HBO announced yesterday that the next season of the highly sexualized series True Blood will be its last. The age-old tale of gorgeous vampires eating and fucking their way through a small Louisiana marshland is calling it quits after an impressive seven-string run. The sixth season of the series ended last month with an audience of around 10.6 million, and is said by the network to still be one of the most popular of their creative shows.

HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo had this to say of the recent announcement.

True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO. 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.

Hard indeed. Just when we thought the tale would start to get good again by reemploying the same twisted sex scenes cum laude that grappled us in the first few seasons, they go ahead and ruin the future by cancelling the fantasy altogether.

Oh well. At least thanks to Snoop Dogg, we'll always have this: