'True Blood' Star Dishes About Shocking Season Premiere

PHOTO: Rutina Wesley, as Tara, in the season 7 premiere of True Blood.Tony Rivetti/HBO
Rutina Wesley, as Tara, in the season 7 premiere of 'True Blood.'

Warning -- Spoilers!

Rutina Wesley has been starring on "True Blood" as Tara Thornton since day 1.

But on the season premiere Sunday night, her character was killed off in heroic fashion -- saving her mom from another vampire.

Wesley talked with Vulture about her "fun" death.

"It's kind of fun. It wouldn't be True Blood if someone didn't die in the final season," she said of her character's demise. "I've loved my journey on this show, so I have no regrets. It's like, 'Okay, cool! Let's do it!' And I got this amazing kick-ass fight. I love that she went out winning, and then you cut to the scene where you just see [Tara's mother] Lettie Mae, and you realize I lost the fight."

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Wesley said that at the table reading for her character's death, there was obviously an emotional reaction.

"I got some applause, too. I remember it was really sad," she said. "I remember crying, especially when Lettie Mae was like, 'They killed her, my baby girl.' I loved working with Adina [Porter]. She always brought out the best in me, and just hearing how she connected to the scene, I was crying. Everybody was crying. Kristin [Bauer] was crying."

She continued, "You can never have happy endings on True Blood ... I always call Tara the flower that grew through the concrete, because she was incredibly insecure and vulnerable, but also fierce and strong and defensive, all of that mixed together. She was an incredibly complex individual. But if you remember her, I would hope you look back at her strengths, her laugh, her smile. I love that she always spoke her mind."

Wesley was unable to give away too much about what else is going to happen on the final season of "True Blood."

"I think Tara's death is going to be the catalyst for the rest of the season. I can't say more than that!" she added.

The 35-year-old actress also dished on some of her favorite scenes from over the years.

"When I was turned into a vampire, and I got to destroy the Stackhouse kitchen. That's my ultimate favorite scene ever. I got to jump on the counter and squat like a gargoyle, and just be this angry awesome vampire destroying everything I got to touch," she said.

"Hurl over the fridge. Throw a lamp. That was so much fun! But oh my gosh, I remember when I was coming out of the grave for the first time, Anna [Paquin] couldn't keep a straight face," Wesley added. "Like when she saw my fangs, she just burst out laughing, and she kept going, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I can't!' And I was like, 'Come on! Stop it! You got to be serious! I'm coming out of the grave!'"