By Alison Willmore | Indiewire September 3, 2013 at 2:18PM
The end is in sight for "True Blood." HBO announced today that the vampire drama will come to a close with its seventh season, set to launch in the summer of 2014. "'True Blood' has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," said HBO's Michael Lombardo. "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."
"From the moment I read Charlaine's books, I thought there was potential for something really special," adds Ball. "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."
The sixth season of "True Blood" wrapped up on August 18 after a season detailing an escalating war between the humans and the vampires. Ball, who created the series, stepped down as showrunner after the fifth season, with Buckner taking over.