Spoilers if you're not caught up on True Blood through Season 6!
True Blood returns for its final season in June! HBO announced the premiere date for Season 7 along with releasing the above graveyard teaser, which gives us a glimpse at the headstones of some of the dearly departed before bringing us to the series' headstone: 2008-2014. Rest in Peace True Blood! The final season will air June 22 at 9:00 p.m. That's one week after HBO will debut their new series The Leftovers, which will premiere Sunday, June 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
One thing I noticed about the teaser were the years. Terry Bellefleur's headstone says he died in 2010...
That seemed odd, considering Terry died last season. And then I remember that time moves at a crawl in this series, and the years may be a nod to the actual timeline of this show, which premiered in 2008 but has inched forward in time since then -- with one year-long leap forward between Seasons 3 and 4, if memory serves -- so it may only be 2010 in Sookie's time.
Here's HBO's official announcement related to True Blood's return:
TRUE BLOOD begins its ten-episode, seventh and final season SUNDAY, JUNE 22 at 9:00 p.m. Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the series takes place in a world where vampires and humans co-exist, after vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Alan Ball created the show, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.
So, nothing revealing there beyond the boilerplate synopsis. And then we have The Leftovers, a new drama from Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta's novel by the same name. The series will star Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston and Liv Tyler and takes place in the wake of a strange event being referred to as "The Rapture," where a noticeable percentage of the human population just up and vanished into thin air, leaving those left beyond to wonder what happened (and why they weren't vanished either). Lindelof and Perrotta are collaborating on this series, with Lindelof set as showrunner.
HBO has The Leftovers set to debut Sunday, June 15 immediately following the season finale of Game of Thrones. That should offer the new drama a nice lead-in. And then True Blood will arrive to fill Game of Thrones' place in the 9:00 p.m. timeslot the following week. Keep an eye out for The Leftovers preview that's going to air this Sunday night when Game of Thrones premieres.