I find it ironic that Bill played a key role in bringing the two most important women in Eric’s life into his life (excluding Nora): Pam & Sookie. While Eric met & liked Pam before Bill, I think Eric exposing Bill & Lorena to Pam played a big role her “becoming a vampire” story. Then there’s Sookie, who Eric met b/ Bill brought her to his bar. Also imo Eric was only able to fall in love w/ Sookie b/ she was already Bill’s and thus Eric could not claim her and just treat her like a special fangbanger right off the bat, which is what I think he would have done had he not been forced to get to know her while he was chasing her. Idk I’m far from Bill’s biggest fan, but I do think the somewhat unnoticed role he played in Eric’s life is rather interesting to note.