Rutina Wesley: “I know I’m coming back. I just don’t know in what capacity.”

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TVLine has a new interview with Rutina Wesley following last night’s stunning True Blood season finale, and she confirms that she will indeed be back in season 5, but she doesn’t know the particulars.

TVLINE | When did you first find out Tara was getting shot in the head?
[Series creator] Alan Ball himself pulled me aside early on and told me that this was happening. And I was like, ‘OK, that’s cool.’ I know I’m coming back in some capacity, I just don’t know how I’m coming back. It’s scary as an actor to be in that position. Whatever they do, I think it’s the Golden Hour for Tara. But I don’t know how they’re going to revive me or if I’m dead. And that’s the big question: Can she be saved?

TVLINE | Has your contract option for Season 5 been officially picked up?
Yes. I know I’m coming back. I just don’t know in what capacity.

TVLINE | If she is brought back to life, it seems unlikely she’ll just be the same old Tara.
I like playing a human on the show. I like not having any powers. I like being the voice of reason. But it wouldn’t be a drama if we didn’t have a shift in things. Everything’s up in the air because half of my head is missing. [Laughs] I know Alan has big plans for me next season. But has he shared those plans with me? Not really.

(read the rest of the interview here…)

So that answers THAT question. We’ve updated the True Blood season 5 spoiler guide accordingly!

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  1. LeAnne

    September 13, 2011 at 10:17 am

    YEEEAAAHHH!!!! I am happy! She is an awsome actress! Sorry Tara haters… looks like you will have to see her again in season 5!

  2. jaime

    September 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Yes! I love Rutina.

  3. blover

    September 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    yay I am glad and I am not Tara lover- however, I think she would make an awesome VAMP please Alan Ball

  4. Cha

    September 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Oh its gonna be a long @$$ 8 months. I already can’t take it. I’m gonna have to start from the begining watching one show a week or something. Urrgh. I’ve got tge true blood blues and the mean reds too. 🙁

  5. Marko

    September 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I think that Sookie is going to tap into a new fairy power and heal Tara back to normal idk just a thought