True Blood Season 3: Character Alteration Journey for Vampire Bill

June 13, 2010 by  

What’s in the works for True Blood’s Bill ComptonStephen Moyer spoke with the New York Post and shared some of his thoughts about the new season and Vampire Bill.

Asked how this season will differ from the last, Stephen said it won’t have “the same sort of out of control craziness”.  We can expect that craziness will be part of each character’s journey in Season 3, Bill in particular due to his kidnapping.

Referring to newcomer Denis O’Hare playing the Vampire King of Mississippi, Stephen said he was one of his favorite new co-stars this year.  Besides being fun to work with, Denis raises the bar as an actor and makes his co-stars sharpen up to his level.

This relationship with the king takes Bill on a dark journey.  Stephen revealed that Bill will go to any lengths to protect Sookie.  Any lengths could mean destroying someone, including himself.  In some respects, that obsession could be detrimental and Stephen found that really interesting to portray.

What Stephen finds fascinating about the series is that creator Alan Ball ensures that all the characters have some flaws.  Then he throws obstacles in their paths and watches how they react.

Regarding his character, Stephen wants to see Bill learn from his mistakes, grow from his choices.  Evidently, this will occur at some point and we might see a lighter side of Bill.  He might even smile!

When asked if the series could ever have a happy ending for the heroes of Bon Temps, Stephen answered with a grin:

“I honestly don’t know.  I’m not sure whether you’ll ever be able to properly see that.  Maybe in the last moment at the end of season 72, where we’re left with Sookie and whomever she’s with.  Because dramatically, dynamically and interestingly, the stuff that we want to watch is the turmoil and the tussle and the laughter and sex that leads to that final moment.  Be it with Bill, with Eric or with 15 other lovers.”

Talking about the show’s popularity and any possible Emmy awards, Stephen admitted that they all believed the show had potential, but going from 1.5 million viewers to over 5 million per week at the end of last season is extraordinary.  But no one is expecting an Emmy.

“I think awards expose the show to a wider audience, making them realize we’re not your run of the mill show.  But typically The Emmys don’t seem to go for genre shows, so honestly, I’m not sure that any of us expect anything this year.  Don’t get me wrong, it would be lovely if it happened, but I don’t think any of us are expecting anything.”

But the fans want it.  And they’re expecting to see how Bill‘s dark journey begins – tonight,  Season 3 on HBO.


(Photo credit – HBO Inc.)

  • Per the script, it appears Sam’s mom must have had an affair with someone while her husband was in jail. Since his new brother is noted as his half-brother, how soon will it be until we find out who his real dad is?

  • Saucy Moffit

    LOOOVED last night’s episode of Season 3. I love all of our favorite residents of Bon Temps, but Bill Compton is my favorite. I fell in love with Stephen Moyer (and Bill) in Season 1. His love for Sookie was sooo sexy. I want her to love him as much as he loves her, but I see the need for other characters to interfere. Geez, he’s looking good this season.
    I hated most of Season 2…mainly Maryann (too much of her). I really couldn’t stand her or her character and I especially couldn’t stand what she had done to all of our favorite Bon Temps characters. That storyline did nothing for me. I was glad to see her go.
    BILL is my all time favorite…but
    Yes, Eric is sexy…but so is SAM, and so is JASON and so is TERRY.
    When this show first premiered, I said,”So this is where all the good looking men are.”
    Season 1 was mostly about Bill, and that’s when I got hooked.
    Can’t wait for next week!

  • I just watched it!! Twice!! What’s gonna happen next??? Bill still my hot sexy southern Vampire!! When I got my box sets, I watched them one after the other!! Now that I’ve got HBO…I have to wait a whole week!! That’s not right!! Exciting as usual! I’m glamored all over AGAIN!! So, cool…..

  • jaxx

    Love it. This is what we want to see. All sides of every character. Good and bad, dark and light. Let’s lay it all out on the table and see what happens. This year everyone’s journey, destiny, ulterior motive, whatever, etc. will be brought to the forefront. Can’t wait to see it all.

  • lizzie

    Bill! I will feel for Bill this season!

    What a great interviewer Stephen is! I just love this man! He is so insightful! I know with Stephen’s great acting skills, he is going to rock this season with his portrayal of Bill!

    Thank you Caryl for posting this article!

    Keep you fingers crossed that I can watch today on my computer!

    Go True Blood!