Lafayette Reynolds
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Lafayette Reynolds
Continuity: True Blood
Notability: Supporting character
Type: Cook; Drug dealer; Road worker
Gender: Male
Location: Bon Temps, Louisiana
Known relatives: Tara Thornton [1]
Lettie Mae Thornton [2]
Ruby Jean Reynolds [3]
Joe Thornton [4]
Reverend Daniels [5]
Status: Alive
Introduction: Dead Until Dark
"Strange Love"
Final: "Thank You"
Actor: Nelsan Ellis

Lafayette Reynolds is a fictional character from "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" series of novels written by Charlaine Harris. The novels have been adapted into the popular HBO television series, True Blood, where the role of Lafayette Reynolds was played by actor Nelsan Ellis.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Lafayette Reynolds was one of the more colorful characters found in the Southeastern town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. A flamboyant homosexual, Lafayette divided his time amongst a variety of occupations and noteworthy pursuits that many would likely look down upon. During the day, worked as a laborer for the Renard Parish Public Works road crew. At night, he was often found flipping burgers at Merlotte's Bar and Grill. In his free time, Lafayette sold drugs, including v-juice, ran a gay pornographic web site and occasionally found work as a go go dancer or prostitute.

Lafayette was working the grill the night that his boss, Sam Merlotte, decided to hire his cousin Tara as a bartender. He was rather shocked that Sam would hire his irritable cousin, citing, " should not be allowed to work in no situation where you actually gotta interact with people." Later however, Lafayette drove Tara to a party in Monroe to get her away from inebriated mother, Lettie Mae. [6][7]

A few days later, Jason Stackhouse, came to Lafayette hoping to buy something that would cure his impotency. Lafayette reminded him that he only sold "illegal" drugs and that he could buy Viagra from nearly any corner drug store. Jason didn't want to publicly reveal his inadequacy and begged Lafayette to sell him something that would help him out. Reluctantly, Lafayette decided to sell him a vial of vampire blood, known to be a strong aphrodisiac. He warned Jason that it was very expensive, and consuming too much of it would yield unwanted intense side effects. He also warned him not to tell anyone that he was dealing V. Jason didn't have the money to pay for the V, so Lafayette had him work it off by dancing in front of a video camera wearing nothing but his underwear and a Laura Bush mask. [8]

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The character of Lafayette Reynolds was created by executive producer Alan Ball based on concepts originally developed by author Charlaine Harris.
  • In the first book, "Dead Until Dark, of the "Southern Vampire Mysteries" series, Lafayette's surname is spelled Reynold.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cousin; Vampire, deceased.
  2. Aunt, alive.
  3. Mother, alive.
  4. Uncle, alive.
  5. Step-uncle, alive.
  6. "Strange Love"
  7. "The First Taste"
  8. "Mine"

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