Although his character died in the original novel, Lafayette from the HBO drama "True Blood" has continued to be a presence in the series, right up to its current season. The question therefore becomes, "What makes him such a compelling character that the writers have kept him around for far longer than he was in the source material?" Here are a few answers to that question.
His flairFrom the outset of the series, Lafayette has been one of the most flamboyant characters in a series full of such lively personalities. He is a character that knows what he wants and is not willing to take any of the nonsense that is so often dished out to both African Americans and LGBT people. As such, he is an intensely compelling character in that he embodies all of those characteristics that so many people wish they had but do not. He knows who he is, and he is not about to apologize for any of it.
His complexityIn addition to being a powerful personality, Lafayette is also a complex character with many different layers that have been only briefly touched upon throughout the first five seasons. The second season was especially adept at exploring his character, as the wicked maenad was able to plumb the depths of his soul and dredge up the darkness that lived within him. Now that we have found out he is a medium able to communicate with the dead, we have gained even more insights into what makes him tick and what makes him the character that we have all grown to love.
His relationshipsHis relationships have definitely served to flesh out his character and his personality. From his vexed relationship to his mother to his powerfully romantic (if ultimately tragic) one with Jesus, we have gotten to see the many types of emotional ties that structure his life. Indeed, his mourning of Jesus's death allowed us to understand just how deep the feelings he possessed for his tragically slain partner ran.
Unfortunately, despite these appealing qualities, the most recent season showed little utilization of Lafayette as a character, in the sense that his storyline seemed so tangential to the others currently going on (and indeed seemed to end nowhere). Let's hope that in the next season he is either shuffled to the background or given a story with a little more meat.
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