Last month, HBO announced that True Detective Season 2 will debut on Sunday, June 21, while revealing the first trailer. It isn't known when the next trailer will arrive, but today we have the next best thing, with four posters featuring the main characters, Colin Farrell (Ray Velcoro), Vince Vaughn (Frank Semyon), Rachel McAdams (Ani Bezzerides) and Taylor Kitsch (Paul Woodrugh). This season will be set all throughout California, centering on one crime that spawns an investigation by three separate law enforcement groups who all try to piece together a wide-ranging conspiracy.
Before the first official plot details were released, series creator Nic Pizzolatto had said that True Detective Season 2 will explore the, "secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system." However, Nic Pizzolatto himself revealed that the occult aspect of his story has been scrapped. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview, when asked if this season still delved into the occult.
"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."
He also added that, unlike the first season, the second season will have a more linear narrative.
"We were conscious of not wanting to repeat ourselves or remake the same album in a different setting, but I try to be open to whatever structure the story and characters suggest, so I never drew a line through those things. As the characters multiplied and their individual and group complications grew, a more integrated and linear structure worked best. And there was the conviction that if we were to do something entirely new, then we shouldn't lean on past conceits, but really build from scratch."
When asked if the show will have the same "gothic horror" feel as the first season, Nic Pizzolatto said that these new locations will have their own distinct voices.
"The gothic horror suggested by Louisiana's coastal landscape didn't feel appropriate in this place. These new landscapes have their own unique voice and their own unsettling qualities. While there's nothing occult in this season, I think there's a disconcerting psychology to this world, and its characters have other kinds of uncanny reality with which to contend."
True Detective will return Sunday, June 21 at 9 PM ET on HBO. From what we've heard so far, do you think this season could be better than the first? While you ponder that question, take a look at the character posters below, featuring Colin Farrell (Ray Velcoro), Vince Vaughn (Frank Semyon), Rachel McAdams (Ani Bezzerides) and Taylor Kitsch (Paul Woodrugh).