10 Things You Didn’t Know About True Blood
The dark fantasy horror television series True Blood ran for seven seasons from September 7, 2008 to August 24, 2014. The show received positive reviews from critics and was nominated for countless awards, winning the Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for Anna Paquin’s performance and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series. It’s been three long years since the show went off the air, so check out these 10 things that most people don’t know about the popular series:
10. Development Deal
Series creator Alan Ball had previously worked on the HBO drama Six Feet Under. After Six Feet Under wrapped, Ball signed a two-year agreement with HBO to produce original programming for the network and True Blood was the first show to come out of that deal. He came upon Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mystery books and became interested in bringing Harris’ vision to television, but she already had two other adaption options for the books. In spite of this, she decided to work with Ball because he “really got [her].”
9. Title Sequence
The title sequence, which runs to “Bad Things”by Jace Everett, was constructed around the idea of “the whore in the house of prayer.” They combined images of sex, violence and religion, as well as redemption and forgiveness, and then displayed them from the point of view of “a supernatural, predatory creature observing human beings from the shadows.” The sequence moves from morning to night and ends with an eerie baptism. During editing, drops of blood were splattered on individual frames to give viewers a reminder of what the show was about.