True Blood will finish in 2014. The show has just finished its sixth season and there will be one more before the HBO series will come to a final halt. The announcement was made on Tuesday (3rd September) by HBO's President of Programming Michael Lombardo. He said "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."

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer at the season 6 premiere of True Blood at the ArcLight Cinema in L.A.

The show follows the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress from Bon Temps, Louisiana who is pitted against - in romance and otherwise - vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, fairies and an assortment of other supernatural creatures. True Blood has catapulted a number of actors into the limelight and has even forged a marriage during its five year run. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, who play Sookie and her main love interest Bill, met on the show and married in 2010. Other stars of the show include Alexander Skarsgard, Rutina Wesley, Ryan Kwanten, Nelson Ellis and Joe Manganiello.  

Joe Manganiello
Joe Manganiello at the True Blood season 6 premiere.

Originally based on the books by Charlaine Harris, the author published her thirteenth and final Sookie Stackhouse novel in May of this year. It seems the writers will eventually run out of inspiration from this source. It seems the show's creator Allan Ball also thought the show had a limited lifespan as he stepped down from his duties at the end of the fifth season, the LA Times reports.

HBO have scheduled another ten episodes of the show, due to air next summer. Brian Buckner, the executive producer of the show, spoke to the press at the TCA's summer press tour. He stated the show's writers and producers intended to "bring it [the plotline] in a little bit" enabling the series to focus, once more, primarily on the "relationship between vampires and humans." He said his goal was to "get all these people living under the umbrella of one story and one threat".

Alexander Skarsgard
Alexander Skarsgard at the True Blood premiere.