True Blood's season 5 was a polarizing year for many fans, with Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) turning evil, Tara (Rutina Wesley) turning into a vampire, and Luna turning into Sam (Sam Trammell). It was a transitionary season for the series as a whole as well, considering that it was showrunner Alan Ball's final year with the show.
Ball, who had planned his departure from the series for some time now, will be headed to Cinemax to serve as executive producer of the new series Banshee, a series about a Pennsylvania man who takes up the identity of a murdered sheriff in a small town. He'll still be with True Blood as an executive producer, but his role will be much more of a consulting one.
In a recent interview with TV Guide, though Ball promised that he isn't done with True Blood, and he'll be back for the series finale, at least. "I just needed to take some time off just to recharge my batteries," he said.
But what about the batteries of star Anna Paquin? The actress, married to her co-star Moyer, is pregnant with twins due in November. Though she timed the pregnancy so as not to interfere with production of the upcoming sixth season of True Blood, the show is shortening its sixth season so that Moyer and Paquin, the show's two leads, will have time to get back up to speed.
"We're moving production to January to accommodate her," Ball shared. "And there will only be 10 shows next season partly because of Anna and partly because of the economics [of producing the series]."
Each of True Blood's first five seasons consisted of twelve episodes, with the fifth season finale clocking in as the show's sixtieth episode overall.
What do you think about True Blood getting a shortened season 6? Are you excited to see where the series goes next?
True Blood season 6 will premiere in summer 2013 on HBO.