A few days ago the news hit that True Detective Season 2 was zeroing in on its leads (Colin Farrell is reportedly in talks to join the hit HBO series with Taylor Kitsch being in the mix for another role). The day before that creator Nic Pizzolatto revealed that there will be four central roles and William Friedkin claimed to be considering a directing gig on the series (Season 2 will have multiple directors, standing in contrast to Season 1 which was directed solely by Cary Fukunaga).
At the time Pizzolatto seemed reticent to discuss plot specifics, backing away from the rumor that Season would deal with the U.S. transportation system. But now talk of that story angle has returned with a much greater degree of specificity. There’s also a lot of new info in terms of the demons that will be haunting our protagonists. Hit the jump for more on True Detective Season 2 plot rumors.
“The new mystery is to be kickstarted by the murder of Ray Caspar, City Manager of a fictional Californian city. From what I can gather, the new, partly invented map that Pizzolatto is drawing will be essential to his new story. As he teased, some months ago, part of the mystery will involve California’s transportation systems. This plot will involve a corrupt scheme to link North and South California with a high speed train, all in pursuit of profitable land ownership and lucrative federal grants.”
Several people have alluded to similarities to Chinatown in regard to institutionalized corruption and I don’t disagree (nor am I bothered by it, I think the show has many, many tricks up its sleeve). The tortured protagonist angle isn’t going away either. From the same report:
“I can tell you now that these would make up two corners of the series’ central triangle of investigators, two men and a woman from different Californian cities and their own distinct branches of the State’s law enforcement bodies, coming together to uncover a whole mess of corruption.
The third corner will be a woman, a character in her 30s. She’s a Monterey Sherrif with – as you might well expect – trouble in her past and problems in her day-to-day. Her issues are with alcohol and gambling.
Farrell’s character has terrible problems with cocaine and anger management. The young guy, a member of the California Highway Patrol, has been suspended for sexually exploiting a young woman he pulled over. Nobody is clean.”
Regardless of the veracity of these rumors, Pizzolatto has more than earned my trust. I’d be looking forward to True Detective Season 2 even if it was set on the moon.