‘True Blood’ Season 7 Story Details: Eric’s Fate, Show’s Ending & More

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True Blood ended season 6 with a few surprises and some unanswered questions, but as the writers get ready to map out the path for the seventh (and final?) season, it seems clear that showrunner and executive producer Brian Buckner is looking to simplify things next season.

The evidence of that can be found in a new interview that Buckner has done, wherein he offers a glimpse into the types of stories that will be told next year and also reveals a little bit about fan-favorite Eric Northman’s future and the Hep-V afflicted vampires.

Warning: True Blood Spoilers Below!


One of the most discussed moments from the season 6 finale has to be Eric’s nude sunbathing scene – and not just for what he revealed. Here, Buckner discusses Eric’s role in season 7.

Well, I did not confirm that he’s alive. Not that I want to create more conversation, because I don’t, but to be clear, we’re not saying how we’re going to use him, we’re simply saying that we are using him.

So, Eric’s back, but why was he on that mountain in the first place and what about his full body roast? Buckner compares the mountain moment to a Corona commercial and that Eric wanted to escape to a metaphorical beach after Nora’s death. He also opens up about the consequences of Warlow’s death.

With Nora gone, and having sought vengeance for her death, he found that the pain was still there and he doesn’t want to feel it again. So he retreated and returned home. That’s as much as the audience is meant to know. For now. [...]

Nobody knew the rule that if Warlow died, the blood that he gave to you would lose its efficacy. It was a surprise to all the vampires who realized that they just lost their ability to walk in the sun, but Eric was the only one in a timezone where it was light out. I think in the sort of “What the f— just happened?” of it all [Laughs] some people missed the idea that it was Warlow dying that precipitated that event. So if people called it an anticlimax, that Warlow’s death came and went without consequence, no, the Eric thing is the consequence of Warlow’s death.

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The Hep-V afflicted, so-called “zombie vampires” are clearly going to be a big part of season 7. Here, Buckner gives a little bit of insight into what they are, exactly.

They’re weaker and driven by a need to eat in a way that the vampires that we’ve come to know are not. They have to drink human blood in larger quantities and more frequently than before. And the other thing to clarify — honestly, it feels weird to have to clarify everything, which is essentially what next season’s job is [Laughs] — but they’re not going to be zombies. They’re far more organized and haven’t lost their mental capacity.

Here’s Buckner on his hopes for next season and the virtue of the human/vampire pairing concept that was introduced in the finale.

Here’s my sincere hope: that we get to see more of everybody we love, because everybody is under the banner of fewer stories. 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. That’s my hope, that’s the motivation, and that’s where it’s all coming from.

Getting “more of everybody we love” and a less cluttered show that won’t be pulled in as many different directions sounds like a back to basics approach that could be a winner with fans, but it could also be the perfect note for this show to go out on.

The season 6 finale performed well enough, but the numbers showed almost a 20% drop in viewers as compared to the season 5 finale, and True Blood isn’t exactly the critical darling that it used to be.

Still, this show has a huge fanbase that deserves a fitting conclusion, and Buckner has said that, no matter if they return for an 8th season or not, they will have an answer when the writers re-group next week. Though he may keep that under his hat for a little while.


True Blood returns in the summer of 2014.

Source: EW, TV Line, TV Line

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  1. You have to be seriously dumb not to connect the dots regarding Warlow’s death and the other vamps no longer being able to day walk. There were actually people that didn’t figure this out?

    • Also, truly stupid people have no concept of tact when criticizing others. Hmm, guess we all learned something about you, JG, now didn’t we?

    • Bill walks in the sun from Lilith….so is it Lilith in Bill or is it Warlow or is it Memorex? Is the fact that Warlow also carries Lilith’s blood why he is a day walker or is he just “Special” as he also has Fairy blood? And can Bill still walk in the sun or is Lilith finished with him and took her powers back? I was just happy that Warlow the woman beater was dead and figured it was Lilith withdrawing from Bill the carrier or that the day walking just wore off after a while as the blood was metabolized as it does when a human is “healed” by vampire blood they do NOT retain the effects for long, same with plain old fairy blood as we saw with many vampires in the past that it wears off rather quickly as well….all of which make equal sense as THIS s*** IS NOT REAL!!!! So sad that you can see this only one way….but you did guess what they were going for….I did not and I am NOT stupid the more I look the more possible plot lines I can see…

      • warlow was a fairy before he was turned. thats why he wanted to make sookie a vamp. she would have been a daywalker… bill and the others could only go in the sun because they synthesized warlow’s blood. remember when eric tricked russel to walk outside with him? kinda like that…

        • Bill didn’t synthesize warlo’s blood, takahashi didn’t get the chance to finish his work. Bill drank warlos blood infusing it with his own, so when the other vampires drank from him they ingested warlos blood too.

        • Um no. They never got to synthesizing Warlow’s blood. Bill drank the blood that he had from Warlow in an emergency situation. He ended up killing the govorner and showing how powerful he was. The professor had no more sample. Eric got Warlow’s blood because he broke into the Fairy Plain where Warlow was being hidden by Sookie. The rest of the vampires were able to walk in the light because they drank Bill’s blood that had mixed with Warlow’s blood. Because all the vampires drank from Bill, they drank also Lilith’s blood relieving him of the powers he had from Lilith.
          About your reference to season 3, Yes in a way it’s kind of the same, however, without Warlow’s death, the vampires would have been able to walk in the sun for… ever because they drank part of his blood (I was actually kind of annoyed with how easy it would have been for Vampires to walk in the sun because in the books it’s hard to even wake up the vamps during daylight hours… but i digress). With regular faye blood (you’ll remember from season 4) the effect’s of the blood were only temporary. Eric drained a full blood fairy, and even though the effects lasted longer than Sookie’s blood they were still only a few hours. But they fairy HAD died and he was able to walk in the sun. Warlow died and the powers he had distributed died with him. So yes in a way, it’s kind of the same, but very different.

  2. I can’t believe I read on other sites that people thought Season 5 was better than Season 6. It’s the other way around for me. Imo, Season 5 dragged a little as did the first half of season 2 between Fellowship Of The Sun/Maryann plots. I like the character Violet & glad to know they’re done with the wolf pack. It will be interesting to see them get back to basics of how Season 1 started off as. Kinda like Bill protecting Sookie personally only this time it’s more vamps doin the samething aslong as a human gives them blood to live off in return,etc.

  3. Gosh, I remember at the end of season 5 i was like, holy crap, Bill is going to be a bad a@@, no conscience vampire that everyone will fear, they were certainly building him up to be like that. Then the first episode of season 6…Bill is the same, just a bit twisted, the cliffhanger was all for nothing. That, along with other problems, led to me not watching it again.

    • Cool, then go watch ‘Twilight’ or ‘The Vampire Diaries’ instead.

      • Contrary to your beliefs “The Vampire Diaries” is a great show if not better show than True Blood. Though I will give you Twilight

      • There were 2 good things watching True Blood worth it. Godric and Russell. They are both dead and other characters are impressively boring and the storylines are way too predictable. Contrary to your beliefs The Vampire Diaries is actually way better written and fast paced show.

        • Yeap Vampire Diaries is well written and such a better show! I love True Blood but Seasons 4-5 sucked for me and I loved Season 6 but then again, Vampire Diaries is so much better and it’s not messy like True Blood.

          • Well TVD seasons 1-3 was good, but that last season with the cure and Silas pretty much sucked. It actually did get pretty messy last season.

          • I watch TVD and really cant say that it is better in any way than true blood except there abstinence! I dont really think that these shows should be compared since TVD are a teen series and true blood is the contrary. I do like Tvd, BUT i think that the storylines are just repeating since season 4 and is annoying as hell because you cant really take any anagonist serious since Klaus. And they always kill someone, but they always come back what I think too much if you kind of bring everyone back. In true blood the people mostly die. For me personally TVD is to prude too. And Elena is annoying as hell, almost all the characters become boring or you just dont like them anymore….

        • i don’t think it has to do with “beliefs” more opinion. I personally couldn’t get in to Vampire Diaries. It just seemed too… jouvenile to me. Not to say taht it’s not well written, I’m just not a fan. However, i felt that it was true to what life would be like were vampires real and had “come out of the coffin” especially in the south.

  4. Ok- I discovered True Blood spring of 2013. I watched the pilot & was hooked immediately, so much so that I found myself coming home from work, loging onto myComcast account, & watching episode after episode until I fell asleep… yeah, I know… get a life. Anyway, for the most part it’s been consistently engaging. Some of the characters were depicted a bit rediculous (I get that Jason is a bimbo slut, but c’mon… ). It was about the time Bill was making his way into the Big Vamp league (just before he slammed L’s blood) that I started shakin my head. Maybe I missed somethin along the way, but w/all the directions possible to go in the storyline, I’m confident to offer my opinion that the one chosen wasn’t the best. Hit me up & I’ll put a few options we could really sink our fangs into… ;)

  5. End it already… this series became pointless since season 3

    • I couldn’t agree more. This season was a waste of HBO resources that could be better served on a new series. The show used to be great, but this season was at best just mediocre and full of uninteresting story arcs.

      • Well the show still makes money for HBO, even if it’s not what it used to be. HBO can use that to do better things.

  6. Just keep screwing around Bucky,”getting more of everybody we love” lets hope that includes and walking alive/undead Eric, no ghost or spirit or memory or some other pile of crap, but the Viking, we are going to need something to numb the nausea of the Bill and Sookie 2.0 storyline.

    • 1+ for the Viking. Most interesting character by far.

      • Your right the Viking makes being a vampire sooo sexy and this is from alot of BlackFemales…Boring maybe but, on Sunday after a weekend with the kids this is the show to watch..all children go to Bed !!!!! this is for the Grown-ups

  7. My theory is that Eric simply melts the snow, he falls in that hole, then more snow covers him up…thus shielding him until nightfall.

    That said, I personally feel that TB jumped the shark years ago. But I enjoyed the first few seasons so much that I feel obligated to give each new season/episode a chance.

  8. I really liked season 6 but was extremely disappointed with the finale.

    For one, there’s no way Warlow should’ve died. He’s twice as old as Russel Edgington and with faerie powers and he gets staked by Jason? Really?

    Also how come there’s so many vampires playing in the daylight wehn Bill only gave up his blood to a few people?

    I also thought Hep V only made vampires weaker like bed ridden Nora and then kills them. How do we have zombie vampires running around?

    Overall, the series made a lot of big missteps in the finale. It just seemed like the writers wanted a big reset button so badly that they threw everything out the window to get it…

    • for The HepV Vamps To Survive, They Have To Keep Eating To Stay Alive. Nora Died Because She Didn’t feed Enough. (According To The Director)

    • There are two reasons I can think of. One was the that the virus mutated, whatever that means. Another was the fact that Nora got a very direct and concentrated injection of the virus, while the others got a diluted dose.

  9. Season 6 just felt as if the writers stopped writing. Anytime they ran short of dialogue somebody humped somebody else. I’m no prude but it really hit boring several times in the season and full frontal of Eric didn’t help. I’ve been a fan for so many years, I can only hope they come back with an actual story next year instead of just bad porn.

    • See I think the writers didn’t really have much of a choice this year. They were kind of already dealt a bad hand by Alan Ball going into season 6 since he left them with the Bill/Lilith and Warlow storylines to deal with, two storylines that could not have been salvaged. Like you, I hope they can return with something good too. I actually found season 5 to be the most boring season, but that’s just me.

      • I completely agree. I think the reason for the drop in views for season 6 was that season five turned so many people off. It went totaly downhill. So many 20% gave up watching it. Season six got better,… but I blame season 5 for the cancelation. The Billilith story line and the politics sucked!!
        I do love this show, and love the eric character with his soft and hard sides.

  10. So from this article Eric isn’t dead (assuming) because if he was dead I was done with the show.

  11. Ok, so we know Bill rejected Lillith’s will to stay on Earth as a vampire after which he is apparently left powerless. Eric also embraced a fully “evil” nature when he freed the vamps from the camp. My thought is that the type of vampire Lillith is, she saves Eric while he burns [much like she appeared to Bill when he was near death] and grants him powers on the basis that he is the greater vampire and can maybe kill bill in revenge for disobedience or somehow come back and save vampire kind by different means. ??? I assume that Sookie is also still a threat to vampire kind and what’s with Gramps coming out of the portal in the bathroom? I did not like the finale so much, but think that a lot can still happen. Will this be the end? Only if they want it to be. Too much happened too quickly. Will Terry’s death be resolved? Will more ghosts pop in and out of Lafayette to cause havoc? Will fairy kind be restored? Will Jason and what’s her name have a vamp-human wedding? Will Sarah Newlin come back with new allies to finish her godly mission [and maybe finally die]? Did Sam “come out” and is he the new governor or mayor or what? I could think of many more questions that need answered.

  12. Sam is the new Mayor of Bon Temps. I wouldn’t go as far to think Jason & Violet will have a wedding because how many women has he said he loved, including Jessica? Terry’s death I would think been resolved. Gramps coming out of the portal in the bathroom & Jason staking Warlow instead of Sookie was a nice touch as they said imo. I wouldn’t bet Lilth saves Eric but maybe Pam will or the snow melts & Eric saves himself. I think Eric will be back to the way he was in Season 1 & not caring for the human race very much or not at all.

    I hope the show last as long as it can. Seasons 2 & Season 5 are the seasons I least liked so far.

  13. link with blood is like in vamp diaries but scene in swede is like he is waiting for that too happen unusual scene for eric too seat and reading a book,i didnt get is he reading hobbit or what:)
    i didnt like how its showing vamps behaviour on sun light, its like you see kids with canndies stupid and long scenes for who like they dont have better idea?Eric is only cool in all off that.Pam is in moment like a kid with candy stupid too see here in such a role.
    Last 2 series is with so much holes and i dont like it.Alcide?Warlow?sookies grandfather?

  14. I liked warlow! I thought he and sookie should have a fairy baby that first time they had sex, that she got pregnant and that they would fought togheter against vampires that wanted their blood to Walk in the day light. It was a conection between them that was sexy!!

    (My english is bad I hope you understand what I mean)

  15. I can’t be the only one thinking this, its so obvious. Eric burns up yes, but remember the scene right after that is BillCompton talkingabout the book he just wrote, there for leading me to Belive he nor anyone else knows what happened to Eric, and it seems with bill and Erics sketchy relationship that Bill put that funny tidbit about ericbeing naked in snow burning up from the sun, it makes sense because bill was explaining to the news anchor what happened?? Theory solved, and next season I know I will be right, eric is tight of a character to kill off like that. In such a humorous way I might add, bill was just having fun filling in hisbook..

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  16. We love Eric, they’ve lost their minds! Bill-Sookie-Alcide thing? AGAIN???? It was boring enogh the first time they did it. What is wrong with this people?…

  17. Well i started watching trueblood in season 2 and was hooked since,so i watched the first season and loved it. Now one thing would make these seasons better is if they stayed closer to books!!! Of course i would have to agree by keeping lala :) after season 3 they were so off from books i almost didnt watch but i kept watching. The only other thing i totally hate was the authority….really did you have to do that? Should have kept to books :) but i am still a trubie fan and will miss Terry.

    • I COMPLETELY agree with you on that they should have stayed closer to the books. Like veering off a little for the sake of the lives of others is fine, But completely making a new story…? I think that all the seasons at least followed the story line to the book adjacent to season, but then season 5 changed the whole story. In the books it doesn’t really bring up “The Authority” at least not books 1-8 (I don’t know about the rest)

  18. I am kind of sad that the series ends next year. Hopefully it’s more of a wrapup. I didn’t feel that the 6th season finale was something you could move forward from. Terry dead, Sookie with someone who’s better for her than bill (Bill reminds me of my kids’ dad, there and good one minute, and a jerk the next). Sam having a baby. Arlene able to provide WELL for her kids. I think that the only thing one COULD look forward to is what happened with Eric in the end and Andy Bellefleur’s fairy daughter, will he come to Sookie for advice now? Will Sookie know how to give that advice? I am actually happy she ended up with a Were, because that means that she actually CAN have chidren, which if you read the books, you’ll find that she really wants children. One question i have is WILL she wind up pregnant? Will she end up back with Bill? I hope there are not too many unanswered questions.

    • What would be awesome is another Fairy Vampire or several Fair Vampires maybe even Andy’s daughter or sookie . . .that would be a good spin or even bring back some of the other creatures like the panthers . . . I don’t want this year to be the end of it all . . . what will I do!!!!

  19. I just love Eric and want more of his storyline. I’m hoping he will be rejuvenated from the fire and back to his viking look of season1. Maybe he will be more of a bad vamp again and causing trouble – and Sookie will be his only “weakness”? I would have loved to see the real Eric have a fling with Sookie. They have great screen chemistry – maybe trick her into a marriage, like in the books, but that seems unlikely if there is only 10 episodes left…I think it will be between Sam and Bill in the end, like in season 1 – but they will have to put a lot more time into the Sam and Sookie relationship for it to fly (as they had hardly any relationship for the last 4 seasons). If it’s Bill (and she forgives him!!!) and they give her a Cluviel Dor, she could give him back his human life and they could have the future they dreamed about in season 3 (as Bill never really liked himself as a vampire). Either way it has to be with someone who can give her babies and then grand babies – as that’s what Sookie has wanted for her future all along.

  20. I never watched this show until the last half of season six and I was hooked. I watched all six seasons and still watch them over. I love this show. I loved all of the twists and turns and nothing bored me. I truely hope it doesn’t end with season seven.

  21. Hep D makes them weak, Hep V was created by tge Dr. in the camp.. Duh!!

  22. For me an my opinion is that trueblood is a hell of alot better series than vampire diarys or twilight !! And now season 7 is it that’s real dissapointment that the show couldn’t go on. That’s only reason I have hbo

  23. So they never explained how eric got to tha fairy plain to drank warlos blood. Cuz tha sheriffs daughter didnt know how to get bill and them there. And how did he get back to the real world

  24. i think bill and sookie should get back together and season 7 not to be the last season

  25. i think bill and sookie should get back to gether and season 7 not to be the last season

  26. “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…”

    Really? Having several different storylines was what hurt the show the most in the last few seasons… and I don’t see how that was necessary at all. Surely the writers are bright enough to come up with other, better ways to tell the characters stories. If not then they really should find a new line of work.

  27. I hope season 7 will end sookie’s and bill relationship, and let sookie realize how much eric really loved her. I think eric and sookie fits better!!!

    • I agree. Eric and Sookie all the way. Maybe the fairy blood makes him able to have children and he makes her happy? Maybe they end the series with Sookie alone. I definitely want to see more Eric flashbacks and Pam scenes. Also would love Jessica and Jason getting back together. I just started watching the series this summer and was hooked. Season 4 is my favorite and I own all the dvds. I also read the books after watching season 1. They were good in the beginning but they were lousy at the end. Don’t bother reading past book 8. Please writers…treat the eric character better than the author did. If you want the series to go out with a bang, then have the most beloved charterer, Eric, be central to the story. No more Sookie /Bill -been overdone. Gotta love the Viking.

  28. Just watch the entire seasons 1-6 of Trueblood. I love the show great series. But I would have to agree that Eric and Sookie would be a better fit. But being that Bill and Sookie is a couple with kids outside the show, it maybe the reason why they would want them to end up with each other on the show. Can’t wait to see how season 7 start and all the charcter’s life come to an end.

  29. So Eric will be back we just don’t know how. Hopefully he will not come back as some sort of spirit like Godric did. Eric is my favorite and I look forward to seeing a lot of him in season 7. I just hope they don’t cut back on his scenes. Since it is the final season I hope they put his character to good use. Alex is one of the best actors on the show and I know he a lot of people’s favorite. I guess we’ve seen closure with Eric and Sookie although I often hoped they would wind up together. I can’t see her with Bill after all he’s done but she is a pushover where he is concerned. I would like to see Eric wind up with someone, but his heart is still broken over Nora.