True Blood will air ten episodes before coming to a close at the end of summer 2014.
HBO released announcements from the President of HBO Programming, praising the show for defining HBO content and its success over the past seven years:
“True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said HBO Programming President 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.”
Alan Ball, the man who originally brought Sookie Stackhouse and friends to life, also commented on the news:
“From the moment I read Charlaine’s books, I thought there was potential for something really special,” said Alan Ball who created True Blood for HBO. “Then our amazing writers, cast and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my wildest expectations. I’m deeply grateful to HBO for being true partners and collaborators, and, of course, to the viewers who chose to spend Sunday nights in Bon Temps with us.”
The show’s current runner, who has been all over the web lately discussing the major cliffhanger and controversial events in the season six finale, also commented on the show’s final ending, stating:
“I feel enormously proud to have been a part of the TRUE BLOOD family since the very beginning,” he said. “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.”
One thing’s for certain: it’s time for Sookie to choose between Bill, Eric, and Alcede!
True Blood season seven, its final season, is set to air in summer 2014!