What is it supposed to
be on the show?
A. The secret headquarters of the
Where is it supposed
to be on the show?
A. In New Orleans,
When did we see it on the show?
first seen in Episode 2, of Season 5
("Authority Always Wins"), in
which Bill & Eric are taken prisoner by the
Authority and brought
to the headquarters, which is hidden away inside a
large industrial building.
But the Vampire
Authority headquarters (mainly its interior) is
seen many times throughout the 5th season.
the headquarters, we meet the members of the
secret cabal of vampires
who run the Authority, an odd quasi-religious /
organization based around the worship of the blood
& Eric are held prisoner at the Authority
headquarters, are tortured, but escape being
killed by agreeing to track down Russell.
later witness a coup, led by Salome and Russell
Edgington, that deposes
Roman and the other pro-mainstreaming Authority
leaders, and replaces them with a far
more fanatical and bloodthirsty group of
fundamentalists that favors openly feeding on
After the coup, Bill & Eric are
persuaded to join Russell after drinking the blood
Lilith, which sends them into a religious / hallucinogenic hysteria, and an orgy of
Vampire Authority's HQ.
Eric has second thoughts, and draws away from the group, Bill
eventually slaughters the remaining Authority members, and
drinksall of Lilith's blood, resulting in his apparent "true
death" (via the
usual bloody meltdown) - followed by his immediate
resurrection in a form similar to Lilith.
is it actually, in real life?
A power plant.
Where can I find it in real life?
It is Edison's
Eagle Rock Substation,
Figueroa Street, in the hills of Eagle
That's between Pasadena and Glendale, about a mile
Pasadena's famous Rose Bowl. It's located at the end
of a private
road, just north of the Ventura (134) Freeway. The
surrounded by huge electrical power towers, which branch
out across the
L.A. basin, bringing power to the city.
The plant is often used for filming. It was also
seen in the opening of 2011's Best Picture, "The
Artist" (playing a torture chamber, in the silent
When we see cars pull
up to doors of the Authority building,
we are actually looking at the east
side of the building (with the camera looking
We get a glimpse of the actual interior
they first enter the building. (But once they board
it transitions to the fake - and far more oppulent -
studio set that is
the Authority headquarters seen in most of the scenes.)
The exterior is seen again in Episode 11 ("Sunset"), in a
scene where General Cavanaugh arrives.
Here's a Google StreetView of the substation.
Here is an aerial
photo of the location. And here is a map
As you can see from this old B&W photo, the
place hasn't changed much over the years:
(From the look of those automobiles, I'd guess
this was shot in the 1940s.)
Warning: This plant is surrounded by a
high fence & multiple warning signs.
How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. This was a bit of serendipity.
They had been considering using this location in
the 7th season of "Dexter"
for a rooftop
chase scene (that was later shot in downtown
L.A. instead). So, since I document "Dexter"
I had looked at aerial photos of the plant, and
remembered that it was
surrounded by high electrical towers. So,
when I saw it on "True
Blood", I thought I recognized it - and
when I double-checked, sure enough, that was the