The true death is coming for “True Blood.” HBO has confirmed that next year’s Season 7 will be the drama’s last.
Executive producer Brian Buckner promised the cast and crew would “do our very best to bring Sookie’s story to a close with heart, imagination and, of course, fun.”
It’s been a long, strange road since 2008, when creator Alan Ball adapted Charlaine Harris's bestselling books into a series. Heroine Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) fell in love with vampires and werewolves, faced down danger and death multiple times, cried over dead friends and relatives, met several different kinds of supernatural beings, and wore numerous white dresses and short-shorts.
So what’s in store for Sookie and friends in a seventh and final season? Here’s our wish list!
1. Sookie settles down with Alcide.
Sookie has been linked to every man, living or dead, on “True Blood.” First, there was Bill (Stephen Moyer), the courtly gentleman vampire. Then came bad-boy vampire hottie Eric. Some fans also rooted for shifter Sam to get out of the friend zone. In the Season 6 finale, Sookie was shacked up with buff werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello).
By now, we’re kind of over Sookie’s relationship ping-ponging. Here’s hoping Sookcide is here to stay!
2. Eric is alive, well, and sexy as ever.
If you thought you heard a mournful howling in the streets on August 18, it was the sound of millions of "True Blood" viewers screaming “Nooooooo!” as Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) went up in flames. But the usually spoiler-phobic producers must’ve been concerned for their lives, since they assured fans that Eric will be a part of next season.
Maybe Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) saves her maker, or maybe Eric remembers “stop, drop, and roll.” Either way, we’re not alone when we say Season 7 might as well not exist if the Nordic god isn’t in it.
3. Humans and supernaturals team up to save Bon Temps.
For most of its run, “True Blood” has pitted humans against vampires (and other supes). But now seems the time for the two sides to finally make peace. In the finale, a horde of crazed, hungry, Hep V-infected vampires were converging on Bon Temps. No doubt everyone will suddenly buy into Mayor Sam Merlotte’s (Sam Trammell) idea to pair humans with clean vampires.
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4. No more compounds — keep the action above ground
Both Seasons 5 and 6 featured big story arcs set in underground compounds — first, the Authority headquarters, and then the Vamp Camp. Both storylines also ended in similarly shrug-inducing fashion.
For the final season, we want to see all the action centered where it belongs: in Bon Temps! Particularly Merlotte's Bellefleur’s Bar and Grill, with a certain someone at the fry station. Which leads us to …
5. More Lafayette!
Season 6 was decidedly lacking in the Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) department. With no love interest in sight (RIP Jesus), Lala didn’t have his own storyline this year. Mostly, he was used as a quippy gay BFF to Sookie and Arlene, and that is just wrong. Give him a juicy arc in the final season — preferably with Pam. Can you imagine those two zing masters in the same room?
6. More Jason!
As one of the few humans without any kind of powers, Jason represents the average Joes and Janes of the “True Blood” world. We can’t wait to see how the bumbling cop handles the incoming vamp horde, or if his relationship with Violet is the real deal. Whatever happens with Jason, hopefully it’ll be with his shirt off!
7. Jessica and Adeline become besties
Last we saw Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), she was standing guard at the Bellefleur mansion as penance for accidentally killing all of Adeline’s faerie sisters. A budding friendship between the flame-haired vamp and the naive young fae would be just the kind of character stuff “True Blood” can be very good at — and doesn’t do enough of these days.
8. Andy and Holly get married.
Who doesn’t have a soft spot for the gruff sheriff with a heart of gold? Andy (Chris Bauer) has finally earned the respect of the town and the love of a good woman, Holly (Lauren Bowles). Now all that’s left to complete Andy’s transformation from pitiable underdog to hero is a fairytale (not faerie, mind you) wedding!
9. Eric and Pam team up to reopen Fangtasia.
Remember in Season 1, when Sookie first visited the vampire bar? Just like her, we were wide-eyed and intrigued by the place and its owner, Eric. This year, Fangtasia was shut down during Governor Burrell’s anti-vamp crusade. But with Eric and Pam hopefully returning home soon, they can pay attention to their baby once more.
And maybe Lafayette can consult on their new menu — putting him and Pam together is seriously a must for the final season.
10. Sookie doesn’t become a vampire.
It’s amazing that Sookie hasn’t been turned yet, considering vampires have been chasing her all this time. The deed was almost done this season, when Warlow wanted to make her his vampire/faerie bride, but he was foiled by Jason and Bill. And other vampire-centric shows have turned their protagonists.
But now that she’s gotten this far, we really hope Sookie is un-undead at the end of “True Blood,” just as she was in the beginning.
The final season of "True Blood" premieres in summer 2014.
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