Deborah Ann Woll Reflects on Bill Compton’s fate

In an interview with HBO’s TrueToTheEndBlog, Deborah Ann Woll talks about what it was like for her, as an actor, to approach this season which changed her relationship with her maker, Bill Compton in a big way.

Some of it was surprising, which is part of what’s fun about our show. I can never quite predict where the storyline is going to go. After six, seven years of working on a character, I start to feel for her the way that I would feel for myself. I have very deep affection for Jessica and what happens to her is very important to me. I think a big moment like killing the faerie girls last year, to have her receive forgiveness for that, almost meant as much to me as it did to the character.

Why did Jessica want to be released? Did she hope that it would change Bill’s mind about dying? Do you think she regrets it at all?

We talked a lot about that. Stephen [Moyer, who plays Bill] had suggested that in a way, Bill’s deciding to let himself die hurt Jessica so much that she wanted to hurt him right back. The strongest way that I can hurt you is by saying that I don’t want to be connected to you anymore. It’s an interesting idea, and I think that there’s a piece of that in there. But also, his journey of dying was going to be so painful that I think a part of her was scared of going down that road with him. In the same way that someone in your life is sick or dying, and the amount of courage it takes to go and see them in that state and acknowledge that they’re going to be leaving soon. She didn’t want to see him like that, didn’t want him to be able to call her to his side and witness his death.

We don’t see Jessica’s reaction to Sookie helping end Bill’s life. Have you thought about Jessica’s reaction to that?

I have. Sookie has always been very honest and straightforward, and especially this season, she and Jessica have been closer than ever. They’ve been allies trying to save Bill. My feeling is that although she didn’t want to ruin some of the happiness of Jessica’s wedding day, at some point Sookie had a conversation with her about what Bill wanted. In a way, Sookie did Bill a great favor. She saved him some of the pain and turmoil that he would have gone through. I think she and Jessica came to terms with the decision together.

In the finale, Bill sort of arranges Jessica’s marriage to Hoyt, which she understandably doesn’t react well to at first. What makes her go from “No way” to “Let’s do it today”?

Bill comes from another era, where marriages were arranged. You saw how he was paired with his wife, and it turned out very well for him because Caroline turned out to be the love of his life. But Jessica is a modern girl, and here are these two men making this enormous decision for her. For the young girl who was subjected to the tyranny of her father so often in her human life, I wanted to show how she became an independent woman who didn’t have to rely on anyone — man or woman — to make her decisions for her.

That’s what was great about the scene upstairs with Bill in Jessica’s bedroom, and it’s probably my favorite scene of the finale. What was wonderful about that was that she had a moment to hear Bill explain himself and how he never got to see his daughter get married or have the family moments he wanted to so much. Jessica heard his sorrow and regret and realized, “If there’s any gift that I can give that will mean something to him, it’s letting him be part of my marriage.” Even though it’s way too soon and maybe this isn’t the right person for me. It doesn’t have to be legal, it doesn’t have to be anything except a moment where I can assure him that I’m going to be fine and he can feel comfortable leaving.

Are there particular storylines from the seven seasons that you especially cherish?

I’ll go to my grave saying that I just love the Jason-Jessica storyline. I will always remember those scenes with a lot of nostalgia. But also my time with Bill. If I look at the arc of Jessica and Bill over the years, it was just a really great story. To end where we did — how the parent becomes the child and vice versa – it became a nice, full story of Jessica’s going from infant to adult.

 

Read the rest of this interview with Deborah Ann by going to truetotheend.com.

93 Comments

  1. Love this show!!! Im so sad that its over already D’: who got sookie pregnant? Did Jason marry Bridget? What about the rest of the people!??? What happened to the rest of the h vamps?? Ugh so many questions…ah well my imagination can handle it :)

  2. Love this show! Hate that bill had to die but I get it. I’m happy that everyone ended happy. I’m gonna miss this showU0001f622. When I really start to miss it I’ll binge and watch all my blu rays of the seasons lol

  3. I think it’s assumed Jason did and it really matters not who Sookie is having a baby with. I was just happy she was.

  4. Deborah Ann Woll – Jessica you look so beautiful in this picture with Bill.. your hair,, your makeup,, almost warm not cold vampire skin, simply beautiful…. keep in touch!

  5. I loved Jessica’s scenes with Bill in the finale.  So sweet, so touching.  I cried when Bill walked Jessica down the aisle.  I will miss that relationship especially.  Thank you Deborah Ann for your wonderful portrayal of Jessica.  Love you.

  6. i wish the endeing was difrent :'( like sookie could be with bil and bili turn her to a vampire could be happy together. but noo booo l did no expect that end w.e..

  7. Also very disappointed in t ending watch all t series & thought it wud be massive bang to finish & say goodbye was crap tho!! Gutted!! X

  8. What a beautiful wedding I tried not to cry I just loved her dress it would have been wonderful that Bill and Sookie could have gotten married at the sametime too.

  9. Does everyone remember how innocent and young Jessica was when bill turned her. Just the first couple of days after she was turned. I’m going to watch those episodes again really soon.

  10. I was hoping that Sookie would have made it a double wedding for her and Bill, so many missed opportunities in that ending. Most of us fans were not happy

  11. I thought from everyone’s comments that the last one would be crap to say the least..but I cried none stop….totally got why Bill had to die….it was the right way….loved the fact sookie stays fae…..lived Jessica and hoight….lived the ending with Eric and Pam and Sarah….was perfect ending now i watched it….was way it should ave ended for Bill…to b with his family …xxx

  12. I’m crying now just reading this.  The Bill-Jessica relationship has been such a special one.  The newly-turned teen, eager to explore her vampire persona, has matured into a beautiful young woman, able to stand on her own two feet.  I love how these two cared about one another.  It never showed more than in the finale.

    Thank you, Deborah Ann, for sharing your thoughts with us.

  13. Loved the wedding…That’s a great picture of you two. Deborah looks so beautiful and you are very handsome Stephen…That’s a keeper! You two should have that printed out and framed.

  14. Glad you and Hoyt came through in the end – just can’t believe Bill is gone and Sookie has to move on……. I’m holding out hope for a future miracle.

  15. I agree one of the best parts of True Blood was the Bill-Jessica story and its evolution. Thank you DAW for sharing your TB memories.

  16. I just love this picture of them together for the wedding seen and I’m sad that the series ended can’t wait for it to come on DVD the hole season :-)

  17. I just love this picture of them together for the wedding seen and I’m sad that the series ended can’t wait for it to come on DVD the hole season :-)

  18. Haven’t seen the last season, couldn’t help to look at spoilers as my feed is drenched with “true blood” this and that. I’m sure I’m going to be in shock as I was when Breaking Bad left me. I’m sooo too invested in television and it’s characters. Sigh….

  19. The dress Jessica got to wear was gorgeous! A wonderful end to the show. Miss you all. Thanks for a great run. It was Awesome.

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