True Blood' trivia: Secrets of the sets!


There was no new episode of True Blood on Sunday (HBO ran a mini-marathon of Season 3's first three episodes, instead). But we're feeding the beast. After taking questions from readers, we phoned the show's production designer, Suzuki Ingerslev, to talk about the inspiration for some of our favorite sets (and their hidden gems).


The King of Mississippi's Mansion: Ingerslev and her art director took a little side trip to Natchez, Mississippi last year, and found Longwood, a National Historic Landmark and the largest remaining octagonal home in the U.S., which she was told had never been filmed before for TV or features. The interior was never completed. After the Civil War, they walked away from it, she says. But we just needed it for the exterior, because there's nothing like it in the whole world. So we convinced our producers, begged and begged, and they let us go down there and shoot it. As for the interiors, they were created from scratch after studying the furniture, chandeliers, and wallpapers in plantation homes. The wallpaper in the King's dining room is completely Mississippi wallpaper, she says. It's got the river, it's got Spanish moss and alligators. It's really amazing that we found that in a wallpaper book.


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