Warning: If you have to not yet watched Sunday night’s new episode of “True Blood,” it’s probably a good move for you to stop reading this article now and do so.
If there has been one overarching criticism that we have had of the hit HBO drama over the years, it’s that there are way too many characters and things going on — and it only gets worse every year as they add more and more new faces. Sometimes, it’s best to know when to say goodbye to someone as painful as it may be — and thankfully, we saw just that Sunday night when we met the natural end of Hoyt Fortenberry’s storyline. After everything that Jason Stackhouse’s best friend had been through over the years, he finally did something that we would have done ages ago — got Jessica to glamour him and got out of town. He’s moving to Alaska, where he could not be further away from it all.
So will we ever see Hoyt again on the show? While the man responsible for playing him in Jim Parrack did not say no definitively in an interview with TV Guide, it sounds as though that this emotional episode was meant to be his swan song for at least the time being:
“I mean, the real honesty is that I don’t know [if this is the end]. I know that [executive producer] Alan Ball told me that they didn’t want to kill him, that Hoyt’s going away because Hoyt’s had enough. But Alan was adamant that one of the reasons they wanted to do that was to leave him the option to have a return.
“I think that if it did end this way and Hoyt never came back, it would be good storytelling because it’s just a complete journey from somebody who was utterly dependent upon other people, never stuck up for himself, or got to think for himself and then to fall in love and all the betrayal and hardships and him saying, ‘You know what, I’ve got to take care of myself.’ I think it told a whole story.”
Not killing Hoyt was also a nice touch for Ball and the writing staff, especially on a show where death can often be the easy way out. We can now at least imagine that the character is going to be off somewhere potentially getting the happy ending that he deserves, and not having to worry as much about vampires trying to kill his friends at each and every turn. (While we say this, Jason’s final scene with him was pretty heartbreaking.)
Are you going to miss Hoyt if this is indeed the end for him? To check out our full review of Sunday night’s episode, be sure and read our story here.