- "Wrong place at the wrong fuckin' time oughta be my middle fuckin' name."
Lafayette Reynolds is a short order cook, a medium, and a major character on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by starring cast member Nelsan Ellis, Lafayette debuts on the episode "Strange Love" in the series' first season, and has remained a prominent character through the series' second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons. A short order cook at his local hometown restaurant Bellefleur's Bar and Grill, a popular local hangout formerly known as Merlotte's Bar and Grill, Lafayette spends most of his time located in his hometown of Bon Temps, Louisiana. The cousin of Tara Thornton, and the nephew of Lettie Mae Daniels, Lafayette is a medium that possesses a magical ability that allows him to make contact with the ghosts, or spirits, of Bon Temps deceased loved ones. After a relationship with the powerful brujo Jesus Velasquez, Lafayette has become possessed by a Mexican demon, giving him even more power.
Lafayette is a flamboyant, charismatic gay man. Despite partaking in very illegal activities to make ends meet, 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.
Lafayette may rake in cash doing things the cops frown upon, but that doesn't make him a bad person. He just knows how to have a good time, and he likes to make sure everyone else around him is having as much fun as he is. Though some people underestimate his toughness, but he's not afraid to stand up to anyone who mocks him. If you want to share your clothes and trade makeup tips with, then this short-order cook is your man. Just don't get involved with his shady business dealings. He's not exactly the perfect partner but his flamboyant personality will surely provide comic relief. There's never a dull moment when he's around.
Though he will never admit it, he cares for his friends and even goes out of his way to help Sam get Emma, even taking a beating by a female werewolf. He has helped many Bon Temps resident and also has a habit for being a flirt. His strongest relationship is with his cousin, Tara, but a deep down relationship is with his deceased ex-boyfriend, Jesus. Thanks to being a medium, he can talk to Jesus.
In Jesus Gonna Be Here, he is shocked by Tara's death and is paired up with James Kent whom escorts him to his home. He also tells James that he isn't going to get upset after Tara died (as a vampire) since he already mourned over her death (as a human), but it appears that he is heartbroken and devastated.
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 have 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 the 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 as well as the demonic spirit of his family into Lafayette's body, killing Jesus in the process. Though Marnie has crossed over, Jesus's magic still surfaces when Lafayette becomes emotional.
Like his cousin, he has a physical side and is a skilled hand-to-hand fighter. Because he is gay, people tend to underestimate Lafayette, but he has taken down human men. He might also be skilled in some type of marksmanship, because he has a shotgun, but never used it.
- Lafayette has never stated his religious views, but does believe in God, saying that they agreed to see other people but still talk from time to time.
- Lafayette is one of four characters who appears in every episode of True Blood. The other three are Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton, and Jason Stackhouse.
|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"|
|Season six appearances|
|"Who Are You, Really?"||"The Sun"||"You're No Good"||"At Last"|
|"F**k the Pain Away"||"Don't You Feel Me"||"In the Evening"||"Dead Meat"|
|Season seven appearances|
|"Jesus Gonna Be Here"||"I Found You"||"Fire in the Hole"||"Death is Not the End"|
|"Lost Cause"||"Karma"||"May Be the Last Time"||"Almost Home"|
|"Love is to Die"||"Thank You"|