Another great True Blood behind-the-scenes finale picture, this time from Jessica and Hoyt’s wedding photos. It’s a nice remember for all Bill Compton fans who are grieving so hard for their beloved character, that Steve, Anna and all the actors found time to enjoy themselves while filming even the most heartbreaking scenes.
This video is from the True Blood After Show series. It’s a review and discussion with the panel including True Blood actors Tara Buck and Riley Smith. At approx. the seven minute mark, Riley relates the impact of the final table read on the actors who were present. We hear about their tears, Anna’s reaction to Bill’s death scene and Steve holding in his emotions.
Discussion includes the panel expecting Bill to be turned human and Sookie to become pregnant by him, their feelings on Bill committing suicide by Sookie’s hand and the realization that Bill’s death means the end of True Blood. Riley reasons that creatively, Sookie’s random, faceless bearded dude is physically small so the audience will never compare him to Bill. I took it to mean no one would be able to fill Bill’s shoes. And that’s something we all know is true!
If you don’t listen to the entire video make sure you at least skip to the thirty-seven minute mark. Riley includes some great snippets about Anna and Steve.
Thanks for the heads up, Nia.
On the 26th of August, Screen Bid ended the bidding on one hundred and thirty-one Bill Compton items that HBO offered to the fans of True Blood and other collectors. Included were some of Bill’s clothing with and without blood, fangs worn by Steve and decorations found around Bill’s renovated mansion. Winning bids ranged from $125 – $4,600, with the abstract painting that use to hang behind Bill’s desk bringing in the highest bid.
Here are some examples of items that made it to the auction block. Click on the pictures to easily read the item description and see the winning bid. We will attempt to add most, if not all of the items to the gallery.
A new photo of Steve from Comic Con has recently surfaced. It was taken during his public introduction of WEEV on July 25th at the Wired Cafe.
A big thank you to the photographer, emmuh, for sharing this very sexy photo of Steve on Instagram.
There is no more Bill Compton – A Fuck You “Thank You” Review
By Cynthia & Becky
Disclaimer: We’ve only seen the episode once. We wanted to try to watch it again, but we’re not quite masochistic enough to go through the heartbreak of watching our favorite character be given the shaft, once again. Yup, we probably should also include a warning that we’re angry, and haven’t quite gotten past this in the good old stages of grief. We’re fluctuating between denial, anger, bargaining, and sadness (yes, the tears have been flowing). Not sure if either of us can envision reaching acceptance.
True Blood was sold as a love story. When we were composing our “thank you” piece, we discussed amongst ourselves what it was about Bill that drew us so deeply into this world that we felt compelled to talk about him with other people. We came to the same conclusion: it was that he came into Merlotte’s a seemingly lost soul, and met, courted, and fell in love with a fellow lost soul, Sookie Stackhouse. There they were, two misfits, feeling isolated as they tried to assimilate in a world full of “normal”.
To continue reading our bitchfest, best review EVER, click here.
Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin and the rest of our favourite cast members are all here giving thanks to the True Blood fan for seven years of loyalty.
Get some tissues … Jessica Hamby-Fortenberry shared her photos from her wedding day on her Baby Vamp blog. It’s so hard to know these are Bill and Jessica’s last happy moments together when we know what happens later in the episode. Daddy Bill sure is handsome.
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In addition to Steve answering questions via Twitter last night, earlier today he answered questions that fans posted on the Weev app. To make viewing a little easier, Steve posted them in a video to his Facebook fan page this evening for our viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
We hoped that True Blood showrunner, Brian Buckner, could help us understand his decisions in killing Bill and keeping Sookie a Fae, well … not so much. Maybe it’s because we’re still in WTF? mode, but we don’t think so. If anything, we’ve been left more confused by his answers. Here’s Bucky’s explanations to questions asked of him by multiple reporters during a conference call.
Why did we not see the face of the man Sookie ended up with?
“The idea was that we wanted Bill to be correct when he said that Sookie could have a normal life, the twist, of course, being that Sookie chose to keep her power and specialness and persevere—despite his belief that she couldn’t be okay without giving up her powers,” Buckner says. “Charlaine [Harris] took a lot of abuse for choosing Sam [in the novels]. We felt like it was irrelevant, honestly, who Sookie wound up with. What we wanted to know was that she was happy and living the life that she wanted to lead, and to introduce some other stranger in the last five minutes of the finale wouldn’t have made a lot of sense. So we made a choice it’s everyman, it doesn’t matter. So we didn’t have a version where we revealed him. I mean, we basically cast the man with the best arms from our stunt crew.” His name is Tim Eulich, trivia buffs.
But why didn’t it come down to the Bill-Sookie-Eric love triangle?
“I think I’ve actually honored all the writers that have been here, in terms of it not being, ‘Which man will Sookie choose?’ That was the thing we were pretty leery of because you immediately alienate everybody who likes the other guy. So we chose to have it, Sookie marries any man, because it doesn’t really matter who it was. It’s a story of Sookie overcoming her own demons so that she can lead a life that she wanted without giving herself up.”
How does Buckner reconcile True Blood‘s gay metaphor with vampire Jessica’s wedding to Hoyt with vampire Bill killing himself?
“Yes, True Blood is an allegory about otherness, but when you read a novel that is allegorical, it is usually about one character, right? To maintain allegorical correctness across the board with 20 characters is sometimes impossible. You have to pick a center,” he said. “So for us, in this story line, I think it’s obvious from the seven years that Sookie and Bill were not meant to be true love forever. So now you’ve got to pick whose otherness you’re gonna protect. And the truth is, there was a version of this finale that I pitched to HBO earlier this year, before we got started in production, where we tried to be very postmodern and had Sookie give away her powers. That felt real wrong. And I eventually came around to the point of view that it was wrong. But the allegory to be protected, I think, is Sookie’s.”
Is Bill a hero in the end? Here’s where Buckner believes the situation gets confusing: “Sookie has been asking for a normal life, to be normal. She has felt inflected but also empowered with her power. So I don’t think Bill was being a weasel for suggesting to Sookie,’Use your light.’ I don’t think it was weak. I don’t think it was, ‘If I can’t have you, no vampire can have you.’ I don’t think it was any of those things. I do believe it was heroic. But he also had to have a secondary reason for wanting to go, because when Sookie puts away her light, Bill has to still want to die. Otherwise, let’s get over to Fangtasia right now,” he said. “I think what Bill came around to, similar to what Godric came around to, is that a human life is extraordinary, too. It’s what Niall, Bill, and Gran (via flashback in the finale) all told Sookie. “I think he was meant to feel heroic. I’m not confused by it, but it is certainly made more complex because it’s ultimately a Sookie story, not a Bill story.” And the moral of Sookie’s story goes back to what Gran told her: “You don’t have to change yourself in order to have everything you want. You are the obstacle. That’s what I was hoping people were carrying forward when Sookie makes her ultimate decision not to give [her light] up in the finale.”
You can read the entire article here: ONTD
We’re still having a very difficult time processing last night’s True Blood finale, as we’re sure all y’all are as well. Seeing these behind-the-scenes photos from the filming of Hoyt and Jessica’s wedding posted by Lauren Bowles on her twitter account are easing our pain … slightly.
@ENews hosted a Twitter Q&A session with Steve after True Blood’s finale episode ended on August 24th. Though the timing was a pain in the ass, 11 pm PST , it was a great distraction for Bill fans dealing with the shock of his ‘true death’. We’ve picked random tweets we thought you might enjoy reading, but to view the entire session just skip on over to Steve’s Twitter account. Be warned, if you haven’t seen the episode … in Steve’s own words, “There will be spoilers.”
Warning: This is a really tough video to watch! Bill Compton makes his second appearance in Jessica’s blog, and the things he says to his progeny are tear inducing. Bill and Jessica’s Maker-Progeny relationship has been one of the standouts of seven seasons of True Blood. Although we certainly wish that Bill had stuck around to watch his “baby vamp” continue to grow, he has much reason to be proud of the vampire she has become and he left this world knowing she was more than capable of standing on her own two feet.
By Cynthia and Becky
Well, Truebies … tonight’s the night! After seven seasons of Sunday nights glued to our television at 9:00, True Blood is singing it’s swan song. Regardless of the outcome of tonight’s finale (LIVE, BILL, LIVE!!!), we’ll never regret falling head over heels in love with the vampire who stepped foot into Merlotte’s and into Sookie’s and our hearts from that first episode on.
Although we didn’t know each other at the time, our True Blood journey was similar in nature and we’ve come to learn that we were not alone. After the premiere episode on September 7, 2008, we were both mesmerized by the vampire, Bill Compton. Neither of us recognized his portrayer, Stephen Moyer. Who was this actor? What has he been in before? Google searches brought about the discovery of an extensive body of work to watch, but we wanted more. We wanted to talk about this show, and this mysterious vampire. And that’s when we found our way to a variety of True Blood-related boards: IMDB, the HBO Board, and the Red Wiki were the original go-to places to discuss and analyze True Blood. Upon delving into the message board world, we discovered a commonality amongst this fan group: many of us had never taken part in message boards or fandoms before. There was just something about this particular show, this particular vampire, and his love story with a peculiar, “something more than human” waitress from Bon Temps that created a need to share our joy of discovering this show with fellow fans.
Much to our surprise, upon entering the message board world, we discovered that not everyone felt the same about this vampire who was quickly sweeping us off our feet! Some fans (at that time known as “bookies”), were on a quest to dissuade people from liking Bill. “If you’d just read the books …” became their go-to sentence. So … we read the books. And strange enough, we found ourselves loving Bill even more, albeit disappointed in his lack of story. So, we had the proper ammunition to defend our (still!) favorite character. Those of you who have been around from the beginning likely remember the heated arguments that erupted when discussing True Blood, especially when it came to the vampire rivals, Bill and Eric. While we enjoy a hearty debate, the sheer ugliness that was occurring was the catalyst for the creation of the Blue Wiki, known as Bill’s Wiki’d Women. For many Bill-loving fans, this Bill-centric message board was a safe haven to come and discuss the show (and character) that we loved. After the sudden closing of several of the Wiki boards, including Bill’s Wiki’d Women, we persevered, creating a new platform, Simply Moyer Forum. We’re proud of what an active message board it’s been, with some of the most lively and insightful conversations imaginable. And through the forum, we’ve discovered how much more we share in common with so many fans as we’ve come to find people with similar tastes in hobbies, recreational activities, music, movies, books, and television. Friendships have ensued and have remained.
Cynthia was one of the creators of True Blood News at the Nest, but as time moved on, wanted to remain focused on the career of Stephen Moyer. Simply Moyer was created by Cynthia, Maria, Tina, and Sheryl and prior to opening its doors, was reviewed and approved by Stephen Moyer himself. Maria, Tina, and Sheryl subsequently moved on and Becky stepped in as co-admin. Throughout all of this, we’ve participated in some great charities, from The Battle of the Fang to Facing the Atlantic, to name a few. We’ve traveled to conventions, flew across the country to see Steve perform in “Chicago” at the Hollywood Bowl, and went up to Canada to see “Devil’s Knot” premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. We’ve had True Blood premiere parties, and season finale parties. We’ve laughed together, cried together, and have made some incredible friendships. We’ve come to know people from all over the world. To top it all off, we’ve enjoyed the pleasure and excitement of meeting Steve on some of these occasions.
And this brings us right back to the meaning of all of this and why we’re here. It is because we share the common bond of being fans, and this fan experience has brought us all together. Whether it be in cyberspace or in person, via message boards or emails, whether it’s meeting at the Hollywood Bowl or TIFF, or hanging out together for season premieres, we’ve established some pretty incredible friendships along the way. All because a vampire stepped foot in Merlotte’s, and we were mesmerized.
Who knows where these friendships will lead. Will they exist as time moves past the True Blood finale, or will they continue to develop and grow as Steve and Anna venture into the next chapter of their careers. All we can say is how grateful we are for Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, and the incredible cast and crew of True Blood for coming into our living rooms every Sunday night for the past seven years. And we are equally grateful for all the fans who have participated in our sites and on our forum. Without you all, there wouldn’t be a Simply Moyer or a Simply Moyer Forum.
Although writing this has been bittersweet, because we are nearing the end of a series that has transformed our lives, it is merely a transition. We’ll continue to keep the discussion going on the forum, as well as keep you updated on the career of our favorite actors, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin.
Cynthia (Aemac) and Becky (Sense of Doubt)
These Hugs Are For You. Thanks to Everyone in the Fandom from Simply Moyer!
Please jump into the comments and share with us what this fan experience has meant to you!
TV Guide released a video of the True Blood gang at Comic Con just in time for tonight’s finale. As usual, Steve’s humor highlights the video and Anna points out he’s stuck with her. Once again, we say … Lucky Lady!
Thanks to My Miracle for the heads up!