I am not Team Bill. I am however, Team Stephen Moyer. He seems so charming, funny and sexy in interviews and is SO handsome with his lighter hair and his British accent. In fact Sarah and I much prefer “HotEnglishBill” to “BoringSouthernBill.”
So what’s the problem with Bill Compton? Oh where do I start!: Bill is ineffectual. He yells a lot but no one pays any attention to him (he yells at Jason – and gets thrown out of the house.) He threatens a lot but no one feels threatened (Eric just looks down at him and smirks.) He makes demands for information that no one ever gives him (Pam scoffs and starts beating him up.) He believes he’s powerful but he’s not (don’t get me started on the whole Lorena thing.)
The issue is that he’s completely impotent. Everyone is older, stronger, more powerful than him – Eric, Russell, Pam, Lorena. Even the one being he should have control over – Jessica who he “made” – she doesn’t listen to him either basically acting like the teenager she is by asserting her will against her father figure! He’s constantly overpowered by other vampires, by females, by werewolves. I mean, Bill gives good fight – but still there he is – chained to the floor getting cut to shreds by CrazyLorena and sucked dry by VampireJunkie werewolves!
For me Bill is the Dawson Leery of True Blood. He’s the guy who the show keeps saying “don’t you like him? Like him!! We like him! LIKE HIM DAMMIT!!!” then they make him do things to consistently make me not like him. Plus – the real life Moyer/Paquin chemistry does not translate to the screen for me at all.
He’s bossy, demanding, broody (and not in a hot Salvatore way either, in a whiny way) and is outshone by the sexiness of Eric, the dopey hotness of Jason, and the (usually – when he’s not having drunken flashbacks of murdering people!) sweetness of Sam. He’s just Bill Compton stomping his foot trying to get anyone to heed his threats, demands and assertions of Sookie ownership while no one really gives a shit.
So I feel bad ripping Bill apart when, like I said, I really like Stephen Moyer. The interviews I wanted to post are all from NBC (Fallon, Conan) and they’re pains in the ass about clips. This one from Emmy weekend gives a peek at his charm, that sexy accent, and how really good looking he is without tons of pale make-up and dopey bangs!
Why can’t Bill have moved to Europe after the Civil War and come back to Bon Temps British and blonde and not so damn drippy??