True Blood‘s brilliant Production Designer, Suzuki Ingerslev, took a few moments recently to shed some light on the mystery of the “Bird Lady” statue featured in the season premiere. She spoke with the Brooklyn Museum, where the original “Bird Lady” statue is on display, to describe how Maryann came to be in possession of the artifact’s doppelganger:
[Alan Ball] was immediately drawn to the “Bird Lady,” seeing something so elegant, beautiful and perfect in her form that she became the obvious choice. As Suzuki pointed out, though she is not the first to do so, this ancient figure looks both modern and primitive at the same time. In terms of the show, she said using it helped to emphasize that Maryann’s character is timeless.