It's enough to turn avid True Blood fans pale, but the vampire drama is to be laid to rest for good after series seven.
The darkly comic drama stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard, has followed the vampires, werewolves and other supernatural beings who live alongside humans in the Louisiana town of Bon Temps for the last five years. But the story will come to a close after ten final episodes in 2014.
HBO's president of programming Michael Lombardo confirmed that the show's seventh series would be its last, saying: "True Blood had been nothing short of a defining show for HBO. 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."
Toby Etheridge, head of programming at FOX, told RadioTimes.com: "True Blood is one of those rare US dramas that sit in a category of their own. We are very proud to have been the home of True Blood in the UK from the beginning – it’s part of the heritage of the channel.
True Blood, which is based on Charlaine Harris's The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels, was originally created by Alan Ball.
True Blood airs on FOX in the UK. Season 6 starts on Monday 30 September at 10pm