When the final season of the hit HBO show True Blood came to its unsatisfying close, there was no love lost for Sookie’s former toxic vampire lover, Bill Compton. Instead, his character took a hard left turn going from someone the audience rooted for to someone the audience wished died seasons earlier than he did. While fans agree Bill’s ending left much to be desired, it’s the weirdly out-of-character road he took to bring him there that frustrated Truebies the most.
By its finale, True Blood saw the once Southern gentleman turned wayward villainous jerk meet his “true death” when he asked Sookie to kill him. After refusing to drink the cure for his rapidly progressing Hep-V infection, Bill chose to die to free Sookie from her undying love for him. While this is how he literally bids farewell in the show, fans knew that he figuratively died somewhere between Seasons 3 and 5. His character underwent a sudden and significant personality shift that he never recovered from, narratively speaking.