by APOORVA KETHIDI Staff Writer
The first season of HBO’s hit series “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, ended back in March while a talk about a possible season two is taking over the internet.
The show’s first season was set in Louisiana and revolved around a 17-year hunt for a serial killer, which caused the lives of Detective Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Detective Marty Hart (Harrelson) to intertwine. The murder of a 28-year-old former prostitute, Dora Kelly Lange, who was found dead wearing antlers and a tattoo of a spiral on her back, kicked off the entire investigation for Hart and Cohle.
Ever since the season finale, which aired in March, people have been going on about season two, even though a second season has yet to be confirmed. Show creator Nic Pizzolatto reports he is writing one now, but that HBO has yet to pick it up. Even more talked about is the casting for the potential second season.
The show was always intended as an anthology with a new story each season. The surprising survival of both Cohle and Hart at the end of season one suggested at least one could return someday, but McConaughey has said he never planned to stay beyond one season.
“It was a 450-page film, is what it was,” McConaughey said of the show’s first season during a January Television Critics Association panel. “It was also finite. It didn’t mean we had to come back this year, next year if we were under contract. It was finite. So in that way it was exactly a 450-page film script.”
So far, what creator and executive producer Nic Pizzolatto has revealed about next season is that it focuses on “hard women, bad men, and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” Rumors say that many high-end actors are possible contenders to join the cast.
“Who we cast and what their schedule is will likely determine at least some part of scheduling, and scheduling will determine at least some part of casting,” said Pizzolatto.
Actor pairings such as Christian Bale and Bryan Cranston, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba, and Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain are fan-favorites. Brad Pitt also joined the rumor-mill, and he is said to have been brought up during many conversations with producers.
“Pitt would actually be a decent choice to replace McConaughey, but I would love to see Fassbender and Elba next season. They could be a perfect duo,” said freshman Sheila King.
The characters will not be the only change in the next season, the story lines will change, too. The first season’s consistent taste was partly the result of having one writer and one director work on every episode, an unusual approach in TV.
The creative schedule of writing, filming and post-production work on the second season means that having Cary Joji Fukunaga directing for the entire run would be logistically impossible. Pizzolatto has been talking to a couple of other directors about working on the show, and has every hope of preserving a sustained taste.
“I noticed similarities in each episode that resembled Fukunaga. I would have never thought that having one directly throughout an entire season would be smart, but it really worked out,” said Freshman Erika Delgado.
With “True Detective”’s solid reputation and its creator’s standing as a writer with a firm vision and several stories to tell, season two may be as successful as the first.
Who do you think should be in season two?