After six years of sexy vampires, shocking violence and compelling characters HBO are putting a stake through True Blood’s heart and the next batch of ten episodes will bring the series to a close.

In a statement regarding the end of the series HBO president Michael Lombardo said;

True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO. 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.

Former showrunner Alan Ball was full of praise for HBO and the ensemble cast; 

From the moment I read Charlaine's books, I thought there was potential for something really special. Then our amazing writers, cast and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my wildest expectations.

I'm deeply grateful to HBO for being true partners and collaborators, and, of course, to the viewers who chose to spend Sunday nights in Bon Temps with us.

True Blood debuted in 2008 to critical acclaim and was an instant ratings hit with audiences, although (like every long-running show) the last two seasons have seen a slight decline it has remained one of HBO’s flagship dramas and has a huge worldwide following. The decision to end the series might be bittersweet for some fans, but surely it’s better to go out and have an entire season to wrap things up. Not every TV show gets that chance so as sad as it might be that we’re saying farewell to Bon Temps, at least it’s going out with a bang. 

The final season of True Blood will begin early summer 2014.