Rumors for the next season of the critically acclaimed HBO series True Detective have been circulating the web ever since the first season’s finale, including talks of Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt starring. The show’s season two is now confirmed by the writer of the series to take place in California and has three feature leads, as opposed to the first season which took place in Louisiana and had two lead roles. Nic Pizzolatto (the show’s creator) revealed some details for the second season on the ‘To The Best of Our Knowledge’ podcast.
Pizzolatto said that they are “working with three leads” and it takes place in California. He assured that the story wouldn’t take place in Los Angeles, but “some of the much lesser known venues in California.” He went on to describe his goals for True Detective season two, saying that he is planning on capturing a certain “psychosphere ambiance” of the setting, much like what was accomplished in season one. He said the characters are all new but that he is “deeply in love with each of them.” Pizzolatto stated that a few scripts are completed for the season and they will start casting next month. During the podcast, Pizzolatto also described his experiences and perspectives of writing for HBO, television, his choice to pursue television instead of film, as well as the craft in general.
The details about True Detective season two taking place in an obscure town in California and having three leads has been met with great anticipation from fans. Kelly West, from Cinema Blend, stated the she is very excited at the announcement that Pizzolatto is “deeply in love” with the characters. She cited that the characters of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart were very complicated and in depth, and that character development was the driving force behind the first season of True Detective. West also expressed excitement that the show will be taking place in a town outside of the main metropolises in California. Again, citing the similarity to the first season, which took place in the outskirts of Louisiana.
True Detective‘s format of its anthology make it so that the second season of the show will be entirely self-contained, and the stories and characters of the previous season will not make an appearance in the upcoming season. Pizzolatto told HitFix that season two will “be about hard women, bad men, and the secret occult history of the United States.” Zero Dark Thirty star, Jessica Chastain, described her grievance for the popularization of the rumors of starring in the show. She stated that it is “awkward” due to all that attention being placed on someone who will not appear in the show, and thus taking away from whomever does play the role. There have been no plans for Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who were the two actors who played the lead roles in the last season of True Detective (Rust Cohle and Marty Hart), to star in the next season of the show. No casting decisions have surfaced as of yet.
By Andres Loubriel