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'True Blood' Ending After Next Season

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Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin and Alexander Skarsgard attend the premiere of HBO's 'True Blood' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on June 11, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Vamps live forever but TV series don't: HBO announced today that after next season, it is putting a stake in True Blood.

The series, which is set in fictional Bon Temps, Louisiana, but films in Los Angeles, stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and Alexander Skarsgard, as, respectively, a fairy-human hybrid, a Civil War-era vampire, and a Viking-turned-vampire.

"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," executive producer Brian Buckner was quoted as saying in a message posted on the vampire show's Facebook page, according to OTRC. (The FB link wasn't working for us when we just tried to click it.)

The series, about a small Southern town overrun with vampires, shape-shifters and werewolves, debuted in 2008. It's based on the series by Charlaine Harris, although its plots quickly departed from those set out in the book. (Were-panthers, yes. Jason Stackhouse becoming one? Not so much.)

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Series creator Alan Ball, who stepped down as showrunner after Season 5, released a statement about the show's ending to OTRC. "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 show brought us endless nudity and buckets of blood, fully earning its TV-MA rating every week. For stars Moyer and Paquin the show led to marriage and twins.

At least we'll always have Eric Northman's nude scene in the snow. (Spoiler if you haven't watched Season 6!)

The final season will air next summer.

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