Key Art & Talk from Pizzolatto about TRUE DETECTIVE Season Two

By Jef Dinsmore on May 9, 2015 to True Detective


And the anticipation builds. HBO is gearing up more publicity and buzz about TRUE DETECTIVE 2.0 Just released are four posters featuring the lead cast of the series – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. One criminal, three police detectives, and the underbelly of L. A.  Another key art piece (above) shows us the underside of a highway overpass. We hope it all leads to one gripping and intense second season of the Nic Pizzolatto series.  

Many people have been grumbling since Season One concluded that without Detectives Hart & Cohle what followed would be crap. Then when they heard that comic actor Vince Vaughn was in the cast it made the prospects even worse. But, as we start to edge closer to the sophomore season’s premiere and with the all the imagery and footage surfacing a more positive outlook seems to be arising. I say, let us give this season a chance. Now, take a gander at the new posters out.



Right out of the gate, just like in Season One, we are offered a mystery and clues at every turn. The above posters tell us something beyond just showing us the main characters in their everyday wear. Did you see it?

Why can’t we look them in the eye? All four images are cropped off losing the top third of their heads. It is not just criminal Frank Semyon (Vaughn) but also our law enforcement team of Detective Ray Velcoro (Farrell), Detective Ani Bezzerides (McAdams) and Officer Paul Woodrugh (Kitsch). Why is that?

You could quickly bring to mind the adage “the eyes are the windows to the soul.” Does that mean they figuratively have no souls or that they just don’t want us to see their inner selves? Maybe they don’t want to look out at us because they feel guilty or ashamed? That is okay for Mr. Semyon, but for our true blue officers? Maybe, we the viewer cannot look them in the eye because we are disgusted with them? What have they done? We just don’t know yet, but whatever it is – WE GET THE WORLD WE DESERVE!

By all means, if you have a theory, share in the comments below and let the mystery begin. Maybe, to help shePeople_NicPizzolatto02d light on the season a bit better you should read this interview show creator Nic Pizzolatto (pictured)  gave HBO. The most important fact to glean from it I think is that the original tagline pitch for the season no longer holds true.

HBO: Is there a relationship between the story of season two and the story of season one, or any connection between the seasons?


Nic Pizzolatto: There’s no relationship between the stories or characters, which was the result of fully committing to something new, but I do think that the seasons have a deep, close bond in sensibility and vision, a similar soul, though this is a more complex world and field of characters.


HBO: Earlier last year, you said that this season was about ‘Bad men, hard women and the secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system.’ Is that still true?


NP: It’s not, I’m afraid. 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.


HBO: Will this season share the gothic horror sensibilities of season one?


NP: The gothic horror suggested by Louisiana’s coastal landscape didn’t feel appropriate in this place. These new landscapesTrueDetective_Title02 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.


HBO: What’s that music on the trailer? Where’d it come from?


NP: That’s one of several original songs developed with T-Bone Burnett, as original music plays a much greater role this season. The reasons for that are probably best explained by seeing the show, but these songs will be revealed in full at a later date.


HBO: It sounds like this season removes a lot of the structural qualities viewers identify with season one, like the two-person partner dynamic and the split timelines. Was that a conscious objective or did it grow out of the story being told?


NP: Great question. I think the answer is a bit of both. We were conscious of not wanting to repeat ourselves or TtrueDetective_02datesremake the same album in a different setting, but I try to be open to whatever structure the story and characters suggest, so I never drew a line through those things. As the characters multiplied and their individual and group complications grew, a more integrated and linear structure worked best. And there was the conviction that if we were to do something entirely new, then we shouldn’t lean on past conceits, but really build from scratch 

HBOWatch hopes this is all stirring your interest in Season Two of TRUE DETECTIVE. Don’t miss it! Oh, if you need it again here is that Season Two Tease.



  • Martin Scorsese

    You made a big mistake by switching and adding a totally new plot with a different atmosphere that people who were waiting a whole 2 years to see the conclusion of season 1 and a director that is delusional that makes no sense of calling true detective season 2 when it should be called new disappointment season 2, what a frigid joke ! I could of took your directors position and made a great true detective season 2 that people would relate to the whole plot and not a brand new show that viewers will not watch or relate to !!! Thank you for we are so dissapointed in your directing abilities , such an amateur and a major blow to the gonads!

    • Al Mancuso

      Your exactly right on the money dude, you are awesome and should of been the new director of the show, props to you my brother !

    • Jef Dinsmore

      What a terrible run on sentence and a affront to the more literate and real Mr. S. I am sure HBO will be quite pleased with the numbers that Season two will generate.

      The above is just a poorly written joke, but if you are the real Martin Scorsese then – Shit, you can’t even give a name to your damn Rock-n-Roll series so what are you talkin’?

    • Jonas

      It was announced a anthology series. Matt and Wood had 1-year contracts.
      So the people that waited “whole 2 years to see the conclusion of season 1” cannot blame HBO, Sorry, that it wasn’t obvious to you.
      things don’t stay in the same old format. TV, as everything, changes and develops,

      Regarding Justin Lin: His filmography isn’t great, but I’m sure Pizzolatto and HBO know what they like and what he brings.. perhaps he even surprises us with more dimensions of hsi directory.
      I’ll judge him after ep 1 or 2, but before the brodcasting we should trust in the judgement of HBO – they earned at least mine in the last 10 years!

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