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True Blood season six: What’s in store for Bill Compton?

Season five of True Blood has concluded with its most jaw-dropping cliffhanger ever.  While many fans were greatly distressed by Bill Compton’s explosive death and resurrection in the finale, I was enthralled by this turn of events.  Bill is going to be smack-bang at the centre of next season’s storyline, and is the subject of intense speculation and attention right now.  Also, this will be an excellent plot to showcase Stephen Moyer’s versatility as an actor, and represents a huge game-changer for the show.

Here are my thoughts on Bill Compton version 2.0…

Bill Compton True Blood

Nature

Bill is not simply Lilith in Bill’s skin – he is still himself, with his own memories and experiences.  This has been confirmed already by Alan Ball.  So this is not, as some fans have been saying, a rip-off of the Locke/Man in Black storyline from Lost (massive Lost spoiler: Locke died, and the evil spirit of The Man in Black took on his form).  The fact that Sookie and Eric both saw him implies that he is a physical being, not a spirit entity as Lilith was.  I doubt that Lilith is going to be inhabiting his body and occasionally taking controlling him, since they’ve done the spirit possession thing to death with Lafayette.  It’s possible that Bill will continue to have visions of Lilith, but my feeling is that we’ve seen the last of her and her epic ladygarden.  Lilith’s quest was to find a host, and now that she has accomplished that, her powers have become manifested in Bill.  My feeling is that Bill will still have free-will, and will have control over his own actions, for better or for worse.

Since he has been “reborn”, then it is plausible that he will suffer from the same uncontrollable urges as a newly made vampire does, and will be wild and impulsive.  Throughout season five, he became increasingly psychotic, as a result of ingesting Lilith’s blood and being brainwashed by the Sanguinista cult, to the extent that he lost all the love and empathy that he’d once had, even towards Jessica and Sookie.  Now that he is reborn, whether or not he remains a completely cold-blooded psychopath remains to be seen.

A lot of fans have been asking if Bill will be naked, covered in blood, and emitting a horrendous primal scream noise all season.  Somehow, as much as I would like to see an entire season of Naked Bill, I doubt that he’s going to remain in the state we saw him in immediately following his resurrection.  To have him being an entirely feral would be a waste of Stephen Moyer’s acting skills, so I think that he will be lucid, just more vicious than he once was.

 

Bill Compton True BloodPowers

Obviously he has become supercharged in some way – so will he have some previously unseen superpowers?  What will he be capable of?  Superior strength and speed to all vampires is a given, as is extremely potent blood, and very possibly the ability to enthrall vampires who drink his blood.  Probably he’ll acquire the ability to fly, and maybe some advanced glamouring technique.  Maybe he will be able to glamour a mass audience via television?  Or glamour other vampires and supernatural beings?  The writers’ imaginations pose the only limit to what Bill might now be capable of.  Perhaps he’s immune to staking, and can daywalk?  He might even have some crazy sci-fi abilities such as pyrokinesis, telekinesis, teleportation, shape-shifting, telepathic projection, time travel, prescience, resurrection of the dead… you name it!

A feeling I have is that Bill will see Lorena, in the same way that Eric and Nora saw Godric.  And if Bill sees Lorena egging him on to be evil, maybe it will make him think twice.

 

Motivations

Now that Bill is some sort of vampire demigod, what sort of shenanigans is he going to get up to?  The Sanguinistas were keen to bolster their numbers by turning new vampires, so perhaps Bill will get some new progenies?  Will he set out to gain new followers, presenting himself as the new vampire messiah, or embark on a lone mission of anarchy?  Maybe Steve Newlin and Nigel the baby eater could be his first disciples?  Bill was an adept politician, so perhaps he will continue to try to manipulate the media, while covertly carrying out his dastardly deeds.

On the other hand, since he had a brief realization in between downing the blood, and meeting the true death, perhaps the reborn Bill will question his new role and will resist the prophecy within the Vampire Bible.

What I’m really wondering is whether Bill could be the Antichrist.  It’s been mentioned in the show that “end days” are coming, and Salome spoke of Lilith’s return heralding The Rapture.  What if events are spiralling towards a cataclysmic event, and Bill is the harbinger of evil?  If that is the case, then another being would have to be the second coming of Christ.  Sookie, perhaps?  Or is this all a bit too much like Lost/Carnivale/The Stand?!

 

Bill Compton True BloodThe Long Game

My feeling is that, while Bill will initially appear to be inherently evil, slowly he will come to his senses.  He’s fought long and hard for his humanity in the past, after all.  I know that many fans feel that Bill’s role next season is to eventually defeat Warlow, and I am in agreement.  They’ve already done the “Bill and Eric outwit an ancient vampire” thing with Russell, but now Bill has been empowered it will be interesting to see a face-off between two ultra-powerful undead beings.

I think that the fairies will have an important role to play in Bill’s eventual fate.  There is way more to the vampire/fairy mythology than we have seen so far in the show.  My feeling is that their origins are somehow entwined.  It was significant that Salome was so appalled by fairies, and said that Lilith regards them as an abomination.  And let’s not forget – Bill now has four half-fairy great-great-great-great-great granddaughters.  Bill has to eventually be revealed as Andy and Terry’s ancestor, and I think the existence of his living human bloodline will come into play.


I feel that the end-game in True Blood is for Bill to turn human
.  One reason for this is that Russell implied in season three that the fairies have the ability to resurrect dead vampires.  So maybe season six could end with Bill being killed again (perhaps by suicide), and then being resurrected again by Sookie, but this time as a human.  Wouldn’t that be the ultimate irony?  The only way he can have a future with Sookie is to become human, but by becoming human he ruins his chances with her, because then she’d be able to read his mind.  And how terrible would it be for him to be gifted these infinite god-powers only to have them removed, and to have to learn to live as an ordinary mortal?  However, it’s been revealed that Sookie’s powers are finite – she and Bill could end up living as an ordinary human couple after all.  I still think that their conversation in season three, where they dreamed of a life together where neither was a supernatural being, was somehow prophetic.

 

Whatever direction the writers choose to take Bill’s character, it’s sure to be a mind-bending journey that his character will embark on!
 
 

AphroditeMF
Natalie co-hosts God Hates Fangs podcast with her husband. She is currently working on a trilogy of sci-fi vampire novels.
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48 comments
Frank
Frank

I think bill is no longer bill at all... You seem to be forgeting the thing with sookie and that walO guy... I THINK Lilith doesn't really exist and bill is really reincarnated as that vampire WalO and iv bin thinking that ever since i watched the season finalie... If they wer to make bill some god it would be to easy for him tto fuck shit up BUT if ge is now really walO it would give a better story. Idk i could be wayyy of but i just think it

Theodore R. Smith
Theodore R. Smith

Please!! All of the powers of Hiro Nakamura!!! Time freezing and jumping. Throw in daywalking and it would be frickin incredible. But, let's face it, the writers are going to totally screw this up. I just know it.

amyishot4bill
amyishot4bill

I was devestated at the end of S5. Seriously. The Bill I once loved exploded and arose a blood covered monster. I hope your insight is correct. I love SM and Bill and whatever happens I will still be there, watching. My thing is True blood never does what we think it will so who knows what will happen.

Kat.minionette
Kat.minionette

Um - this is an article named "What's in store for Bill Compton", so of course we're focusing on Bill! ... I've become enthralled with the idea of Bill ending up human - some sort of grand finale where there is a stand-off btw Billith, Warlow, & the faires (with Sookie in the middle, of course). This results in Bill's "Billith-ness" being knocked out, but also his vampirism. However Sookie uses up her powers and also becomes human. They no longer hear each other's thoughts. It's bittersweet b/c this does sound like a final end to a show if S6 is the last! The cost? There's always the "gut-wrenching/ melo-dramatic" possibility that once Bill's human Sookie leads him outside to see the dawn and the sun once again ... and then his heart gives out and he dies! However that would be really mean :)

Logic
Logic

I would at least hope there were more discussions about all the main characters

Carona
Carona

I am so sick of this Bill, Bill, Bill . I see we are getting no Eric & Sookie again . True Blood sucks . I don't understand this . We are watching The Bill Show not True Blood . Sookie does not look like the lead character anymore . Season 6 is just going to be Warlow & Bill huh .

LuvMyVamps!
LuvMyVamps!

Call me a hopeless romantic. A life without “Vampire Bill Compton” whispering “Sookeh” isn’t a life worth living sigh… Excuse me while I go morn for MY “Vampire Bill” till S6:((

Sam
Sam

Wow, just reading this blog made me feel a lot better about bill's character next season. I was terribly upset about what they did to him at the end of the episode, but now knowing he still remains himself and still has the same memories, I hope the writers do not fuck him up even more. Like, to be honest, this wasn't my favourite season, I felt that there was too many story lines happening and half of the stories completely finished half way of the season and I feel that it wasn't necessary at all. Like in Season 1 and 2, it was really simple and that was what made the show so thrilling. But after season three and four i feel it was losing its thrill, however i still enjoy watching it :). I just need to say that I hope that fix Bill's hair next season because his hair style is making him look bald, and i loved his hair in season 1 and 2.

Willkill4Bill
Willkill4Bill

Aphrodite you have given us lots of food for thought. Nicely done. Speculation will be endless from feasible to the utterly ridiculous for the next 10 months.

callonmebill
callonmebill

Aphrodite thank you for giving me hope..… In the long end game Bill somehow being turned human( I have had inklings of this too) and having HEA with Sookie is what many of us Bill connoisseurs want to hear but AB did mention something about a huge cost. What will that be? I don't think going blind like Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre will be enough for Bill! I've always seen Bill as my vampire Mr. R. lol Though I am very sad about the decent of Bill into "evil Bill" and now - especially the preaching and slapping Jess around, it really gets to me - I try to look at his character as a cup half full and look forward to S6 and a Bill centered season.

Susanna
Susanna

Aphrodite, one more thing.. I think, that your "fantasy" is more intelligent and fantasy full that writes will be.. Believe, me....

Susanna
Susanna

Aphorodite, Bill is not himself anymore. If something is transformed...it is not the same. You can have "something" from the old Bill , but he is not a Bill we knew. Alan Ball : It is Bill, but it is a transformed Bill. He is not a completely new person. It’s not like his memories or his experiences have been left out and he’s just a baby. I am sooo mad for this right now ! I relly, really think that TB is finito for me... No, thank you Alan, You can have Evil Bill for yourself.

Angela
Angela

Great post..I agree with you!

Sabrina
Sabrina

What can I say but that I have thoguht about all of the scenarios you wrote and agree with most of them. Bill is now uber powerful, sabreteeth and all. I think his character is going to have one hell of a struggle in season six. If he was a raid believer in Lilith, what would it do to your psyche to basically become her? Mindf**k at the very least. Eric is gonna spend a large part of the start of the season protecting Sookie I think - I mean I really liked him holding Sookie so sweetlyas Bill "died". I have high hopes for season 6 after season 5. The one that I see most probably occurring is Bill being turned human, and living his life out with the love of his life (his words). Perhaps in the process of him being turned back, all memories of his vampire deeds would be wiped out (hey, anything is possible on this show). That would make life with Sookie possible. The other case is Sookie being turned by his crazy blood. Either way, that conversation in season 3 was prophetic in some way - they will end up together in life or in death.

highbrew
highbrew

My question is why on earth he wants to see an evil Bill? Is he that desperate for plot lines? Why totally wreck the character?

cherie
cherie

Loved reading your thoughts, Aphrodite. As someone who is still reeling and upset over the finale, you have given me much food for thought on what can await the "new" Bill. And what you have laid out actually makes me feel a tinge better about S6. You are awesome!!

AM
AM

What was interesting to me was AB's comments in his latest interview about pulling some ideas from the books. I think that using the idea of the cluviel dor would be something that could be brought into the show. A Fae object that has magical powers that just might be able to bring Bill back to his old self, or maybe even make him human. With TB anything is possible.

Lori
Lori

Personally I think it's too much to go from being Billith to being human and living happy ever after with Sookie, TB has always protrayed Bill as this tragic romantic hero and him dying saving Sookie sounds more like his redemption to me, especially if this Evil Bill creates carnage. Bill struggled with his guilt before he became this monster what would it be like after being this? He would never feel he deserved it IMO and could never be happy.

kceniya
kceniya

haha! If they foloow those ideas then TB has bot be 10 seasons long! I think it is exxagerted about Antichrist. I liked the list of powers but I think that there will be some versions of vampire powers - the speed, flight and maybe glamouring of all beings he wants - dead or alive. If to be in the end with Sookie he has to become a human and be happy at last- I can live with that loss though I love Bill in his vampire state. I haven't seen the episode where fairies told Sookie that they can make dead alive but then it could be only perfect for her to use all of her remaining powers on him and both of them become just ordinary humans. But somehow I doubdt such scenario because it is more like scenario for Twilight or Vampire Diaries and True Blood loves to disappoint its fans and to observe their limits. Sorry, folks, I don't believe in happy endings any more thanks to S5!

Rowena
Rowena

Brilliantly conceived and written, Aphrodite. Thank you. I'm still in shock over Bill's transformation, and not ready to speculate in depth over what Season 6 will bring for him. I am curious about his powers, though ... what they will be, and if his memories of a kinder, gentler Bill will impact his actions at all. I worry about Jessica's being lost and alone. We've seen that Sookie's microwaving powers are finite. Does that include her ability to hear others' thoughts? Is this an ability that is a part of her fae-ness? I believe it must be. If so, once she loses one, she loses all her powers. She could happily mate with a human and not have the worry of hearing his thoughts. You've stated that you believe the end game is for Bill to turn human. That would bring him full circle. If Sookie has powers that she has not yet used (I forget who said that), perhaps those powers can somehow return Bill to his human state (before she loses them all). In my less lucid moments I dare to dream of a happy ending for Sookie and Bill. I really want to see acknowledgment of Bill as ancestor to Terry and Andy Bellefleur. That story line was dropped with the reveal to Portia, and Bill glamoring her to run screaming whenever she saw him. You mentioned the half-fae babies who are Bill's descendants. When Jessica suggested turning Jason, Bill mentioned the Compton bloodline, that it needed continuing. Will these babies somehow play a part? A vampire god-deity with half-fae descendants. How will that affect decisions he might make? I have lots of questions, as do we all. My emotions are still all over the place. Part of me is curious about Season 6, and eager to see Stephen tear into the part of a vampire god. And part of me is still in mourning for the Bill Compton I fell in love with as soon as he walked into Merlotte's in Season 1. I rather imagine I'll be riding that roller coaster for a long time yet to come. By the way, for someone who wasn't ready to speculate in depth, I find I have managed to do just that.

Petitefurie
Petitefurie

This is like refreshing water to my eyes mate, I can only hope so.

Ellen
Ellen

I thought that Bill might become human, too! The way you propose it, it almost sounds like what Kikyou and InuYasha tried to do, but I hope it would turn out better for Sookie and Bill.

Jazmín via Facebook
Jazmín via Facebook

I love these theories I was thinking something similar but this is great detail idea and speculation something to think about while we wait next season, I heard there were only 10 episodes next season I hope that is not the last season of TB!!

Staci via Facebook
Staci via Facebook

Can't wait to find out, the show is so different from the books!

Fanghammer
Fanghammer

Let me be the 1st to congratulate you on your maiden post. Very good read indeed x

LuvMyVamps!
LuvMyVamps!

mean??? That's downright nasty! next...

Shadaliza
Shadaliza

Right now there isn't really much to discuss about the other characters, IMHO. Bill is the big cliffhanger so it seems only logic to have an article speculating about how he will be.

marie
marie

Are you serious? Alan Ball basically destroys Bill's character and makes Eric the hero of the hour and makes Eric be the one Sookie clings to after watching Bill fall apart into a goo and YOU think this is all about Bill? This is obviously going to end in Eric/Sookie since Sookie said she can't be with Eric because she still loves Bill. I think she may finally get over that. So, I don't understand why you Eric/Sookie fans are being bitter when your ship is basically getting ready to sail.

Logic
Logic

I was going to say the exact same thing... Its turned into the Bill Show, HOW BORING!!!

Susanna
Susanna

Bealieve me, I know how you feel.... and many says now, that Billith is maybe Warlow....I can`t take more shit about Bill, I mean, sorry Bill is a goo now....

Lori
Lori

It's TB I think there would be a cost and that cost could be losing his life, losing Sookie or even losing Jessica.

AphroditeMF
AphroditeMF

Ah, but as Lori pointed out, Alan Ball said “My own belief is that people can come back from anything.” And it's far from unusual for a character in a movie/TV show to undergo drastic personality changes: Magneto (X-Men) - Starts out a good guy, gets evil, then re-joins the good guys, then turns evil again, then ends up a powerless old man. Angel (Buffy) - Spends centuries as an evil vampire, then gets a soul and is a thousand times more emo than Bill ever was, then loses his soul again and becomes a full-on villain, then dies and is resurrected with his soul, and becomes a good guy once again. Spike (Buffy) - Begins as a fully evil antagonist, and by the end of the last season is Buffy's love interest and the hero of the hour. Darth Vader (Star Wars) - Starts out a cute-but-annoying kid, then is the ultimate super-villain, but in the end renounces evil and dies a hero. Ben Linus (Lost) - First a seemingly innocent prisoner, then a mysterious antagonist, then a good guy, then an evil guy, then a good guy, then an evil guy.... and ultimately, a hugely sympathetic and heroic character! So you see, there's no reason at all to assume that Bill can't come to his senses. Until then, I'm looking forward to seeing what craziness he gets up to in his guise as a demonic prophet of doom.

highbrew
highbrew

*why on earth does he want to*

AphroditeMF
AphroditeMF

Good call! Though, depending on how many seasons remain, introducing the Cluviel Dor this late in the game could be seen as throwing in a Deus Ex Machina.

Lori
Lori

This is what makes me think so as well "Ball: My own belief is that people can come back from anything. It doesn't mean that it won't come at a huge cost. But I'm interested in a Bill who is really evil"

AphroditeMF
AphroditeMF

It wasn't the vampires that told Sookie she could bring dead vampires back to life - Russell told her at the end of season three, when he had Talbot's remains in a glass vase.

Logic
Logic

and yes this is a "What’s in store for Bill Compton" post but where are we supposed to talk about all these other aspects of this show we love?? if there is a place my apologies please direct me to it...

Logic
Logic

I dont mean the article, I mean everyone speculating... Like Jason for example, his was quite the cliffhanger also and I think his direction next year will be intense, kind of going back to season 2 in a sense. He seems he may have lost his marbles and now has these additional personalities. Thats what I'm saying about discussing all the main characters... There's even a lot to speculate about Nora and knowing about Warlow... Is he just a vampire known in the Vampire world or does she have a connection to him? there is a lot to talk about IMO...

Logic
Logic

I am a Bill and Eric fan. But this season IMO was the Bill show and all the speculations about next season are revolving around Bill also... I wouldnt say AB destroyed Bills character at all, he just gave him something new to delve into beside the romantic hero which he said he's played for almost all 5 seasons...

LuvMyVamps!
LuvMyVamps!

Trust me, I feel you're pain! Bill is my favorite vampire! He has been since he first walked into Merlottes. I still have hope that the writers will get the story back to what it was in the beginning. The first two seasons of TB were the BEST! And we all know it was because of Sookie & Bill! So, I will stay an *TRUEBIE* till the bitter-end.

Susanna
Susanna

I am glad that someone can be happy about it.. good for you Aphrodite.. I am not.. no this is not for me... I can`t see nothin positive in this or specielly... i was so happy with my old Bill.. Alan could take Eric..

Petitefurie
Petitefurie

I guess he wants to go deeper into Bill's dark side

Lynnpd
Lynnpd

Logic: This article was something AphroditeMF wanted to write about. We have had several articles about many of the characters, in the past, which you can comment on. Just use the search bar at the top right to find articles about those you want to read and comment about. You can find all the guest writer and feature articles in the "Vault Exclusive" section which is located in the navigation bar at the top of the site. Once I get it done, I will upload a review of Season five and you can comment on that, once I get it online.

Shadaliza
Shadaliza

Give us time :) We have 9 long months to fill.

highbrew
highbrew

Obviously. My question is why? Why flip and destroy this character?

Logic
Logic

Awesome, thank you!! :)

Logic
Logic

hehe i know i'm a little impatient arent I? :)