Rest in Peace Bill Compton


It is with the great sadness that we not only say goodbye to True Blood the show, but to our favorite character, Bill Compton.

Now that a few days have past since the very last episode of True Blood has aired, we are ready to pay tribute to the vampire who was such an inspiration for us and all the Bill fans.

Bill decided to leave this life on his own terms, but that final tragic scene is not how we would like to remember Bill. We would like to commemorate him for the beautiful, loving and complex being that he was.

Before he was turned a vampire against his will at the end of the American Civil War, Bill was a dedicated husband to his wife Caroline and loving father of Sarah and Thomas.

His maker Lorena led him away from his humanity and he embraced the bloodthirsty vampire lifestyle until he started to struggle again with the memories of his humanity. He finally managed to break free from Lorena in the 1930’s and set out to live his own life always struggling with his own nature and darkness within.

When he arrived in Bon Temps in 2008, he was on a mission for his Queen, Sophie Anne to procure Sookie Stackhouse for her. While Bon Temps had been his home town during his human life, and he moved back into his family’s home when he arrived, he was there just to do a job, that is, until he met Sookie which changed everything.

Sookie was his miracle, the love of his vampire life, and she brought him back to his humanity, but also made him feel the burden of his darkness even more.

During Bill’s vampire life, he was forced to do things that were ultimately against his nature. He had to turn a young girl into a vampire; he was kidnapped by the King of Mississippi, held hostage and tortured by his maker and completely lost his way and sanity by becoming a vampire god.

As King of Louisiana he was caught between a rock and a hard place with the Authority trying to control him. He ultimately became a vampire savior, almost losing his life when he released everybody from vamp camp.

At the end of his vampire life, he reconnected with his love Sookie and then shared precious moments with her and his beloved progeny Jessica, whom he gave away in marriage.

Bill lived a long and complicated life filled with moments of utter happiness and deep despair and after he contracted Hep-V he decided that it was time for him to go.

We will never forget the moment we first laid eyes on him, when he strolled into Merlotte’s and ordered a Tru Blood.

We (Shad and Lynn), and all the Bill fans will remember the amazing moments we have had with Bill during the seven seasons of True Blood.

Goodbye dear Bill, we will never forget you.
Rest In Peace.

note: Jointly written by Shadaliza and Lynn

Below are two tribute videos to Bill that we thought might be nice to add to this post. If you haven’t seen the end of True Blood, I suggest you wait to watch them until you do.


  1. I was watching an episode of True Blood and when I saw Bill’s tombstone, it dawned on me that my son’s middle names William Thomas. ( after his uncle, William, and his daddy and great grandfather Thomas.)

  2. Brian Buckner is probably the most hated man in America right now. And some parts around the world. Bill did not have to die. S7 is devoid of any writer imagination or a desire to bring avreally satifying ending to TrueBlood. Bill fans should have been on our feet cheering at the end. Not sick at heart and crying. The hep v affected Bill’s ability to appreciate the beauty in the world. All Bill needed at the end was a good reason to stay with Sookie, instead of feeling like he needed to be out of her life. Sookie could have found out she was pregnant with Alcide’s child. And at the gravesite, she could have told Bill that she was going to have the baby and asked him if he wanted to help her raise the child? I bet Bill would have said YES, he would. And he would have taken the cure to be a father to Sookie’s baby. THAT’S a surprising plotline that would have left Bill a vampire. But still alive and with the woman he loved.

  3. Here here Rhonda, I’m so with you on that ending. Just sadden to see bill die and tears everywhere. Why can’t these writers make a happy ending! Xx

  4. I do not see how people can’t comprehend the obvious pain this character endured in regards to his family. I am personally ok with how it ended. Everyone was happy. :-)

  5. Beautifully written, Shad and Lynn.  I teared up as you recalled Bill’s life and death.  Bill wanted to die so he could finally be at peace, but it’s always going to make me cry.  Goodbye Bill, and thank you to Stephen Moyer for his incredible portrayal that made us love Bill.

  6. Well and truly said, Shad and Lynn.  Beautifully written.  Raising a
    glass of True Blood in your honor, and one to Bill as well!!!

  7. Thank you for this lovely tribute. Thank you, Charlaine, for creating the masterpiece that is Bill and thank you, Stephen, for your amazing portrayal of Bill. Like Sookie, I recognized that he was unique among all the vampires. The air did truly go out when he walked in. He was my perfectly imperfect, tormented vampire, always trying to break free of the darkness that chained his beautiful self. I loved his relationship with his soulmate, Sookie, and his daughter, Jessica. I am trying to make peace with his ending but it is quite difficult. I am still crying over it. I am grieving his death, and I cannot let go but I will never forget him or stop loving him. He’s in my heart forever, the southern vampire with the sexy accent and smouldering blue eyes, Wish I could wrap myself in one of his henleys. RIP. (Roma)

  8. for 7 years I waited for unite of sookie and bill but didn’t happen in the books and didn’t happen here. but still in the end it was love.

  9. Gee, it looks like I don’t want to see the end of this episode :( it will show it here tonight romanian time..

  10. Very beautifully written, Shad and Lynn, thank you for this loving tribute to Bill Compton, who will be greatly missed. And thank you two also for all your hard work over the years that made the “True Blood” experience that much more enjoyable for all of us. It was great to always have a place to come and discuss aspects of our favorite show with like-minded folks, get all the latest news, see behind-the-scenes photos, and read informative interviews. You two should be proud of your great work! Stephen Moyer is lucky to have such talented people backing him up, Thanks again!

  11. Shad and Lynn this  such a  lovely  memorial  to our beloved Bill.  
    I can’t say goodbye to him so I’ll just say,  

    Rest well Darling
    Never Forgotten – Forever Loved

  12. You know what? I guess I’ll go to Stockholm, get myself turned by the CEO of NEWBLOOD and rip the spines out of the writers who did this ^,..,^

  13. Very nicely said Shad and Lynnn.  Will miss Bill and everyone on True Blood-what an extraordinary show.  Still trying to get over that ending.

  14. I so loved Bill with the longer hair and sideburns. I found that version more seductive and alluring than with the short hair..

  15. In memory and heart and soul shall you forever live, Bill Compton. R.I.P. Sincerely, LadyB from West Virginia.

  16. Because I hated the ending so much.  My mind had to try to make some sense of all the events that happened.  So, I created a blog for the first time, and decided to write about what I believe the writers were trying to convey beyond just the events that occurred.  I believe they had a bigger message to give us of a political and social nature.  I believe that some of the fans who hated the finale might find some solace in my ideas.   Bill’s death had a deeper, more important meaning.   For anyone interested my blog address is:

  17. I loved both videos I still have to close my eyes n turn my head when sookie stakes our beloved Bill Compton the Finale the would of been good if Pam her maker n Sarah been killed n Bill n Sookie get that  Happy Ending they Deserved .has anyone seen that Video Bill Compton left Jessica on her Blog Called A Father’s Love it so Beautiful Every time I watch it I Cry . Shad and Lynn Beautiful well Written Bill Compton Chronicles.I will miss Bill Compton what a Fine and Sweet Southern Hentlemen He was and a Hero in the Cilvil War he was the BEST FATHER ,HUSBAND, FATHER AGAIN TO JESSICA ,AND MAKER, N FRIEND,N SOLDIER REST IN PIECE OUR SWEET VAMPIRE KING AND VAMPIRE GOD BILL   :'(  I love you Bill

  18. he needed to die – but seriously way too dramatic ! I loved the final of True Blood – awesome that Eric reigned supreme!

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