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Despite Alan Ball’s various positive and negative quotes to media sources about Bill and Eric, I think we can figure out how Alan Ball really feels about them by thinking about Sookie’s experience with both characters on the screen.
Imagine Pre-True Blood Alan Ball. He already revels in dark themes pertaining to human nature, hypocrisy, and hidden truths in his other work. One day, he reads the Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse Novels) and goes through his own experiences with the characters as he reads it from Sookie’s perspective. Despite what Sookie may be saying or feeling, Alan Ball develops his own feelings about how he felt getting to know Eric and Bill through the limited lens of Sookie’s point-of-view only; in addition, he recognizes the great potential for the commentary related to human nature, hypocrisy, and hidden truth in the books also brought to the screen. Alan Ball brought his experience with the characters of Eric and Bill in the books to Sookie’s experience on the screen. At the same time, it is clear that Alan Ball’s tendency to commentate on the themes of the darkness in human nature (despite the supernatural status of Bill and Eric), hypocrisy, and lies contribute to his opinion about the characters of Bill and Eric. Simply put, Alan Ball is bringing his own experience with the characters during the books to True Blood (and that is how he wanted us to feel and what he wanted us to experience as an audience).
Alan Ball’s journey with Bill and Eric:
Alan Ball sees Bill as this dark knight (instead of a pure white knight) for Sookie; he is different and he is arousing…
and he is conflicted and he has some baggage…
but he will do anything for Sookie.
Too bad Eric is in the way…That no good bastard!
But wait….Eric seems to be going the extra mile for Sookie at times…why would the no-good-bastard being doing that?
but wait again…It doesn’t matter that Eric is doing so many good things, he’s still doing evil things too….soooo let’s just slap all good thoughts of that no-good-viking out of our heads, shall we?
after all…Bill does anything for Sookie and he protects her vulnerable butt….
besides…Eric only wants Sookie so he can use her…right?
But I mean…Bill has all that baggage, remember?
and of course remember that…Eric will save her vulnerable butt too…right?
but let us not forget…that Eric is still the no-good bastard that is playing poor Bill and Sookie…danggit!
Yet…Eric does seem to have SOME feelings…and wait…Sookie does seem to be responding to him somehow…uh-oh…
but again…Bill just wants Sookie and Eric is this political animal…she could actually settle down with Bill huh?
but Sookie is fickle about this settling down thing even though she says her heart is still with Bill…And things are heating up with Eric and he is still protecting her vulnerable butt…
although…Eric’s mind is still on the politics and he’s manipulative and vengeful…
but eh…Bill still has that baggage is probably doing some messed up things himself…
um scratch that…Bill is doing some highly messed up stuff himself, probably more so….because wait…he’s hurting Sookie now too!
Maybe Sookie needs to just stay away from these vampires!
but whatever…Sookie is still drawn to Bill and Eric for some reason…
so she’ll need to find the right one of the two….
…so even though Eric can still be that no-good-bastard focusing on his vengeful nature and politics…..
TURNS OUT…Although Bill is interesting for devotion and complex nature as a character, Bill actually represents the hypocrisy Ball actually despises and the hidden truths that harm people as well as society at large.
…SO OUT THE DOOR BILL!
So I will go out on a limb and say that Alan Ball prefers Sookie to be Eric over Bill because of his hypocrisy and unwillingness to accept who he is, though he perhaps finds Bill the most compelling due to his over-the-top devotion and darkly complex nature. Saying this, I also wouldn’t say that Alan Ball is necessarily Team Eric either (even though he admires Eric’s shrewd nature, openness, loyalty, and bravery )because his head is telling him that Sookie probably shouldn’t be with vampires at all. But he does choose Eric over Bill because of these qualities he loves about Eric and after considering that Sookie is ultimately attached to vampires for life for better-or-worse. Yet, Alan Ball chooses Eric over Bill and presents his own experience to the audience because Bill represents the hypocrisy and hidden truths that Alan Ball despises; this is obvious not only because of the way they were presented on screen but in comparison to Alan Ball’s other work.
It seems like there has been a lot of attention paid to this new assertion by TV Gude and Alan Ball concerning fairies at other blogs such as Sookieverseblog:
“Here’s one thing you can be sure of: Fairies can’t be turned into vampires. (Vampires just think their blood is mighty tasty and helpful for sun-bathing.) But executive producer Alan Ball reveals something else that fairies can do: “They can abduct humans and take them somewhere else that is not here,” he says. “Just like aliens.”
A lot of people are looking into these statements for obvious reasons:
1. “Fairies can’t be turned into vampires. (Vampires just think their blood is mighty tasty and helpful for sun-bathing.)”
This statement evoked many of these thoughts, of course:
Wait, Sookie is a fairy! This means Sookie can’t be turned! ; Bill must have known about Sookie when he said “That’s impossible.” to Russell’s statement about possibly turning Sookie ; Maybe if Sookie is only part fairy, that means she can still possibly be turned ; That explains why Sookie wasn’t turned in the hospital despite Bill draining her to the point of near death and giving her his blood ; etc…
A. “Wait, Sookie is a fairy! This means Sookie can’t be turned!”
Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that inspired the show, has said repeatedly that “Sookie won’t be a vampire.” Although Alan Ball has taken many liberties with the show, I doubt that he would end True Blood with this scenario if he is really attempting to “keep to the spirit of the book,” as he claims. I doubt Charlaine Harris would approve of this scenario on True Blood so I think any notion that Sookie will be turned was wishful thinking even before this fairy rule was stated though I may have considered it myself even— ha ha. We have had some notions that people such as Eric may suggest that Sookie be turned, especially during some Season two scenes with Eric, but this is not a definite indication that this will occur on True Blood especially since Charlaine Harris obviously doesn’t want that. Therefore, what does it matter that fairies cannot be turned? People have suggested that takes away the beauty that Sookie may choose to not be turned but really that just takes away any pressure of it from her vampire relationships because they will already know that before they get into a relationship with her. If for some reason Sookie ends up with a non-vampire (though I see no interesting or true prospects personally), she won’t have any reasonable regrets about not being turned and living out her life as a vampire with one of her vampire suitors.
B. ” Bill must have known about Sookie when he said “That’s impossible.” to Russell’s statement about possibly turning Sookie.”
Even though this could be completely invalid since even I have throughly entertained the possibility that Bill may have been stalking Sookie from childhood, I will still bring this perspective in for the sake of the argument since this is how it has been shown on True Blood on the surface (though we know the show is much deeper). Ummmm..I think back to when Hadley told Sookie that the Queen was interested in hearing Sookie was a telepathic. The Queen “suddenly became interested in Sookie” when Hadley told the queen this. Yet, we have seen no indication that the Queen was especially interested in Sookie’s telepathic powers on True Blood. On True Blood, telepathy seems to be connected to being a fairy. If the Queen is as knowledge about mythology as she seems (she knew a lot about Maenads when nobody else did in Season Two), she probably put two-and-two together and figured out that she had a potential fairy waiting for her BEFORE SHE SENT BILL TO BON TEMPS. If she wasn’t actually interested in Sookie’s telepathy, then she had to be interested in Sookie purely because she was a fairy. If she was interested in Sookie because she was a fairy, then it had to be because of the taste of her blood and the day walking that came with it.
Then after all of Bill’s “mistakes” and lies were revealed, the Queen shows up at Bill’s house and tells Bill “I have waited CENTURIES to find a true fae.” Well, do we really think that the queen would have just blurted that out right then and there if she hadn’t ever mentioned it to Bill, especially with her obvious obsession with day light so evident? Therefore, I am pretty sure he was playing dumb or couldn’t believe it himself along the way. Are we really supposed to believe that Bill had no idea or only figured it out at some point along the way if the queen just blurted it out and said she had been looking for centuries? Therefore, it seems obvious to me that Bill knew from the start that Sookie was a fairy and why he was getting her for the queen, so why would his statements to Russell at that time matter? Anyway, Bill probably desires Sookie for being a fairy and wouldn’t want to turn her anyway, he doesn’t even like being a vampire himself except for the power it brings him.
C. “Maybe if Sookie is only part fairy, that means she can still possibly be turned”
As we learned after Sookie got drained in the hospital, she does not have a blood type so it seems to me that she will obviously be more fairy than human on True Blood. If she is more fairy than human, it seems very unlikely that Sookie will be able to be turned on True Blood if she is more fairy than human. It seems that vampires would need to drain a natural blood type in order to turn someone. The subject of other supernaturals being turned was addressed in the books but hasn’t yet been addressed on True Blood so I will leave that out of the argument.
D. “That explains why Sookie wasn’t turned in the hospital despite Bill draining her to the point of near death and giving her a lot of his blood to save her.”
Well, unless there was a mention that I missed about an “instant turning”, turning someone into a vampire is a very specialized process and involves a magic element other than draining the subject to near death and giving them blood. In order to be turned, the vampire must go to ground (be buried with the subject) with the subject being turned and share their own “essence” with the subject. Even Pam told Bill not to stake Jessica before the transformation was complete. It would have not been complete otherwise. Therefore, the suggestion that Sookie would be turned just because of the blood exchange and without the “magic element,” does not make sense and the massive blood exchange without Sookie being turned was not a suggestion or hint by the writers or Alan Ball that Sookie could not be turned in my opinion. There have been suggestions that Sookie was partially healed by the fairy water, which if true, would also show this was not an example showing Sookie could not be turned…
2. “They can abduct humans and take them somewhere else that is not here,” he says. “Just like aliens.”
In actuality, I think this is all we need to know about fairies not being able to be turned. They are basically aliens from another world. If they are not humans and not supes that are partially human and partially an earthly animal that have blood types, and they are actually from “another place,” then Sookie does not have a blood type because she is mostly an alien and not a human. She is partially “not of this world.” After we found out Sookie did not have a blood type and after all of the suggestions and hints about the fairies being a kind of “alien,” we should have held no hopes that Sookie would be able to be turned…especially also because Claudine suggested she was fairy enough to become like them in her dream sequence…
To wrap up the main points about this article:
1. What does it matter that fairies cannot be turned, and therefore Sookie, if there were not any intentions of Sookie ever being turned in part because the author of the books has suggested she does not want that?
2. It seems obvious to me that Bill knew from the start that Sookie was a fairy and why he was getting her for the queen, so why would his statements to Russell at that time matter? Anyway, Bill probably desires Sookie for being a fairy and wouldn’t want to turn her anyway, he doesn’t even like being a vampire himself except for the power it brings him.
3. We learned Sookie does not have a blood type and is therefore more human than fairy. If she is more fairy than human, it seems very unlikely that Sookie will be able to be turned on True Blood if she is more fairy than human. It seems that vampires would need to drain a natural blood type in order to turn someone.
4. The suggestion that Sookie would be turned just because of the blood exchange and without the “magic element,” does not make sense and the massive blood exchange without Sookie being turned was not a suggestion or hint by the writers or Alan Ball that Sookie could not be turned in my opinion. There have been suggestions that Sookie was partially healed by the fairy water, which if true, would also show this was not an example showing Sookie could not be turned…
5. She is partially “not of this world.” After we found out Sookie did not have a blood type and after all of the suggestions and hints about the fairies being a kind of “alien,” we should have held no hopes that Sookie would be able to be turned…especially also because Claudine suggested she was fairy enough to become like them in her dream sequence.
I have had the pleasure of reading books related to psychology during my current college studies. One of the many books that stood out to me was this entertaining and informative book about the disorder of Sociopathy or (APD: Antisocial Personality Disorder), “The Sociopath Next Door” by Martha Stout.
According to Martha Stout, 4% of the population could be defined as a sociopath. Of course, this is a shocking statistic because that translates to the idea that 1 in 25 people in world are in fact sociopaths. Therefore, you are more than likely to come across a sociopath everyday and anybody that you know could be one, ready to wreak your life for their personal gain. Sociopaths don’t have to be one of the famous murderous psychopaths, they simply have to have no conscience for their actions, no matter what they do.
Sooo…let’s relate Martha’s ideas and examples from the book toward Bill in True Blood so that we can prove his true nature.
We know that Bill was a procurer for a very long time as he told Russell (this suggests that Bill had chosen this as a career or a way to advance his own power and that it was not simply an order from Queen Sophie Ann in the way that Eric was forced to sell vampire blood for Queen Sophie Ann). Therefore, Bill is much more accountable for his actions. Wouldn’t you agree that someone must have no conscience to basically choose kidnapping as a career advancer or money making venture? I don’t know about you, but I think I would feel a little too guilty about it to do something like that for personal gain. Bill never expresses guilt or remorse in any way until he is caught, which is a trait of sociopathy. Of course, it isn’t true guilt or remorse, they just don’t want to deal with the consequences.
In fact, Bill is apparently conscienceless enough to allow a beat down of his kidnapping victim (Sookie) in order to make his job a little easier in the long run.
How many of you with a conscience could have someone brought to the point of death to make your “job” a little easier?
No matter what he had done, how many of you could kill someone that had wronged someone you cared about with absolutely no guilt and as easily as running any other errand? This does not include active in-the-moment self-defense.
How many of us would just say “damn” and keep moving if we had just found out that we had almost ACCIDENTLY (this is up for debate) killed someone we loved? All this after we had just acted like we desperately wanted to save that person?
(of course, there are more examples but these are some of the most extreme examples that show Bill’s lack of a conscience. Having a lack of a conscience automatically makes you a sociopath according to Martha Stout.)
In the book, Martha speaks of a woman who lies about her background in order to advance her career and has no problems hurting people along the way. In a way, this sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
In the book, Martha talks about a sociopathic man that is willing to use anybody to get what he wants and the relationships in his life serve no purpose other than to advance his career. He even abuses his own mother and turns against the same bosses that helped advance him when it suits his purposes. Sound familiar?
In the book, Martha talks about a sociopathic man who is willing to kill anyone at the drop of a hat that threatens to expose his secrets to the community and the woman in his life or anyone that threatens his business in general. Sound familiar?
In the book, Martha discusses the dilemma a man has. Lose his job or leave his dog hungry in his house for days. Ultimately, the man decides to feed his dog because his conscience won’t allow him to leave the dog hungry for days. Stout is claiming that it is conscienceless to neglect your pets in such a manner. Therefore, neglecting your child would obviously be considered conscienceless behavior in Stout’s opinion as well. Sound familiar? Though Bill couldn’t help being away from Jessica a lot of the time, he neglected her when he had the opportunity to not neglect her. Bill dropped her off like an unwanted puppy at the shelter when he brought her to Eric and had no guilt about doing that. Bill neglected to teach her anything about being a vampire other than drinking Tru Blood , something he himself was not even truly doing. Bill did not bother teaching her how to defend herself either until she was needed to help him fight the werewolves; before that, he once again tried to get rid of her like an unwanted pet and I don’t believe it was “for her own good” as some claim. She was uneducated about how to handle herself and not prepared for life on her own, because she was again, neglected. Jessica was basically “begging for scraps” when she went to Pam for help. Stout would obviously consider Bill’s neglect of Jessica, his child, Sociopathic behavior.
However, nobody wants to believe they were manipulated by a sociopath so they go through a process of denial and Sookie and some audience members of True Blood were no exceptions so they make excuses that Stout says “are no where near the truth.”
Bill had to do that, it’s not his fault! ; Bill couldn’t help himself from killing Uncle Bartlett after hearing that! ; He couldn’t stop himself! ; Bill didn’t mean to neglect Jessica, he basically had to! ; Lorena made Bill do that! ; Bill has to protect Sookie from Eric, and incidentally, Pam, because he tasted her! ; etc….etc…etc.
My personal favorite is the claim that: “Bill loves Sookie so he would never hurt her on purpose or do anything that wasn’t with the best intentions toward her.”
News Flash: People with a conscience can love. People without a conscience are not capable of love. Bill has no conscience so he is not capable of love. Sure, people without a conscience can become attached to people or things because of what they may provide to them (delicious blood, sex with an attractive fairy, and supposed redemption in Bill’s case). But they cannot be truly selfless or truly love because they have no conscience.
People can continue to make excuses for Bill and decide that he’s the one for Sookie on their own, but they are continuing to be played by a Sociopath through the screen (which was Ball’s intention I am sure). However, the bottom line is that Bill is not worthy of Sookie’s love or capable of redemption because ACCORDING TO THE EXPERTS: Bill has no conscience, and is therefore, a sociopath.
I will discuss the meaning/ideas in Sookie’s dreams through dream symbolism. Though the subject(s) may or may not be in the exact same state during a dream (Tara was clothed and sleeping in bed during hr dream, not naked in the shower and Sam was not initially clothed or looking up phone numbers in his Bill dream for example), I think the clothing worn or not worn in the dream is relevant to the overall sequence of events in the dream. Since we have been shown the time of day can be incorrect as well (Sam was dreaming of Bill in a nighttime setting obviously but it was actually daytime), the surroundings are also relevant to the sequence of events in the dream though the dreams obviously create some kind of awareness between the subjects.
Bill and Sookie Dream One:
(The pink shirt can represent Sookie’s attraction to Bill or the pink can represent Sookie’s true passionate and kind personality. Why does she initially cover herself with the white robe? It was a warm month, no? She is embracing her “pure” persona for Bill and a bathrobe can represent her need to deal with the situation with Bill somehow and she decides to deal with it by shedding the “purity persona” and asking for sex (usually how Bill and Sookie end up dealing with situations later on too). The angels can represent important messages she needs to see/realize and/or it can herald a warning. Warning? about Bill? possibly? Does this represent Claudine watching after her, a guardian angel of sorts, brining this message to her or what Sookie could become as a fairy? Also the darkness of the dream can represent Bill as a dark figure/influence in her life. Being in your yard (as Sookie is) when it’s dark can represent BAD/AGGRESSIVE influences creeping into your life and you should avoid making any drastic choices. Hmmmm?)
Due to the fact that we have noticed the sequence of events and the timeline is often out of whack, Eric might have actually been correct when he suggested Sookie received Bill’s blood the “night they met,” somehow and this dream could have in fact been after she had taken his blood somehow. However, even if it was not, I see this dream as a warning more than anything else that could have come from Claudine or her own fairy subconcious.
Bill and Sookie Dream Two:
Though this can be considered a fantasy because we see Sookie masturbating at the end, I still believe it must hold some meaning like Eric’s fantasy obviously did.
Being kissed in general can represent an important message as well or that someone INSIDE or outside of the dream may be hiding something from you AND kissing someone you are mad at/supposedly mad at represents an unconcious reconciliation with that person.
Eric and Dream One:
First of all, notice that the contrast from her laying next to Bill to the dream with Eric (through the softer lighting…the pink/gold undertones in the sheets are highlighted in the dream with Eric, the sheets also appear much more silky in the dream with Eric, Sookie and Bill are covered and Sookie and Eric are uncovered). Obviously, the improved lighting represents coming from the darkness of Bill into the light with Eric.
Sheets can represent romantic relationships. The pink undertones represent the passionate and kind side of Sookie (which was represented by the pink shirt in the Bill dream) and possibly the passionate and kind side of Eric too coming out between them. Silk and gold coloring are lucky omens as well and connect with the sheet symbolism of a future romantic relationship. Their tans, that is emphasized on Sookie and suddenly appearing on Eric (connected with light of course) represent health both mentally and physically in a future relationship (not Eric’s human side that will/may appear in the future as some have suggested). The messy sheets/non-existant cover on the Eric bed either represent the freedom and naturalness with Eric and/or represent the current complexities of their relationship (afterall, he has just tricked her into taking his blood) or that the complexities between them will in fact actually bring them together in the end.
Being kissed in general can represent an important message as well or that someone inside or outside of the dream may be hiding something from you AND kissing someone you are mad at/supposedly mad at represents an unconcious reconciliation with that person.
Eric and Sookie Dream Two:
The lamps contrast the darkness (Sookie is the light in Eric’s grief/could be the light).
Going to someone’s bedroom in general can represent growing romantic feelings for that person and/or the importance of that person in your life and/or feelings that you keep private or hidden about that person. Seeing someone crying is either a straightforward representation of your sympathy/feelings for that person or it can also represent the possibility of having to help that person in the future.
For the third time, Being kissed in general can represent an important message as well or that someone inside or outside of the dream may be hiding something from you AND kissing someone you are mad at/supposedly mad at represents an unconcious reconciliation with that person.
Eric and Sookie Dream Three:
Clean shoes represent potential positive influences in your life. However, inappropriately wearing them (like on furniture in this instance) indicate that you are headed in the wrong direction at the moment and need to see positive influences in your life.
For the fourth time, Being kissed in general can represent an important message as well or that someone inside or outside of the dream may be hiding something from you AND kissing someone you are mad at/supposedly mad at represents an unconcious reconciliation with that person.
The sleep signals pointed to the progression of Sookie, Bill, Eric and the plot in general all along. Seems pretty clear, at least to me, that the sleep signals are pointing to Eric as the better choice/ the choice she should make and the more trustworthy of the two and it is also pointing to a true friendship with Eric that is missing with Bill.
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.
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!
Let’s face it, if you are here at my blog, you probably already believe Bill is a liar due to all the countless evidence already against him. However, let me put the final nail in the coffin(ha) for Bill and let me teach you how to spot Bill’s lies each and every time in the future and how he can be an example for all liars by looking at some of his body language during lies from Season 3:
Bill ALWAYS Avoids Eye Contact during More than Half the Conversation when lying:
No wonder Russell was not fooled after a while!
Bill doesn’t gain confidence of the situation until he starts glamouring, figures…
Bill tends to lower his head and look out from the side without directly making eye contact:
Bill often messes with his clothing, fiddles with things, or crosses his hands (it is difficult to expose the palms) when lying:
Bill often tries to be humorous or smile a lot when lying (we know Bill doesn’t often smile a lot normally) or his smiling is out of sync with what he says or ends abruptly:
Leg crossing during a conversation is often a sign of lying when other factors match up (which they do):
( again, this is while Russell questions Bill about the file on Sookie: this leg crossing clue is especially true for men since leg crossing isn’t quite as natural or expected from them: it also is more true when someone is wearing pants, as opposed to a skirt or dress, because they aren’t covering that area up for any real reason)
Touching your face and especially your nose during the conversation/confrontation IS JUST ABOUT THE STRONGEST SIGN OF A LIAR!:
(of course he does this while Sookie confronts him about the file and calls him creepy for doing it!)
Sometimes unatural staring (without any break) is common after you feel you have just given yourself away after a lie:
Bill hides his eyes from Sookie and gives Eric an aggressive stare (tight lips, narrow eyes) as Sookie mentions the possibility of Eric giving her to Russell or THE QUEEN (we know that in fact Bill was probably involved with the queen):
Well now that we have established that you are a big fat liar through body language alone, I wonder if Sookie is still convinced:
Yeah, doesn’t look like it. In fact, she thinks things are unstable enough to dream that Eric is telling her you are untrustworthy, RUN TO ERIC for answers and then return his kiss!:
Yeah…things really aren’t looking good for you anymore Bill. Plus, the description for 3×11 said you are going to bring her MORE dangers while trying to earn her trust again….real smooth Bill….real smooth! I bet I know how you are feeling about this!
Sound off below: What do you think about this evidence?