Bad news for “True Blood” fans – The hit HBO series has confirmed that season 7 in 2014 will be its last. The news was confirmed by HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo on Tuesday, Sep. 3.

“’True Blood’ has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” 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.”

“True Blood’s” seventh season will consist of 10 episodes. As we reported in late August, the season’s timeline will be affected by the series coming to an end. While the 10 episodes generally take place over the course of two weeks, executive producer Brian Buckner revealed that they may speed up the time span in order to wrap up the story of Sookie and gang.

“As we take a final walk through Bon Temps together, we will do our very best to bring Sookie’s story to a close with heart, imagination and, of course, fun,” Buckner said in the statement from HBO.

Season 6 of “True Blood” ended with Eric possibly dead, Sookie shacking up with Alcide, Sam Merlotte as mayor, local vampires striking up a deal with Bon Temps residents, Bill a successful author, and a pack of rabid Hep V infected vampires heading towards a town party at Bellefleur’s Bar (formerly Merlotte’s Bar). “True Blood” fans can look forward to seeing more Eric (in some form or another) when season 7 returns in June 2014, along with his new progeny, Willa.

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