In July it was announced that HBO had officially greenlighted season seven of True Blood for next summer, with excitement at how popular the show remains to be.
Now president of HBO programming Michael Lombardo has announced that, despite its consistent popularity, this seventh season of the hit vampire drama, which is based on author Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries book series (or The Sookie Stackhouse Novels), will in fact be its final season.
Of the news, Lombardo said:
“TRUE BLOOD has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO. 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.”
“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. 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.”
Season six of True Blood concluded last month to big numbers, and season seven will kick off same time next year with all cast expected to return.