"True Blood" is a series that has become well-known for its representation of passion and of relationships, both fraught and romantic. They have also made a point of showing powerful same-sex relationships among several of the main characters, and it is these relationships that usually end up being the most emotionally charged and complex.
Russell and TalbotWithout a doubt, the relationship between Talbot and Russell was one of the most complex and tumultuous that the series has yet produced, and there probably hasn't been one to match it yet. These were a couple of vampires that clearly loved one another and had endured a great deal in order to get where they were. Unfortunately, like so many gay relationships, it ultimately ended in tragedy, with first Talbot and then Russell (most recently) meeting the stake. Perhaps they are together in the afterlife, if there is such a thing for vampires.
Jesus and LafayetteLafayette has been one of those characters that is simultaneously extraneous and yet fun to watch. This was certainly the case when when he engaged in a powerful and appealing relationship with the nurse Jesus. The series did an excellent job of showing the true love that existed between these two characters, a love that was passionate and tender. Again, however, the apparent "rule" about gay relationships (that they always end in tragedy) ended up claiming Jesus, leaving Lafayette to wander through the world alone.
Pam and TaraAlthough this relationship is still in its fledgling stage, it seems that there are very strong and engaging emotions between these two characters. And really, this made them one of the most enjoyable parts of the fifth season, as well as giving us hope for what might emerge between them in the upcoming sixth. If there is one relationship that has some real potential for succeeding (unlike that between, say, Sookie and Eric or Bill), it would have to be the one that seems to be developing at a fairly rapid pace between Tara and Pam.
Clearly, the same-sex relationships within "True Blood" are something of a mixed bag when it comes to happy endings. While Russell, Talbot, and Jesus are all now out of the picture for good, it seems like there might still be hope for Lafayette and Tara to finally find the happiness that has so ruthlessly eluded them throughout the first five seasons. Perhaps the sixth will not be such a disappointment, after all.
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