Alan Ball is a Buddhist (you may or may not know this). As a result of this knowledge, my blogger-friend and reader Anna has created a blog about Buddhist symbolism on True Blood.
Most Buddhists believe that forgiveness is possible for everyone and Alan Ball himself has admitted to feeling the same way about forgiveness when asked if forgiveness for Bill was possible.
SO there you have it, Alan Ball thinks forgiveness for Bill is possible despite the summation of the following:
I would add some objectively bad deeds for Bill this season but none were objectively bad. Bill unknowingly had sex with his ancestor (at least from what we were shown) and Bill chewed Sookie out but that wasn’t really that “bad.” He was going to kill Eric but he didn’t and he did improperly chain Jessica/ was negligent but it’s a theory that he was purposely negligent and we have nothing that can objectively say he was “bad” in that situation. He was going to blow up the Mood Goddess without regard of Tara being inside but of course that’s not going to happen and he did it as King (collateral damage)–I do personally take offense to that situation but it’s not objective.
Correct me if I am wrong.
Good Deeds for Bill Season Four:
***That reduces Bill’s X’s to 6.5***
SO yeah, I guess that at least means that Alan Ball thinks forgiveness is possible for the summation of Eric’s worst deeds too:
I would add some bad deeds for Eric but none were objectively bad. We could say that he attacked Tara but that was in self-defense so that gets canceled out. We could say he killed Claudine but any vampire would attack a full blooded fairy (Bill did it to Claudine in fairyland before she zapped him).
Correct me if I am wrong.
Good Deeds for Eric Season Four:
***That ups Eric’s checks to 4!***
Being as objective as possible, I cannot assign a greater value to some bad deeds or good deeds. I think I should come up with a flat system of rating the deeds and do another in-depth article of their good and bad deeds.
After hearing Alan Ball’s statement we could say…”Great! Well we can focus on whose better for Sookie rather than their good and bad deeds.”
But is it just me or did you also ask, “What does Eric exactly need to be forgiven for since his good deeds significantly outweigh the bad?”
SO, even if Alan Ball thinks anyone can be forgiven…we can put the viking out of that game since he really doesn’t need to be forgiven for anything when you consider it objectively.
Therefore, there is no contest and given a choice between Eric and Bill, she should choose Eric since Bill has clearly not made-up for his errors and Eric has. I say Bill’s story, even if he’s completely evil, is about finding redemption and forgiveness because Alan Ball is a Buddhist.
However, part of Eric’s story is getting Sookie to realize that he is the one worthier of her affections and therefore her sole love, since he is in fact not in need of forgiveness though she sees it that way (in addition to uplifting her best qualities while Bill brings out her worst qualities).