HBO's immortal vampires now have an ending date.
True Blood's 10-episode, seventh season in summer 2014 will be its last, the pay-cable network announced Tuesday.
The popular drama, which stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard, ended its sixth season last month.
"True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," HBO program chief Michael Lombardo said in a statement accompanying the announcement. Executive producer "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."
"From the moment I read Charlaine's books, I thought there was the potential for something really special," Ball said in a statement. "Then our amazing writers, cast and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my wildest expectations."
Brian Buckner took over day-to-day oversight of the show from Ball in the sixth season and will retain that role for the final season.
True Blood follows Paquin's Sookie, a part-faerie who can hear people's thoughts, and her dealings with vampires Bill Compton (Moyer) and Eric Northman (Skarsgard), along with a wide range of human and supernatural characters in Bon Temps, La.
In Season 6, the show averaged 10.6 million viewers in gross audience across multiple showings and platforms. It has been one of HBO's most popular series.
By Bill Keveney, USA Today