HBO’s dark, seedy crime drama, True Detective proved a sensation when it premiered earlier this year. With incredible performances from leads Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, breathtaking direction from Cary Fukunaga, and a premise which can be restarted each season to fit the anthology structure, True Detective is on the verge of being HBO’s next greatest hit.

Yet, it may not be around long enough to garner the same accolades awarded to HBO’s other long-running series like The Sopranos or Game of Thrones. A few weeks back at the Banff World Media Festival, creator Nic Pizzolatto suggested three seasons could be it for the gritty procedural. And considering Pizzolatto is the series’ sole writer it’s understandable why he’d be interested in a limited run for a series that could – theoretically – never end, but just reboot with each season like American Horror Story.

Whether True Detective will have (or even deserve) three or more season is still up in the air, but it’s likely the series’ second season will give a better impression of the endgame Pizzolatto is plotting towards. McConaughey and Harrelson aren’t expected to return, and when Pizzolatto spoke earlier about True Detective season 2 he mentioned they were “working with three leads” who’d be all-new characters.

However, The Wrap is now reporting that True Detective season 2 will only feature one male lead:


Wonder what happened to the other two characters Pizzolatto was writing? When he spoke earlier about the second season and mentioned he was working with three lead characters he admitted to being “deeply in love with each of them.” Clearly, he wasn’t all that attached, or particularly clear, if what The Wrap is reporting is true. It’s only the first script for the season, but were there more than one lead, they’d surely have been introduced and in need of casting.

Being that True Detective is an anthology series, drastic changes from season to season should be expected. Yet doing away with the camaraderie and conflict that comes with two co-leads, exemplified so well by McConaughey and Harrelson’s rapport, seems like a misstep. Unless that lead is able to match the magnetism of their dual performances, it’s hard to believe True Detective season 2 will captivate audiences with the same intensity as season 1.

For the sake of argument, had those rumors of Jessica Chastain being sought for season 2 been true, then this report could have proven it to be a far more interesting casting decision. Having a woman detective grappling with the gruesome realities of True Detective‘s sordid world would have been a refreshing change of pace.

How would you react to only one lead character for True Detective season 2, as opposed to the buddy-cop routine from season 1? Let us hear what you think in the comments below!

Stay tuned to Screen Rant as more about True Detective season 2 develops.

Source: The Wrap