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True Detective Season Two: What We Know So Far


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Season One was filled with Southern lore, mystery, noir, action, titties and stellar performances from McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. It was a crazy ride with our two reluctant heroes, but a really fun one. Hopefully they’re still living together and shotgunning cans of Lone Star beer.

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As their characters Marty and Rust walked away, they looked into the night sky. The stars were covered in darkness of the night.

“I’ve been looking out the window at the stars, just thinking–It’s one story. The oldest. “-Rust

“What’s that?”-Marty

“Light versus dark”-Rust

“Well I know we ain’t in Alaska but it seems to me that the dark has way more territory”-Marty

So in that dark that covers their world, there is another story out there. Another group of stars who will have to shine in that darkness. This story is in California. And this story features Colin Ferrell with a creepy mustache and an assortment of cowboy ties.

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HBO: Earlier last year, you said that this season was about ‘Bad men, hard women and the secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system.’ Is that still true?

It’s not, I’m afraid. There’s definitely bad men and hard women, but no secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system. That was a comment from very early in the process, and something I ended up discarding in favor of closer character work and a more grounded crime story. The complexity of the historical conspiracy first conceived detracted from the characters and their reality, I felt, and those characters are ultimately what have to shape the world and story. So I moved away from that. – Nic Pizzolatto.

(read entire Q&A here.)

Since the show is named True Detective (and not True Crime), this season will also be focused on the case affecting the characters rather than solving the case itself. When a business man is murdered, paths cross between Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell featuring Colin Ferrell’s mustache) and Paul Woodrugh (Tim Riggi…I mean, Taylor Kitsch). Everyone minus Semyon are from 3 different branches of law enforcement and Velecro is along for the ride.

Here’s the official synopsis:

A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.

Pizzolatto has gone out his way to tell you that while this story takes place in California, even LA county to be exact, it’s not the city of Los Angeles. Much like the Louisiana landscape of season 1, this forgotten area of California will be used to set the tone of this season. Instead of Cary Joji Fukunaga  behind the camera this time around, we’ll have Justin Lin (the man responsible for reviving The Fast & Furious series). So expect to see Colin Ferrell drive a Ford Bronco off the roof of an exploding warehouse.

Apparently, there’s no occult aspect this season, so we can kill those Route 66 or Bohemian Grove theories for now. This season will focus on a conspiracy and how it affects everyone from top to bottom.

Well that’s pretty much all we know. Well there’s allegedly a big orgy scene but that comes as no surprise.

After each episode, I’ll post commentary and my predictions for the next. Don’t hold me to that. If it’s one thing I don’t like, it’s deadlines. Especially when they’re  not enforced.

Here’s the remaining promo posters and videos.

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