Bad news, Truebies! We are so sad to report that the upcoming season of True Blood will be its final one. The 7th season, which will air in the summer of 2014 (no formal premiere date has been set), will be the show’s last.
True Blood, based off of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Novels, was known for its explicit sexual content, wild plot lines and crew of colorful characters. As Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, said in a statement, “True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO.” When it first aired, it was truly bolder than any show currently on TV.
The show re-“vamped” the career of Anna Paquin and helped catapult Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard into small-screen stardom. Alexander Skarsgard has since taken on multiple movie roles and Stephen Moyer has even dabbled in directing on seasons 5 and 6 of the show.
Though many True Blood fans have stayed loyal to the show, the last few seasons have been widely criticized for having disjointed and over-the-top plot lines that steer clear of the storylines from the novels. Still, True Blood was HBO’s third watched TV show ever, following The Sopranos and Game of Thrones.
Show creator and executive producer Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) passed the torch to Brian Buckner at the end of season 5. Brian Buckner said of taking over as show runner:
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.
We here at TeamTSD, and as lovers of the novels, are simply curious how they’re going to wrap up the storyline in just one season. Leave your thoughts about the cancellation of the show and your predictions on what the final season will have in store. We miss you already, True Blood!