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It was announced September 3 that HBO’s hit series True Blood will reach its true death – but not until 2014!
Michael Lombardo, President of HBO programming, announced that the show’s final season will consist of ten episodes that will air during the summer of 2014.
Lombardo said in a statement: “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.”
Creator and former showrunner Alan Ball added, “From the moment I read Charlaine’s books, I thought there was potential for something really special. Then our amazing writers, cast and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my wildest expectations. I’m deeply grateful to HBO for being true partners and collaborators, and, of course, to the viewers who chose to spend Sunday nights in Bon Temps with us.”
Brian Buckner took over the title of showrunner for the show’s successful sixth season and will continue throughout the seventh season. Buckner said of True Blood: "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.”
It’s a bittersweet feeling for True Blood to come to an end – after all, we just got the pleasure of seeing a full frontal Alexander Skarsgard! We trust, however, that Buckner will give True Blood the end it deserves – it’s been an incredible six-season run.
What are your thoughts on HBO’s True Blood coming to an end?
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