I came up with a theory that Bill was working for the AVL back on July 31st, 2010. (However, I also included a brief Bill history in this article and finale speculation that was relevant back then but also partially false, so skip over that, thanks).
I don’t consider this a spoiler since Episode 2 is available on demand to most providers now and is available on HBO GO to everyone else without on-demand who is a subscriber.
While this has been more widely discussed as a viable theory in the past few months, it was not a popular or widely accepted theory when I first began discussing it (partly because Bill acts rather impulsive and didn’t seem like a good spy on the surface).
So, Anyway…..I mean, all of us that paid close attention to Bill’s behavior noticed that he seemed to have no qualms defying Eric’s authority (even though Eric was supposed to be his superior). We all knew that Bill paraded around with a big head on his shoulders and that it made no sense for a vampire that is less than 200 years old and seemingly had no authority beyond doing odd jobs for monarchs. We all saw that Bill was clearly ambitious yet he turned down a Sheriff job from Russell and stuck with Queen Sophie Ann for seemingly no reason at all; we knew Bill didn’t really like her and that she wasn’t worth following but he wasn’t jumping on Russell’s bandwagon for a better job.
Body language wise, we all noticed this reaction on Bill’s face when Russell was talking about overthrowing the Authority/the Magister, etc. and that it made no sense that Bill would care about the Magister or the organization he worked for (Bill had to make Jessica because of them, he should have welcomed them being overthrown); in it we see all signs of anger, shock thoughtfulness, and concern (tight facial muscles, lowered chin, staring, slanted eyebrows):
Bill just didn’t seem to be respectful of any of the hierarchy even though he seemed to be part of the system working for Queen Sophie Ann, which should have pointed to spy all along. I also thought there was more tension than just Sookie between them, which I explain below…
Ok, so here goes the Eric part of my theory:
Eric seemed critical of Bill’s attempt to supposedly mainstream and mocked the mainstreaming movement (despite owning a club) when Bill announced his attempt to supposedly mainstream when we first met Eric in season one. Eric also makes it clear that he sees vampires as surperior to humans in every way (this ties back to recent statements in Season Four that Eric makes about Sookie being “better than [human].”)
Eric reiterated his authority given by the Queen in Seasons one and two, even though Bill seemed less than respectful of it; he also seemed to truly feel the need to respect Queen Sophie Ann when he was under despite his dislike of her. Eric did not seem to be too broken up or hesitant about aiding Russell until he discovered the connection with his father’s murder. Eric and Pam always seemed suspicious of mainstreaming and the AVL/the Authority and he has always been aloof about the cause. In one of the latest episodes, we also see Pam and Eric essentially being forced to aid the AVL’s publicity campaign.
In episode 4×02, Sookie goes to Bill to ask him to help her get her house back. Bill says he can’t help her with that, even as king because of Eric’s own important friends. He is king over Eric, he works for the AVL/the Authority, yet he can’t help her directly out at at all if Eric won’t do it willingly? I mean, the Queen made Eric sell vampire blood and that was totally against the Authority of the Authority (ha). Also, if the authority is now powerful enough to be appointing Kings and Queens and Bill is obviously working for them–then who could Eric possibly know that has similar or more power?
In addition, have you ever wondered where Eric gets his vast fortune from? I mean…sure he has been around for a while (but that also means he was around to spend it and he’s obviously not living on the cheap). I mean…sure he didn’t pay taxes for a while (but c’mon, that’s not going to help him out that much, assuming he’s still getting away with that being a bar owner and all). I mean…sure he has a pretty cool vampire bar (but are we supposed to believe a small, albeit popular, vampire bar in Shreveport, LA is going to be doing so well that Eric can support the lifestyle that he and Pam enjoy in addition to being able to buy and remodel Sookie’s home to that extent just because he wants to be with her— excluding any monetary return on that investment?). As far as I can see, Fangtasia is the only visible monetary investment we have seen or heard about Eric and Pam making and I doubt that’s sustaining them or Eric’s impulse buys.
In addition, we see Bill advocating for Eric meeting the True Death, presumably by the Authority. Yet, if Eric had friends powerful enough to stop Bill then why would he be able to order such a thing (no matter what, unless Eric goes on an open killing rampage of other vamps or humans that is made public/almost made public). If Eric has friends that powerful and their not in the authority, then they have to be somewhere else…but where?
How about the true monarchy that Nan mentioned?
Judging by Nan’s statements, it seems likely that there are those who believe in going back to a monarchy without the Authority’s intervention or there are remaining monarchs opposed to the Authority’s power. If Nan and Bill seek to actively dismantle the monarchy that was in place before and Bill was a spy against Queen Sophie Ann obviously, then there have to be monarchs out there that existed without appointments by Nan/the Authority or those that believe in that old system.
Could it be that Eric sides with those monarchists or those that oppose the Authority/the AVL?
These monarchists are known to have obtained a vast amount of wealth (part of which could be supplied to Eric for whatever reason). It would explain the mutual suspicion between Eric and Bill that goes beyond Sookie as well and show Eric’s hesitation against the Mainstreaming movement (despite owning a bar that caters to fangbangers and the vampires that seek them out). Also, it would explain why Queen Sophie Ann referred to Bill as a “traitor” before her true death, as if she was expecting him to be more loyal to her than the Authorty no matter what. Since we have not been shown an Eric/AVL or Authority connection, then I think Eric’s sentiments would be the same despite the circumstancs (I mean he sold V for Queen Sophie Ann, which went against the Authority); therefore I see Eric as a supporter of the Monarchy versus the power of the Authority despite being forced into compliance with them at times. It would also back up Eric’s point of view about humans and the outward message of the AVL and explain his aloof attitude toward the AVL/the Authority (apart from his personal dislike of Nan). Besides, there has to be more to their feud or distrust of one another than Sookie (although we know she’ll always be a huge part of it).
(this post and the next one are eligible for the drawings, not just starting with the recaps since I wont be able to do the recaps until after work, thanks).