September 12, 2011 10:40am PT by Patrick Kevin Day
'True Blood' Actors Talk Dying in the Season Finale
True Blood's fourth season finale on Sunday turned out to be quite a shocker for fans of the series. No less than four notable characters met an untimely demise (or at least that's what viewers were led to believe.) Sookie Stackhouse's friend Tara (played by Rutina Wesley), werewolf Debbie Pelt (played by Brit Morgan), vampire bigwig Nan Flanagan (played by Jessica Tuck) and aspiring Wiccan Jesus (played by Kevin Alejandro) were all killed off or left for dead.
It's a tough spot for an actor to be in, since their lucrative run on a hit TV series is coming to an end. But to ease the pain, HBO has posted short interviews with these four actors, sharing their thoughts on death -- the make believe kind, of course.
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To the question of what's coming next season, Wesley responds, "I don't know what they have in store for next season. I haven't seen any scripts, so I have no idea what's going to happen. I'm either at death's door, or I'm gone. That's scary for an actor, but if my time has come, then my time has come -- and what a way to go, saving your best friend's life. It's pretty cool that everyone's going to be going, 'Is she, or isn't she?' I'm excited and terrified all at the same time. I could be a ghost, I could die -- it's in the hands of our wonderful writers and the creative mind of Alan Ball."
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At least Morgan had a lot of time to come to terms with her character's demise. She says, "Joe [Manganiello] and I were really curious after our first episode back this season, so we both went up to Alan and said, 'Can you give us any more information?' And he told me right off the bat how it would happen in the kitchen, just like in the books, and how Debbie just couldn't handle Alcide's feelings for Sookie. It's always heartbreaking to leave a show, but I've known since day one that his character was meant to go out this way. She's such a classic flameout."
As a vampire, Tuck got a particularly messy death. As she explains, "I was supposed to be in the first couple episodes, and I last for four years -- so I am forever grateful for the time I've had on the show. Plus, the one good thing about being shown the True Death is that when you squirt with blood, you're not the one who gets covered with it -- it's everyone that's in your way. Stephen Moyer drove a stake through my heat, but I then got him back by just covering him in gooey blood."
Finally, Alejandro shares the way producers broke the bad news to him. He says, "They were really cool about it, like 'This is nothing you did. Happy relationships are just boring.'"