I knew ‘True Blood’ wasn’t going to hold back in its final season, but I just never expected the show to actually kill off a main character so terribly. Yeah ‘True Blood,’ I’m side-eyeing you right now.
On the season seven premiere of True Blood, we had to say goodbye to one of our favorites characters since season one. Unfortunately, it was Tara (Rutina Wesley) who met the true death and was reduced to a gross pile of vampire goo. So why am I mad? 1) It’s Tara and 2) Her death was so unfair to the character arc True Blood had been building for her.
‘True Blood’: Killing Off Tara Was A Terrible Idea
I just can’t deal with the fact that Tara is dead right now. She was Sookie’s (Anna Paquin) best friend, Lafayette’s (Nelsan Ellis) cousin and Pam’s (Kristin Bauer van Straten) progeny, and now she’s just gone.
Tara was an integral character to all these characters and more. She had been a major piece of True Blood since the beginning and her death was seriously a slap in the face to the character.
Yes, she was an angry ball of fire, but she was sassy and didn’t take crap from anyone. In my opinion, her transformation into a vampire was one of the best things to happen to her character.
After trying to save her mother Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) from the Hep-V-infected vampires, Tara’s immortal road was cut short. Seven seasons of character building for Tara was destroyed when she was reduced that disgusting vampire goo.
Seriously?! She couldn’t have at least died in Sookie or Pam’s arms? Tara had a horrible relationship with her mother and I just can’t believe she was the one who got to see Tara last before she bit the dust.
There’s always a part of me when dealing with supernatural shows (i.e. The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Supernatural) that believes “death” doesn’t really ever mean truly dead and gone. However, I don’t think that’s the case with Tara. I think the True Blood writers were going for the jugular and wanted to kill off a main character who they could technically live without. (Dear True Blood writers, if you go after Jason (Ryan Kwanten) I will never forgive you.)
There was so much more story to tell with Tara. Her vampire life was just beginning and I really just wanted to see her get some real lovin’ so she would loosen up a bit.
All I’m saying is if Tara was going to die, I would have preferred she met the true death in a bigger and even more heroic way.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think? Should True Blood have killed off Tara? Did she deserve a better way to meet the true death? Let me know!
— Avery Thompson