Just a few short months after HBO's beloved vampire drama 'True Blood' was renewed for a seventh season, the cable network has today confirmed that next summer's round of episodes will be the long-running series' last. The final ten episodes will begin airing next June, and (based on the last few seasons' schedules) the series finale is likely to air in mid-August.
Premiering in September 2008, the success of the Alan Ball-created series has in most ways eclipsed that of the Charlaine Harris novels that inspired it. 'True Blood' managed to reintroduce the world to the beautiful Anna Paquin, and make stars out of Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard. The show also paved the way for the success of CW drama 'The Vampire Diaries,' although that show is certainly much, much less R-rated.
While 'True Blood's trademark has always seemed to be the rampant nudity (both male and female), and often blood and violence-filled sex scenes, what keeps viewers coming back are the intriguing characters, unpredictable storylines, up-and-down relationships, and general craziness of Bon Temps. I'm going to avoid spoiling the events of season six for those not caught up, but I will say that it's pretty obvious that the war between vamps and humans is going to finally reach critical mass next year. I'm willing to bet the casualty list will be quite high.
How do you feel about 'True Blood' ending? Is seven seasons a good end point, or does Bon Temps have more years of stories to tell?