Charlaine Harris 'surprised' by Sunday's shocking True Blood death

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

If you watched Sunday's episode of True Blood, you were probably totally shocked by its ending. (We certainly were!) But perhaps no one was more surprised than Charlaine Harris, the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, on which the hit HBO series is based. Warning: Spoilers ahead!

In a particular twisty ending which marked another radical departure between the TV series and the books' storylines, Sookie's (Anna Paquin) fairy godmother Claudine (Laura Pulver) was drained dry by Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), providing the viewers who've read the books with a truly jaw-dropping WTF moment.

EW reports that the author of the popular novels:

"was surprised" by the death of Claudine, but trusts in Ball and where he takes the stories. Says the author, "If he can be gracious to me, I can certainly be gracious enough to wait and see where he's going."

In the books, the character of Claudine doesn't bite the proverbial dust until much later in the series. But it's not the first time the TV series and the books have diverged so wildly—while Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is still alive and kicking on the HBO series, the character met his demise in the first book. And Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) is a completely new creation of the show.

True Blood creator Alan Ball says:

"If we did just do everything in the books, there would be no surprises. It's not like we have a formula for what we're going to keep from the books and what we're going to change. If there's a consensus that something makes sense, that's usually the way we go."

Do you guys agree with Alan Ball? And were you shocked by the episode's ending as well?