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John Dickson, better known as Big John, is a minor character on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American co-starring actor John W. Godley, Big John makes his debut in the series' premiere episode, "Strange Love", in the series' first season. A chef, and the former "Oyster Shucker", for Sam Merlotte at his diner, Big John is now employed by Arlene Fowler Bellefleur at Bellefleur's Bar and Grill. Playing a recurring role through the series' first, sixth, and seventh seasons, Big John was last seen on the episode "Love is to Die", in the series' seventh, and final, season.
Big John is shown to be quiet and shy, stating he is not good with words. He is however, a very caring individual. He deeply cared for Terry Bellefleur which is revealed when he shows up at the latter's funeral and sings him an old song that his grandma sung to him as a boy.
Big John has been working as a cook and dishwasher at Merlotte's. He is also "The Oyster Shucker".
Big John agrees with Lafayette that the only way to live is to never let things get you down. ("The First Taste")
Big John is working at Merlotte's when Terry comes into the kitchen and grabs the garbage for him. John comments that Terry is a good man and Terry tells John he is a good man as well. As he continues to work he hears a gunshot coming from the back of building where Terry just went. John runs to the back to find Terry had been shot. John takes a rag and holds it over Terry's wound as Lafayette watches from the back door. Arlene fights Lafayette for a moment before he lets her pass and she tells Big John to let her be alone with him. John obeys her wishes and helps Lafayette hold people back from the scene. ("Don't You Feel Me")
Big John comes to Terry's funeral and just as Reverend Daniels is about to start the 21 gun salute Big John steps forward to Lettie Mae Thornton and whispers to her and she announces that Big John would like to speak. John comes up and states he has worked with Terry and his grandmother used to sing this song called "Life Matters" that he feels Terry would've loved. He sings his song and moves everyone at the funeral save for Mrs. Bellefleur. ("Life Matters")
|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"|
|Season six appearances|
|"Who Are You, Really?"||"The Sun"||"You're No Good"||"At Last"|
|"F**k the Pain Away"||"Don't You Feel Me"||"In the Evening"||"Dead Meat"|
|Season seven appearances|
|"Jesus Gonna Be Here"||"I Found You"||"Fire in the Hole"||"Death Not the End"|
|"Lost Cause"||"Karma"||"May Be the Last Time"||"Almost Home"|
|"Love is to Die"||"Thank you"|