True Blood has had an interesting year. Before this last summer’s season (the show’s sixth), it shed creator and showrunner Alan Ball and took on a new direction with Brian Buckner at the helm. Though many fans found the season polarizing, the show made it clear that it was washing away many sins of the past, culling its overstocked cast, and making a commitment to grounding the story back where it all began — Bon Temps — and focusing on humans versus supernaturals. Whatever people thought of the season, the bottom line is that they still showed up. True Blood remains a big draw for HBO, yet they announced today that the series’ upcoming seventh season will be its last. Hit the jump for more.
One thing that helped the show’s sixth season was a reduction in episodes (even though I agree with many others who said that 10 was still too many …). Season seven will have another 10 episodes to wrap up the entire series, something that seems narratively close to happening anyway. The story returning to focus specifically on Bon Temps and its denizens is a nice, cyclical way to do that.
According to THR, HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo had this to say,
“True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO. 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.”
Before Game of Thrones gained more viewers this year than any other HBO drama, True Blood had been the network’s biggest recent success in terms of numbers. Still, I think we can all agree it’s time for the show to have its true death. Sources also confirm that all of the key cast members will be back next season, including Alexander Skarsgard, which perhaps gives a clue to Eric’s questionable fate in this most recent season finale.