Fans of the HBO vampire series True Blood will be saddened to hear that the network has set next season as the last for the long running and popular drama. The seventh and last season is set to air next summer with all of the series regulars returning for its 10 episode final run. You can read on down below for the scoop on what’s going on.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The premium cable network announced Tuesday that the vampire drama based on Charlaine Harris’ books will concluded with its 10-episode seventh season.
“True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo in a statement. “Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”
Said Buckner, who will steer the series to its conclusion: “I feel enormously proud to have been a part of the True Blood family since the very beginning. I guarantee that there’s not a more talented or harder-working cast and crew out there, and I’d like to extend a personal heartfelt thanks to them for their dedication and tenacity over the years, especially this past year, as I stepped into a larger role. Thank you also to HBO for their unwavering support and of course to Alan Ball, whose genius enabled all of us to share in this incredible journey. Finally, a huge thank you to the most passionate fans in television. As we take a final walk through Bon Temps together, we will do our very best to bring Sookie’s story to a close with heart, imagination and, of course, fun.”
HBO renewed True Blood for its seventh season in July after its sixth season opened to 4.5 million total viewers in June — down about 700,000 year-over-year. The vampire drama ranks as HBO’s third-most-watched original scripted series ever, trailing only The Sopranos and Game of Thrones.
The final season of True Blood returns next summer. A formal premiere date has not yet been announced.
All key cast members, including stars Paquin, Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard, are on board for the series’ final chapter.