Todd Lowe Talks About Terry Bellefleur’s Death in True Blood Season 6
July 25, 2013 by Rachel Tsoumbakos
Now That the Dust Has Settled, Let’s See What Todd Lowe Has to Say:
We all knew it was coming; that big awful death of a True Blood character. And while many people are now saying that HBO played it safe with killing off a long time character, rather than a major character (it was no red wedding after all), it was still a tragic moment.
It’s been a few days now, we’ve had some time to reflect and take in the whole scenario surrounding the self-ordered hit, the glamor and the ultimate tragedy of Terry Bellefleur (played by Todd Lowe) dying not long after he was freed from this inner demons. Now lets hear what the actor himself had to say about it all.
Firstly, let’s start with that round table read – the one where everyone started crying:
Yeah. We were on location on this ranch in Malibu, and we were all crammed in this lunch truck, and we got to that scene, and we played it out, and there was about five minutes of applause afterwards. It was the biggest ovation I’d ever gotten in my life. Even thinking about it now, it tears me up.
Lowe found out about his demise at the start of this year, with Brian Buckner taking him aside and assuring the actor that it wasn’t because of anything Lowe had done, it was just time to shake up things. This also ties in with the fact that Buckner wants to streamline the story lines in True Blood Season 6 and beyond.
Many people have wondered why someone didn’t come up with the idea of glamoring Terry earlier on in the show, since he really only had a scene or two of being happy Terry before he died. Personally, this is what makes it more tragic. He was happy, he was ‘fixed’, yet he had no idea he needed to let Justin know the hit was off. When asked if vampires would make good therapists (being able to glamor the pain away and all), Lowe had this caution:
It’s a philosophical discussion. It seems kind of unethical, because if they erase part of your brain, it takes away a bit of your personality.
When it came to filming Terry’s demise, Todd Lowe had many reasons for finding the death scene challenging:
It was tough. I had an injury. I had injured my rotator cuff and I couldn’t really move my right arm too well. So I was in actual physical pain while having to do all this emotional pain. So I think it kind of helped.
Although, he was quick to add that Carrie Preston (who plays his wife, Arlene Fowler), was the one who really suffered through the scenes, all he had to do was lie there and play dead while Arlene was left having to deal with the untimely death of her spouse.
Speaking of, there are plenty of people in Bon Temps who are close to Terry Bellefleur: friends, colleagues, relatives. How will they be affected? It seems that Terry’s death will cause a ripple effect throughout Bon Temps. Lowe even suggesting this is why Terry died the way he did:
They’re going to have to deal with the funeral, and that’s a good plot device to bring people back to Bon Temps. And then if everybody is congregated in Bon Temps, hmm… what could happen?
So what happens when a long term character dies on True Blood? Is there a party, a send off of any type? It turns out there is, and Todd was very happy with his:
They surprised me with a red-velvet armadillo cake because my character has a pet armadillo. I don’t know who the baker was that made it, but it was incredibly realistic-looking. Unappetizing to the eye, but delicious.
If you want to read more on what Todd Lowe had to say about Terry Bellefleur’s death, then please click on the links in the sources below to view the full interviews.
Are you sad that Terry Bellefleur has left Bon Temps for good? Were you surprised it was him? And do you think there is more death and distruction to come to the good folk in Bon Temps? Let us know by commenting below!
Sources: Today.com - ’True Blood’ star: ‘It was the right time’ for Terry to die
Vulture.com - True Blood’s Todd Lowe on Terry Bellefleur’s Fate
RollingStone.com – Q&A: ‘True Blood’ Actor Todd Lowe on Terry Bellefleur’s Tragic Death
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