True Blood Season 2 Spoiler: What happened to Lafayette?

June 15, 2009 by  


Last night True Blood Season 2 returned with everyone wondering what happened to Lafayette.  Was he in the car with his foot hanging out or was it someone else?  Well after months of waiting and wondering the question was answered had hold on to your hats!  It wasn’t Lafayette.  It was Miss Jeanette, the fake voodoo witch doctor/ pharmacy worker who’s heart was ripped out of her chest and her body placed in the back of Andy Bellefleur‘s car.  So where is Lafayette?  We see in the next few scenes a dungeon where several people are chained by their necks to a post that rotates to allow each person to tend to their human activities .  As we look closely we see that Lafayette is one or the prisoners in this dungeon alive for now but for how long?


Michael Ausiello from interviewed Nelsan Ellis who plays the flamboyant fast-order cook on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO series True Blood and discusses with him what we will see happen with Lafayette and how long is he going to stick around.

Now that you’ve seen the season 2 premiere of True Blood, join me in a chorus of, “Hallelujah, Lafayette lives!” Although last November’s cliffhanger seemed to suggest that series creator Alan Ball was remaining faithful to Charlaine Harris’ books and sending Nelsan Ellis’ fierce, flamboyant alter ego to an early grave, Sunday’s debut confirmed what many fans had hoped: Ball decided to spare the wildly popular character. But why? In this exclusive interview, Ellis has the surprising answer to that question, as well as scoop on another possible detour Ball has up his sleeve — this one involving a deep connection between Lafayette and Alexander Skarsgard‘s Eric.

When you first signed on to the show, did Alan Ball assure you he would not be following the books when it came to this character?
NELSAN ELLIS: No, no no. When I first started it was only a one-year contract, so I thought I was a goner after the 12th episode. In fact, [Alan] didn’t tell me that he was bringing me back until after the table read for the [the season 1 finale]. He was like, ‘You know we’re not killing you, right?’ And I was like, “I didn’t know but thanks for telling me.

What was your reaction?
ELLIS: Thank you! I have a job for next season! That was my reaction.

Did he explain to you why he let Lafayette survive?
ELLIS: Not really. He just said he decided after the bar scene in [the pilot], but he didn’t tell me until the 12th episode. He didn’t really go into any detail as to why he decided to keep me — not to me anyway.

When did you realize the character was gaining a large following?
ELLIS: I’m beginning to realize it now. At first I didn’t. I am realizing more and more that people have seemed to respond well to Lafayette, much to my surprise.

Why are you surprised?
ELLIS: Well, because I would not know what to do with Lafayette or what to think about him.

Was it hard keeping his fate a secret during the hiatus?
ELLIS: It was hard. The question was asked every single day.

How will the experience of being locked in a dungeon and almost dying change Lafayette this season?
ELLIS: It certainly humbles him. It shows him there are some situations he just can’t get himself out of no matter how slick he is. He’s going to have to suffer the consequences of what he’s done. And I think he reflects back on his behavior and maybe for a second thinks about changing.

In an upcoming episode [SPOILER ALERT], Lafayette ingests a lot of Eric’s blood. The homoeroticism in that moment was off the charts. Was that something you were conscious of while shooting it?
ELLIS: I wasn’t. I know Alexander said that from his standpoint he thinks Eric is a little drawn to Lafayette. My intentions were that I was completely terrified of Eric and what he can do to me. As far as I know, I hated his guts. It’s funny what the camera picks up… Alan has been making jokes about me and Eric and what’s to come in the third season. I definitely think I’ll be one of his henchmen, but as far down the rabbit hole as that goes, I don’t know.

So we can assume that Lafayette does, in fact, survive to see a third season?
ELLIS: I think I’m back for the third season.

Do you think it’s possible for Lafayette to settle down and have a normal relationship with a guy?
ELLIS: I don’t know that his normal is the general norm for everybody. I don’t think he’ll ever be normal to everybody’s standards. I do hope though that the dude can find someone that he loves and that loves him back. Everybody should be capable of that — even Lafayette.


(Photo credit: HBO Inc.)

  • I actually love what Alan Ball is doing with the show! I’ve seen the 1st ep of season 2 and can’t wait to see what’s going to happen with the characters! I loved Lafayette, and thought he was the body on the car like it was in the book, and am so glad his character is going to be around! I love that even though I’ve read the books, the secondary characters have been given storylines of their own – which gives us so many surprises to look forward to!

  • OK Tracie LOL! don’t think you have to hunt anyone down, Alex has stated in interviews that his interest is peaked in Sookie and by the end of the season a triangle will be forming.Eric and Lafayette will develop a relationship maybe(just a guess of course) similar to the one with Pam ..if not I have faith in Alan Ball. If last night was any indication of the season it was Hot . Alex and Nelson are 2 very talented actors their characters have great comedic timing.
    As opposed to a debate off, it would be like a sarcasm fest with Pam thrown in .I know the show has deviated from the books which we knew. Alan always stated the show would be loosely based on the books but not as a script.There are 9 books and counting 12 episodes a season lots of time to add in the book with other defining ,intriguing stories around it .Eric is still not the bad guy .These characters are vampires they have sides to them we yet to understand through the shows perspective, but lots of great moments to learn more about them.
    So no Hunting K

  • Tracie

    If Alan Ball screws up the Eric character I will hunt that man down. Loyal fans of the books are going to be pissed if what I hear from spoiler alerts are true. Eric and Lafayette?????????? Please, Eric is suppossed to be with Sookie, he is the good guy. I hope Charlaine Harris steps up and makes Alan stay closer to her wonderful books.

  • i think this season is going to great . i love the cast .