‘True Blood’ Season 6 Shortened To 10 Episodes – Will It Help Or Hurt The Series?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 15th, 2013 at 12:08 pm,

Season 6 of HBO’s gory, blood-sucking drama True Blood  may be nearly a year away, but departing  showrunner Alan Ball recently revealed that next season will cut out two episodes, leaving the total number at 10, instead of the typical 12. Could a shortened season 6 hurt the series, which is already abundant with characters and storylines?

Ball claims that next season will be reduced to 10 episodes partially because of star Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), who is due to give birth to twins with onscreen love-interest and real life husband Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) this November. Additionally, Ball also noted that the episode order was cut for “economic” reasons (read: to save money).

Here’s what Ball had to say to TV Guide:

We’re moving production to January to accommodate her. And there will only be 10 shows next season partly because of Anna and partly because of the economics.

The burning question that’s likely on many fan’s minds is what does that mean for their treasured misadventures in Bon Temps next year? While nothing is yet set in stone, this cost-cutting episode reduction could mean that less important subplots could be reduced significantly, if not completely phased out.  Finding time for Alcide and his pack, or Andy and his fae babies, might become difficult come next year.

Ultimately, True Blood is a vampire-centric show, so the main focus of next season will likely be on the the rise of the new Bill/Lilith fusion (affectionately dubbed ‘Bilith’), as well as the exploration of the mysterious Warlow (who apparently “owns” Sookie). Though we’ll have to wait and see exactly how producers decide to approach next season, having to fit so many character stories in a shortened episode order could prove to be problematic for the series overall. Because if there’s one thing True Blood is already lacking, it’s time to include so many of its concurrent, over-arching narratives.

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Then again, True Blood’s seasons have always feel a bit bloated, often leaving the season finales with a quick wrap-up and cliffhanger. If producers are able to provide a more succinct story, in fewer episodes, there’s a good chance that True Blood season 6 could help perfect the series’ ability to continue on into the future. Having already written off (or killed) more than a few familiar characters, producers have already begun trimming down the series – perhaps in a preemptive move to help the transition into next season easier.

All in all, True Blood season 6 will certainly be something for fans to keep an eye on. Whether this shortened season will be helpful or hurtful still remains to be seen. Either way, it’ll certainly add another level of intrigue to next season’s viewing (as if a god-like vampire and a mysterious vampire hybrid wasn’t enough).

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True Blood season 6 premieres summer 2013 on HBO.

Source: TV Guide.

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  1. One of the top shows on premium cable,and they have the gaul to mention the economical strains,were aware of them,we go to our s***** little jobs and struggle to make our small amount of money so we can give it to to you(showtime)so we can ESCAPE from that reality.this is bs really,f****** spoiled celebs and cheap profit obsessed sociopathic producers.i enjoy this show but they care so little about the fans and the show its self that they’re willing to rip us off and alter the story just for a few million bucks.these are the type of ruthless profiteers that would install a suicide net around a iPod sweatshop rather than losing a few bucks by working employees less,except in this case these lazy ass Hollywood types could benefit from forced labor.bottom line,its amateur hour and insulting to us normal people with real money concerns who flush down our hard earned for a product.if this was a drug deal showtime would get shot for skimping

    • Dunno what you’re talking about. They spent 60 million on Game of Thrones. That’s a lotta dough. Just think, maybe they’re saving their money so they dont risk bankruptcy next season. It’s not about pinching or splurging, its more like “It can be afforded or it cannot be afforded.”

      • Just a correction its not Showtime, but HBO that True Blood airs on. So for potential fans if you want to watch this awesome gory, sexy, violent, sad, & always hilarious show check it out on HBO on Sundays at I believe 9 or 10 pm or on HBO GO all the time.

    • Um, it’s on HBO.

    • Just to clear things up a little, True Blood Airs on Showtime here in Australia… We don’t have HBO in Australia we have Showtime which airs HBO’s series…
      Don’t know why, just know how it is :):)

  2. I really don’t understand cutting it down to 10 episodes. It’s like he’s saying that THE ONLY person there to write for is Sookie which isn’t so. Instead of taking time to focus on some other characters while Anna Paquin heals and spends time with the new additions to her family, he just decides to do NOTHING??? There’s so much to do. Lafayette (and maybe “bringing back” Jesus), Jason finding some true solid ground and becoming a less erratic person, Tara finding some sort of balance or peace between her new “life” as a vampire and what she believed in her old one, the Bellefleur fairy children, Eric and his choice to follow Godric/his pursuit of Sookie/his relationship with Pam, and SO much more. You really mean to tell me that Sookie is everything??? You finally have 2 extra episodes worth of time to focus on everybody else and you just DUMP it!!! This is bad.

    • It’s not just Anna. Stephen is entitled to family leave as well. They have TWO infants to take care of. Actors work 14 hour-days, icluding nights and weekends when needed. They don’t have a M-F, 9-5 schedule like regular folks, so of course Anna and Stephen wanted to spend as much time with the babies as possible before they had to go back to work. And if Anna and Stephen were not in the first 2 episodes, how were they supposed to resolve the cliffhanger at the end of S5? Who was going to play Billith and Sookie? Also Sookie is the lead character on the show. TB doesn’t exist w/o her, so no they can’t make the show w/o Sookie. Each season begins and ends with Sookie. It’s her story.

      • Oh yes, they work sooo hard… Go fornicate yourself.

    • I couldn’t agree more. This whole show should not revolve around Sookie. I wish they would have looked into exploring other options before ending the season 2 episodes short. Those 2 episodes are a huge deal to True Blood fans. I am SO disappointed & I sincerely hope they don’t continue this with the coming seasons!

    • I felt the same. So I think they threw in the part about economics to draw attention from the fact that they are cutting the season due to the pregnancy. We also have to remember with her and Bill being married both characters the season was steered toward would need time away. What new father wouldn’t also need time to bond with his baby? All and all they pulled it off.

  3. HBO sets a cap of 10 episodes for True Blood and Game of Thrones, but they’re ordering another Lena Dunham show about rich white women in New York City, as if we need more of those.

    Slash funding for Girls and those other crap shows, and use the budget for the shows fans love.

    • Um, GIRLS isn’t about “rich white women.” They’re not loaded. The lead character herself is facing a lawsuit. Another character waitresses. It’s a show about 20-somethings trying to figure things out after the structure of college, a very common thing.

    • Are you stupid. Don’t talk about programmes that you clearly haven’t watched. Girls is hardly to do with rich white women. All this stress was for nothing. Was upset when the series ended but it was still a good cliffhanger and it will keep the audience wanting more. I know I will be watching the next season

  4. I really don’t understand why you would want to shorten the season to 10. It’s months before a new season starts already and only making it 10 eps would make it even longer of a wait. There’s a lot of things you can throw into 2 so cutting it is redicolous I think

  5. there’s only two thing I look forward to…football season and true blood. shortening the season by 2 episodes really blows (it’s like shortening the football season by 2 games due to injuries) writers block? hire new writers darn it!

  6. Reducing it to 10 episodes could possibly help the series? What a stupid question, what a stupid conclusion.

    With that kind of logic, that it could “help the series”, they could make itinto a blockbuster winner by cutting it to 0 episodes!

  7. I just hope that we have more than six seasons i really like the show it has its ups and downs but i find it hard to wait for the next season each year. I think that them making only 10 episodes can be a good thing if they do it right.maybe get rid of stories like terry’s war past that story was horrible. Or arlene fishing flashbacks. Just please keep the show going you have the ratings and fans why stop.

  8. I like that show very very much .

  9. I agree that cutting the season shorter will hurt the show and we use this show to escape our crappy lives but if you think about at least they are going to have episodes! They could have waited until after Anna gave birth and spent sometime with the newborns but instead she chose to work. I mean it sucks they will only have ten episodes but it is better than waiting right? All I know is that we should be happy that there is still something coming on even if it is cut short. Hopefully the plot will not be ruined in the shorting process.

  10. once again lets have 10 episode and wait almost a year to see the next, epic modern tv braodvasting fail, never seen true blood dont care to until the whole series is finished then i can watch the whole thing in a proper timely fashion. sows like this dont have any depth not enough time in 12 hours to give you that, is they only have 12 episode a season already and they have filler episodes, then they must have some horrible writers!!!!

  11. Not the least bit happy with this situation as it is something I wait for and one of few reasons I even carry (HBO). I will have to say if they end True Blood my subscription to HBO will be cancelled because with Internet available and smart TV’s I don’t need them for movies obviously.

  12. I hope they make more True bloods

  13. Justin, I totally agree with you. TB is the only reason I carry HBO. The season is already short, but they know we’re hooked, so what are you gonna do. But Terry’s story was boring…so glad that’s over. Love Tara & Pam! Bring Jesus back!

  14. I don’t think it’s really fair to simply categorize a shortened season into one or the other (hurt or help.) This is the only super-natural series that I watch (with the exception of The Walking Dead) and, I’ll be honest, my wife made me do it lol (but I made her watch The Dead, so we’re even.) I’ve enjoyed the show since the first episode as far-fetched and unrealistic as it is and season six is no different and I seriously doubt that I would feel any different about the show at the end of season six if there were 10 or 12 episodes. Of course being a huge fan of the series I would love for it to be 14 episodes. What worries me the most is one of the reasons given for a shortened series is due to economic reasons. What that means to me is the show that essentially made its cast into huge crossover stars are probably going to get over-inflated egos and start demanding ridiculous per episode compensation. I don’t want to give the wrong impression, I’m all for getting every penny that you are worth as an employee. Last year Time Warner had more than $13 billion in revenue from it’s networks and that is because of the actors and writers so what’s $50 or $60 million dollars for a season of True Blood? That is less than half of one percent (.4%) of its estimated annual revenue so I literally cringe when I hear someone say “it’s ridiculous for an actor to get paid $1 million for one episode!” So it’s better that the multi-billion dollar conglomerate gets to keep more? With the way True Blood is going, it seems like the story is just getting started and it’s audience base is a solid 4.5 million viewers, this show could go on for many more seasons, I just hope the “economics” keep making sense and by that I mean the actors get all they can get while keeping the executive decision makers happy with the bottom line.

  15. the only reason i have HBO is because of TRUE BLOOD if it goes then i go with it. Shortened the season because of Anna is stupid there is alot of characters TRUE BLOOD FANS enjoys watching .The fan base grows every year PLEASE RECONSIDER THIS ACTION.

  16. Even though Anna Paquin is my all time favorite actress, I cant but help be terribly upset that the season has been shortened. I litterally watch all the episodes over and over so I can get my True Blood fix. Now to find out season 6 is 2 episodes short killlllsssss me. My friends and I (mainly me) wait a whole year just to get to the next True Blood season. What the hell am I going to do.? ( i am such a huge True Blood fan, I practice everyones lines…yes I just admitted that, but its the best show ever) I will protest and picket if True Blood EVER even thinks about not getting picked back up. Anyways I love you everyone on True Blood! – Chelsie

  17. A just want to say tht if pam goes no good

  18. I have read all the books and watch all the episodes of TB. I have been a huge fan since before it was ever on television. TB is literally the only reason I subscribe to HBO. Its never let me down untill now.I feel sooo jipped. One cut episode would be horrible, but two is tragic OMG. How unsatifying and displeasing I dont care what the reason is, we as fans dedicate our sunday nights to TB and you let us down in such a grand fashion. I hope TB repreves its self next season with fourteen episode and removes the tarnish on there now reputation or there will be alot off pissed off fans. I mean show a little dedication in return to your oh so religiously dedicated fans. I mean thats the least you could do. We waite a whole year for this show and this is what we get in return Heart break. The wtiters could have found a way to make two episodes around Anna pregnancy, there are only like twenty different characters and story lines that make up TB. Thanks alot ;-) P.S. However, congrats on the two new bundles of joy Anna and Stephen.

  19. I have read all the books and watch all the episodes of TB. I have been a huge fan since before it was ever on television. TB is literally the only reason I subscribe to HBO. Its never let me down untill now.I feel sooo jipped. One cut episode would be horrible, but two is tragic OMG. How unsatifying and displeasing I dont care what the reason is, we as fans dedicate our sunday nights to TB and you let us down in such a grand fashion. I hope TB repreves its self next season with fourteen episode and removes the tarnish on there now reputation or there will be alot of angry fans. I mean show a little dedication in return to your oh so religiously dedicated fans. I mean thats the least you could do. We waite a whole year for this show and this is what we get in return Heart break. The wtiters could have found a way to make two episodes around Anna pregnancy, there are only like twenty different characters and story lines that make up TB. Thanks alot ;-) P.S. However, congrats on the two new bundles of joy Anna and Stephen.

  20. I love the show true blood. It’s what I look forward to all year. So whatever they have to do to keep the seasons going for a very long time. I’m all for it!

  21. All new mums take time off to spend with there newborns lighten up everyone. Try having a baby and going straight back to work its not easy and if you say it is your not telling the truth.It want hurt the show a bit just makes it more exciting.
    Good evening fang bangers lol

  22. First, congrats to Anna and Stephen!! Second, Im a huge fan since day 1 and soooo look forward to tb every season. Its my reality escape from my own sometimes mediocre goings on. I have fallen in love with so many characters why couldnt the send Sookie to fae land for one of those extended time lapses and concentrate on our other favs. Yes I would be anxiously awaiting her return but getting to finally focus on other fav characters such as Pam and Eric, as well as Lafayette and Tara. There is so much creative writing that could have been done while Stephen and Anna are enjoying time off with their babies. Very dissapointed, Im loyal to this show and expect with this huge fan base there was certainly something else that could have been done. We are your bread and butter (that goes for YOU too HBO)and as many others have posted, I only subscribe to HBO for TB. They drop funding they will be hurting their pocketbook as well. Sincerely….. dissapointed.

  23. I have been very disappointed with the last two seasons of true blood! I was a real fan!!!

  24. Well i want to start by saying congrats on the bundels of joy. Altough i am sad that there are only 10 episodes i understand why there was only 10 i just hope that true blood comes back for season 7 and more i love what you all do .it always keeps me wanting more true blood.thank you for such an amazing show .you should come out with a movie i would be in line for hours to see that.keep up the good work and good luck to all

  25. So to all of the people who believe that shortening the show by two epsiodes… Are you really that big of a fan?I love true blood and everything about it and do not believe the show could ever be hurt just by losing 2 episodes…to all the people saying we don’t need sookie for the show to go on….true blood is sookie’s story, have you never picked up one of the “sookie stackhouse” novels?? The name says it all, right?…

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