The hit HBO vampire series will end after its seventh season

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Updated September 03, 2013 04:30 PM

For True Blood fans, this news really sucks.

HBO announced Tuesday that the hit vampire show will be laid to rest after its seventh season, with the final 10 episodes set to air in the summer of 2014.

True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” the president of HBO programming, Michael Lombardo, said in a statement. “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.”

Carrie Preston, who plays waitress Arlene Bellefleur, revealed on Live From the Set this season that "there were real tears" shed by the cast when they filmed season six.

“We had this one table read, the first time we were hearing the script out loud, and one of the actors started crying and then everybody joined in. It was a pretty beautiful moment,” Preston said.

Although it’s unclear whether the cast was upset over the season six finale with the possible death of vampire Eric Northman, played by Alexander Skarsgard, or perhaps the larger loss of the show as a whole, we’re certainly sad to see the show go.