Well they do say all good things must come to an end. For ‘True Blood’ fans it looks like that end is coming up rather quickly. The show made popular in novel form by Charlaine Harris and brought to the small screen by Alan Ball is just about done. It was announced that HBO will be closing it’s curtains on the show after its 10-episode seventh season runs through.
Until ‘Game of Thrones‘ eclipsed its ratings, ‘True Blood’ has been HBO’s highest viewed show. Even after losing the number one spot, the series still has had a gross audience of over 10 million viewers per episode.
Michael Lombardo, HBO’s President of programming had this to say with the announcement:
“True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO, 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.”
It’s going to be strange having HBO’s lineup not including the fine folks from Bon Temps popping up on the weekensd and I truly hope they have another show in mind. It seems like this is a year of general endings for shows of the genre as current fan favorites such as ‘Dexter‘ is coming to an end with the closing of Season 8 on Showtime and ‘Fringe‘ ending on Fox earlier this year.
What’ll be next for HBO? Well there was talk of a ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel show that might be in the works. There was also word that Guillermo del Toro (‘Pacific Rim‘) was developing ‘Monster‘ for the network, though no news if that was an ongoing series or a mini-series. Maybe the time slot is being saved for the just announced ‘Westworld‘ series? What I’m truly excited about, though, is the rumored ‘American Gods‘ show that is in development. (Though it seems that it has been that way for a few years now with no solid updates).
At any rate, as fun as these shows sound, I don’t expect them to take over the void that will be left around from this campy vampire comedy that we’ve all grown to love. Sorry fangbangers, the next season is going to be it’s finale. Are you ready to say a final goodbye to Sookie, Bill, Eric, Lafayette, and the rest? Or is this going to break a lot of cold, undead, no longer beating hearts out there?