HBO offered the first taste of True Blood‘s seventh and final season on Easter Sunday, but Jesus was nowhere to be found in the creepy clip. “There was an attack at the church tonight,” says Sookie (Anna Paquin) in a voiceover, kicking off a montage of Biblical-sized small-town destruction.
The preview – which premiered during Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones – only lasts 36 seconds, but Sookie’s dramatic monologue offers a thrilling glimpse into the challenges facing the Bon Temps community: “sick vampires,” lunatic religious fanatics and a disinterested government which has left its citizens “turning on each other, acting like animals.”
One disturbing part shows a local church vandalized, with the words “PRAY FOR US SINNERS NOW AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH AMEN” spraypainted on its front. “How can this be happening,” Sookie asks, “in this country, in this day and age, that our government would leave us for dead?”
Earlier this month, HBO released another pseudo-teaser, featuring a graveyard romp through headstones of deceased characters. The season premiere, “Jesus Gonna Be Here,” airs Sunday, June 22 at 9 p.m. EST. Prepare yourself with Rolling Stone‘s recap of last season’s finale.
HBO revealed that this season would be the final one back in September, with executive producer Brian Buckner pledging to the show’s fans: “As we take a final walk through Bon Temps together, we will do our very best to bring Sookie’s story to a close with heart, imagination and, of course, fun.” The cast for Season Seven will include some fresh meat, including Nathan Parsons and 90210‘s Riley Smith.