by: S. Scott Stanikmas
The first season of HBO’s True Detective was a clinic in mood and storytelling. Sure the ending was little muddled but the series as a whole was damn near perfect, with deep characterization and crisp visuals. It was a no-brainer that HBO would bring it back for a second round.
In an interview with Medium, creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto talked about some of the inside details regarding the upcoming second season, specifically the supposed storyline regarding the “secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system”
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 had some clarification as to the structure and tone of this season compared to the first season:
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.
This is kind of comforting to hear. I don’t think the creepy undertones from the first season in Louisiana would fit in the urban landscape of California in the second season.
HBO also released four character posters that advertise the premiere date of June 21.
I know where I’ll be at 9pm on the third Sunday in June. Will you be glued to your couch watching the second season of one of the greatest crime dramas to hit the airwaves as well?