The final season of "True Blood," which premiered on Sunday, picked up from where the season six finale left off with a group of Hep-V vampires attacking Bon Temps, resulting in the disappearance of many characters, and the death of Tara.
Sookie's best friend died within a few minutes of the season's premiere, while trying to protect her mother, Lettie Mae, from the infected vampires.
Although death is never finite on "True Blood," the fate of Tara appears to be sealed, and the possibility of the character making an appearance anytime in the future is remote.
"She's dead. I hate to say it, but she's dead. I'm no longer," Rutina Wesley, who played Tara, told TVGuide.
Speaking about her death, the actress told Vulture that she wasn't shocked that her character was chopped off so soon in the episode.
"It's kind of fun. [Laughs] It wouldn't be True Blood if someone didn't die in the final season. I've loved my journey on this show, so I have no regrets. It's like, "Okay, cool! Let's do it!" And I got this amazing kick-ass fight. I love that she went out winning, and then you cut to the scene where you just see Lettie Mae, and you realize I lost the fight," Wesley said.
The actress added that Tara's death is going to be the catalyst for the rest of the season, and noted that it would also be interesting to see how the other characters, especially Pam and Sookie, react to Tara's death.
"Tara and Sookie and best friends," Wesley told TVGuide. "I think it's going to affect her deeply. She's going to miss her. Even though Tara has gone off and done her own thing, it's still going to hurt like she's died twice. She has. Who dies twice?! [Laughs] It's going to hurt. For Pam, it's going to be interesting to see how it affects her, to see if she shows any emotion at all. I'm curious to see myself actually."
Lettie Mae is sure to have a hard time coping with Tara's death, considering that they were just starting to get along.
Spoilers for the next episode show that some of the hostages taken during the Bellefleur's attack will look to a familiar face to help them escape from the H-vamps., and Sookie and Jason will find clues to the fate of Bon Temps in the diary of a young woman.
Lettie Mae will turn to Willato channel her family past, and Pam will end up in a familiar place while on her journey to find Eric.
Season seven, episode two of "True Blood" is titled "I Found You" and it will air on HBO on July 29, 2014.