'True Blood' makes an action-packed return to HBO

Season 5 reached its climax as Sookie's brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten), led a daring raid on the New Orleans headquarters of the Vampire Authority, where control had been seized by the Sanguinistas, a rogue vampire faction that opposed mainstreaming with humans.
By John Crook Published: June 15, 2013
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While Tara may be in fairly dire straits this season — yes, again — Wesley herself is tickled pink to be playing a character who got a fascinating reboot last season when her best friend, Sookie, made the desperate decision to have Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) turn Tara into a vampire after she was critically injured by a shotgun blast while trying to save Sookie's life. Given that Tara hated vampires more than anything else in the world, that decision infused this character with a fresh internal tension that changed her whole direction and gave Wesley some delightful new options to play with.

At least, once she recovered from her shock.

“When Alan (Ball, the series creator) first told me, I just freaked out,” the actress recalls, laughing. “While we were setting up to do another take, he just pulled me into a corner and said, ‘Hey, we're really excited about something, and I hope you will be, too. Tara's going to be turned.' And I was like, ‘What? That doesn't mean that I'm dying, does it?'”Once Wesley realized that Tara was, indeed, coming back as a main player, she began to get excited by the possibilities, especially given that Tara's maker was going to be Pam, a fan favorite who gets to wear outrageously sexy costumes and indulge in some over-the-top behavior, even by vampire standards.