- "Your mamma just gets a little crazy sometimes, which means we just have to love her that much harder."
- ―Terry to Mikey[src]
Terry Bellefleur was a character in seasons 1 through 6 of True Blood. He was played by starring cast member Todd Lowe. He initially appeared as a recurring character in the first season. He was an Iraq War veteran and, as a result, suffered from PTSD ... disturbed by actions he took during his service. He worked at Merlotte's as a cook. He had numerous physical scars (according to Arlene) as well as psychological scars. During Season 6, after he could no longer live with his conscience, he met with a fellow ex-marine and requested he end his life. While working a day shift at Merlotte's, Terry Bellefleur was shot and killed.
Terry was a hardworking and honest citizen of Bon Temps. He was dismissed as crazy by many town citizens for his social awkwardness. Those close to him however, know he is loyal and has a great heart.
Terry's somewhat fragile state of mind had its origin in his Marine Corps years. The wars he fought had a great impact on Terry, which surfaced most clearly when he was under stress.
Terry was a funny charactor who tried his hardest to get through life after the war. His awkward personality was perfect for Arlene.
Terry is the cousin of Andy Bellefleur, the sheriff in Bon Temps. Terry served in Iraq, in particular Fallujah, as he references this several times. During his tour of duty, he claimed to have shot and killed 20 Iraqis. He has clear psychological and emotional issues (PTSD) stemming from what he witnessed and did while serving in the war.
Terry had recently returned from Iraq and was working at Merlotte's Bar and Grill. He had a crush on Arlene Fowler but never told her because she was already in a relationship with René. He often asked Arlene how her day was going and if he could help her in anyway. He was very nice to her and to everyone else, even though most people thought he was strange. After learning of Bill's time as a soldier of the Confederacy during the Civil War, Terry gains respect for Bill; sharing an emotional hug as a fellow soldier, stating: "They don't understand man. None of them will ever understand."
Terry thinks Arlene is going to break up with him and becomes upset. Arlene says that she's expecting a child and Terry assumes it's his and becomes excited. He hugs Arlene and thanks her for making his life complete. She fakes a smile, knowing inside that the baby is Rene's. ("It Hurts Me Too") Later on, Arlene confesses to him that her baby is Rene's, and that she fears she is bearing an "evil child". Terry comforts her and vows that they will surround the baby with much love, so that it never can become "evil". Unbeknownst to Terry, Arlene undergoes a ritual with the intention of inducing her own miscarriage. Terry becomes very upset when Arlene starts to bleed and tells him they might be losing their baby. However, Arlene's baby survives, leaving Terry intensely happy and relieved, but Arlene terrified that the fetus survived her induced miscarriage attempt.
Terry also helps Sookie scare away a man stalking her. The two search for clues and find biker shoe prints and wolf prints, followed by a pair of discarded boots and clothes. Worried for Sookie, Terry gives her a gun for protection. ("Beautifully Broken")
Terry is happily raising Mikey Bellefleur as his own, with Arlene. Arlene is spooked by Mikey but Terry continues to treat Mikey no differently. ("She's Not There") Sookie heads into work at Merlotte's, where Terry and Arlene have brought in baby Mikey. Terry introduces Sookie to Mikey, and Arlene freaks out, telling Sookie not to read his mind or hers and wailing that her intentions are pure. She runs off, leaving Sookie confused and Terry to explain it away by citing sleep deprivation. ("You Smell Like Dinner")
Jessica goes gives a weird doll that she has been unable to get rid of to Mikey, calling it an heirloom. remains suspicious of her infant son because of his father. ("If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?") After writing was seen on their living room wall, Terry tells Arlene they need to turn to God. They have Reverend Daniels and Lettie Mae Daniels come to their home in hopes of ridding them of any unwanted entities. ("Me and the Devil") At Merlotte’s Arlene screams at Terry because he left Mikey unwatched in a playpen behind him while cooking. While they are arguing Mavis comes in and sings to the baby. Lafayette sees her while the others do not. ("Spellbound") Arlene and Terry are distraught when Mikey is kidnapped. They turn to Jason and Andy for help figuring out what happened. Hoyt phones Jason to tell him that Lafayette has the baby and has forced him out of his home. Andy leaves the room to get some pants for Hoyt, but instead downs a vial of V he found in the sofa cushions. ("Let's Get Out of Here")
Jason, a pant-less Hoyt and Andy are outside of Hoyt's home. Andy is pumped with V and approaches the home. He tells Lafayette to let him in but Lafayette has been possessed by the spirit of Mavis and is not compliant. Jason tells Andy that the rules state to diffuse the situation. Andy smashes the door down and Mavis refuses to give up Mikey. Terry and Arlene follow the police to the house. Jesus also comes to Hoyt's house and is able to reason with Mavis and perform an exorcism. Mikey is rescued and Arlene and Terry are grateful to Jesus but furious with Andy's recklessness. ("Let's Get Out of Here") In Andy's room, Terry and Arlene wake him up and yell at him for bringing V into the house. He denies that it is his and says it is evidence. Arlene yells at him and says that he’s not going to be able to see her babies until he gets clean. Terry tells him that they are going to "Fort Bellefleur". ("Burning Down the House")
Once at their woodland fort they discuss Andy caring for Terry after he had returned from military service. Andy says that he’s a better man on V but Terry doesn't believe him. ("Burning Down the House")
Andy and Terry are shooting guns at cans in the woods. Andy misses all of his shots because of V withdrawal. While they are practicing revelations of the Bellefleur history surface; Terry's family being broke and Andy's mother running after his father had passed away. ("Burning Down the House")
Terry is holding Andy down, telling him to say that he won’t do V anymore. They make amends and tell each other, “I love you”. Andy says that he’s not going to relapse. Terry tells him to walk all the way home as the first step to recovery. ("Burning Down the House") Patrick Devins, an old friend of Terry's from the Marines, comes looking for him at Merlotte's and becomes acquainted with Arlene. Arlene is also troubled by visions of Rene Lenier, which Terry interrupts. ("And When I Die")
Later that night, Andy wakes up to a surprise when he realizes his four infant fae babies have now grown significantly overnight to what seems like 3 year old children. Terry and Arlene are awoken by Andy's shock and scream themselves to find four grown children in their house ("Who Are You, Really?").
As Arlene complains to Terry about Sookie's inability to ever come to work, Terry spots a familiar face when a pregnant woman walks into Merlotte's. He points her out to Arlene as Patrick's wife. Terry doesn't want to talk to her but Arlene insists. Terry reluctantly goes to her and almost spills the beans about Patrick's death. She however is convinced Patrick ran away with another woman. Terry almost tells her that Patrick is dead when Arlene steps in and tells Patrick did in fact run away with another woman. She tells his wife to move on and stay strong for her and her child hoping that will be the end of it. ("The Sun")
Terry Bellefleur is confronted by the four faerie daughters of Andy Bellefleur, who have read his mind and seen his memories of killing his friend, Patrick Devins. Terry's anxiety and guilt over the death of Patrick get the best of him, and he yells at the children, catching the attention of his wife Arlene. Arlene explains to the children that they cannot keep reading other peoples' private thoughts, but is cut short when Andy arrives and sends the girls to bed. He takes them to the room they share and reveals to them that he is glad to be their father. ("At Last")
He finds Terry on his porch acting stranger than usual. Terry tells Lafayette he is there because he wants to give him a key to a safety deposit box. Lafayette questions the gift but Terry doesn't take no for an answer and forces him to take the key. Concerned for his friend, Lafayette calls Arlene and tells her about the exchange. This convinces Arlene that Terry is actually going to kill himself. Holly finds Arlene upset and asks her what is wrong. Arlene tells her Terry's plan to kill himself. Holly comes up with the idea to glamour Terry and she knows just the vampire to do it. Her son's best friend has a gay vampire step father who owes Holly a favor.
Terry is watching television when there is a knock at the door. Arlene and Holly get the door for Holly's vampire friend enters. He glamours Terry to let go of all his pain and trauma from the war. He asks Arlene what she wants Terry to remember and she instructs him to only remember that he is a husband, father, stepfather and a cook, and that there was no Marines. The vampire glamours him as instructed before leaving. Terry then opens his eyes and seems happier than he has ever.
Terry and Arlene are working at Merlotte's Bar and Grill and everything seems to be back to normal. Terry grabs the trash and walks towards the kitchen passing Lafayette. Seeing his new mood, Lafayette asks Arlene what the change is about. Arlene thanks Lafayette for calling her and tells him things are better than ever. Terry happily walks out back to place the garbage in the dumpster when a gun shot sounds. Big John and Lafayette run to the back to find Terry on the ground bleeding from his neck. Arlene runs out and holds Terry in her arms. They cry together and she begins to sing to him as he dies in her arms. ("Don't You Feel Me")
Reverend Daniels opens Terry's service with his own personal expirence with Terry. He talks about Terry's love of family and that he respected him for it. Andy who was sitting next to Holly and Adilyn stands up to speak for his cousin whom he really felt was his brother. He recalls when Terry just came back from the war and had been hiding out in Fort Bellefleur their hideout as children. He brings Terry some beer and begins to talk to him. He gets Terry to come out from hiding and talk but as much as he want Terry to come home he wont. All he learns is Terry prefers Ragin Bitch beer before Terry tells him to leave.
Sam sitting next to Nicole gets up and speaks about his time as Terry's boss. He recalls that at first he did not want to hire him but he never regretted it because Terry was his best employee and he never missed a day of work. Sam goes with Andy to get Terry to come out of the fort for a little while as well as possibly hire him to work at Merlotte's and intices him with his favorite beer. They go fishing and Terry catches a catfish but he decides he wants Andy to throw the fish back because every life mattered. Sam knew he liked him from then on.
Lafayette goes to speak at Terry's funeral and recalls Terry's first day of cookie at Merlottes. He finds Terry zoning out and burning the fries. Layfaytte catches Terr'y attention who admits he is scared and doesn't want to mess all of this up. Layfayette says he could see into his soul and knew he was sincere so he helps Terry learn how to cook fries. Portia then stands up and speaks about how much fun she had with Terry as a child and he had taught her to swing before awkardly sitting down beside her grandmother again. Reverend Daniels says he will bring up Arlene but she thinks to herself she is not ready to say good bye and Sookie hears this and goes to speak to give Arlene time. She admits to the town that she loves Terry and Arlene so she will be honest about why she is different. She tells them that she is a telepath and she had a different insight about Terry's first shift at Merlottes that she had never told Arlene before. That night she heard Terry's thoughts and there was a terrible waitress who didn't last there for very long who was hitting on Terry but Terry had really only thought about Arlene. The fact was he thought Arlene was beautiful from the second Arlene walked into his life. Sookie ends telling her she loves her and she deserved to know before sitting down next to Alcide crying.
Arlene goes to the podium to speak about her Husband. She admits they took turns bring crazy but the night their son Mikey was born he was strong for both of them. She admits that Terry was her rock that night as their son would not feed but Terry talks her through it to get their son to feed and then after telling her how much he loves her and their family. Reverend Daniels says he will let the marines to the Salute but Big John the third cook in Merlottes stands up and says he has something to say. He then sings a song his grandmother used to sing called "Life matters." Mrs.Bellefleur is rude through the whole thing but Arlene commends Big John for his beautiful song.
The funeral ends with Arlene at peace with his death. ("Life Matters")
Powers & Abilities Edit
As a former U.S. Marine, Terry was trained in the use of firearms, hand-to-hand combat, as well as a variety of military strategics. Unencumbered by his PTSD while under Maryann Forrester's control, Terry showed himself to be a natural leader, treating the mob of townspeople as a military unit.
"Bullshit! God has horns."
"Three, I ain't never killed nothin' on accident."
“‘It’s not you it’s me.’ If I had a nickel for every time — I’d have 15 cents.”
"I never dreamed in my life I could be so happy, thank you for making my life mean something"
"You sure they know that? Cuz their grilling in the parking lot"
"Hey Sam, yup, yes sir, me Terry Bellefluer, I'm moving in with Arlene Fowler"
"I aint worried, I aint never been so not worried"
"This is what normal people do Sam"
|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"||""|
|Season five appearances|
|""||"Gone, Gone, Gone"||""||"Save Yourself"|
|Season six appearances|
|""||""||"You're No Good"||""|
|""||""||"In the Evening"||""|