True Blood’s Bon Temps boy, Hoyt Fortenberry who has been a favorite on True Blood since episode 1 of Season 1, has been played to perfection by our good friend, Jim Parrack. Last night in the 10th episode of Season 5, we saw Hoyt say, “Goodbye” to Bon Temps and those closest to him, Jessica, Jason and his mama, Maxine.
This season has been a tumultuous one for Hoyt and Jim has done a wonderful job portraying his various moods.
Hoyt was devastated when he lost his “first love,” Jessica and we saw him experience true depression this season.
After trying desperately to win Jess back, only to be rejected again, he sank so low as to go to Fangtasia, not only dressed like a fangbanger, but to become one. In one scene, he was being fed on by a vampire, but was “rescued” by several men wearing Obama masks who killed the vampire. By this gesture, Hoyt was drawn into their hate group. To test his allegiance, he was asked to kill Jessica, but when faced with shooting her, he couldn’t do it and instead saved her life. His punishment was to be taken prisoner by the vampire haters and in last week’s episode we saw him almost killed by the group which was headed by Bud Dearborn. Luckily, he was saved, along with Sookie, when Sam Trammell showed up along with the police (Jason, Andy, Kevin and Kenya) who saved the day and rescued him.
In last night’s, episode 10, Hoyt met up with Jessica and Jason at Merlotte’s to ask Jessica to glamour him so he could forget her and Jason. He wanted the pain to just “go away.” After Jessica and Jason attempt to talk him out of it, they all agree that there is no alternative then to grant Hoyt’s wish, so Jessica glamours him.
In a very moving and touching scene, we watch Jessica take all of Hoyt’s troubles away. Then, after counting to ten with his eyes closed, and Jessica and Jason leave, we see Hoyt open his eyes and we watch Jim’s acting skills as Hoyt becomes a different man with a clear head and no more worries.
The scene was beautifully written by Alexander Woo and I thought its setting of Merlotte’s was the perfect location. It was incredibly well acted by all and a wonderful scene for Hoyt.
When we next see Hoyt, he is on the road to his new job in Alaska. Jason stops him on the road, and tries to convince him not to go, but when he realizes that Hoyt doesn’t even know who he is, he gives up, says his last goodbye and walks back to his car in tears.
The Vault has interviewed Jim Parrack several times and I have even been invited into his home when I interviewed him for his film, “Post.” He’s a lovely person and both Shadaliza and I are sad to see him leaving the True Blood family. We will miss him dearly and wish Jim Parrack all the luck in the world in his future acting projects. Who knows, it’s possible he will return from Alaska and come back to Bon Temps before the end of the series. If so, his fans would welcome it.
To see our interviews and learn all about Jim Parrack, go to the links below:
Here are a few photos we have on file of Jim in his part as Hoyt.