True Blood Season 3: Who Is Caroline Compton?

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Welcome to the fourteenth in a series of features about the new characters coming to True Blood in season 3. We’ll be taking a look at these new characters using both information from casting calls and from the novels on which the show is based. Beware, spoilers ahead!

Who Is Caroline Compton?

Shannon Lucio plays Caroline Compton in True Blood season 3.

Shannon Lucio plays Caroline Compton

Seen briefly in the second season of True Blood, Bill’s wife Caroline Compton will play a larger role in season 3. Due to scheduling conflicts, the role has been recast, revealing a little bit more information about this largely unknown characters. In the Southern Vampire novels, Bill reveals to Sookie that he was married with three children (or five; there’s an inconsistency in the books) when Lorena turned him after the Civil War. His wife and children are long dead by then, of course, so we don’t have occasion to meet them in the books.

True Blood, as a different medium, allows for flashbacks in our characters’ lives. As a result, we saw Lorena turn Bill and experienced him watching his wife and children from afar. In the third episode of season 3, we’ll get a closer look at Bill’s human family when a flashback to 1866 shows us Caroline Compton raising a shotgun towards a stranger approaching, who turns out to be her husband. Caroline is a young woman at this point, in her 20s, and described as “a lovely, very strong, brave, well-bred and well-spoken Southern woman.” This suggests that we’ll actually hear from Caroline this time, interacting with Bill.

Shannon Lucio has been cast as Caroline Compton.

Caroline Compton in Brief

Sex: Female
Species: Human
Age: 20s
Status: Married
Relatives: Husband Bill and at least two children
Occupation: Wife, Mother, Homemaker
Location: 1860s Bon Temps

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  1. Courtney

    May 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I think there were 5 children but 2 died. Not positive though.

  2. Prince Ruben

    May 12, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Holy hotness Bill, now I know why your so upset with Lorena…duhhhh. Shannon is zee bomb sexay.