When I first started this blog, I would rant about things that pissed me off about this show and its fandom on an almost daily basis.
I hardly ever get to do that any more – the daily grind of running the site has certainly impacted on the amount of time I have to spend picking fluff out of my navel.
Fuck that. It’s time my navel got more attention.
Bill Compton and his long list of selfless deeds DO NOT PROVE that his love for Sookie turned him into some sort of altruistic white knight.
Stop this shit.
Just STOP IT.
I’ve just been reading a List of Bill’s Heroic Deeds on facebook. I’m sure I don’t need to copy and paste that tripe here – you’re all intimately familiar with the contents of these ad nauseum lists, I’m sure. They’ve been posted all over since 2008.
I have no problem with people trying to defend their preferred character. What I DO have a problem with is the fact that lately, these lists completely ignore what we know about Bill’s motives now, in comparison to what we knew when these “self sacrificing” acts were committed. Bill performed all these marvellous acts to save Sookie’s life over the first three seasons – but never-you-mind why her life was so valuable to him in the first place.
When it hadn’t been revealed (not explicitly anyway) that Bill was sent to do a job, some of Bill’s actions could certainly pass for “heroic”.
But knowing what we know now, it’s laughable to even attempt to make an argument that Bill was some knight in shining armour who just wanted to keep Sookie safe…and NOTHING else.
The facts are that Bill was sent to secure Sookie for his employer, the Queen. Whether or not Bill developed feelings for her is completely irrelevant in this regard; whatever those feelings were they weren’t enough to make him abandon his task. Whether or not Bill is working for the AVL is likewise irrelevant.
The upshot of Bill’s mission is that for Sookie to be of use to the Queen (or anyone else with a vested interest) SHE HAS TO BE ALIVE.
No matter who Bill is working for or what his mission entailed, the fact remains that Sookie is completely worthless if she’s dead.
Bill’s saving her ass from ANYTHING – whether it be the Ratts, Malcolm and the terrible trio, Maryann and her clawing, Russell, Renee or anyone else who’s tried to take her out – is no longer the straightforward matter that it was in season one and two, before we knew what Bill was tasked with.
Now, it’s a matter for the viewer to decide whether Bill did it all for love – or whether he did it because Sophie Anne (or the AVL…take your pick) would have his “fangs for earrings” if Sookie had died on his watch, taking her magical and much coveted fairy blood with her.
Incidentally, Eric was under no such threat of an ass kicking. Whatever Eric did for Sookie, he did because he wanted to – not because someone had a metaphorical knife to his throat.
Yet Bill is the “hero” of this piece?
Give me a fucking break.
Spare me your fucking lies, we’ll find out the truth on our own.