“True Blood” fans are having a hard time believing that the end is finally here. After seven years, the hit HBO show is airing its final episode on Sunday, Aug. 24.
It’s been a long road since “True Blood” first premiered on Sept. 7, 2008. Viewers were introduced to the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, in a time where vampires had just “come out of the coffin.” Season 1 was a battle between light and dark as the town folks struggled with trusting these deadly-by-nature supernatural beings, while others displayed despicable behavior and hunted not only them, but also the humans who associated with them.
Tied in with all the bloody drama was Sookie Stackhouse, an innocent waitress who became enamored with Bill Compton, the first open vampire to come to town.
“Truebies” watched as the pair enlightened each other about their different worlds, and fell in love. Sookie infiltrated the vampire universe, becoming one of the few outsiders that Eric Northman, the Shreveport Sheriff, cared for and protected – protected being the key word.
Season after season, fans watched as Sookie found herself constantly facing danger. Whether it was crazy maenad Maryann, Bill’s psycho maker Lorena, Vampire King of Mississippi Russell Edgington, or Alcide’s jealous ex-girlfriend, Debbie.
Bon Temps is a much different place from where “True Blood” viewers first started. Initially the introduction of the Hep-V virus brought the humans and vampires together in an effort to protect everyone from the madness happening around them. However a few rogue residents and some hotheaded vampires threatened to crumble the peaceful union that developed.
The series finale episode is set up for a major showdown between characters. Sookie and Bill have to come to terms with their off-and-on relationship now that Bill is dying of the Hep-V virus and won’t take the cure. Eric and Pam have engaged in an ugly partnership with Mr. Gus and the Yakuza, the same group that murdered Eric’s former human lover, Sylvie, and threatened the life of his progeny.
A cure for Hep-V is still not in the open, but with Sookie’s knowledge of Sarah Newlin’s link to it all, her life is now on the line. Mr. Gus and the Yakuza want to kill Sookie and keep the Hep-V cure a secret – but will they succeed?
Click through the slideshow to see how some of your favorite “True Blood” characters started off and where they are now with the series coming to a close.