As the final episode of “True Blood” drew to its dramatic close, it may have occurred to many just how many compelling characters from the show have been killed off, while those who are less worthy have been left alive. So, in honor of those characters who are no longer with us, here are some of the most missed characters from “True Blood.”
Although Sam’s younger brother might have been a bit much to handle at some points, he was still a thoroughly human, and therefore compelling, character. Indeed, it was precisely his flaws that made him such a joy to watch, and his back-story (his parents made him shift into a dog for the purposes of dog fighting) was one of the most tragic and emotionally potent of any of the characters we have yet met. Thus, when we watched him die in his brother’s presence, we felt a great deal of Sam’s own pain, for we dearly wanted Tommy and Sam to establish a strong bond based on trust rather than suspicion. Now, that opportunity is past, and that is part of what makes “True Blood” such a powerful tragedy this season.
Who could ever forget Talbot, the flamboyant and sassy lover of King Russell? With his signature blend of panache and temper tantrums, Talbot managed to sneak his way into our hearts, despite the fact that he was the lover and partner of the main villain of the third season. Thus, when Eric staked him (in the midst of a seduction), we too felt the anguish that consumed Russell as he realized his love was dead. So, in the end, Talbot has become just another casualty of a series that loves nothing more than to kill off some of its main characters.
Without a doubt, the most tragic death that has yet occurred on the show was that of Jesus, who was slain by Marnie after she took over Lafayette’s body. The fact that Lafayette killed his own boyfriend would be bad enough, but it is made infinitely worse by the fact that Jesus sacrificed his life so that Lafayette might emerge unharmed. Perhaps most importantly, however, it also show that, despite the show’s often apparent gay sub-text, the gay couples on the show are just as subject to death as the straight ones.
Finally, we come to Nan, the former president of the American Vampire League who met her grisly fate the hand of her former subordinate Bill Compton. Much like Pam (the vampire progeny of everyone’s favorite bad boy, Eric Northman), Nan was one of the fiery and powerful women that make watching the show such a pleasure. The fact that she was willing to give as good as she got to the powerful male vampires that dominate the series makes her passing all the more lamentable.
Although they are dearly missed, these characters have nevertheless contributed a great deal to our understandings of the show and how we relate to its characters. We’ll have to be on our toes to make sure that we are prepared for the next round of deaths that will no doubt occur in the upcoming fifth season.
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