The death of a main character is always hard for its fans to bear. However, in some instances death doesn’t always mean that the person is gone forever. The scene that you see above is from the series True Blood. In this scene, we see one of the main characters, named Sooki, being held at gunpoint by an intruder. As a shot goes off Sooki’s best friend, Tara, tries to push Sooki away and gets shot in the process. For those of you who don’t know, True Blood is set in a world full of Vampires, Werewolves, and other magical creatures. Because Sooki doesn’t want to lose her friend, she begs a vampire by the name of Pam to turn Tara into a vampire. In this process a person loses their human life and is essentially dead (cold skin, no heartbeat, and no blood circulation), but gains an eternal life — in which a vampire can only die ‘the true death’ if they are burned with fire, walk into the daylight, or staked with a piece of wood. By turning into a vampire, Tara, by the Cardiac Definition of Death is dead.
However, this show revolves around people dying and coming back, as well as people turning into vampires and being able to stay with their loved ones. In this show death is hardly the finale that we think of in today’s society. There are people who believe in afterlives, however once a person loses their circulatory function and their heart stops, they are no longer able to continue to have a life even remotely similar to the one they have left behind. In contrast, True Blood characters have that ability to continue to live their lives after they have been turned, even though it’s a life of the night. This portrayal of death is extremely misleading. In real life no one can choose to have an eternal, earthly life; A person only has a limited amount of time on this earth.
I think this scene is a perfect representation of how alot of people want to hold on to their loved ones for as long as they can. Tara has had bad experiences with vampires and has a strong dislike for them. In the following episode she expresses how she would have rather died a human and doesn’t want to be a vampire. Sooki knew this before hand, and for her own selfish reasons begged for Pam to turn Tara into a Vampire. Sooki didn’t want to live without her friend and made that decision for her. We could also connect this scenario to a person on life support. Sooki wants Tara to stay alive and stay on life support — Tara on the opposing side and her unexpressed wishes to be taken off of life support. This is a recurring problem in America. Loved ones wanting what’s best for them and not what’s best for the person involved. All of these points leave me to believe that America breathes a death denying culture. We have a hard time letting go of people who have passed on (gone to a better place, croaked, died, etc), and in the process we may overlook very important wishes of the person who is most in need.