"True Blood" is going to end its run after seven seasons. HBO has announced that the upcoming 10-episode seventh installment in 2014 will be the final chapter for the popular drama series.
" 'True Blood' has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," the network's president of programming Michael Lombardo said in a statement released on Tuesday, September 3. "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."
Ball, who created the TV series based on Charlaine Harris' novels, added, "From the moment I read Charlaine's books, I thought there was potential for something really special. 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."
Buckner, who has taken over the showrunner role since the sixth season, said, "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," he continued. "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."
Buckner revealed in late August that talk about the show's end date was taking place. The supernatural series will likely end on a high note since it remains a strong performer for HBO. The season 6 premiere drew 4.5 million viewers and the season averaged 10.6 million viewers per episode.