Boy, what a difference a week and a different script writer makes….
Ever since the Second Season of True Blood premiered I have been puzzled. I found myself disliking to the point of disgust a character I actually was fond of in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries. I just didn’t understand.
Finally last night I figured out why I hate Bill Compton so much on True Blood
My hatred for him and his self-loathing over his loss of humanity is in direct correlation with how corrupt they make Eric Northman’s character. At this point in the story (in the books) I was hoping Sookie WOULD find Bill. Poor guy, held and tortured by his maker. But in the series, he is painted so decent, no matter what he does, and Eric so Machiavellian, that I hope with every scene for Bill’s doom.
My hatred for Bill has made me want Eric and Sookie’s relationship to escalate at a much faster rate than it should. They should have a friendship that is growing slowly, but I want her out of Bill’s clutches.
Instead of me thinking, “Awwww poor Bill, he loves Sookie so much,” I think,” Look how smug he is in his rightousness.” And then we have the “puss.”
Or the Emo face.
Bill has a constant disregard of authority. For some reason he doesn’t have to live by vampire laws. He threatens Eric at Godric’s party.
He decks Eric right after it is clear that Eric’s maker is going to voluntarily meet the sun.
I await the reveal of the Queen’s edict with such anticipation and evil glee. I so want Bill to get his. Funny in the books, I was happy not knowing until the 6th book when it is actually revealed and even then, I felt sorry for Bill. I want Bill to fall hard off this pedestal that Alan Ball and the writers have put him on. Do I feel I’m going a bit far in my wish? Yes, I do. But I can’t help myself.
Now, let’s look how was Bill treated in this episode? Poor old Bill. Here we see him in flashback. Making his way to his house in the 1800’s looking for his family. Here comes his wife. Shocked that he’s actually alive. He’s been gone for 3 years you see. His son is dead of the pox, daughter sent to Tennessee with relatives and his wife almost crazy with grief. See Bill cry blood tears over his dead son.
Of course he does, she sees the tears and loses it.
Lorena must step in and glamour her to forgetfulness.
Then Bill and Lorena bury his son. Lorena reminding Bill why she told him to stay away from his family.
By showing us this flashback, the writers have vindicated Bill and excused him from everything he does that night at Russell’s: declaring his loyalty to the King and the silly but violent twisty rape-like sex he has with Lorena.
It was a totally gratuitous graphic scene, completely unnecessary and many people were horrified by it. It reminded me of “Death Becomes Her,” so, though I thought it was disgusting, I was more put off by the ridiculousness of it all. I’m just not sure what the writers were trying to say here, except “see we shocked you.” That’s not good storytelling.
In fact, I feel much more sorry for Lorena. She loves him and is willing to subject herself to that kind of violence just to have a little piece of him. I guess some attention is better than none. Poor old Bill can’t be held responsible for anything he’s done in the last 140 years though. It was that evil maker of his.
What did we see of Eric in this episode? Well, he protected Sookie, took a bullet, killed the werewolf who was there to attack her, buried the were, and then walked her home to make sure she was safe.
Pretty decent huh? However, lest we begin to like the Viking, we are reminded he “tricked” Sookie into sucking out the bullets and, therefore, ingesting a little of his blood (please viewers forget she had gallons of Bill’s blood only weeks before and Bill has fed on her numerous times) and now she’s tied to him (though that will come in handy if she’s in trouble, and at least she acknowledges it). He mysteriously CAN’T go to Jackson with Sookie. We could deduce it’s because of this nastiness with the Queen’s V. There could be other evil things Eric is involved with though, look, he’s giving a very expensive car to Lafayette!
I didn’t like what was suggested during that interaction. It seemed to me this was more than about selling the Queen’s V. It hints that Eric is actually selling something else illegal and he wants Laffy to deal it. Why can’t Lafayette just be his henchman? Help him get to the were’s and the guy who has been controlling them for centuries. Does Eric HAVE to be a drug kingpin? Can’t he just be a savvy businessman? Maybe I’m just uber sensitive because of what they’ve done to Eric’s character, but something seemed off to me.
I’m disgusted at the way Eric has been written. He has been manipulated by Queen Sophie Ann, just as it appears Bill has been, yet somehow what Eric is doing is being portrayed as far worse than what Bill is doing for her.
Alan Ball and the True Blood writers have given Eric the bad end of the stick. Taking away every heroic thing he’s done and sometimes even giving those things to Bill (the staking of Long Shadow, saving Sookie from the poison she was exposed to from the maenad, gently taking the glass out of her arm after the FOTS caused her car to go off the road, truly saving her during the FOTS attack, helping/protecting her at the Bon Temp orgy). They demonize the things he does do: the aforementioned bullet sucking; banging Yvetta in the Dungeon of Doom; they are even hinting that he MIGHT have kidnapped Bill if given the chance. Evil, evil, horrible Eric, but Bill? Hey, what a good guy!
I was floored at the coming attractions for episode 4! I know the previews are edited deceptively, but Bill wants to KILL Eric? For what reason? He’s attracted to Sookie? That’s just wrong. Do Alan Ball and the writers expect us to excuse this behavior because all poor Bill wants is to be human again? Hogwash!
My enjoyment of Bill Compton and Eric Northman in Harris’ books was, in part, because they had to work together and didn’t particularly like each other. They had a healthy respect for each other and the woman they were both competing for. It endeared me to them both, but when I watch True Blood I am cheated of that pleasure and I see no logical reason behind it.
Thanks to http://fractured-simplicity.net/daydreaming/ for the screen caps.