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'True Blood' final season will include 'fewer stories,' says showrunner

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(Read caption) 'True Blood' stars Alexander Skarsgard (l.), Anna Paquin (center), and Stephen Moyer (r.).

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The HBO drama “True Blood,” which is based on the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, will air its final season this summer beginning on June 22.

Harris released the last book in her Sookie series, “Dead Ever After,” in May 2013. It’s unknown if the ending of “Blood” will be the same as the ending of Harris’s series, as the TV show has differed significantly from the book series.

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“Blood” stars “Margaret” actress Anna Paquni as Sookie, “Devil’s Knot” actor Stephen Moyer as vampire and former Civil War soldier Bill Compton, and Alexander Skarsgard of “The Giver” as vampire and former Viking Eric Northman. The show takes place in the fictional town of Bon Temps, La.

In the sixth season finale, which aired last August, Bill and the Bon Temps mayor, Sam Merlotte, devised a plan in which normal humans would pair up with healthy vampires to protect the humans against vampires who were infected with a virus known as Hepatitis-V.

“Blood” showrunner Brian Buckner told the website Screen Rant that this plotline will mean that the focus will be back on the show’s main characters.

“Here’s my sincere hope: that we get to see more of everybody we love, because everybody is under the banner of fewer stories,” he said. “The story is ‘for every human a vampire, for every vampire a human,’ and now that there’s a lesser need for separate plot and separate story development for every single character that we have, we’re actually going to get to spend more time with them.”