If you ask actor Stephen Moyer, his character, Bill Compton, is not evil this year. Nooo, the poor guy has only turned into a religious fanatic with all that Lillith blood stuff thingy. But it doesn't mean the actor hasn't questioned some of True Blood's most uncomfortable scenes this year ... because he has.
Speaking to TV Line, Moyer told Michael Ausiello (who called Bill evil this year):
You're saying he's evil and I'd say he thinks he's doing the right thing. But I suppose dictators always think they're doing the right thing. [Laughs] He's been lost and he's found something to grab hold of that he thinks is the right way forward... When you play a character you have to ask yourself, "Can I make sense of what's happening here? Is this authentic?" And if you can sort of find a through line of authenticity, then you can play that beat — which might come across to somebody else as evil. [But] there were a couple of things that were tough to play, and one of those was with Deborah Ann [Woll].
Last episode, Bill smacked his progeny Jessica across the room. Not cool, Bill, not cool. Moyer talked about that scene and how uncomfortable he was about it:
Yeah, we all have those moments. There have been moments that Alex [Skarsgard] and a couple of the other people have questioned this year just to make sure that the reason it happened in the writers room works in our heads. You just have to make sure you're doing it for the right reasons. Of course I questioned it. Deborah and I adore working together and I wanted to make sure that this was the correct route. The scene in Episode 10 where Bill tries to explain to her that he's read this book and it's made a real difference — that was tough as well. That was a really difficult scene because we're seeing Bill truly believe, and I remember I had a conversation with Alex about it. And he was saying, "What do you think? Are you okay with that?" And I said, "I think I am." Bill has this belief that what he is doing is right. Whether it is right or not we won't know until the end. But he is like anybody who goes into a cult. He's a victim. He's brainwashed.
Despite that, Stephen Moyer added he had fun playing with some of this stuff during True Blood's season-five storyline.
There's been some really enjoyable stuff. Once you commit to it, it's like, "Okay, Deborah Ann goes flying across the room!" [Laughs] It's like, "Can we wrap our heads around this? Yes! Okay, then let's f--ing do it!" And then at that point it's, "Which hand shall I slap you with, Deb? Do you want to fly over your right shoulder? Do you want to fly over your left shoulder? Do you want to slide on the floor? Do you want to fly through the air?" [Laughs] Once you've [committed] to it, it's just as much fun as every other part of the show.
True Blood's season-five finale airs this Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. How did you find this season so far?
(via TV Line)