Tara: WTF?

I'm really not understanding what the writers are doing with her character. After season 1 I was certain she had a superpower but so far nadda. All the writers have to offer us is an angry black woman who lets her mouth get her into trouble which is nothing new in terms of media portrayals.


The writers should let us find out who she really is...I am hoping that is what they are doing in a very roundabout manner.

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Jun 19, 2010 11:00PM EDT

I've never been a fan of Tara. But I can sort of understand where all her anger is coming from. I mean, all her life, she's been let down by people. No idea who/where her father is, her mother has clearly always been an incapable guardian, and now the first time she falls in love, that man dies. It just pisses me off that Tara attacked Sookie, the one person who always has been there for her.

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Jun 19, 2010 11:34PM EDT

Agreed, Tara always seems to have the weakest/most pointless storyline. Season 1 the only reason she was there was Sookie's support system and a random little possessed thing. Season 2 she only made the Mary-Ann thing more personal to everyone important in a faster manner. Season 3, I'm not sure yet. But, based on the premiere, I'd say she is epically on the rebound and will be very easy for someone to take advantage of her/use her to get close with others in Bon Temps. So, it seems like she will once again be a VERY secondary character meant as a ploy for the writers to use.

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Jun 20, 2010 12:52AM EDT

I for one, am hugely invested in Tara's journey and in Rutina's playing of her, because she represents one of the more interesting strictly human (as of now) perspectives of the show. Her particularly troubled childhood and rare strength of character and will give her an edge that warrants her use. I haven't really intellectualized how necessary her story is till now, I've just simply enjoyed her...
Sure, her part in the show can be plainly summed in a paragraph to underwhelming effect, but then again, she can't read minds, and thus can't get in the trouble of someone that's part-human and part-rainbow. Seriously, Sookie gets in enough small-public mess to satisfy the most ruthless and pathological attention whore.As for Tara's future, I can only hope she becomes somewhat of a indispensable part to the greater elements and politics of the storylines in the show. She's been beautifully explained beyond a stock "angry black character." But she can't be a defensively belligerent victim forever. She needs a break, and some responsibility and importance.
And citizenboobtube, I too had an intuitive thought that there might be power in Tara, but so far nothing. I feel she would make a powerful witch down the road, since she's been involved with the charlatan Ms. Janette, and of course the real thing MaryAnn, who seemed to want to teach her. She could become the face of the magic-wielders that lack involvement in what we see of the True Blood world.

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Jun 20, 2010 9:37AM EDT

Tara's human in the books, and I'm pretty sure that's going to carry over into the tv show. However, I am annoyed with how her character has become someone that sees race in everything.
But anyway, this season she'll become involved with a vampire. Maybe he'll change her...?

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Jun 20, 2010 9:40AM EDT

Tara's human in the books, and I'm pretty sure that's going to carry over into the tv show. However, I am annoyed with how her character has become someone that sees race in everything.
But anyway, this season she'll become involved with a vampire. Maybe he'll change her...?

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Jun 20, 2010 7:50PM EDT

I am glad there is at least ONE human person left in the town! It seems everyone has some power, soon they'll be telling us that Arlene is a witch. (I haven't read the books, please tell me I have accidently spoiled something?!) But it's ridiculous, can we at least leave some humans.

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Jun 21, 2010 5:36AM EDT

I'd say she doesn't see race in everything but the character called those rednecks racists cause they said "nigger". That is racist.
I like Tara. Sookie's crocodile tears are annoying, can't wait till she finally hooks up with Eric.

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Jun 29, 2010 6:03AM EDT

NikkiCastle - I agree.
But also Iclabon. YES! I think everyone has had enough of Tara being wiped out/zombied/glamoured for a whole season. It was overdone in my opinion for season 2 and I don't know if I can watch another season of her complaining/being taken advantage of. She's really intelligent and smart so I hope that begins to translate a bit more into the show this season and she makes use of herself rather than people making use of her.
AND HER MOTHER. MY GOD PLEASE GET RID OF HER.Now THAT is a one note character if I ever saw one. She has done nothing but say 'Tara baby' for two seasons.
But really, they are the only characters that seem to be getting a smidge dull. True Blood has done a wonderful job in keeping the characters interesting and in all honesty the human stuff is great. It's a nice contrast in episodes to see something like a werewolf suck blood out of Eric's stomach and then switch to Arlene getting a check up on her pregnancy. The werewolf was gross, but the contrast is what keeps in the show interesting. Real, human life along side the extreme supernatural world.

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