Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Look Back...Tara Mae Thornton

As our fangtastic series True Blood is coming to an end, I thought it would be cool to go back and reminisce about some of our most beloved characters. Since this week we lost Tara, I thought it was only right to remember Sookie's best friend.
I think what I like most about Tara was her candidness. Tara never minced words, and she would be the first to tell you exactly how she felt. Holding back what she thought was not quite her strong suit. Tara was also fiercely protective of those she cared about, even if it meant losing her own life as a human. Tara's story is a sad one, raised by an abusive mother, and equally neglected. She lost the love of her life, and she became what she loathed, she even died twice, (even though that's up for debate). But beyond that tough exterior, she was just a girl who wanted to be loved. Tara was defensive and insecure, and equally feisty and a fighter. She struggled with what she became, but she learned to embrace it. Tara was a very complex character.

Below are some of my favorite Tara moments.
Season 1:
"Oh, this aint rude. This is upitty. THAT'S FOR PATTIN' MY ASS TO MUCH! IMA GET MY BABY DADDY, WHO JUST GOT OUTTA PRISON, TO COME KICK YOUR TEETH IN!" And this is our introduction to Tara!!!

Season 2:
Season 2 brought that crazy Maenad Maryann who caused havoc in Bon Temps. We also got to meet Eggs (Benedict) who became Tara's love interest.

Season 3:
Tara depressed over the death of Eggs, took brief comfort in the arms and fangs of the psychopathic vampire Franklin.

Season 4:
In the beginning of the season we find Tara in Nawlins under the alias Tony, cage fighting with her girlfriend Naomi. As soon as she finds out Sookie has returned to Bon Temps,she does as well, only to find herself in another mess, this time with the witches. In a season finale shocker Tara takes a bullet for Sookie...ending her human life.

Season 5:
Tara becomes what she hates the most, a vampire. Pam is Tara's maker and saves her from killing herself, and teaches her how to feed. Tara struggled this season trying to adapt to what she has become.
Season 6:
Tara and Eric turn themselves in when Pam is captured and taken to Vamp Camp. In this season,Tara is starting to get comfortable with what she is now. In the last episode, Pam leaves to find Eric, leaving Tara to look after the newest vamp Willa.

Season 7:
Two minutes into the first episode and Tara is (supposedly) a pile of vampire goo. What a way to start the season. I think its important to point out we never do actually see Tara die in the fight scene with the Hep-V infected vamps. Will we see her again perhaps, I guess we have to wait and see!

We LOVE you Tara!!! And you will be missed. Always a fighter to the very end...

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