HBO have announced that True Blood, the long-running fantasy series based on Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels, will end next year with its seventh season. "True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO. 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," said network president Michael Lombardo. "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." Of course, that version of events ignores the fact that there was a showrunner--Mark Hudis--in between the two who only finished three episodes before he was replaced.