‘True Detective’ Season 2 to Premiere in Summer 2015, Not as Dark as First Season

By August 21, 2014
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Towards the beginning of the month, tons of details about the characters of the second season of HBO’s hit new series “True Detective” emerged as “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss was circling a lead role. Now a few more details have emerged, including a premiere window.

Speaking at the Edinburgh TV festival overseas, ScreenCrush reports that HBO programming director Michael Lombardo revealed the timetable for production on the second season of their Emmy-nominated freshman series saying, “We’re going to start shooting in September for it to air next summer.” That means the second season will arrive a little later in the year than the first season aired this year.

As of now the cable network has yet to confirm any of the casting reports that have emerged pegging Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn for the lead roles, but that’s not surprising from a network with as many high profile shows as HBO. But the plot details seem to be solid, as the second season has been said to follow the death of a corrupt city manager in a fictional California city, amid a groundbreaking transportation deal that would drastically change the state.

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That sounds pretty grisly, but Lombardo told Variety that this season won’t actually be as dark as the first. But if you’re worried that the show will lose its edge, he says, “It’s still dark. Nic [Pizzolatto] explores the darkness in people’s souls. It’s not as dark, but it’s not a light ride. Nic likes looking into the crevices of the soul.”

The most interesting part of the first season was the character dynamic between the two leads played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. This time there will be three lead law enforcement official from different cities and branches of the government, and they’re investigating the murder that comes to have even broader and darker implications than originally thought, especially since the aforementioned victim is found on a lonely stretch of Pacific Coast Highway near Big Sur with satanic symbols on his chest.

Still no official word on who will be bringing this story to life from behind the camera, though big screen director William Friedkin was supposedly in talks at one point. Cary Fukunaga directed the entire first season (he’s been nominated for an Emmy for his work), but there will be multiple talents taking the job this time. Stay tuned as we get closer to production, and we’ll keep you updated with whatever we hear.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.