True Blood's First Season 7 Victim: 'Dead Doesn't Always Mean Gone'

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Spoiler alert: Stop reading now if you don’t want to know who died on the True Blood season premiere!

Death may always be lurking around the corner on True Blood, but the HBO drama threw a major curveball in the first few minutes of Sunday’s season premiere by offing one of its core characters.

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“Tara is really dead,” Rutina Wesley confirmed to TVLine and other reporters at the show’s Season 7 premiere in Hollywood, for those of you doubting her off-screen demise. “But dead doesn’t always mean gone on True Blood.”

True Blood Tara DiesWe can confirm that Tara will be seen again — Lettie Mae’s V-induced visions will soon be shared with the audience — but as for how “dead” Tara is different than “alive” Tara, Wesley explained, “She’s basically human Tara, but softer.”

Kristin Bauer Van Straten, who plays Tara’s maker/love interest Pam, said her character’s journey will also be affected by Tara’s abrupt departure: “Who is gonna anchor [Pam in Bon Temps] if Tara and Eric are both gone?”

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And even though “Dead Tara” (is that we’re calling her now?) still has a few intriguing appearances to come, Wesley said nothing will compare to Maryann’s legendary Season 2 orgy.

“The orgy, second season; I bet that’s a popular answer,” she said when asked about the wildest scene she’s filmed over the past seven years. “We got that script and I was like, ‘Whaaaaat?’ It’s crazy. Even for True Blood, that was over the top.”

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