TVLine has a new interview with Stephen Moyer talking about Bill’s motivations and the “trauma” of that scene where he slapped Jessica. It’s not very long or insightful, but it does give Stephen a chance to sound off on the action that seems to have really turned fans against Bill.
TVLINE | Are you having as much fun playing Evil Bill as it seems?
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].
TVLINE | I was going to ask you what it was like slapping her across the room in last week’s episode.
I love the Bill and Jessica relationship. There’s genuine love there. When Sookie turned her back on Bill in Seasons 3 and 4, that was the one affectionate relationship he had left. And so that was a really tough scene to play. But she went against what Bill asked her to do. So, again, that was an authentic reaction.
It’s looking more and more like I might have to eat crow on next week’s finale podcast, but I still can’t reconcile all those speaking looks between Bill and Eric if they didn’t have a plan. Is it Sunday yet?