This page will look at Bill Compton’s life as a vampire and how he fit into vampire culture.
BILL BECOMES A VAMPIRE
In the books,on November 20, 1868, some years after the war, Bill was made a vampire by the character of Lorena, with whom he had a long and stormy relationship.
In True Blood he was turned by Lorena as he returned from the Civil War, having served under Colonel Henry Gray in Louisiana’s 28th Regiment. He only briefly sees his human wife and old home from a distance before Lorena leads him away permanently. Since Bill was turned against his will, for many years he lived with Lorena, something that is extremely unusual in vampire culture. However, in the 1930’s he broke with her and went out on his own.
Video: True Blood: Vampire Lorena turns Bill
BILL AS VAMPIRE
While we’ve seen hints of Bill’s life as a vampire prior to meeting Sookie in the show, we only know of it from the flashbacks with Lorena. From this, its apparent throughout that he continues to struggle in order to maintain some semblance of his humanity. Bill’s nature makes it difficult for him to accept his life as a vampire and most of what we see and know about him is regarding his struggle to exist in this dark world. Since recently vampires have the ability to “mainstream”, now that there is a synthetic bottled blood, Bill is attempting to co-exist with humans by subsisting on the drink. He also decides to move back to his family home in Bon Temps and thus meets Sookie Stackhouse a waitress at the town’s bar, Merlotte’s. Sookie and Bill immediately have a bond that is explained later in the series and books.
Video: Bill’s Darker side
BILL’S WORK AND POSITION WITHIN VAMPIRE HIERARCHY
In the books:
At the end of the first novel, Dead Until Dark, Bill is concerned about the power of Area Five sheriff Eric over Bill and Sookie. He decides to apply for that area’s investigator position and he gets it. It was revealed that Bill works for queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq and she has sent him to Bon Temps to investigate and seduce Sookie Stackhouse’s telepathic abilities. In the show, we know that Bill is acquainted with the Queen, but we don’t know how. He is also working directly for Eric.
In the books, Bill is also the creator of a valuable database in which all the vampires in North America are listed along with their significant information. Vampires from other areas of the world, such as Peru, have also provided information for this database. The database itself has been controversial because of potential security issues and is only available for purchase to other vampires. No such ‘database’ is shown in True Blood. Bill does have interests in technology however, since we know that he plays the Wii and has an Ipod and a cell phone, but no computer has yet been seen in his family home.
On True Blood:
Bill was sent to Bon Temps by Queen Sophie Anne to find out more about Sookie Stackhouse, but he didn’t appear to have any power until he became King of Louisiana after killing Queen Sophie Anne at the end of Season 3. Then, when abducted by the Vampire Authority in Season 5, he quickly became very important to them when he thought of blowing up the Tru Blood factories. He then outfoxed Salome and drank Lillith’s blood and became Lillith. He had powers way above any other vampire, but as Bill is known to do, he lost them when he saved all the vampires who were held captive in Vamp Camp by allowing them to drink his blood. Being drained, he no longer had any power at all.