Last week I was convinced that Bill was masterminding a brilliant plan to overthrow the Authority and save the world. After last night’s episode if feel as lost as Bill claims to be. Or Bill is a true strategist who is playing a high stake game, or he is joining a religious cult under the influence of intoxicating blood and a born seductress. I believe he has fallen for Lilith.
My beloved Bill, what hast thou done?
Bill is not perfect, never has been and never will be. He has made mistakes and has acted in a questionable manner on various occasions: out of love, to save his ass, for revenge or for power, but never have we seen him stray off the righteous path for religious reasons.
The Bill Compton character has always been the target of a lot of hate from the team Eric camp and sending Bill down this particular road, will increase the number of haters and alienates this large group of fans even more from his character to a point where any form of redemption has become completely impossible. The characters are there to serve the story and not the other way around, but I truly hope that Bill will find his way back in a manner that will take the bitter taste away, otherwise it’s just brutal what they are doing to his character.
We all have our favorite characters on the show. Bill has made me a Stephen Moyer fan and because of Bill’s constant struggle with his double-natured personality, he will always remain the most interesting character on the show for me. But I did struggle last night to stand by my man in this episode and I haven’t felt like slapping him this hard since he acted like Sookie’s lapdog in season 2. Kudos to Stephen Moyer for bringing out all these emotions.
The upside of Bill turning to the dark side is that it reveals another layer of this hugely complex character and just like in real life nobody is entirely good or bad, we are all at least 50 shades of grey, and that’s exactly why it remains a joy to watch Bill struggle, fall, grow and get up again.
When we pick up the episode, we see that Bill’s plan to blow up the Tru Blood factories has been set in motion. Tru Blood factories are being blown up and the first signs of chaos are starting to show on the streets. The Authority members celebrate with a human prisoner bound on the council’s table. “Praise Lilith”, Bill says at the sight of this meal. Eric looks at him in wonder, not being able to figure out what Bill is up to. Bill looks at the prisoner with a disconnection in his eyes that we have not seen before from him. After saying grace all members, including Bill and Eric feast on the poor prisoner.
Eric teams up with the techie Molly and together they plan an escape from the compound. He wants to know what game Bill is playing, but Bill reveals that he has no game plan and that he is lost.
“What if God is a vampire? We both saw Lilith”.
“We were high. I don’t know what is in that blood but we need to stay away from it.”
“I am lost. I don’t know who to trust. Everything I believe in had been turned upside down.”
“What about Sookie? Is she just food to you now? …… I didn’t think so.”
Eric tells him that he can have his religious crisis somewhere else, because they are getting out of there and Bill has to procure Salome’s blood to open the door of the elevator.
Bill is lost, more lost than he has ever been since Lorena turned him. Apart from Jessica, he is alone in this world. He has lost Sookie, his miracle that brought him back to life. So much has happened between Bill and Eric in the past, that this new bromance cannot take away everything that has happened between them over the years. I think Bill realizes that he was drugged drinking Lilith’s blood, but seeing the vision of the vampire goddess rise up from the blood in combination with the firm belief of the others who shared the experience with him, made him doubt his own beliefs like he has never done before.
In the next scene we find Bill in the nude in Salome’s bed. She tells him that he has been chosen to be her Adam and they will birth the new world together. Bill is still doubtful. “What if I don’t want to be chosen?” Salome tells him that he has Lilith’s blood inside him, that will be his guide. Bill and Salome start to have sex and Bill gets a vision of Sookie. I find Bill’s reaction rather disturbing and not a good omen of things to come. When he sees Sookie lying under him instead of Salome, he bites her and drains her to the point of death and the vision changes to Lilith and back to Salome again.
This is the second time Bill sees Lilith after drinking vampire blood, could it be somehow related to Salome? Is it her blood that causes the hallucinations? Nora told Eric that she wasn’t a convinced believer until Salome slipped her into the room with the vial during daytime and let her taste from the blood of Lilith. It’s all related to the blood. Eric was right to say that they have to stay away from it. But it’s too late for Bill, the second vision of Lilith has taken away the last doubt in his heart. He looks in wonder at the blood on his fingers.
Molly, Eric and a drugged Nora arrive at the elevator ready to escape, using Nora’s blood to open the lock. Bill shows up at the last moment, Eric thinks he will leave with them, but he betrayed the escape plan to Salome and she is waiting in the elevator with the guards.
Eric feels betrayed, but Bill truly believes he is saving him. Just like Nora, he believes that the faith in Lilith is the right path for Eric and all vampires. “You have been chosen by Lilith, this is what God wants.” When Eric is taken away, I see a look of regret on Bill’s face. He knows that the time has come for Eric to choose sides. He has already been replaced as sheriff of Area 5 and his life is at risk.
Bill has become a believer and needs a deprogrammer to help him break free from the cult and the power of the blood. On Twitter many demand the staking of Bill before the season is over, but if we would kill every poor soul who is misguided by religion there would only be a handful of people left to walk the earth.
Bill has never lived in a nest, he has never felt the pressure a group can put on the individual. Mass hysteria is very powerful and since Bill is stumbling in the darkness right now, he is especially vulnerable to the cult of religion. When people are lost, in doubt and fearful, they turn to religion for reassurance, security and a sense of purpose. It’s a classic. As a human Bill believed in God, he lost everything when he was turned, including the religious lighthouse to guide his way. He got Lorena instead who corrupted him and pushed him to embrace his vampire nature. Now Salome strips him of his humanity by making him believe that he was chosen by Lilith to be her Adam. Bill might be more susceptible to Lilith’s blood and the pressure put upon him because he is still very young vampire in comparison with Salome, Eric and Nora.
I can understand Bill’s struggle, but I have difficulty wrapping my brain around a Bill who loses his humanity, his compassion and respect for human life so easily. He has worked too hard to make his way back from what he was to the vampire he has become, to lose all that because of a drop of blood and a vision.
Last season it was Eric to fall under a spell and change personality, this season it’s Bill’s turn to show a different side of his character. Only time will tell how and when we will get the Bill back we know and love. It makes for a hell of a ride, that’s for sure!