hsm7 asked: Hi Jen! Based on the wonderful, cogent writing, I'm assuming you're the Jen commenting on the TV Line article with Stephen Moyer. I'm Lindilu. :) I can't believe I'm wasting my time commenting about Bill to the same people who comment about their love for him on many of the other discussion boards. Their obtuseness is mind-boggling and my comments are an exercise in futility, I'm sure. I just find it so hard to understand how they can't see the truth. Always enjoy reading your comments! :)
I should have known it was you! You actually made sense—that was my first clue.
There’s no point wasting time trying to convince the diehard Bill fans. I recognize two-thirds of them from other boards and they are completely deluded. They see the show one way, and no amount of facts will interfere with their interpretation. That’s why I’m not replying to their posts or bothering to argue with them. I only reply to posts from people who actually have some idea of reality, and I try to bolster them. What I figure is that other viewers will read the article and if they only see the posts from the five or ten most delusional Bill lovers they will be either confused or sucked in. Someone needs to break through the echo chamber and acknowledge reality.
I think the Bill lovers are like Fox News viewers. They spend all their time in a little bubble of self-reinforcing commenters, and so they have a whole alternate reality version of the show in their heads. It’s interesting to see how completely different the same scenes appear from their perspective.
Eric abandoned Sookie to Warlow, while Bill helped save her, in their view. Of course, that ignores the fact Eric had no clue that Sookie was in trouble. When he overheard her in the graveyard, she sounded like she’d just gone on a bad date, not that she was in fear for her life. Bill omitted telling Eric anything about Warlow’s ultimatum to Sookie. Eric is not a mind reader—he can only work with what he knows. The reluctance to approach her in the graveyard that we interpret as Eric honoring Sookie’s wishes and NOT using her, they see as Eric not caring. It’s funny how Bill’s outright threats, ultimatums, and careless violence to Sookie are glossed over, and Eric’s ignorance of Sookie’s danger becomes evidence that he’s completely uncaring. These guys are so deep in denial Bill would have to turn into a sadistic serial killer to make them believe he’s a villain. No, scratch that. He already DID that with Lorena, and they still love him. It’s a lost cause.
I admire you for trying, though. I was deeply discouraged after reading all the comments, until I realized that 75% of them were from three rabidly delusional Bill fans, all congratulating each other. Then I felt like I had to speak up and point out the obvious.
Moyer is a lot less optimistic than his fans, did you notice? He’s the one saying that he isn’t sure Bill and Sookie can be together. I loved his suggestion that Anna’s response would be that Sookie should move to New York and open a bar. I get the impression that Paquin isn’t terribly happy with Sookie’s decisionmaking skills, YKWIM? Sookie turned down Eric’s offer of that very thing—money to get her out of Bon Temps. But if Anna was Sookie, I bet she’d have taken it. I think AP and SM get a lot of hate when they are actually pretty aware that Bill and Sookie is an abusive relationship. They are certainly much more temperate in their comments than the other actors (I’m looking at you, Rutina and Carrie!). The problem is that they don’t write the show.SNIP for brevity
One of the posters reported that Joe Manganiello has weighed in on the side of Bill and Sookie ending up together. This stinks to high heaven (when taken with Rutina and Carrie’s comments). Manganiello is playing Bill’s rival for Sookie next season. Normally, the rival is allowed to playfully make the case for THEIR character getting Sookie (and Joe has done this in past seasons). Now he’s suddenly changed to talking down his own character’s chances. The showrunners are pushing Bill and Sookie HARD. It’s sad to see them desperately try to shill this abusive relationship as a great love story. You can smell the desperation.
Based upon all these interviews, and the initial flurry of casting calls, it looks like the writers are determined to run this train off the cliff. They’re going with the tired ideas that everyone hated when they were first announced. They are creatively running on fumes, and it’s sad to see.
This is how crazy I am, I woke up early this morning thinking about this. I’m beginning to wonder why everyone and everything seems to point so heavily to a Bill/Sookie endgame. It does seem like the showrunners and the other cast members are pushing Bill and Sookie hard and I have to question why they would do this 6 months before the season airs. Even the BL’s are so convinced of this ending that they’re to the point of gloating. but where is the surprise in that? Why would they do this knowing that they’d turn off half of their audience? That’s being generous, because I’m pretty sure it’s significantly more than half.
Sure, there’s potential intrigue and suspense with the HepV Vamps, but Sookie’s love life has always been a point of interest, too. I know they’ve thrown Alcide in the mix, but it seems suspicious that all roads…every damn one of them, is leading to Bill — his redemption and winning Sookie — and for some odd reason that gives me hope. I don’t know, it just seems awfully strange that filming hasn’t even started and it seems to be all about Bill and Sookie as though it’s a done deal.
I guess it’s possible that, since TB is coming to an end, the cast members are just laying out their feelings, but I do find it odd that it’s all about Bill and Sookie, especially with the looming B/S/A triangle. Maybe it’s just my disbelief that no one in that cast (except for SM) seems to recognize the abuse in that relationship that’s feeding my doubt. Of course, maybe it’s the onset relationships that are driving those pov’s.
Anyway, it’s all rather mind-boggling and I don’t know exactly what to think, but between the pointed interviews, the B/S/A triangle, the show wanting to go back to the beginning, and all of the other telegraphing, it all seems a little too wrapped up and the show hasn’t even started filming. I hate to think that the only thing left to do is put a bow on it.