- "You really think you're God..."
- ―Sookie to Bill after drinking Lilith's blood.
William Compton, most commonly known as Bill Compton, is a major character in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons of True Blood. He is played by starring cast member Stephen Moyer. Bill is a vampire (born April 9, 1835, turned c. 1865) living in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. At the time of the Great Revelation, Bill decided to "mainstream" and co-exist peacefully with humans. He has since been converted to the Sanguinista movement and believes himself the chosen of Lilith. He is known as Vampire Bill by some Bon Temps residents.
When Bill was newly turned and traveling with his maker Lorena, he took part in blood-fueled orgies and killing sprees. Over time however, he came to resent Lorena for forcing him to take part in those acts. These feelings of resentment never faded and Bill hated Lorena until her death in spite the fact that she loved him.
After his release from Lorena, he became a more humane and compassionate vampire who kept his humanity. He never killed humans when feeding on them. Instead he chose to glamour them into forgetting to save them the trauma.
When Bill became King of Louisiana, his personality makes a marked shift. As king, Bill displays power-hungry, brutal and bloodthirsty characteristics. He does not hesitate to kill vampires or humans should the occasion call for it. These include ordering the true death of a vampire who was tricked into being filmed while feeding, staking Nan Flanagan and shooting Marnie Stonebrook. He also displayed his darker personality when he betrayed Eric and it is later revealed he had allowed Sookie to be nearly beaten to death so he could bind her to him with his blood. Despite all this, Bill still retains feelings of compassion and love. This is displayed in his interactions regarding Jessica and Sookie. He took on Russell Edgington to protect Jessica and spared Eric the true death because Sookie loved him.
Over time his personality drifts even farther from his original kindhearted personality. As a member of the reformed Authority, Bill takes on a Sanguinista ideology. He seems reluctant at first but after drinking some of Lilith's blood and "seeing" her, becomes fully convinced. He drains a human when asked by Salome and is also the one who thinks of the idea to get rid of mainstreaming by blowing up the Tru Blood factories. He believes he is "the Adam" to Salome's "Lilith."
Powers & Abilities
Bill is over 173 years old, yet retains the appearance and health of a middle-aged man. He is the only vampire known to be able to voice imitate, (as seen in the Season 3 finale, when he imitates Eric Northman).
As a vampire, Bill possessed all common vampire powers. He showed a remarkable resistance to sunlight when he sensed Sookie in trouble during daytime. He tried to save her, but in the end the sun proved too much and Bill was severely burned.
Bill can glamour people to do his bidding, answer any questions or make them forget about any recent events. He is capable of voice glamouring others.
Bill is unusually strong for a vampire of his relatively young age. This is clearly showcased when he turned a trailer upside down and uprooted a tree making it look like a tornado. He once snapped his maker Lorena's head back 180 degrees and punched her across a room, shattering a framed painting. He was able to make Eric, a vampire over 1,000 years old, bleed from single punch to the face. Bill also single-handedly killed three wolves and maimed one. When Eric fist met Bill, he stated that Bill was very strong for a vampire his age. Bill can jump higher and further than humans.
Bill has shown that he can levitate to some degree, when he was preparing to battle Queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq.
As a Maker he has the ability to call and command his progeny, Jessica Hamby.
After he drank the blood of Lilith, Bill gained supposedly "unparalleled" vampire powers. His strength has increased to the point were he can easily overpower a 1,000+ year old vampire such as Eric and can jump higher and further than regular vampires. Due to the blood he can now not only levitate, but also fly.
It is not yet known if silver and sun rays are still lethal to Bill as he has not encountered them yet. He however, survived a direct stake to the heart without much injury. He can freeze objects, move objects with his mind and create earthquake-like tremors. Showrunner Alan Ball has said that Bill has retained his mind and memories, but is now different in an unspecified way.
|Season one appearances|
|"Strange Love"||"The First Taste"||"Mine"||"Escape from Dragon House"|
|"Sparks Fly Out"||"Cold Ground"||"Burning House of Love"||"The Fourth Man in the Fire"|
|"Plaisir D'Amour"||"I Don't Wanna Know"||"To Love Is to Bury"||"You'll Be the Death of Me"|
|Season two appearances|
|"Nothing but the Blood"||"Keep This Party Going"||"Scratches"||"Shake and Fingerpop"|
|"Never Let Me Go"||"Hard-Hearted Hannah"||"Release Me"||"Timebomb"|
|"I Will Rise Up"||"New World in My View"||"Frenzy"||"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"|
|Season three appearances|
|"Bad Blood"||"Beautifully Broken"||"It Hurts Me Too"||"9 Crimes"|
|"Trouble"||"I Got a Right to Sing the Blues"||"Hitting the Ground"||"Night on the Sun"|
|"Everything Is Broken"||"I Smell a Rat"||"Fresh Blood"||"Evil is Going On"|
|Season four appearances|
|"She's Not There"||"You Smell Like Dinner"||"If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?"||"I'm Alive and on Fire"|
|"Me and the Devil"||"I Wish I Was the Moon"||"Cold Grey Light of Dawn"||"Spellbound"|
|"Let's Get Out of Here"||"Burning Down the House"||"Soul of Fire"||"And When I Die"|
|Season five appearances|
|"Turn! Turn! Turn!"||"Authority Always Wins"||"Whatever I Am, You Made Me"||"We’ll Meet Again"|
|"Let's Boot and Rally"||"Hopeless"||"In the Beginning"||"Somebody That I Used to Know"|
|"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"||"Gone, Gone, Gone"||"Sunset"||"Save Yourself"|
|Season six appearances|
|"Who Are You, Really?"||"The Sun"||"You're No Good"||"At Last"|
|"Fuck The Pain Away"||"Don't You Feel Me?"||"The Funeral"||"A Change Is Gonna Come"|
|"Life Matters"||"We Will All Go Together When We Go"|