- "'Scuse me. Who ordered the hamburger... with AIDS? In this restaurant, a hamburger deluxe comes with french fries, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and AIDS! Do anyone got a problem wit that? Aw baby, it's too late for that. Faggots been breeding your cows, raisin' your chickens, even brewin' your beer long before I walked my sexy ass up in this mother fucker!"
Lafayette Reynolds is a major character in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons of True Blood. He is played by starring cast member Nelsan Ellis and debuts in "Strange Love". He is the short order cook at Merlotte's Bar and Grill, cousin of Tara Thornton and nephew of Lettie Mae Daniels. He is a medium and also has magical abilities.
Lafayette is a flamboyant, charismatic gay man. Although partaking in very illegal activities, he's a good person at heart, and is careful not to harm his customers with the drugs he deals. He takes care of his loved ones, no matter what strange problems they have. He is suspicious and went through a lot in his life. He is the kind of guy with a dark sense of humor.
Prior to season one, Lafayette was kicked out by his mother for coming out of the closet. He lives alone in his own house, however it is frequented by many different guests.
Lafayette is a very hard-working citizen of Bon Temps. He has several jobs, including cooking for Sam at Merlotte's, working with Jason Stackhouse and Hoyt Fortenberry on the road crew, and also many questionable or outright illegal pursuits. He is a drug dealer, selling V and other drugs (such as Vicodin and marijuana) - Jason Stackhouse has said that Lafayette sells everything. Lafayette has a pornographic web site, and even got Jason to appear on it in exchange for V. He also operates as a gay prostitute with many clients, including a senator. The Vampire from whom he gets his V supply gives his blood willingly in exchange for sexual favors from Lafayette. Lafayette once confronted a group of customers, including Royce Williams, at Merlotte's after they insinuated that a hamburger he cooked had AIDS. After licking the top burger bun and slapping it in the face of one customer, he beats up all of them when they attack him, and dumps the plate onto the stomach of the customer that said the burger had AIDS. He then reminded them to "tip [their] waitress".
Amy and Jason followed Lafayette to find out where he was getting his V supply and kidnap the vampire, Eddie, to harvest his blood. After finding out about Eddie's disappearance, Lafayette confronts Jason at Arlene's party and vows that he won't turn up dead because of him. Lafayette later threatens a Senator who is also one of Lafayette's clients. After Sookie survives the attack from Drew, Lafayette, Sam, Tara, and Arlene all come to check on her. Lafayette leaves to make sure Terry isn't "PTSDing all over [his] clam chowder," and is kidnapped (the kidnapper is revealed to be Eric in Season 2).
- See: "Lafayette Reynolds/Season 2"
- See: "Lafayette Reynolds/Season 3"
- See: "Lafayette Reynolds/Season 4"
- See: "Lafayette Reynolds/Season 5"
- See: "Lafayette Reynolds/Season 6"
Powers and Abilities
While the nature of his abilities are not explicitly stated in the series, Lafayette is noted by many (Ruby Jean Reynolds and Jesus Velasquez) to have strong mystical power within himself. His great-great grandmother was a practitioner of magic and is assumed that Lafayette has a natural affinity for magic as he was seen to successfully cast spells with Jesus' circle. During late season 3, Lafayette began to experience visions and images of people and things, which was believed by Jesus to had been his latent magical potential awakened by the vampire blood he and Lafayette consumed. It was later revealed that Lafayette was a medium, allowing him to see and communicate with spirits of the deceased. Due to this, Marnie possessed Lafayette at the end of season 4. While under possession, Marnie forced Jesus to transfer his magic to Lafayette's body, killing Jesus in the process. Though Marnie has crossed over, Jesus's magic still surfaces when Lafayette becomes emotional.
|Season one appearances|
|"Strange Love"||"The First Taste"||"Mine"||"Escape from Dragon House"|
|"Sparks Fly Out"||"Cold Ground"||"Burning House of Love"||"The 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 two appearances|
|"Nothing but the Blood"||"Keep This Party Going"||"Scratches"||"Shake and Fingerpop"|
|"Never Let Me Go"||"Hard-Hearted Hannah"||"Release Me"||"Timebomb"|
|"I Will Rise Up"||"New World in My View"||"Frenzy"||"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"|
|Season three appearances|
|"Bad Blood"||"Beautifully Broken"||"It Hurts Me Too"||"9 Crimes"|
|"Trouble"||"I Got a Right to Sing the Blues"||"Hitting the Ground"||"Night on the Sun"|
|"Everything Is Broken"||"I Smell a Rat"||"Fresh Blood"||"Evil is Going On"|
|Season four appearances|
|"She's Not There"||"You Smell Like Dinner"||"If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?"||"I'm Alive and on Fire"|
|"Me and the Devil"||"I Wish I Was the Moon"||"Cold Grey Light of Dawn"||"Spellbound"|
|"Let's Get Out of Here"||"Burning Down the House"||"Soul of Fire"||"And When I Die"|
|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"||"Sunset"||"Save Yourself"|