Rutina Wesley Talks Tara's Demise and Possible Return to 'True Blood'

Rutina Wesley Talks Tara's Demise and Possible Return to 'True Blood'

Tara Thornton may return for season five.

Published September 12, 2011

Fans of HBO's fantastical series "True Blood" endured an emotional twist during Sunday's finale. Longtime character Tara Thornton, played by Rutina Wesley, was killed by a shotgun bullet to her brain. Now the question lingers, will Tara return for season five?

I don’t know what their plans are for next season. I know that [creator] Alan Ball has said there are “big plans,” but I don’t know what that really means, and things can always change," Wesley told Entertainment Weekly. "I’m not for sure, but I trust him completely. At the end of the day, it’s hard to see how I’m coming back, seeing as half of my head was just blown off. I don’t know. They may figure something out. I mean it’s "True Blood." There’s always flashbacks. There’s phantasms. There’s all this crazy stuff. It’s very possible. But I’m excited either way. If it does all end, I’ve had the most amazing time of my life. It’s really great." 

Wesley went on to say that fans exhibited serious reactions to her scrappy character's bloody demise.

"My phone has been blowing up. I talked to Nelsan [Ellis, who plays Lafayette] and his phone was blowing up. He was like, 'People are about to start a riot over you,' ” she recalled. "I think that’s so sweet to know that people out there are really upset and some people are like, 'I’m not watching the show anymore!' I’m like, C’mon guys. But it’s not over. It ain’t over til the fat lady sings. I’m just gonna take it one day at a time. As I said, I haven’t seen any scripts from next season, but I know that I’m involved — I just don’t know in what way." 

And the last scene in the "True Blood' season four finale wasn't just emotional for fans. 

"I don’t think there was a dry eye when we shot that scene," she admitted. "It’s very clear the relationship when Tara goes, 'I would die for you.' Basically, I would take a bullet for you. That’s not necessarily a best friend — she’s like my sister. I think it was so amazing to see that. To see her walk in and go, 'Oh, uh-uh.' That goes to show you how much love Tara has. Anna in that moment I think played it so beautifully, and it was hard for me because I was like, 'Okay, play dead. Play dead.' ”

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Written by Hillary Crosley


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