18 June 2012 6:51 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Alan Ball, the creative genius behind HBO's Southern gothic vampire drama "True Blood," has decided that next season on the show will be his last. At the dawn of a new season in which a Vatican-style theocracy takes hold of Sookie's world, Ball discusses his decision with Wrap editor Sharon Waxman, and explains how Rick Santorum inspired this season's storyline. I'm sad. This will be your last season doing "True Blood"? It's just a question of mental and physical health. Running a TV show is huge. There's a reason people take a »

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