Bartlett Hale was the great uncle of Jason and Sookie Stackhouse on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American actor Cheyenne Wilbur, Bartlett makes his debut on the episode "Cold Ground" in the series' first season. The brother of Adele Stackhouse, Bartlett meets an untimely demise on the subsequent episode, "Burning House of Love", in the same season.
Bartlett was shown to be a selfish, manipulative man, abusing his great-niece Sookie's trust and young age to abuse her. It seemed that only a handful of people knew of Bartlett's crimes, implying he never took responsibility for his actions. He did, however, leave Sookie a substantial amount of money in his will, indicating he could be generous, though this hardly makes amends for his appalling behaviour to Sookie during her childhood.
According to Sookie, Bartlett molested her on more than one occasion during her youth prompting her to distrust him severely. She told Bartlett's sister - her grandmother Adele - and Adele, Sookie said, "ran him off and never spoke to him again". She did not tell anybody else until she told the vampire Bill Compton. ("Cold Ground")
Seeking to avenge Sookie's pain, Bill, after learning the truth about Bartlett, hunted him down, drained him of blood and dumped the body in a stream nearby. When Sookie found out about what Bill had done, she became upset that he undertook such a task without her knowledge or consent. Out of ignorance of Bartlett's crimes, Jason defended his great uncle's right to be present at Gran's funeral and wholeheartedly mourned the man's mysterious death.
Bartlett's death was ruled an accident by local authorities and, in his will, he left Sookie a large sum of money. She felt wrong about keeping the money, so she gave it to Jason. Jason thought the windfall was a sign from God, so he used it to fund his trip to the Light of Day Institute. ("Burning House of Love")
|Season one appearances|
|"Strange Love"||"The First Taste"||"Mine"||"Escape from Dragon House"|
|"Sparks Fly Out"||"Cold Ground"||"Burning House of Love"||"Fourth Man in the Fire"|
|"Plaisir D'Amour"||"I Don't Wanna Know"||"To Love Is to Bury"||"You'll Be the Death of Me"|