More news about the next season of True Detective has come out, and as we get closer to them actually getting something on film it seems like the information is more reliable. The latest news, which comes from FilmDivider (via The Playlist), is that there WILL be a woman as a main character and investigator this coming season, and the central dynamic will be between three characters rather than two. The characters will also represent different law enforcement offices investigating the same series of crimes in California with ties to high-level corruption and the occult.
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.
There’s also a little bit of information on the background of the characters, so if you’re trying to avoid spoilers then I wouldn’t advise checking out the full story.
I’m of mixed feelings about this. While I’m glad to hear more about a show that I found interesting in the first season, part of what I liked was how things fell into place slowly and let the viewer put things together and get to know the detectives as things moved forward. In particular, the slow reveal of Rust’s full background and experiences was well-done and added an interesting level to the mystery. I understand that the buzz around the first season and the knowledge that this is going to be anthology style is making us all hungry for information, but I am a bit sad that we won’t be going into the second season with the same kind of clean slate that we had for season 1. Then again, it’s not like that clean slate helped prevent any wild speculating that lead to disappointment on the part of some fans, so I guess we’d probably end up in the same boat one way or another.
There’s still no word on when the second season will air, which isn’t a surprise as they haven’t even started shooting yet. As soon as more rumors and innuendo become available, we’ll let you know.