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True Blood SPOILERS: Rumors of Major Death in Season 6

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Rumors have been circulating that a major character, many are speculating that character will be Eric Northman, will die at the end of True Blood’s sixth season. The past two seasons have involved rumors  that the show wouldn’t be renewed for a next season, and have also included rumors Eric Northman would not survive. So, if multiple rumors are true, and this turns out to be the last season and ratings won’t matter in the decision about who to keep and who to lose, then no characters would be off limits! However, the lead characters are all bound by a seven year contract with True Blood, including our beloved Alexander Skarsgard, and there’s no indication HBO intends to end the show quite yet!



Russell Edgington is dead. J.D. forces the pack to drink vampire blood, so Alcide kills J.D. and becomes packmaster. Tara and Pam have finally embraced their chemistry, making out like teenagers and making us all smile. Sam is still alive after flying into Rosalyn’s mouth and shifting into a human, making her head explode. But Luna’s fate is unclear after skin-shifting into Steve Newlin to send a warning about the vampires before vomiting blood and passing out. Maurella gave birth to four half-fairy, half-Andy babies. Bill stakes Somale, drinks all of Lillith’s blood, explodes, and rises from the vampire goo as Billith. Billith growls, Eric and Sookie run. And we’ve all been waiting as patiently as possible the past eight months for more!  You can rewatch season 5 on Blu Ray yourself on May 21 as well.


For those of you who haven’t read the books, you may not want to read the rest of this paragraph:  In “Dead and Gone”, the ninth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series and the book to which this season’s plot most closely corresponds, Sookie’s cousin Claudine, also her fairy godmother, dies protecting Sookie. Also in this book, Bill Compton (who is NOT “Billith”) is injured saving Sookie, and while his injury seems fatal at first, he doesn’t in fact die.

While we can use what happens in the book to provide possibilities for the show, True Blood has obviously departed from the books in more ways than one. To name a few examples, Eric already killed Claudine while he was in his temporary state of amnesia, Lafayette survived past the first season  (great choice!), Tara is a main character (could have been done better, but still a great choice), and Bill became Billith. But to think they’d kill off the glorious, Eric Northman,  who I would turn Vampire just to be around forever, is just too unlikely an option unless Skarsgard requested his character be killed off.  Luckily, His response in June 2012 to whether he’d ever ask to be released from his contract is a pretty clear “no way”:

Q: In addition to True Blood, your film career is also taking off. Are you at all anxious to end your vampire duties?

Skarsgård: No, no. I love my work in the series. This is a great character and Eric is tremendously popular all over the world. It would be insane if I wanted to leave the series voluntarily. Right now I’m enjoying getting to do movies in between seasons and I’m trying to find good projects and see where that takes me. I remember what it’s like to spend years not getting any phone calls and not having any scripts sent my way. So I’m very happy to have True Blood to look forward to every year and I’m enjoying seeing my character and the series unfold. I don’t think it’s an accident that we have a very big following.

Eric-after-staking-Russell-300x195With that confirmation to comfort the Eric lovers, let’s talk about more likely candidates for the chopping block. People seem to be focusing on the fact that Episode Seven is titled “The Funeral”, which must mean no vampires die, since to kill a vampire one needs to unceremoniously stab, poison, or shoot them in the heart with wood or silver, which then causes them to explode into a disgusting pile of rancid vampire goo. Hardly funeral material, not to mention funerals don’t seem to be the style for True Blood vampires. This seems like a logical argument as it applies to conjecture about the death(s) in Episode Seven. But, those close to the show have made comments that the season has many deaths, and as the season progresses, the deaths become more frequent. According to Ryan “Jason Stackhouse” Kwanten, “There are more deaths” in season 6. “Some favorite characters may not last.”

If his “may” is a hint that we’ll be losing some favorites, here are my guesses as to the characters at risk:

195px-Robert-Patrick-300x271Jackson Herveaux: In December it was revealed that Alcide’s father would be returning as a regular character for Season 6. Since he hasn’t been prominent in other seasons, he would be an easy player to part with.






billithBillith: I wouldn’t be sad to see at least this incarnation of Bill to die. He can even “die” as Billith and somehow be saved (maybe with Sookie’s fairy blood) to return to being regular, boring Bill Compton.




2378648Nora: Though she’s recovered from her lust for Lillith’s blood, we have no idea what power Billith has, and if she’ll be drawn to it. Alternatively, in his search for M. Warlow she may get in Jason’s way. She’s not a character in the books, and hasn’t been around long enough to curry enough fans to cause a revolt over her death, so she would be an easy “main” character for the show to part with.






jasonJason: While it would be sad to see Jason go, he is so gullible, and lucky to have escaped Rene in Season 1, the Fellowship of the Sun nonsense in Season 3, and the wrath of the werepanthers in Seasons 3 and 4. Now he’s on a halfcocked mission to kill all the vampires on his own? One way I see this happening is during his quest to kill Warlow. If he is angry enough he may finally tire of Sookie constantly protecting the vampires and do something about it. If that happens, you know at least Eric and Alcide, Sam if he’s still alive, and possibly even Billith, would come to her aid, and could easily lead to Jason’s early demise.

I’m still hoping, if a leading man has to die, that it’s Billith.  But, if this rumor does turn out to be true and Eric Northman meets the true death, then Perez Hilton got it right, and you’ll find me in these varying stages of mourning on my couch, repeatedly shouting “Why?” at my TV.

Who  do you think should be the leading character to meet the true death?  Vote in our poll and let us know why in the comments!

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monty February 5, 2014 - 1:29 am

since season 7 is last season , dont really matter , but not sure Eric dies at the end of season 6, he did catch fire though , so could be dead. i have been a huge fan of true blood , i live 60 miles from where the series is filmed , kinda cool. and yes was filmed in lousiana , not california

Jason November 18, 2013 - 5:03 am

most unexpected character dies and is sooo upsetting, most emotional episode ever!

Abria August 18, 2013 - 9:08 pm

I care for Nora even though she didn’t have a big role she died to soon

@team_ericnorthman August 18, 2013 - 7:29 pm

If Eric; Alexander Skarsgard is dead right now after what I just saw I will riot!!!!!!!!!! I saw hum burning but not a pile of goo!

Stefanie Stockwell August 8, 2013 - 12:50 pm

The problem is Eric has never “loved” who he is, his maker was a good man, he also found tragedy in his existence. Now we know Terry and Nora have not made it, if a big character, other than them, is going, I would guess Eric because I think he feels he’s lost everything……….although he just made a new vampire child that he seems very fond of………

theogreg August 5, 2013 - 11:20 am

Did anyone watch the Comic-Con Teaser of True Blood (see on tv.com). Bill lies on the floor, obviously with burn marks, maybe dead…

dawn July 18, 2013 - 10:06 pm

I never cared for Arlene, Terry or Andy. But I think Andy will have a bigger role now that he has Fae children

Peggie Hornberger-Cobb July 15, 2013 - 7:48 am

I hope its either bill or Sam….if they kill Eric, I will cry & then boycott the show!!

Kit July 15, 2013 - 6:42 am

Kill Steve Newlin, her ex-wife, the governor, and Warlow. If they kill Eric or Pam, they kill the show. I’d rather see Sookie die than Eric and Pam, but that’s not gonna happen. LOL. But seriously, killing Eric and Pam is like suicide. I loved them since Season One.

Tipi July 5, 2013 - 4:00 am

No one will want to watch the show without Eric. If they would kill that character, they kill the show.

Nicey June 23, 2013 - 10:13 am

If they kill Pam I will halt watching the series, last year was the year of the PAM. We learned a lot about her and why she ticks the way she does, there are still some interesting story lines they could write for her. It’s obvious who should die Lafayette, his story line is stalled. I like him but, why get rid of the PAM, the character that gets the best on lines and in my opinion she is the best actress on this series. True Blood will be committing suicide unless it has been decided that this will be the last season. They don’t start killing major characters until the end of a series; which I believe is the case with True Blood.

Virgil Dennison July 14, 2013 - 11:14 pm

pam dies seriously.

dogdays July 17, 2013 - 8:13 am

I will be done as well. Pam is the major reason I still like the show. Killing her off would be stupid. She may possibly be the fan favorite.

lola June 18, 2013 - 4:19 pm

If they kill off eric or sam they will get 5 less viewers

abegell June 17, 2013 - 1:03 pm

SPOILER ALERT!!! Sam so the TV series doesn’t end like the damn book!

spacesea June 16, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Not Bill, Not Eric, Not Sookie….without them, there is no show. Next I would say not Pam, Tara, Sam or Jason…they are primary secondary characters. Lafayette, I would hate to see go, but he seems the logical choice. Everything I have read says it is a major character and we will need Kleenex. Who knows…if it is someone major, I may have to “swear off” the show…I hope not!

Marijke Buys June 14, 2013 - 2:08 pm

I kinda feel like they brought out the killing Eric rumor to enhance the start of the show…. Kinda sad if that’s true

Bia June 14, 2013 - 12:16 pm


Guest June 13, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Tara’s not going anywhere. The blood of all the non-believers will keep her going for many more years. Sorry, haters.

risi666 June 9, 2013 - 8:34 am

kill bill! not eric!

Unlikely main character deaths June 8, 2013 - 7:21 pm

It’s difficult to say whether the writers would kill a main character. I’m thinking they’ll kill many new and minor characters. Saying they’re going to kill a main character never actually means they’ll kill a season regular. If they are looking to kill main characters they would have killed Hoyt last season instead of letting him move away. Still, if any characters are disposable to the show, but still meaningful enough to mourn over, I’d say it would be; Lafayette, other than comic relief, his storyline has run it’s course; maybe Tara (although she doesn’t garner a lot of love from fans) because they teased us with her death at the end of season 4 (then Pam turned her); Steve Newlin gets staked by his ex-wife as she joins forces against the undead with Jason; one of the new Fae characters, as they tend to live a lot longer than the Vamps, hence the tag line “no one lives forever”; or “The Funeral” is just a clever code name for the human’s vampire annihilation plan, whereby they gather all the vamps up like herds of sheep and attempt to kill them all. Regardless, the big three (Sookie, Eric, Bill) will survive for another season, there are 13 books in the series after all.

Marisa June 3, 2013 - 12:17 am

I will boycott the show if they kill off Eric!

dawn July 18, 2013 - 10:03 pm

Me 2!!

Jason May 31, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Good article, though to think Jason would turn on Sookie, his sister. & only living relative, to the extent she’d need protection from him, doesn’t ring true to his character’s love for Sookie to me at all.

OZVAMP April 29, 2013 - 12:50 am

Get rid of Tara~! I haven’t liked her since day one- her character in the books was more interesting.

TrubieForever April 27, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Nora, Alcide’s father, Luna or Luna’s daughter’s white trash grandma and whatever new characters they bring on will probably kick the bucket – the newbies never survive long except for Steve Newlin, Russell Edgington (now dead) and Nora gainsborough.Speaking of Nora people (mostly of the female perusasion) seem to find her utterly annoying and she never had one good one liner all last season. I know Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) will be making an appearance so I think the good Reverend vampire will be sticking around. BTW – there’s no way they would get rid of Eric – HBO knows far to well that he’s the money maker – ratings raker of the show.

TroLoloL April 26, 2013 - 10:16 pm

I hope it’s Eric. No one really likes him, do they?

Amie Milliken April 28, 2013 - 12:13 pm

I love him, I’d do him!

TruebieForever April 28, 2013 - 12:58 pm

he was being facetious.

dawn July 18, 2013 - 10:04 pm

Omg! I hope your joking


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