From the moment True Detective began, we’ve all been bowled over by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson—both absolutely fantastic actors, and each at the top of his game. Add in their odd couple-ish chemistry, and it almost doesn’t matter what happens with the serial murder case they’re working; we just want to watch these two chewing the scenery. Rust’s dour outlook on humanity often inspires Marty’s comedic incredulity, and Cohle is the calm to Hart’s sometimes raging storm. Together, these boys are a thing of beauty, but we’ve known all along they’d only be around for eight too-short episodes. If you’re anything like me, you’re already imagining future series pairings. What I’d really like to see is creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto writing for a couple of great women (and a female director would be the icing on my cake). Here are seven dream teams who’d be perfect True Detective pairings.
1. The Friends: Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer
Like Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, Sackhoff and Helfer are real-life friends who have worked together before, and their personal connection shows. Likewise, they both have the chops to play whatever kind of twisted detectives Pizzolatto might have stuck in his brain.
2. The Classics: Helen Mirren and Holly Hunter
Brilliant ladies; brilliant detectives both (albeit with very different styles). Putting them together would be as perfect a combination as peanut butter and chocolate.
3. The Power Couple: Angela Bassett and Joelle Carter
Bassett and Carter are both great at strong, fierce characters who won’t hesitate to take anyone down. To see them play off each other…a gift.
4. The Quiet Ones: Naomi Watts and Elisabeth Moss
These gorgeous ladies have a quiet strength that often lulls people into underestimating them. Make no mistake, they’d take down anyone and everyone.
5. Front and Center: Erica Tazel and Rutina Wesley
Both Tazel (Justified) and Wesley (True Blood) play background characters who deserve more screen time, and both are clearly ready for starring roles. True Detective would be their perfect breakout, giving them both a chance to shine.
6. The Wild Ones: Frances McDormand and Ruth Wilson
Unpredictable, possibly crazy, clever, clever girls. Look out criminals.
7. The Misfits: Summer Glau and Lili Taylor
I’ve really enjoyed seeing a different side of Taylor on Almost Human (mixed bag of a show); she’s great as Captain Maldonado, but she deserves a front and center role. Taylor and Glau share a certain offbeat quirkiness, but they’re dissimilar enough that each actress would stand out. And I love the idea of Glau as a supersmart, badass cop.