Sad news for the dwindling fans of True Blood to pass along today … HBO has announced that the forthcoming 7th season of the series will be the last. As you may recall, season 6 of True Blood ended with a fully frontally nekkid Alexander Skarsgård showing off ALL of his goodies so, I assume, the action in season 7 will pick up from there. But after the 10 eps of the coming season airs, the show will be off the air for good. For better or worse, True Blood will be dunzo in 2014.
HBO is ending True Blood. 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” … 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. Following the conclusion of its sixth season — which ended with a new alliance between humans and vampires, Buckner told The Hollywood Reporter that he thought the series had “one or two more great years. “It’s going to be an HBO call,” he continued. “I don’t have the answer yet. I’m requesting it. I want to know if I’m breaking the final season or not. I do hope to get that answer. The show is viable as long as the audience still cares. They might be mad right now, but they care,” he said, with a nod to Alexander Skarsgard’s then-uncertain future with the series … The final season of True Blood returns next summer. A formal premiere date has not yet been announced.
Yeah, it’s about time, I think. True Blood lost me years ago but from what I understand, it’s been losing viewers for the past few seasons so … why not go out on their own terms. Now that there is an end game in sight, maybe the show can focus on putting together the 10 best episodes of the series run. All good things must come to an end so this has to be expected from fans of the show. Will you be among the viewers mourning the loss of this show or do you think the time has come to put the stake into the heart of True Blood once and for all?