Spoiler alert: Stop reading if you haven’t watched the fifth season premiere of ‘True Blood.’
I’d like to preface this rant by clarifying that I think Rutina Wesley is a fantastic actress. And she’s very pretty. That said, I’m kind of disappointed that Tara managed to survive her should-have-been-fatal gunshot wound on the June 10 season premiere of True Blood. As much as I worship the writers — without them, we’d have no show to enjoy — I feel like they’ve never really known what to do with Tara, and I’m not sure her new life as a vampire will solve that problem.
From the moment she was introduced, Tara has been — for lack of a better term — the show’s most heavily dumped-upon character.
> Season 1: When we first met Tara, she was living with her bats**t crazy mother, who we later learned was possessed by a demon.
> Season 2: She took refuge with with Maryann (a maenad), then fell in love with Eggs, who ended up getting shot and killed.
> Season 3: She found herself in a horrifically abusive relationship with vampire Franklin, who was eventually killed in front of her.
> Season 4: After six months away from Bon Temps, she reinvented herself as a cage-fighting lesbian — then returned to town and became a Wiccan.
And now that she’s been turned into a vampire — the one creature she despises more than anything else — her problems are only going to get worse. So my question for you, fellow Truebies, is this: Will Tara’s new journey make up for her uneven/confusing past, or is this another misguided attempt at giving her character some relevance?
(Real talk: While a good chunk of my disdain for Tara stems from her generally being annoying, I also pity her. The girl deserves some peace, and I doubt she’ll find it with a pair of fangs.)