous because Lorena never said no while he was abusing her during the sex. However, the fact remains that he cheated on Sookie:
Although it was under Russell’s orders, Bill procured a stripper under false pretenses (partially by glamouring her) that they needlessly killed and he participated in/ seemed to enjoy:
Bill ignored Tara when she asked for help (but because he was stuck in the situation he was in front of Russell, Lorena and Franklin, I will once again be generous and only give Bill a half of a X because it wasn’t a direct action, it was no action that could have had consequences):
Although weak from being fed on by V addict, Bill almost killed Sookie during a moment of blood lust and had nothing to say except “Damn,” when he was kicked out of the truck by Tara:
Bill attempts to abandon Jessica after a month and leaves her to fend for herself in favor of having sex with Sookie. (you could make the argument that Bill knew Jessica was ok but are the same ties/ is the same awareness there after the child is released? Afterall, a maker is no longer ablet to command the child):
Bill lied yet again when he told Sookie he was keeping a file on her because of Eric and then Bill witheld the truth when asked about what the truth was by Sookie later on (as Eric brought it up). In fact, he reveals nothing till Eric makes him later on.:
Bill tries to kill Eric and Pam (get rid of their undead lives) out of jealousy of Sookie’s growing feelings for Eric as well as out of a desire to cover up the secrets Eric knew about him so that Sookie would never find out:
Although Russell did kill Eric’s family, Eric staked Talbot (russell’s child/boyfriend) to get back at Russell (even though he incidently helped save Sookie and Bill from Russell):
Eric put up a front for Russell, bit Hadley, imprisoned Sookie against her will and bit her against her will but because it was in order to save her life and find out the reasons that the queen and bill were after Sookie, Eric gets a half a X:
Eric Seasons One, Two, Three Tally: 4.5 Xs.
Bill Seasons One, Two, Three Tally: 15 Xs.
BILL GOT THREE TIMES AS MANY Xs AS ERIC WHILE I WAS BEING OBJECTIVE AS POSSIBLE!
I won’t go into detail about the motivations behind this actions, though I think it is CLEAR and easy to distinguish which actions made more sense than others, which actions were more necessary than others, and which actions were harder to avoid than others…BUT…
Both Bill and Eric do questionable things…
But I think it is more than clear after this analysis who the true villian of True Blood is and I doubt it will change!