True Blood’s seventh season will officially conclude the series

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The HBO network announced today that the popular vampire show True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels will meet its true death at the end of season seven.

True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo, “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 stepped down as the showrunner before the sixth season concluded, saying, “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.”

HBO renewed True Blood for its seventh season back in July, feeding off of the sixth season’s opening to 4.5 million total views in June. True Blood ranks as HBO’s third most watched original series ever, trailing behind The Sopranos and Game of Thrones.

While a formal premiere date has not yet been announced, True Blood’s final season will return next summer. I guess this is a perfect time to catch up on the sixth season (I’m a little behind) and maybe reread some of the books. Now the big question: How will True Blood end?

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