True Blood will end after the next series, says HBO

Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin

The supernatural drama True Blood will end after the next series, says television network HBO.

Series seven will have 10 episodes and air in 2014.

"True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," said president of programming Michael Lombardo.

"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."

Originally adapted and developed by Alan Ball, the writer behind Six Feet Under and American Beauty, True Blood was based on a series of books by Charlaine Harris.

Ryan Kwanten and Anna Paquin
Ryan Kwanten plays Anna Paquin's on-screen brother Jason Stackhouse

The US novels feature vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters and other supernatural beings living alongside humans in a fictional town in Louisiana.

The TV adaptation features Anna Paquin in the lead role of Sookie Stackhouse.

She works opposite her real-life husband, actor Stephen Moyer, who plays a vampire. The couple became parents to twins last year.

Other members of the cast include Alexander Skarsgard, Ryan Kwanten and Joe Manganiello.

Evan Rachel Wood, Anna Camp and Gary Cole have also appeared in the show.

The show has become one of HBO's most watched series, with episodes averaging more than 4 million viewers in the US for the sixth season.

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