04/09/2013 05:19 BST

'True Blood' Ending In 2014 After Season 7

'True Blood' will end in 2014 after season seven of the hit vampire show, HBO announced on Tuesday

"As we take a final walk through Bon Temps together, we will do our very best to bring Sookie’s story to a close with heart, imagination and, of course, fun," showrunner Brian Buckner promised.

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

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Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse and Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse

The racy series, based on Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels and created by Alan Ball, began in 2008.

Millions of fans have grown to love the ensemble cast anchored by Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard and which has grown to include Anna Camp, Joe Manganiello and more.

"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.

"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," Lombardo added.

“From the moment I read Charlaine’s books, I thought there was potential for something really special," Ball said in a statement.

"Then our amazing writers, cast and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my wildest expectations. I’m deeply grateful to HBO for being true partners and collaborators, and, of course, to the viewers who chose to spend Sunday nights in Bon Temps with us."

Brian Buckner took over as showrunner for 'True Blood' Season 6, which also saw former 'EastEnder' Robert Kazinsky land a role in the show as Ben Flynn/Macklyn Warlow.

"I feel enormously proud to have been a part of the 'True Blood' family since the very beginning," Buckner said in a statement.

'True Blood' returns to HBO in the summer of 2014.

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