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Nelsan Ellis: Watch the ‘True Blood’ Scene That Defined Lafayette As a Character

8 July 2017 4:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

There’s been a flood of responses this afternoon in reaction to the news that Nelsan Ellis, known for a number of roles including that of Lafayette on “True Blood,” had passed away at the age of 39.

Read More: Nelsan Ellis, Breakout Star of ‘True Blood,’ Dies at 39

But none has quite the impact of Twitter user @Joshua Nasser, who clipped one key scene from the HBO vampire drama and shared it with the masses:

This is the most iconic scene from True Blood period. Rip Nelsan Ellis.

— Joshua (@JoshuaNasser) July 8, 2017

The scene features Lafayette confronting a trio of “rednecks” (the show’s word) over the fact that he was a gay man cooking their dinner; it does not lack for punches of the verbal or the physical kind.

And it also speaks to the sort of social commentary that “True Blood” never shrunk from, metaphorically or directly, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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