Nic Pizzolatto Gives More Info About ‘True Detective’ Season 2

By May 27, 2014

I bet HBO knew they had a hit on their hands with “True Detective,” but I’m not sure even they could have predicted just how hard the time-jumping police drama would have hit the zeitgeist and become a touchstone of pop culture conversation during its first season. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson delivered insanely good performances, the show launched a million parodies, and there was that amazing long take, just to name a few notable aspects.

The upcoming second season has already launched a meme of its own (in which fans post screenshots of their dream cast members), and we know that creator Nic Pizzolatto has said this new season will cover “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” Sounds pretty rad. Pizzolatto was recently on the To The Best Of Our Knowledge podcast, and he offered up a few more hints about what we can expect when the show comes back.

Right now, we’re working with three leads. It takes place in California. Not Los Angeles, but some of the lesser known venues of California and we’re going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambience of the place, much like we did with season one. The characters are all new, but I am deeply in love with all of them. We have the entire season broken out, and I have a couple of scripts, and we’ll probably start casting within the coming month.

HBO's "True Detective" Season 1 / Director: Cary Fukunaga

Director Cary Fukunaga, who helmed the entire first season, won’t be coming back for season two, and with Pizzolatto’s confirmation that the new episodes will follow all new character, now we know for sure that Rust and Marty won’t be back, either. But three leads is an exciting change to the equation, and hopefully Pizzolatto is up to the task of delivering another compelling set of episodes. In the meantime, the first season will be vying for the Best Drama prize at the Emmys, so we’ll see how that works when “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” face off against each other.

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