HBO Announces That ‘True Blood’ Will End In 2014

Season 7 will be the last

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?

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  1. DvrDiva

    After the very first episode, I started buying the books. Alan Ball did take some artistic liberties,but shit got crazy after the 3rd/4th season. There were some characters from the books that were never introduced in the series that were hugs parts of Sookie’s life. I am glad the series is ending, and hope nothing but good things for the main cast. The last book in the series came out a few months ago, and it was pretty good, tying up all loose ends. I sincerely hope the writers read the last book and try and stick close to it.

  2. Dana

    I was OBSESSED up until last season when Bill went all cray cray. I haven’t watched a single episode this year when I dropped my HBO subscription. I hate when my favorite shows go downhill!

  3. I thought that this was the last season. Everything tied up so nicely. This was one of my favorite seasons, believe it or not.

  4. Samantha

    I was super disappointed in this latest season, I feel like we were robbed 2 episodes and the story line was flimsy. How can it end next season?

  5. Will

    Oh no :(
    I loved this show!
    The season finale of this season sucked, but overall, season 6 was really good in my opinion.
    Just when things start going better they are ending the show :(
    And why only 10 new episodes?
    If it’s the last season, at least they could make 12 episodes for the fans.
    I know many people started hating this show long time ago, but honestly this is sad news for me…
    Very rarely I get hooked up on a TV show (the last show I saw in it’s entirely was “Friends” lol) but something about supernatural beings co-existing among us really intrigued me :(
    I hope next season to be the best!

  6. I thought this last season was a really great one. I guess it’s time but MAN HBO better come up with something else to fill my summer TV needs with!!! God I’m going to miss Eric in my life.

  7. Gustaff

    I was not really into the previous season but this last season was actually fun to watch.

    Now, regardless of the show, since ‘everybody’s business is your business’ let me take a minute to take care of your business.

    I think it is a sign of disrespect to say that ‘it’s about time’ when you are talking about other’s people job. I am sure you know that to run a show you need a lot of people working for you, from the actors to the cleaning lady. The ‘it’s about time’ is saying to their face that it’s about time they all loose their jobs and you do not have a single care if they end up struggling to provide for their families.

    What a kindhearted person you must be.

    Oh I know that you think your comments are highly entertaining for your readers. But how would you feel if someone says that your site has become a boring joke and that it’s about time you stop doing it? That day will come …

    Reading your blog, we also see that you are in a very dark place, no matter how many Mickey mouse hats you put on and how many trips you take. You are so empty that your need-greed-hunger to fill-in desperately is kinda sad to watch.

    I do not wish you much but maybe a little more respect for other people. Be careful if you think that you are on top of something right now because the next thing you know … you will be falling from the pedestal you have been building with your judgement and arrogance.

    • @Gustaff — I honestly don’t even know how to respond to your comment, so I won’t. It’s clear you have very strong feelings about the longevity of this particular TV show. I appreciate your taking the time to voice your opinion :)

    • Gustaff

      ‘I honestly don’t even know how to respond to your comment, so I won’t.’

      You just did.

      - Sometimes the reality of things can leave you speechless.

    • A show’s longevity should not be determined by the number of people it employs, but by how it serves the story. As someone who was a fan of the show, I feel that they haven’t been serving the story well in recent years.

      Trying to stretch Trent’s remarks into something about his not caring about people providing for their families is disingenuous. I do not honestly believe that you got that from his words alone, it came from you.

    • Wow… extra much…It’s clear that Trent’s comments were storyline based and nothing more.

      Anyways… I really enjoyed this season (minus that whack finale), I thought they were finally turning the page and getting back on track.. but i guess on the other side of the page is the book end :(. I will miss this show.

  8. Lalle

    It all comes down to the quality of the storytelling. If it’s high, people will stick with it; if it’s low, the audience will dwindle. “True Blood” started off with strong, cohesive storytelling, but the quality has decreased bit by bit, season by season. For me, the pivotal downward turn involved a huge deviation from the book series: (…SPOILER ALERT…)

    making Bill the King of Louisiana and killing off Sophie-Anne. It was the catalyst for setting off a lot of other strange plot devices. Also, the need to give some of the peripheral characters a reason to be on screen resulted in the creation of various plots that weren’t book-based and didn’t result in any pay-off or integration with the main plot lines. In essence, the writing got sloppy. It’s too bad, as everything else about the show is very strong.

  9. Joel V

    I came to True Blood only recently and was taken in by the camp, fantasy, and supernatural-ness of it all. Although the fifth season left me underwhelmed, I’m looking forward to see how the drama in Bon Temps unfolds for the final season.

  10. Samantha

    I’m not at all disappointed. I hope the ending is better than the ending in the books.

  11. Myriam

    I was really bummed out to hear this news because I felt that after 3 seasons of weirdness (I continued watching cuz I love me some Jason Stackhouse lol) the show was finally making sense again. I mean the way they ended last season??? that was great! it felt like the old town of Bontemps again just like in season 1! …anywho, I just wonder how they’re going to end this and hopefully they won’t make it cheesy!!!

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