Bill: "Aren't you being kind of a drama queen about this whole Drinking God thing? Even for a vampire and also, I mean, this is coming from me. Bill Compton."
Salome, who don't give a fuck: "Tonight Lilith's darkest dream will be made real!"
Bill: "See, that's the kind of shit I'm talking about."
They discuss how maybe Bill is jealous of her, or is there to be the witness of her becoming Jesus or God or whatever, and he feigns this concern, like only Bill can. The whole Bug thing where they're all on drugs and making this up as they go along comes back into play, a little bit. Or maybe it's all true.
Bill: "Are you sure this is a good idea? Ah fear it could go a whole Akira way we have not yet discussed."
Salome: "Whatever, Lilith is apparently never going to shut up until I drink it, so..."
Bill: "Ah wonder how our regime would survive, should the philter affect you adversely."
Salome: "You're sweet, but I'm not really about politics anymore. We're talking about the fucking Rapture now."
Bill: "Then go for it, mah liege."
She chugs it, and his face does about sixteen amazing things. One of them is silly, but one of them is sexy, and you realize suddenly that Bill is the scariest person and in fact has always been the scariest person. It doesn't rule out his other lives, his other selves, but it's there: Maybe he was the best mainstreamer because he had to be; because the only other option was to do or be what he's about to do, or to be. Everything turns into its opposite eventually, especially on this show, but the idea's come up before that Our Bill Compton was just the lid on Vesuvius and the fight going on inside him was a lot harder-fought than it is for most of us. This face he makes, you could believe it.
And honestly, of all people, I couldn't believe it was Bill Compton that helped this season click into place for me: Godric was the only hope for peace and there is no hope for peace, right, but those aren't the only options. They never are. And saints do the scariest shit the closer they get to God. Being boring was the only thing keeping Bill good, and the better he was the more boring he got.