The scene in which Vic Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) decides to get a little creative in a strip club to get a suspect's name (and $20 from Branch) turned out to be both a dream come true and a bit of a nightmare for the crew.
On the one hand, the club was full of mirrors, which help to give every shot an extraordinary feeling of depth. On the other hand, three cameras shooting simultaneously plus mirrors everywhere equals the inevitability of a crew member being caught in the shot. Production made sure that everyone on set not meant to be seen was wearing all black during to make them as invisible as possible.
As outgoing and approachable as Katee Sackhoff is, she was still understandably nervous about stripping down in front of the crew. Happily, director Michael Uppendahl was on hand to work his magic and put her at ease. After the second take, Katee lost all inhibitions and totally owned the scene.
The strip club scene was actually shot at night, so the bright light you see when Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) enters the club isn't the sun. It's just a humungous light!
DP Cameron Duncan on finding the right location for the Dark Road itself:
"It took us an entire day to find this place. We looked at a total of four locations for this scene. Each one we said 'this is the one.' When we came upon the location that's in the episode we said 'holy s***, THIS is the one!'"
"It was a memorable scene to shoot for the whole crew. Michael and I were very methodical about how we wanted to cover the scene. No camera movement whatsoever. The actors kept delivering take after take. It was truly awesome!"
At the end of the episode, as Walt is driving Samuel home, the young man suddenly jumps from the truck. This stunt was performed by stuntman Logan Holladay, who recently won the Baja 1000 (which may have given him some experience falling into dirt from a moving vehicle).
Logan was joined by actor Brian Norris, who played Samuel, in the scenes where the young man is running alongside the Bronco. Not too many actors would take a risk like that, but thankfully legendary stuntman/coordinator Chris Howell was on hand to ensure everyone's safety.
Actor Timothy V. Murphy, who plays the stern Ephraim Clausen, is something of a dialect master. In addition to the subtle Pennsylvania Dutch dialect used in the episode, he is also able to speak with an Irish, Russian, Serbian, English, Southern US, Scottish, German, British, or Gaelic lilt. In fact, you might recognize his Russian accent from his work in the DirecTV commercials. You know, the ones where he had a tiny pet giraffe!
Rebecca Wisocky is perfectly at home in the skin of Rachel Clausen, the concerned and docile mother of the young victim. This may come as something of a shock to fans of True Blood, who are more used to seeing her as the powerful, enigmatic, and occasionally frightening, Queen Mab.
Production notes courtesy of Cameron Duncan and Emily Thomas.