The news that True Blood will officially be closing its doors after Season 7 initially hit us like a bag of bricks. But after thinking about it, we've decided this news is actually good… or, at the very least, it's not entirely bad. Hey, we need to comfort ourselves somehow, right?

Here are four reasons that True Blood ending after Season 7 could actually be a good thing for the show:

1. The writers have time to prepare. More than anything, we're glad this decision was made before the writers had really gotten to work on the season. Yes, we would have prefered this call be made before Season 8 or 9 (or 20...) instead of 7, but at least the writers have advance notice. This way, they can craft the season knowing it will be the last, which will hopefully allow them to conclude the story in a way that's satisfying.

2. We don't risk losing actors. One of the risks with long running shows is that actors get antsy to move on to other things. So far, all of the key actors have stayed loyal to the show, and they all appear to be signed on for the final season. Plus, the end of True Blood means getting to enjoy our fave actors in even more new projects, which will be fun in its own way.

3. It's been set up to end well. Whether or not you liked the crazy time jump at the end of the Season 6 finale, there's no denying that it did a great job bringing all of the main characters besides Eric and Pam, of course back to Bon Temps and giving them a clear enemy to battle. This setup was intended to bring the show back to its roots, and we can't think of a better way to end the series than with everyone in Bon Temps, learning to live and work together despite their many differences.

4. It will (hopefully) go out with a bang. While there are some shows that have lasted more than seven seasons and continued to be creatively successful, it's rare. True Blood has already had some weak seasons, and if it lasted for years and years to come, history tells us that the quality would probably go downhill. Hopefully, with the good setup and the knowledge that this is the show's last hoorah, the writers can whip up a final season that's truly fangtastic.

Are you glad Season 7 is True Blood's last, or do you wish to see the show continue its run? Tell us in the comments below!

True Blood returns in summer 2014 with a shortened 10-episode final season.