"True Blood" Ending After Season 7

By Jenna Mullins
|  Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013  |  Updated 2:10 PM EDT
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The cast of "True Blood": (l-r) Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Joe Manganiello

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It's the final nail in the coffin for "True Blood."

HBO announced Tuesday that next season (season seven) of the vampire hit series will be the last. The final 10 episodes are set to air in the summer of 2014.

"'True Blood' has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming 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."

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Original creator and showrunner Alan Ball added: "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."

The Emmy-nominated series ended season six with a major cliffhanger. Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) went up in flames alone on a mountaintop in Sweden, with seemingly no one around to save him. So hopefully the final season of "True Blood" starts off with Eric being saved by Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and then maybe more Eric nudity?

What do you think fangbangers? Is it the right time to end the series?

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