Ok, so of course in episode 4×02, we see a flashback of Bill feeding on a bartender in We see Bill feeding on a bartender in the 80’s but not killing him:
Then somehow Nan comes out from the misty alley and is impressed that Bill isn’t killing his “prey” for some reason.
Therefore, Nan decides “Punk Compton” is somehow ready to be a spy for her mainstreaming group because synthetic blood will be out soon
26 years later and who wants to dig up bar food anymore?
The monarchy would rip us up as traitors BUT the cool thing is your going to help us “plant the seeds of discord from within!” (**BRILLIANT, said in a British accent**)
I guess if you’re a hardcore Bill fan or even a casual Bill fan, then you’re supposed to look at this as further proof that Bill is a good guy after all. He has to eat of course but it’s not like he’s killing just because he can. When he did that bad stuff in the past, that’s because Lorena made him do it
(even though Lorena killed her victims quickly and he did not).
Bill did all the bad stuff he did after Lorena because Nan lured him into being a spy for The Authority and that’s a necessary evil because vampires should be able to mainstream, right?
The collateral damage was worthwhile (thousands and thousands of people like Ann the Stripper or Hadley or Sookie):
However, let us look at this without the shades of a Bill fan or the casual observer. I don’t think that we need to hand Bill a gold star simply because he didn’t drain the guy ; let us remember that it’s not like this was a willing victim and how hard is it to give the victim a quick glamouring and rub a little blood on the wound? It’s a lot easier than getting rid of a body if you ask me.
I doubt Eric was draining every victim dry either or any other vampire that is old enough to know better and not as psychopathic as Franklin Mott or as gluttonous as Talbot. As we saw in Lorena’s season two flashback, Bill’s pairing with her was both psychopathic and gluttonous:
But again, I doubt it is or was the usual standard for vampires to go around killing every single meal when they know it’s not necessary. Therefore, I think Nan choose Bill for reasons other than that (she assumed that she could control him as her spy for some reason).
Also…in case you forgot or you missed it, I believe we heard something about Bill having HIS OWN PROCURER and apparently he’s feeding from his staff as well:
….YEP, NOTHING LIKE THE OTHER VAMPIRE MONARCHS:
Also, it’s obvious that Bill is in fact as power-hungry as he is blood thirsty and it’s going to get to his head (he’s obviously going to be taking advantage of his office too) so he ultimately won’t be king for unselfish reasons; therefore, it seems that all the collateral damage was purely for his own benefit in the end:
As I said in this post from July 2010, the true purpose of the AVL is to give vampires rights so that they can come into positions of power (that were once solely occupied by humans) and not only rule over vampires, but also rule over people. Russell simply wanted to hasten this process (even if it meant a race war) in order to save the planet (in his view).
So this flashback definitely did not prove that Bill is in fact a good guy. It only proved these points:
1. Bill FINALLY decided to stop killing for fun. Bill knows it’s better to kill when you have a real goal in mind, no matter how many people you have to kill or kidnap in order to do it.
2. Bill is not only a traitor to the monarchs, he is a traitor to the authority (he lied to Nan about Sookie too, although I excuse that since it protects her.) He’s just pretty much treacherous.
3. Bill is an ever bigger hypocrite than before.
4. Bill is power hungry and takes personal advantage of his authority and his position for personal gain; therefore, he is no better than any of the monarchs he wants to bring down.
5. Bill is the puppet-King we all expected him to be.
6. Bill is working for a group that wants to gain control over humans through politics. They, and therefore Bill, are not truly mainstreaming…they are just taking advantage of “the stupid and naive humans,” as Nan said.