HBO confirmed Tuesday that the vampire drama’s upcoming seventh season will be its last.
“‘True Blood’ has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” the network’s president of programming, Michael Lombardo, said in a statement. “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.”
The show premiered in 2008 and it’s most recent sixth season averaged 10.6 million viewers per episode. The seventh and final season will feature 10 episodes and air in summer 2014.