Sorry, I am late catching up with all of this. I was out of town for 4 days. I couldn’t agree more , after watching Eps.9, about the ambiguity of Bill’s turn to the dark. He seems genuinely conflicted here. He tells Eric, ”I am lost”, and expresses his doubts. Eric pushes all of this aside in an attempt to keep things simple and get to a point where Bill will ally with him in escaping the Authority. Eric is pressed for time and wants to leave the authority as soon as possible. Thus, Eric hopes he has pushed the right buttons regarding Sookie and his warning to Bill to stay away from Lilith’s blood. He quickly outlines the plan for Bill and Bill’s part in it. It seems Bill has been turned from his dark path and that he will support Eric.
However, when Bill drinks Salome’s blood (while hallucinating that she is Sookie) he further hallucinates that she is Lilith and he and Lilith roll around in a bed soaked by Sookies blood. Finally he snaps out of it and sees he is with Salome and there is no bloody bed. He and Salome have simply fed from each other as they had sex.
However, something very profound has happened for Bill here. I do believe he started feeding from Salome so he could gather her blood to put in the vial Eric gave him. However, by the end of the sex and feeding scene with Salome, Bill had totally rounded the corner and became a true convert. He puts his finger into his mouth, where some of Salome’s blood still lingers and stares at that finger with her blood on it. This seems to be the point where he makes a some kind of profound connection and turns back toward the dark path and Salome’s side.
I replayed this scene as well as the parallel scene where Eric plays Nora and a theory emerged regarding Lilith’s blood and the role it is playing here. That theory involves the nature of Lilith’s blood. I came up with two ideas regarding that blood. 1. It is not Lilith’s blood at all but Salome’s blood (in this case it would be Salome who has either spiked the blood with a drug or who is some kind of hybrid) 2. Salome and perhaps Nora, at this point, have had so many doses of Lilith’s blood that their blood has the same drug like qualities as Lilith’s blood. I think this because Eric questions Nora about how she was converted and Nora tells him Salome would sneak her down to the drink Lilith’s blood while Roman slept during the day. Eric and the audience know, at this point, that Nora has recieved repeated dosages of Lilith’s blood and can be saved if she went through detox and de-programming (much like cult followers today who have to undergo deprogramming and if drugs were used detoxification as well) this is why Eric injects her with something that knocks her out and is carrying her with them as they make their escape. Also, it may account for Bill’s betrayal.
He may think, given the hallucinations he had, after he drank Salome’s blood that Salome is the embodiment of Lilith and that Lilith was indeed choosing him as her mate and partner. When he puts Salome’s blood on his finger and looks at in in wonderment, the profound connection he is making could be that the blood of Lilith and Salome are the same. For Bill this insight is the turning point. He has been chosen by a God to be the mate of her embodiment on earth, Salome. He is a true convert now. I think the blood of Salome and Lilith is the same. Either because as I stated above the blood really belongs to Salome or because she has had enough of it to taint her blood in the same way Lilith’s blood is tainted. (by tainted I mean something other than just vampire blood is in it)
In this way, both Nora and Bill could be seen as victims and they can be allowed off the hook at a future date. Eric says, that Nora was a “power hungry bitch” that “he used to love” ( Eri’s implication is that loved the “power hungry bitch” that she used to be but he does not love the religious slave that she has become) and Nora expounds upon her change by agreeing that all she used to care about was rising in the ranks to eventually become Guardian. Bill has shown repeatedly that he has a weakness for power. (I don’t need to re-iterate all the power mongering Bill has done-we have all mentioned it repeatedly) Eric also says Nora is a political genius and although Bill is far from a political genius his one true calling is definitely political ( he prevaricates, speechifies, manipulates and lies with the best of them). Perhaps, the more susceptible one is to a desire for power through political maneuvering, the more vulnerable one is to the influence of Litlith’s blood be it hers or Salome’s. It is tainted with something and that something seems to work more profoundly and powerfully on those who are like Nora and Bill. Russel does not seem to be as affected because although he is after power and domination it is not via political or religious channels or an orgaization such as Salome has in mind. He wants to take control and have all go his way with only himself as dictator (hence his infamous TV spectacle and repeated “fuck the authority” comments.) Russel is far too independent to be easily brainwashed by drugs and suggestions that are counter to who he fundamentally is. Eric, likewise has such independence. As Nora says to him,”Still the Viking” when Eric tells her that to believe and have faith like she has means to surrender (as in surrender who one fundamentally is) and he does not surrender easily. Thus it is that Eric and Russel are not under the influence of the blood as Bill and Nora are and as Kibwe and Rosyln appear to be. I say appear to be because it is going to take something more powerful than the Eric and Molly allianceto free Eric from death. Perhaps one of those two is not under the influence either and has managed so far to keep it hidden.
The question of Bill’s dark side is just that on TB., a question that will never be answered. It makes him ambiguous and prone to all of the pitfalls we have seen to date and will see upcoming. I don’t think TB means him to be understood as a creature of the dark. He is representative of the fallibility inherent in any who have no moral compass. A moral compass dictated by self and what is meant by “to oneself always be true” not a moral compass dictated by politics and religion.
Being true to self is a moral theme on TB which is played out most significantly by Bill, Eric, Sookie and then by Sam, Jason, Alcide, Pam and Tara as well as others such as Russell, Marianne and MarAntonia as well as by minor characters such as Terry this season. Terry is strictured to do what is “right” by Arlene and the ghost of the Arab woman he killed. Terry does do what is right for his inner moral compass. When he followed his sergeants orders and killed the innocent woman previously he was going against who he was and he suffered for years because of it. This time, he goes with who he is and he kills him. It is a just and rightful killing in Terry’s eyes. On TB, we see what happens to those who remain true to themselves (growth and developement) and what happens to those who don’t (pain, suffering and sometimes death). Hence, many of us expect Nora to die and perhaps others actually hope Bill will die or at least suffer the tortures of the dammed. However, there is a loophole for Bill and Nora if I am correct about the blood. Those who are weak and succumb to drug induced cult crimes are still considered redeemable and may very well be redeemed. Both Nora and Bill may live through and participate in the Sanguinista movement but in the end when it falls may simply be freed instead of killed. As Marinane’s and MarAntonia’s followers were freed.
I am not looking for some definitive labeling of Bill Compton as evil and bad. He has clearly been painted as weak and forever vacillating in his ideas of what is right and wrong. Eric and Sookie, on the other hand, have been painted as strong and willing to die for their ideas of right and wrong which remain consistent throughout the seasons. Eric does not give a fig for what others consider right or wrong. He follows his own moral compass. Sookie is doing so more and more as each season progresses. She killed Debbie Pelt because she thought it was the right thing to do regardless of what the law or anyone else might have thought about it and I expect this season she will go even further in support of her convictions. Pam seems ready to live “in the wind” as she and Eric used to do rather than give in to this regime and I suspect Alcide, Sam, Jason etc. will have to make similar decisions as the line is drawn in the sand and the weak will succumb and the strong will stand firm.