One of 2014's most-buzzed about and critically acclaimed series on television, Nic Pizzolatto's True Detective was a surprise hit for HBO. Given the talent involved, the show was always expected to attract a healthy audience, but thanks to Yellow King reddit threads and a Golden Globe-winning performance from Matthew McConaughey, the series developed a massive fanbase - a fanbase that remains eager for a second season.
Unfortunately, the wait for True Detective season 2 has been longer than many hoped - as the second set of episodes will not debut until a year-and-a-half after the series premiered. Since the series will follow an entirely separate set of characters, in a fresh setting, on a new case, details on the sophomore season have been hard to come by and HBO has been hesitant to provide concrete details - until now. Now, thanks to a big network marketing push attached to Game of Thrones season 5, viewers are getting their first glimpse at True Detective season 2 as well as an official premiere date.
In a teaser that will play alongside Game of Thrones this weekend (at the time of this writing), HBO has unveiled the first official footage of True Detective season 2 - as well as the show's official premiere: June 21, 2015.
Even though the teaser is short on tangible story details, the footage gives fans a close look at this season's "True Detectives" Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) and Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) as well as presumed antagonist Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn). While Pizzolatto is still writing the second season Justin Lin will takeover directing duties for at least a few episodes - and, based on the teaser, it looks like the Fast and Furious series helmer has successfully carried season 1's gritty tone and drama into the follow-up chapter.
As for what viewers can expect from season 2, a lengthy breakdown of minor and major spoilers have leaked (via casting notices and plot summaries) but many potential twists and reveals remain.
For readers who are avoiding SPOILERS, fair WARNING the remained of this post will connect what is shown in the teaser footage with what we COULD already know about the second season.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS for True Detective Season 2
Prior reports on True Detective season 2 characters have suggested the following:
- Ray Velcro (Colin Farrell) is a grizzled detective who’s long had a rough time in “both his personal and professional lives.”
- Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) is a 28-year old detective and veteran “who has seen his share of violence and destruction.”
- Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) is a no-nonsense sheriff from Monterey, who has gambling and drinking problems as a result of her “troubled upbringing.”
- Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), a “former thug” who’s now a respectable businessman, pushing for the construction of a high-speed railway system that links Southern and Northern California.
As for the plot, the season is expected to trace the aftermath of a murder - that is somehow connected to California real estate.
"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."
The teaser doesn't put every rumored element into context but there are definite hints that prior reports will be dead-on - as the trailer is interspersed with shots of city planning maps and tense character conflict. The footage even suggests that, while the main characters come from different forms of law enforcement, there will also be some intriguing connections - which should help fulfill viewer expectation for mystery as well as twists (and maybe even some backstabbing).
Thankfully, viewers won't have to wait too much longer for some answers - now that HBO has narrowed the show's planned premiere window (Summer 2015) to a single day in June.
True Detective season 2 will premiere June 21, 2015.