Eric declaring war, Bill still in Billith mode, a glimpse of Rutger Hauer… it’s the first teaser trailer for the turbulent sixth season of True Blood . This is the first season without original showrunner and creator Alan Ball. Michael Hudis started off the season as the new showrunner, but was replaced midway through production by Brian Buckner, a veteran writer for the show. Will all these backroom shenanigans have an effect on screen? Well, rapidly replacing showrunners never did The Walking Dead any harm.