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Final Act

The True Blood' writers have never been shy about stacking up bodies on the show (whether live or dead), but even by those action-packed standards, Season 4 ended in a total bloodbath. Four long-running characters met their ends during the season finale, and we caught up with them all to memorialize their final moments.

Tara Thornton
Played by Rutina Wesley
Episode 1 - Episode 48

Unwritten Future
"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."

Cherished Memories
"I love the Super Save-A-Bunch scene when you first see Tara. I love being in the bar for my first scene with Lafayette, and the whole plantation scene where I tell the guy not to snap at me - cause right there, that's Tara. I also loved working with Michelle Forbes, who is amazing. Plus, I got to be a little more girly in Season 2, dressing up a little more. I think one of my favorite scenes was in the red bikini in Season 2, doing a cannonball into the pool. I was so happy they let me do that. And oddly enough, being duct-taped to the toilet was the strangest, weirdest, most degrading scene, but it was so funny because Franklin kept coming in with these flowers ... The situational comedy of that is just hilarious."

Saying Goodbye
"Shooting that scene was very hard and emotional. I think everybody on set shed a tear that day; it was really tough to get through. When you see someone that you've lived with and breathed with for four years come to some kind of end, it's very powerful - and sad. It's really hard to play dead when you're about to cry. All three of us went out afterwards - me, Brit [Morgan] and Anna [Paquin]. We had some food and kind of celebrated the end of a killer scene. Brit bites it too, so we were kind of just loving up on each other and supporting each other."

 

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Debbie Pelt
Played by Brit Morgan
Episode 28 - Episode 48

Addicted to Love
"So much has happened since Debbie's introduction! As much as it looks like there are so many hidden agendas with this character, I think this season for Debbie has actually been pretty pure. It was about getting off the V, trying to make a life with Alcide, trying to recover ... She was battling those inner demons that resurfaced when she realized Alcide's love for Sookie. She tried hard to get back on track, but in the end, there were just too many problems under the surface."

Date With Destiny
"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 that 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 this character was meant to go out this way. She's such a classic flameout."

Fight Night
"The day in the kitchen was extremely emotional and extremely cool at the same time. It was the end of what I consider to be the best experience of my life, and it was also the character's end. But it was so cool because I got to fire a real gun, and they had my brains on the wall with Debbie's hair in it. It was so loud and jarring that I had to wear earplugs and so did everyone else on set. Plus every time Anna and I get to fight, it's just awesome - a punch, a fall. It's by far the most fun I've ever had."

 

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Nan Flanagan
Played by Jessica Tuck
Episode 1 - Episode 48

Curse of Middle Management
"I think Nan has had a really hard job this season. She's had to deal with the Authority and then the vampires, and both sides are yelling at her. I think she's just been trying to do her best. I think that because she can't fully disclose what's going on with the Authority and the AVL, she's asking the vampires to take her word on things. But vampires have big trust issues and that leads to trouble.

Death Benefits
"There ain't no way back from the True Death. It's a fun scene, though - If I'm going to go down, it may as well be at the hands of Eric and Bill. Really, I was supposed to be in the first couple episodes, and I lasted 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 heart, but I then got him back by just covering him in gooey blood."

Eternal Revenge
"You know how vampires always have those super-vivid dreams with fabulous sexual fantasies? Well Nan might haunt Bill and Eric in their dreams, and put them through horrible silvered, masochistic, crazy torture scenes. Don't you think? In her best black leather, just going at them with silver chains, over and over again?"

 

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Jesus Velasquez
Kevin Alejandro
Episode 26 - Episode 48

Grim Tidings
"I found out Jesus was going to die around the first episode, and they were really cool about it, like, This is nothing you did. Happy relationships are just boring.' And they're right - it makes for great drama. I think the final episode is going to be really touching."

A Magical High
"I think my favorite scene is from this last episode. When I'm trying to conjur up this demon and go into sort of an exorcist type thing - saying things in Spanish and carving into my arms - it was a really intense and difficult challenge.  Afterwards, I really felt like I'd gone through the ringer. The mask was also cool - to completely disappear and bring life to something. When you have a full head that's not yours, it lets you create something that's completely outside of yourself."

Beyond the Grave
"Nelsan is one of the greatest guys I've met. We can have conversations without talking to each other. On a different level, we genuinely love each other in real life. And every scene we did had this lingering air of This is the end.' And the whole lead-up to that final scene over these last few episodes has just been great. In the end, I think Lafayette is going to come back as a stronger person, knowing who he is and having a handle on what he can do."

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48: And When I Die

Season 4