'True Blood's' Tara Is Dead But Spoilers Suggest We'll See Her Once More


I'm starting to sound crazier than Lettie Mae, but we can't have seen the last of Tara on True Blood. I mean it this time, I think I've really figured out where and how we'll see her again this season. At first, I'll admit, I was in denial. When they killed Tara off in the first episode, I thought "There's no way she's gone. She must still be alive in some other realm, or she'll be contacted through a séance, or something." Episode 3 of this season confirmed Tara really had met the True Death because Pam said she felt it. After a night sitting at my computer with a tub of Ben and Jerry's Phish Food and a full tank of determination, I think I've finally figured out how Tara will return.

Though IMDB can often be wrong, Tara-portrayer Rutina Wesley is credited for 10 episodes in 2014. It's curious, because if the information is correct and we are right to assume that she really met the True Death, why would she still be credited for seven more episodes? She has popped up in a few of Lettie Mae's V-induced fever dreams so that accounts for something, but I'm still not fully convinced. But then I thought, "What if Lettie Mae, who's never had this much screen time in the past, becomes a vessel through which we see Tara a few more times before True Blood ends?"

E! News reported back in April we'll see a "a major Tara-centric flashback in one of the final episodes" and that it would take us into Tara's childhood with Sookie and Lafayette. If that isn't confirmation, I don't know what is.

You read that right ladies and gents. Young Tara and Young Sookie are returning to your TV screens. There is still so much about Tara's character that the audience doesn't know and this may be our last chance to get a glimpse into her life. In reality, True Blood is a show that features an ensemble cast but the central focal point has always been Sookie Stackhouse (I don't know why they didn't just call this The Life and Times of Sookie Stackhouse for goodness sake), so it makes the most sense that we'd see Tara through one of Sookie's flashbacks.

But now we have to wonder what the flashback will be about, considering it happens in one of the final episodes of the season. Will Sookie remember a bad time that parallels a situation she's stuck in? Will she see something that spurs the flashback? We'll have to wait and see, but here are a few Tara-centric conclusions I'm hoping to see before the series ends:

More About Tara's Relationship With Lettie Mae

Maybe I'm a sentimental lady, or maybe this is the Pinot Grigio talking, but I'd really love to see Tara and Lettie Mae's relationship in a positive light if only for a fleeting second during this flashback. I'd like to see Lettie Mae standing up for Tara and Sookie, maybe defending them from Tara's father, who we'll be seeing in the same flashback.

An Explanation of Tara's Father and His Abusive Ways

Am I greedy for wanting answers? I don't know, but what I absolutely can not stand this season is the notion of new characters and storylines being introduced that will only bring about more questions. We still have a trove of questions that will never be answered, we don't need more. Sure, Tara's dad is drunk and abusive, but I need to know where that behavior stems from, if not, I'm going to need a whole spinoff series on Tara's life. Is that too much to ask? We could downsize it: an entire series just about Tara and Eggs would do just fine.

Sookie & Tara In Happy Times, Even For a Second

Because nobody likes Sookie's ugly cry...

Young Lafayette Dancing

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I know this is probably my most insane request to date but I've said it before, I'll say it again, Lafayette dancing is one of my favorite parts of the whole show. I know this is supposed to be a sad and scary flashback, but we'll need something to lighten the mood. Nothing could do that for me quicker than baby La La doing the worm.

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