Shocker! Finale fatality [REDACTED] back for True Blood season 5

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Dec 15, 2012

Have you watched the True Blood season-four finale yet? We hope you did, because we got one heck of a shocker to share with you. Someone presumably dead is coming back. Need we say: Major spoilers ahead?

Right, you've been warned. Here we go.

When Sookie Stackhouse's (Anna Paquin) BFF Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) finally bit the dust in the mind-blowing season-four finale this past Sunday night, we're sure many a Tara hater (and there are many out there—no offense to the actress) was cheering the fact that she was finally dead. Gone. Dust. Sayonara.

But this is True Blood we're talking about.

Speaking to TV Line's Michel Ausiello, Wesley has now confirmed that she will be coming back for the hit HBO series' fifth season next summer, though she doesn't know in what capacity that'll be yet because, well, when we last left Tara, half her brain was splattered on Sookie's walls and floor, as well as on our faerie telepathic waitress herself.

''Yes. I know I'm coming back,'' Wesley said. ''I just don't know in what capacity.''

We don't know about you, but we can hear all the Tara haters groaning painfully just about now.

Rutina Wesley explained:

[Series creator] Alan Ball himself pulled me aside early on and told me that this was happening. And I was like, 'OK, that's cool.' I know I'm coming back in some capacity, I just don't know how I'm coming back. It's scary as an actor to be in that position. Whatever they do, I think it's the Golden Hour for Tara. But I don't know how they're going to revive me or if I'm dead. And that's the big question: Can she be saved?

I like playing a human on the show. I like not having any powers. I like being the voice of reason. But it wouldn't be a drama if we didn't have a shift in things. Everything's up in the air because half of my head is missing. [Laughs] I know Alan has big plans for me next season. But has he shared those plans with me? Not really.

The actress then went on to say that she didn't know if it was possible for Tara to come back as a vampire, saying, ''With that kind of injury, even if I got the vampire blood, could that really save me? I don't know.''

Our money's on her coming back a ghost, but—again, this being True Blood—we could be way off with this. Still, it's the likely solution, since her cousin LaFayette (Nelsan Ellis) is now one badass medium, with Jesus' (Kevin Alejanro) awesome Brujo demon thingy now inside of him, and we'll probably get to explore his powers more in season five.

So what do you guys think? Does the news of Tara's impending return in season five in one form or another make you happy as clams, or does it make you mad as heck that Alan Ball's bringing back such a generally disliked character? Are you disappointed that he didn't take this opportunity to thin out a herd of characters that has grown a bit too large for the show?

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