Will True Blood return and if so, would you watch with no Bill?

TrueBloodS01E01-6bOver at  cartermatt.com, we read an article where they hypothesize about the possibility of True Blood returning to HBO. Wow, could this really happen? While it may seem like a long shot, of course, anything is possible and we thought it was certainly worth reporting about it.

Below, they mention some pretty convincing reasons why it might return. Read excerpts (and our comments about him below in purple) from their post below:

Through the first three seasons, we’d argue that “True Blood” may have been one of the most-popular series on television. Viewers loved it, critics praised it, and it set the tone for twisted supernatural drama in the way that we see it now on many other shows.

While True Blood didn’t satisfy the fans as much in the later seasons as it did in the first three, for us Bill fans the ending of the series was nothing short of criminal. However, Cartermatt considers True Blood to be a show that deserves cosideration of a revival because they think it’s “worth more than the way it ended.”  That’s so true! 

We also agree with their conclusion that the various character endings for True Blood were:

so far disconnected from the show that it was hard to care about many of them. This finale remains regarded as one of the worst-received of the past several years.”

For such a fabulous and groundbreaking show to disappear after leaving such a bad taste with the fans is really sad.

Here’s their arguments as to why the return of the show might just happen: 

True Blood drew big ratings for HBO throughout its run, and even to date “Game of Thrones” is the only thing they have that draws significantly better ratings. The big issue here is just getting the cast rounded up again given that so many of them are now on other shows and off doing other things.

Also, HBO would need a super-compelling reason to bite at this again, given that they have a reputation of great programming (for the most part) that they don’t want to ruin anything by bringing back a show that is already polarizing, only to not deliver on the material.

They go on to suggest a couple of ideas of how a new series just might work if the show was resurrected:

The first is to rewind from the closing flash-forward and show how Sookie met her new man, and some of the problems that awaited her moving forward from Bill. We have a hard time imagining that this was smooth sailing! Also, you could see Eric and Pam’s rise to power in the business world.

Another idea is to merely set the show months removed from the end of the flash-forward, and tell a new story almost as though this was not really the end. Given that this is a world where there are always new threats waiting in the wings, the writers could think of reasons to throw Sookie back into the fire.

Personally, in our opinion, there is no True Blood without Bill Compton, so, we have our own ideas of what we’d like to see. Since Bill was killed in the last episode of True Blood, and there is no way in hell we would want to see True Blood without Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton not be included, we like the idea of a “prequel” which would tell the vampire story from an earlier time.

  • Post Civil War – the whole story of what happened to Bill life after he was turned by Lorena could be explored. The era is fascinating and there are decades to cover.  Perhaps each season could be a decade in itself?
  • Bill’s human life – Why not investigate Bill’s human life up until the time he was turned; that would be fascinating.
  • Eric and Bill’s friendship throughout the decades.

And, if HBO would be shy of committing to an entire series, what about a mini-series or a TV movie? This idea seems more reasonable to us as it would only require the cast to devote a short period of time to it’s filming.

Do you think “True Blood” should return, even for it’s redemption if nothing else?

Do you have any other ideas of how True Blood might continue? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

332 Comments

    1. Everyone has different taste but that ‘s actually not what the poster meant. She could have been a bit more diplomatic but I agree with her that I didn’t find Eric and Sookie appealing or believable as a couple.

  1. Bill did drink the blood of Lilith, maybe he was able to come back somehow with a small trace of her blood in him still.
    Wouldn’t be the same without Bill

  2. Yes please it could go back to the beginning when sookie first met bill she could have visioned all this that way everybody is still alive lol or she could wake up from a bad dream and bill is on the other side of the bed asking what’s wrong and then start from there shoot idk lol

  3. I think they need to go back and act like the last season was a someone’s trip on bad blood. Bring back Bill and Alcide and start the whole season over. Give people the Eric and Sookie ending we were denied in the books!!’

  4. I’d be very sad not to have Bill involved, but why not do a vampire afterlife thing? We have no idea what the afterlife is like for vampires. We saw that they could return to talk to people as vampire ghosts(?) from time to time (Godrick), so… why not include Bill? It could start where the finale left off — Sookie is married, but she still can’t shake Bill. He’s always with her. Her marriage unravels. The physics of the vampire afterlife could slowly be divulged from episode to episode. They could discover a loophole where he can return, or where she can go to him. Will he? Will she? Eric could still have feelings for her. The love triangle could continue. It would be so easy and really quite fulfilling since nobody (as far as I know) has ever shown a vampire afterlife!

    1. I do too! He could come back if Stephen Moyer was willing. I have a billion ideas for a continuing series. When I was a child/teen I wanted to write for TV, but then I became an art major instead. I now wish I’d gone with my original idea. It would be so satisfying to write for shows I like. Writing for True Blood would be a dream come true. I’m super picky about TV — barely watch it, but True Blood was just exceptional.

    2. Agree with this. Loophole for Bill to return – he came back after drinking Lillith’s blood – he can come back again – because he has some of Lillith’s Blood & some Fae blood, he can come back- unbeknown to Sookie at first. Reunites with Sookie. Eric has to go – he can’t be there to keep ruining everything for Bill & Sookie. Bill & Sookie get married – Sookie now has children from her human marriage which has unravelled – husband killed in car accident? Bill returns to save her from danger from Fae world.

  5. Yes it will not be the same without bill but will continue to hope that there will be more ture blood in the future. Love watching it. But as long as sookie is still around so should be true blood ( plus i named my cat after sookie)

  6. IN FACT, this could go REALLY dark, which is saying something given how dark TB got at times. They could kill off Sookie’s kids or use them as vampire bait. Her husband could be devoured by vampire ghosts. He could turn out to be using her… she thought she finally had herself a normie, but it turns out he’s some kind of God of some underworld or he’s a Fairy King or an Incubus or something… and he’s there for nefarious reasons.

  7. There’s only one “true blood”. It will never be the same, replace, redone, redo,updated or whatever else, is in mind to be done. It should have stayed on the air and continue with new story lines and with the same characters. It’s so sad because “true blood” was the only vampire series that was truly devilishly wicked and done with style! Plus the main actors, played there role to perfection. No there will never be another “true blood”

  8. There is no reason Bill couldnt return. Sookie could have had a nightmare, Bill’s previous “super vampire” state could have left him with resurrection abilities, I’m not a writer but even i could come up with some ideas if they really wanted to.

  9. I would love to see the show start from where it ended at season 7. Make sure it picks up from that ending. Long as the same actors that didn’t die on the show come back. I believe that Sookie’s, story isn’t quite done yet. Bill will always be loved and remembered. The writer’s could always show Bill in flash backs when Sookie thinks of him.

  10. Well i think of some bill’s family like son or daughter turned into vampire or something which is chasing our beloved Sookie or somerhing like that

  11. Why not just make the last episode a bad nightmare sookie had as it never happened that way bill can still be alive instead of a prequel with no sookie

  12. Yes, please bring it back. Sookie could of had a bad dream when she killed Bill. But, in fact, she didn’t. He returns and she says, I killed you. He says, no you didn’t, I was gone for awhile. In the meantime, she got married to that face-less guy and has a little girl. But, Eric is still in love with her. Sam too. Eric and Pam are running that New Blood business. Jessica and Hoyt are married and we see things going on in their life too. Also, Jason got married with all those kids. There could be a big moment when Bill returns and Sookie is still in love with him and has a triangle between Eric and Sam and Bill. The writers can come up with some way to bring Bill back. The show could go on without him, but hopefully, he will return in some clever way. Plus, Lafayette, Arlene, Holly, etc. Will miss Alcide and Tara.

  13. Lots of magic , praier, dark arts, Christian faith lots of things could work. could bring back everyone we have lost. Including Bill. Even the ones that were bad… We could find out if they died and went to heaven Hell even.

  14. I would not be interested unless Stephen as Bill Compton were a part of it. I like the prequel idea. What about a supernatural Bill returning in some manifestation to watch over Sookie and protect her as she meets new challenges and has new adventures.

    1. It could be after Sookie wakes up from when Eric killed the men that were going to kill Sookie. She went back to sleep that’s when she’d dreamed everything. Then she goes to see Bill the next night and sees that Bill is healed from the Hep Z.

  15. If they had followed the original concept ie. The books they could have had 13 seasons they moved so far from the story line people lost interest in the last seasons. Bill doesn’t die in the books.

  16. I voted no matter what I would watch….I loved each and every character. I would like to see what happened after the final episode. What happened in each characters life? If I could not watch the show I made sure I had it taped so as not to miss an episode and I have purchased all 7 seasons on DVD.

  17. Yes. Only if Bill is revived. Sookie and him should get together again since producer screwed up that storyline. Best show on TV should be returned. Bucky and producers ruined it so much so I refuse to rewatch knowing the dreadful ending. In my opinion, none of the actors including Skarsgard have done anything as remarkable as True Blood. Best actors. Best chemistry. Miss entire cast including characters Sookie, Bill, Eric, Pam, Nelson Ellis’ character, Jason, Jessica, Andy and bar owner/mayor – all.

  18. Bill was my fav but in all shows good characters die and as a fan we will just get used to it.. You can make a great show with the living characters left… But sookie was pregnant and with a unkown man maybe that could turn into some twist about the unkown man like some kind of nut job preacher or anything dark.. She can’t have it easy its trueblood lol.. Or if not that, as the show went forward a few years maybe Sookies kid or Jasons kids have fairy powers crossed between vamps like Warlow as this Hep V could of caused an unlikely thing to happen.. I would also like to see something come from Arlenes baby boy would like to see him turn evil and Arlene fears come true. There are so many things that could happen.. I really enjoyed the medium ship you added and also the witch’s hunting vampires. Good luck I hope I helped in some way and I look frward to seeing this on TV soon.. I can dream right :)

  19. Things do not have to be black or white. Bill can return, only CHANGED, traveling back and forth to the other world must undoubtedly have to be paid in flesh and blood.If you accept this price, we can marry the image of Bill with his alleged 30 years, with the Stephen, as we saw in TBX. Vampires remain unchanged, people do not. Incidentally he had received the peace he need meeting his family in the hereafter, and they have said him that they have continued their lives, they have had children and have been happy, while he has been a hell in their existence as undead. Then he is free to go back and finish their life cycle … that gives us two options … as a vampire or deadly I think he must should be mortal…(but stay away from Sookie or is dead!). And after all, his mortality can be till the next bit. All is possible on TV. Go on!!! If producers decide to use some of this ideas, I want nothing but a little comment … I just want to see Bill happy …

    1. In the end, I think it’s a black fairy-vampire tale for adults. If something make the difference between TB and other series, make no mistake, it is sex. And Bill and Sookie were really all the burning that can be in this production profile. Of course it helps that are really husband and wife .. What do we know about the fairies, except that they are tasty and can have quadruplets? very little, so we do not know we imagine. At first, is clear they are really hots, Sookie can’t be without a lover as we seen… second I think as fairy is able to save in her body the seeds of who she wants to be the father of her child’s and also transform blood in seed, which, as he bathed in the wreckage of Bill, at least one of his sons would be from Bill. It would be nice to have one brown hairs, another blonde, a changing and little she wolf (well… this is rather wander, as she is half fairy, just two clear children … could this marry Bill’s nightmare over the child son of the dark) And don’t forget as fast fairies childs grow…it could be a return way also… Well, short and off for a while … real life is calling me , sorry, I’m enjoing in your company. P: D: on another post I had suggested that time passes differently in the other world and here and Bill could also return when Sookie was a mother (Sam will be dead sure that will have become twice like a family member for to save them)

  20. I won’t watch anything True Blood related without Stephen as Bill. Period. I have been saying since the series ended that they should do a movie to fix that wretched ending. It’s easy to bring Bill back. He could have gone to the fae world and come back – there are endless ways to bring him back. He could return to save Sookie – she is still fae and will always be in danger. The chemistry of Sookie and Bill was what made me return to the show, season after season. There is no reason to watch it without Stephen as Bill. I would be very satisfied with a movie or limited series to fix the ending.

    1. I’m with you, Roma. No Bill, no True Blood for me. I could go for a limited series. However, I have to say that I doubt TB will return in any manifestation. But, ya’ never know … anything is possible. Bill’s death still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. Would love to see that undone.

  21. I will only watch it if Stephen is back as Bill. They could easily bring him back. A movie or limited series sounds great. Have him come back to save Sookie and let him remain to be the love of their loves

  22. Yes. You would definitely be missed Mr . Compton but Sookies story must go on. The ending wasn’t too bad and maybe things should be left where it is but it could be more there idk….

  23. I have to say it could work but sookie would have to be different. Stronger, and not so weak. She would have to be more like the book sookie. Book fans stop trying to make the series like the book. Anna and Alexander do not look good together. I’m sorry but it had to be said. I love bill but that ending icky.

  24. I don’t think it would be right without bill I mean he truly loved sookie, the whole show was pretty much based on their complicated connection. Maybe if they did bring it back it could be something like because of his selfless acts to redeem what humanity and goodness he had left to commit suicide he gets brought back or reincarnated by a higher power as the man we see at the table in the last scene and they get the happily ever after they deserved but now describe the life with their fae child or something idk just a suggestion

  25. it would not be the same without Bill. I would watch but take it back to season 3 and go from there. Bring the books to life, give the audience what they waited for and make it what we saw in our minds bu reading the books.

  26. They dont need to do it without bill , as in last few seasons , sookie had a habit of dreamin stuff and wake up to find they hadnt happened .. all they hav to do is , take it back to where they in the cellar of fantasia where sookie is begging bill to bite sarah to cure himself x

    1. Agree – could have been a dream by Sookie. Go back to fangtasia & Jessica persuades Bill to drink from Sarah & is cured. Sookie says she will marry bill if he drinks from Sarah to take the cure.

  27. I wouldn’t watch it if you paid me. After the first 2 seasons it sucked no matter who is or isn’t in the cast . it wasn’t about vampires anymore it was all about who loved Sookie. They lost their edge.

  28. Nope not unless yall fix the last episode and do an alternate ending, I mean bill and sookie don’t have to be together but she could have at least convinced him to take the cure… or somethin geez…

  29. They need bring Bill back, not as a vampire he never won’t too be a vampire, so is great great grandfather the Sookie makes Bill as a ferry like Sookie he became a kind of ferry that’s is a brilliant idea

  30. On another post I had suggested that time passes differently in the other world and here and Bill could also return when Sookie is mother, Bontemps is a desert town, only one light remains on in a window near the cementery…her sons had became bigs and gone (Sam will be dead sure, because he will have become twice like a family member ), and in her lonely, Sookie desire with all her soul Bill’s return, and then she use her only light to bring he back again to her side, and the miracle is done. Maybe Bill is a little changed, the ticket to ride to the other world is not for free… , but I wish to see him again…(sigh)

  31. I will only watch if Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton is in it!
    That said there are many ended shows getting new life, there must be lots of Tru Blood in Hollywood these days, pour some into our True Blood.
    I think the biggest obstacle are the actors and their schedules not the script. I’ve read many fine ideas above to revive the show and Bill – that’s the easy part. Harder is getting the actors who have moved to other work or for personal and professional reasons don’t want to return to Bon Temps.
    Interesting idea, we’ll see if HBO bites!

  32. Things do not have to be black or white. Bill can return, only a little changed, traveling back and forth to the other world must undoubtedly have to be paid in flesh and blood.If you accept this price, we can marry the image of Bill, with Stephen, as we saw in TBX. Vampires remain unchanged, people do not. Incidentally he had received the peace he need meeting his family in the hereafter, and they have said him that they have continued their lives, they have had children and have been happy, while he has been a hell in their existence as undead. Then he is free to go back and finish their life cycle … that gives us two options … as a vampire or deadly I think he must should be mortal…(but stay away from Sookie or is dead!). And after all his mortality may last only until the next bite. All is possible on TV. Go on!!! If producers decide to use some of this ideas, I want nothing, I give it for free, but a little comment … I just want to see Bill happy …

    1. Ohh you have saved it, thank you, I really love you, here is it, the second part: February 8, 2016 at 9:08 am :
      In the end, I think it’s a black fairy-vampire’s tale for adults. If something make the difference between TB and other series, make no mistake, it is sex. And Bill and Sookie were really all the burning that can be in this production profile. Of course it helps that are really husband and wife .. What do we know about the fairies, except that they are tasty and can have quadruplets? very little, so we do not know we imagine. At first, is clear they are really hots, Sookie can’t be without a lover as we seen… second I think as fairy is able to save in her body the seeds of who she wants to be the father of her child’s and also transform blood in seed, which, as he bathed in the wreckage of Bill, at least one of his sons would be from Bill. It would be nice to have one brown hairs, another blonde, a changing and little she wolf (well… this is rather wander, as she is half fairy, just two clear children … could this marry Bill’s nightmare over the child son of the dark) And don’t forget as fast fairies childs grow…it could be a return way also… Well, short and off for a while … real life is calling me , sorry, I’m enjoing in your company. P: D: on another post I had suggested that time passes differently in the other world and here and Bill could also return when Sookie was a mother (Sam will be dead sure that will have become twice like a family member for to save them)

  33. True Blood has to come back with Bill/Stephen Moyer.
    Sookie dreamed about Bill’s death – was all a nightmare. Bill is cured, because Eric & Jessica force Bill to drink from Sarah & he is cured. Sookie & Bill get married & have children by IVF – Bill’s DNA is used.

    PLEASE bring True Blood & Bill back

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