Did True Blood Toughen Up One Of Its Characters By Making Them Gay?


Last night True Blood fans finally learned which long-term straight character went gay.

After being sucked dry by the vampire Franklin Mott for an entire season and then seeing her mom bumpin’ uglies with Reverend Daniels, Tara Thornton packed up went to New Orleans, became a cage-fighter and picked up her uber-hot girlfriend Naomi (Vedette Lim). Does this mean that Tara’s victim days are over?

Keep in mind, Tara has never had much luck with men: when she moved in with Lafayette she discovered him spying on her with a webcam, her relationship with “Eggs” Benedict Talley ended when Jason Stackhouse shot him to death, and her fling with Sam was only a one-night stand. So will her girl Naomi help bring out Tara’s tough side, or is Naomi just vampire bait?

Rutina Wesley, the actress who plays Tara told Entertainment Weekly:

“I think Tara – if she is going to have a love interest this season – she’s finally ready for it. She’s had time to find herself and think a little bit. I think she’s finally going to love herself in a way that is beautiful. Her self-esteem is back up and that’s opened her up to love someone else. I think she also needed a new lease on life. She totally comes back more zen, and she’s a feisty season one Tara who we all loved.”

As for the gay twist, Wesley says she thinks Tara was just as surprised as the audience when she found herself in a lesbian relationship.

“I don’t think she was expecting it. I think it just happened. I think it was one of those things where you just fall in love with who you fall in love with. I don’t think she labels herself as one thing or the next. She just started hanging out and the next thing you know, she was in love. I don’t think she was in love with Eggs. Every time she was with him she was either stoned or under a spell. I don’t think that was real. I think it’s going to take her some time to realize that, but I think what she has now is a little more significant.”

Tara and Naomi kicked off season four with a very steamy sex scene. Can we expect Tara and Sookie the fairy to team up and start kicking lots of evil vampire ass? Stay tuned…