Throughout season 4 of True Blood Terry Bellefleur dealt with a wife who thought their baby Mikey was possessed, a pair of down-home exorcists, a Creole ghost named Mavis who set fire to their house, said ghost possessing his co-worker Lafayette and abducting Mikey, a siege cum exorcism, and a drug-addicted cousin for whom he staged a Southern fried intervention.
A few darker things we suspected about Terry were brought to light, such as the fact that after he came home from Iraq he lived in a treehouse called ‘Fort Bellefleur’ like an ‘insane squirrel’, [that tree house is quite interesting in itself] and was addicted to ‘smack, meth, and crack’. Most intriguing in light of later events we learned that Terry is not just a crack shot but a world class sniper level shot.
Up until the unexpected arrival of Patrick, a Marine buddy whom Terry thought was dead, we were comfortable with Terry, secure in the knowledge that nothing could ever upset our view of him as the most heart-breakingly messed up but loveable character on True Blood.
“Scrambled. Scrambled Terry, scrambled”
Our love for Terry hasn’t changed but with the arrival of Patrick we’re beginning to perceive a new dimension, again possibly confirming something we suspected about him in the darkest corners of our minds but didn’t want to admit. While we saw Eric explicitly acting out the premise of a Manchurian Candidate in Burning Down the House, we got the barest hint of it when ‘Zombie Terry’ introduces Patrick to Arlene. Watch Terry zone out beginning at the 1:40 mark:
Another hint came when the veil lifted between the living and the dead and Ghost!Rene not only warned Arlene about ghosts from Terry’s past but explicitly associated his warning with the Tolerance Rally Manchurian Candidate by loudly urging her to ‘RUN!’
Then came the assassination of Tara. It happened so quickly we barely had time to register the impossibilities inherent in the shooting:
Let’s take a more focused look at that shot, shall we?:
The first thing you realize when viewing this .gif is that as evidenced by the direction of the blood spray the bullet exited the back of Tara’s head. When she pulled the trigger on her shotgun, Debbie was positioned behind Tara. It is impossible to shoot a person in the back of the head and have the bullet also exit the back of the head. In addition, shotgun ammunition consists of pellet filled shells that explode and disperse on contact. Tara should not even HAVE a face after a shotgun blast from that short range. On top of which she should have been thrown into the sink by the force and trajectory of the blast but instead she was spun around and FACED the irresistible force:
Ballistics aren’t a matter of faith but of physics. If someone tells you a person was shot from behind but you can SEE them reacting to a forceful impact from the front, you do not have to take it on faith that the someone is lying to you. The window glass raining inward is also a testament to the direction of the shot.
Tara was shot in precisely the same manner as Marnie. From the front with a high powered rifle:
Does this mean Terry was the mind-controlled assassin outside that window? Who else could it be? And mind controlled assassins need a trigger to galvanize them into action, and triggers are pulled by handlers. Patrick sure has suspicious timing.
Why was Debbie there? Because there must always be a Patsy on hand to take the blame for shooting the victim in the front from behind. Especially when the assassinations happen in a kitchen.
‘The Search for the Manchurian Candidate: The CIA and MInd Control’ by John Marks. Link.*