Brian Eller, an Iraqi war veteran missing since 2004, was a recurring character on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American actor Brian Geraghty, Brian made his debut on the episode "Authority Always Wins" in the series' fifth season. A squadmate of fellow Marine Terry Bellefleur in the War with Iraq, Brian played a recurring role through the same season, went missing in 2004, and met an untimely demise in the Season 5 episode "Let's Boot and Rally".
Brian Eller was a veteran of the Iraqi War, serving alongside squadmates Terry Bellefleur, Jamarcus Kessler, and Todd Jeffries and serving under the leadership of Sargeant Patrick Delvins. Brian went AWOL in 2004.
Sergeant Patrick Devins comes to see Terry Bellefleur and tells him that their old squadmates Jemarcus Kessler and Todd Jeffries have both been killed in house fires. He says that Eller has been missing since 2004 and thought that Terry might know where to find him. Terry says that he has not been in touch. ("Turn! Turn! Turn!")
Terry experiences flashbacks to combat during the Iraq war, centered on a cigarette lighter. Eller appears in his flashbacks. Terry goes to see Devins and admits that he knows where Eller is hiding. Devins is concerned that Eller is responsible for the fires given that he had an itchy trigger finger and borderline psychotic tendencies. ("Authority Always Wins")
Patrick Devins and Terry Bellefleur are en route to South Dakota searching for Eller. Patrick asserts that if they don't find him, Terry is driving them back home. Terry says that they'll find him and won't leave until they do. Terry has a flashback to their tour in Iraq.
They prepare to camp out on a Muslim prayer tower, in open defiance of the building's religious significance. Patrick shows the others that he has acquired a couple of bottles of Jack Daniels to celebrate the Fourth of July. Todd Jeffries holds up a bag of pills and Patrick adds that they have "candy". Patrick gives Eller a miniature bottle and places him on watch duty below the tower. The platoon enjoy themselves by getting drunk and high and watching fireworks. They sing together and are enthralled by the light show. Their revels are interrupted by an Iraqi Teen walking toward the tower. Eller argues with him and Corporal Jemarcus Kessler orders Eller to get rid of him. Eller misinterprets the order and shoots the civilian dead. The people of town are drawn out by the shot and harangue the squad for the unnecessary violence. An Iraqi insurgent shoots at them and Eller opens fire on the crowd before being hit on his bulletproof vest and knocked to the ground. The rest of the squad take cover behind their Hum Vee. During an exchange of gunfire, Terry spots the attacker and points him out to Patrick, who kills him. As they check on Eller, Terry sees that the Iraqi civilians have been killed by the gunfire. A shocked Terry falls to his knees in horror.
Terry and Patrick search Eller's barn at night. Terry notices a hidden trap door. They both climb down into the basement and find pictures taken and drawn of homes on fire. Eller then appears, aiming a shotgun at them. ("We’ll Meet Again")
Brian Eller has Terry tie Patrick to a chair, and then proceeds to tie Terry to another chair. Eller demands to know if anything followed them and Terry says no. Eller then climbs out of his cellar, leaving them trapped.
Patrick and Terry look at a horrific mural Eller has painted on his basement wall. Patrick believes that it was Eller that burned down their homes. Eller comes down and aims his shotgun at Terry's head, saying that maybe if he kills Patrick and Terry, "it" will forgive him. Eller says that he saw Kessler and his wife burn. When Terry asks how, Eller explains that he was crashing on their couch for a bit after they came back from Iraq. One night, Eller says he woke up and says the house was on fire. When he noticed Kessler and his wife were trapped, he tried to help them but said that the fire unnaturally moved towards them and intercepted them as they ran, killing them both. Eller panicked and jumped out the window, then ran. Eller did some research and found out about Ifrit; a being of smoke and fire that is targeting them for what they did in Iraq on their drunken night. Terry flashes back to that night and recalls that there was one survivor, an Iraqi woman. Patrick tells Terry to put her down, but Terry believes they can save her. Patrick refuses to be dragged down about what they did considering how long they have been in Iraq. Terry believes that they can help her, but Patrick reminds him that the man to his left and right are more important. Terry reluctantly aims his rifle at the woman. She places the curse of Ifrit on all of them just before Terry shoots her to death.
Terry has another flashback to his squad's misdeeds in Iraq. They gathered the corpses of the villagers and doused them with gasoline. Eller ignites the pyre by tossing his lighter on top of it as Terry watches, horrified. Terry sees a being rise from the smokes of the burning bodies. Terry snaps back to reality and tells Eller that he saw the Ifrit, too. Eller is relieved that he isn't crazy. Terry says that they need to leave. Eller disagrees and Terry expands that they need to leave because the Ifrit has been waiting for them all to be in one place. Eller releases them and Patrick knocks him out with his own shotgun. Patrick praises Terry's acting. Terry says that it wasn't an act and that they need to leave. Patrick says that he is sick of being around "crazy fucks". He orders Terry to either help him to tie Eller up or leave. Frightened, Terry climbs the latter and steps outside to have a cigarette as Patrick restrains Eller before following him out.
Eller wakes up coughing as smoke surrounds him. A demonic creature reaches for Eller through the darkness as he screams in terror. ("Let's Boot and Rally")
- On the True Blood Wiki, character Brian Eller and the man who portrays him, Brian Geraghty, fall back to back on an alphabetized listing of wiki pages.
|Season five appearances|
|"Turn! Turn! Turn!"||"Authority Always Wins"||"Whatever I Am, You Made Me"||"We’ll Meet Again"|
|"Let's Boot and Rally"||"Hopeless"||"In the Beginning"||"Somebody That I Used to Know"|
|"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"||"Gone, Gone, Gone"||"Finally"||"Save Yourself"|