I created this post to contrast the last post (one post back): Bad Boys: Bill vs. Eric.
(Bill and Eric get a half a check for an attempt at a rescue/ good deed if it failed or an unitentional rescue/ good deed. Bill and Eric get a full check for a good deed/rescue that was not only intentional but also successful. Checks will negate/cancel out x’s from the last post and if all of the x’s are somehow negated, the character will recieve a tally of checks at the end, if not, the character will receive the new tally of x’s)
Bad Deeds Tally:
Eric: 4.5; Bill: 15
Bill does not get credit for rescuing Sookie from the Rattrays because he either set the whole thing up or allowed it to happen/ go on longer than it should have so that he could get his blood into her as soon as possible.
Bill saved Sookie (even if it was his job to protect her) by staking Longshadow during his attack at Fangtasia (that is what we see as an audience) so he gets a check for that. We do not know if Eric had any plans or anything else. So far, the only thing the audience knows is Bill presumably had to stake Longshadow to save Sookie and he suffered consequences for it (having to turn Jessica).
Bill attempts to save Sookie from Renee in the sun but it is a failed attempt that he should have known would not work so he gets a half check.
Eric was mostly presented as a villian in season one and therefore was not presented performing obvious heroic acts in season one.
Although Bill is convienietly there and uses the guy to teach Jessica how to glamour people, he saves Sookie from being kidnapped by the FOTS at the airport.
Although held by Lorena at Eric’s suggestion (who may or may not have had greater reasons other than wanting to be the sole hero, though I think he did), Bill tries to save Sookie from the FOTS but arrives late and ends up offering nothing more than threats and is unsuccessful.
Despite any number of motivations, Bill goes to QSA for advice and Bill works with Sam and gives Sam blood in order to help with the Maryann/ the Maenad situation.
Although Eric does negociate with Sookie for Lafayette’s release later on, Eric does save Sookie’s life by bringing in Dr. Ludwig to help (which he pays a price for in money/blood/both) after the Maenad/ Maryann attacks her after Bill is unable to save her.
Although Eric was there for Godric and Sookie, Eric attempts to save Sookie from the FOTS and offers himself for both the release of her and Godric even though it was ultimately unsuccessful until Godric/Jason help.
Although Eric later tricks Sookie into drinking some of his blood, Eric saves Sookie from the suicide bombing at Godric’s.
Despite asking for Sam’s help in return later on, Eric attempted to help with the maenad situation but was held by QSA.
Although it was partially to help himself as well, Bill swears alleigeince to Russell in an attempt to divert his attention from Sookie and he tries to warn Sookie later on (as well as stake Russell) but since it wasn’t well thought out and essentially a trap, it get grouped with this good deed.
Bill helps confront the werewolves and Russell at Sookie’s house.
Although Bill initially works with Eric to help him save everyone, including Sookie, he later betrays Eric and even tries to discourage Sookie from saving Eric before that so he gets a half check.
Though he himself said it would not be personally advantageous for him to help Sookie find Bill, Eric not only comes clean about a previous lie and explains everything to her, he later sends Alcide to escort her around Jackson as she looks for Bill.
Eric helps warn/save Sookie from the werewolf inside her home and then buries the body himself without her help.
Although it was partially to protect his investment, Eric saves Lafayette from the people in HotShot.
Eric unsuccessfully tries to discourage Russell from going to get Sookie AND Although Eric saves Sookie and Bill by distracting Russell by staking Talbot, it is unclear as to whether this was an intentional move or all about his revenge.
Eric attempts to work with Bill in order to help Sookie and tries to sacrifice himself to not only get his revenge, but save everyone, including Pam, Sookie, and Bill.
Check Tally Seasons One, Two,Three: Bill: 6.5; Eric: 7.5
Bill: 15 x’s – 6.5 checks= 8.5 x’s
Even after three full seasons of good deeds, Bill’s bad aspects still far outweigh the good he has done.
Eric: 4.5 x’s – 7.5 checks = + 3 checks
Obviously, The Good Eric has done outweighs the bad aspects (the bad things he has done).
Therefore, being as objective as possible, Eric is clearly the redeemable hero and Bill has yet to be a redeemable hero, if he will ever be.