True Blood will come to an end next year after the vampire series concludes its seventh season.
HBO has just announced that the hit show, based on the novels The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris, will air its final ten episodes in the summer of 2014.
After a popular six years on the network the supernatural mystery drama will have a “satisfying finale”, according to HBO president Michael Lombardo.
The series gained a huge following with its strange blend of fantasy and mystery set in a world where vampires and humans co-exist after a form of synthetic blood is created, allowing the formerly combative species to enjoy a modicum of peace.
Breakout stars from the show have included Alexander Skarsgård as vampire Eric Northman, Anna Paquin, and Stephen Moyer as vampire Bill Compton.
”TRUE BLOOD has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said HBO president of programming Lombardo via HBO Watch.
“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.”
The executive then explained the history of the show in the last year: ”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.”