true blood season 7 panel comic con hbo 'True Blood' cast says goodbye at final Comic Con panel: Full report“True Blood’s” seventh and final season is airing now, and fans have a few episodes left before they need to say goodbye to the show. But the cast took advantage of their San Diego Comic-Con 2014 panel to bid adieu to fans and one another. The panel began with a farewell video in which the cast said goodbye and thanked their fans for sticking with them through seven seasons.

More importantly, though, the panel concluded with a tease for the show’s remaining four episodes. It didn’t give too much away, but it’s clear that the show will focus on wrapping on the series’ main story lines from here on out.

The room erupted when the cast took the stage, fans screaming their adoration of various characters, emotions running high.

Onstage were many of the show’s stars, including Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam De Beaufort), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler), Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), and newcomer Nathan Parsons (James ), as well as Executive Producer Brian Buckner.

The cast shared plenty of memories from the show’s early days. Wesley said she was terrified at first because “True Blood” was her first job out of school. “Oh my god, just please don’t fire me,” she said, remembering.

“I was like, ‘Did my shirts have to be this tight?'” Ellis says of his first experiences playing the flamboyant Lafayette.

Naturally the conversation quickly turned to the show’s final season as the cast began to recount their last days shooting. Tearing up (and not for the first time today, she said), van Straten said she had trouble deciding on a souvenir to take home with her from her character’s bar, Fangtasia, but eventually decided on a painting of President George W. Bush as a vampire.

“I wrapped at 4 a.m. out in the woods somewhere,” Woll says. “I thought that was kind of fitting.” She said much of the cast was present, and they had a bittersweet final farewell.

“I knew I was going to see everyone here [at Comic-Con], but saying goodbye to that lot was really tough,” says Moyer.

“We were in each other’s arms and mourning, but celebrating also,” Preston adds.

Parsons, who joined the “True Blood” family this year, said he was happy to be a part of the show, albeit briefly. “Day one, I felt right at home,” he says. “Everyone was really great welcoming me in.”

Asked what other characters he would have liked to play on the show, Trammell did his best impression of Alexander Skarsgaard (Eric), who was sadly absent from the panel. Ellis answered the same question without hesitation, admitting that he’d want to play Pam, while Preston and Parsons joked that they’d have enjoyed playing Lafayette. Bauer’s answer tickled fans as well: “I feel like it’s really obvious that Andy Bellefleur wants to be Jason Stackhouse,” he says.

But the cast didn’t spend the entire panel looking backward, and conversation eventually turned to the in-progress “True Blood” Season 7, including the possibility of Arlene’s burgeoning romance with a new vampire character, Keith (played by Riley Smith).

“I don’t think you introduce a hot vampire on True Blood without doing something with him,” Preston says. “I feel like this season I kind of arrive on ‘True Blood’…there’s some stuff coming up between Arlene and Keith that I’ve never had to do on camera before ever.”

Meanwhile Buckner decided that as executive producer he had better handle a question regarding Sookie and Bill’s fate. “This show started out and worked because of the chemistry they share,” he says, reminding the audience that their chemistry was so real that Paquin and Moyer literally married one another in real life. He continued, “I certainly felt going into it that we had to come back to Bill and Sookie. How were going back to them, we’re not telling you.”

But fans won’t have to wait much longer to find out. The “True Blood” Season 7 and series finale airs Aug. 24 on HBO.

Posted by:Mike Rougeau