HBO’s True Blood may be a show known more for its wild sex scenes, it’s gory, shocking deaths, and it’s outrageous plot twists, but that doesn’t mean the supernatural series (which you can stream on HBO Now) lacked heart. In fact, the world of vampires, fairies, and werewolves seems rife with tragedy, if we’re to judge the entire seven-season run. Deaths, break-ups, goodbyes, and an unfinished pie mark some of the most tear-jerking moments on the show, and we’ve combed through all of them, armed with tissues and hardened hearts so that you can re-live all of the heartbreak, turmoil, and grief once more.
Get ready to be staked right in the feels because these are the saddest moments on True Blood we’re still not over.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
10. Jesus Moves On… To The Afterlife
True Blood gave us plenty of unconventional relationships and pairings we knew would never last. Lafayette and Jesus were one of those couples. Sure, they both dealt in the dangerous and occult – Jesus was a Brujo with a demon inside of him and Lafayette was a powerful medium who liked to dabble in recreational drugs – but when these two found each other, we dared hope a ride off into the sunset might be in sight. Count on a deranged witch to spoil those plans. Jesus’ death at the hands of his lover was terrible, but the true tearjerker was when he said goodbye to a grieving Lafayette with a simple, “Just keep breathing, baby.”
9. Tara’s Sacrifice
Tara Thornton had a f*cked-up time of it on True Blood. Her boyfriend died, her mother was an abusive zealot, she was made into a vampire against her will, and a deranged bloodsucker once used her as a sex slave. Through it all, Tara remained her tough, no-nonsense self. She was caring, sharp and loyal to a fault, which is what made her human death the more tragic of her two farewells on the show. When an enraged Debbie Pelt comes hunting Sookie Stackhouse on Halloween, Tara jumps in front of the shotgun to save her best friend. She’d later be turned into a vampire, but before that ending was revealed, her bloody cliffhanger and the image of a distraught Sookie cradling her dead body hit us all right in the feels.
8. Eric’s Family Tragedy
Eric Northman had a, uh … complicated relationship with his “sister” Nora. The two were both sired by Godric, they called each other familial endearments, yet they regularly fought, and f*cked, like animals. Still, any bad blood between them was squashed when Nora contracted Hep-V and lay on her deathbed. The two reminisced about their first meeting when a still human Nora was suffering from the plague, and Eric offered her eternal life. Her goodbye to him was bittersweet but Eric’s reaction to her death? Cue the waterworks.
7. Bill And Sookie’s Phone Breakup
Bill and Sookie’s relationship on True Blood was, in a word, rocky. They broke up, they got back together, she staked him, he tried to kill her. The usual couple conflicts compounded by their competing natures and vastly different lifestyles. And despite Bill becoming a huge pain in the a** in later seasons, his break-up with Sookie over the phone early in the show’s run (which he orchestrated to keep her safe) felt like one of his nobler acts. Of course, Sookie didn’t know the whys, just the how, and getting the news that your vampire boyfriend is tired of your vanilla sex-life through a flip phone is never fun. When Anna Paquin cries, we all cry.