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Tyrese is a recurring character in the fifth season. He is played by guest star Johnny Ray Gill and debuts in "In the Beginning". He is a beer-drinking, pizza-loving African-American man in his late 20s. Tyrese is another member of the trashy, low-rent anti-supernatural hate group the Obamas.

Season 5Edit

The Obamas attack the local shifters, they murder Suzanne McKittrick and Emory Broome. Sam Merlotte discovers their bodies and reports the shootings to the police. ("We’ll Meet Again")

The Obamas attack Sam at Luna Garza's house. They wound Luna and shoot at Emma Garza, driving her away. ("Let's Boot and Rally")

The shooting investigation exposes Junior as an Obamas member. He is shot and killed by Sheriff Andy Bellefleur when he reaches for a weapon during questioning.

The Obamas attack a vampire outside Fangtasia. They recognize that it was feeding on Hoyt Fortenberry and pull him into their van, telling him that they have saved his life. ("Hopeless")

The group attempts to induct Hoyt, revealing their identities and their hatred of supernaturals. Hoyt is sympathetic because of his failed relationship with Jessica Hamby. He accompanies them on their next mission. They return to the hospital to make another attempt on Luna's life. Joe Bob is exposed and arrested and the others flee. ("In the Beginning")

The group abducts Jessica from Fangtasia. Reggie lures her outside by posing as a fang banger. They take her to their compound and challenge Hoyt to kill her. He cannot bring himself to do so and frees her instead. She kills Reggie and Hoyt leaves the compound. ("Somebody That I Used to Know")

Hoyt is picked up by Bud Dearborne and is taken to Bud's pig farm drugged with oxycontin for his disloyalty. The group also capture Sookie Stackhouse when she comes to talk to Bud about her past.

Sheriff Bellefleur realizes that Bud is the connection between the Obama members he has exposed. The police raid Bud's pig farm as he is about to have Ray and Tyrese feed Hoyt to the picks. Bud is shot and killed and Ray, Tyrese and Sweetie Des Arts are arrested. ("Everybody Wants to Rule the World")


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"

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