Over on Hitfix in an interview with Alan Sepinwall, True Detective showrunner Nic Pizzolatto talked extensively about last night’s True Detective finale, and in doing so, also offered up a few hints about what to expect in season two.
On the finale, a couple of things stood out for me, first and foremost this somewhat defensive defense of Rust Cohle’s philosophy on the series:
For people who thought Cohle’s philosophy was simply hogwash, be aware that you’re calling Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche hogwash. Just be aware of that. That is not, in fact, a college freshman stoned eating a pizza talking about life; that’s Arthur Schopenhauer’s thoughts on life.
Who’s to say that Schopenhauer wasn’t stoned eating pizza when he came up with those thoughts, huh?
I also liked this line from the interview because as someone who has honestly tried to penetrate The King in Yellow, I couldn’t agree more:
For instance, if someone needs a book to read along with season 1 of “True Detective,” I would recommend the King James Old Testament. I wouldn’t tell anyone to go buy Robert Chambers. It’s not that great a book.
It’s really not.
In what I consider more heartening news, Sepinwall also asked him about his plans for season two, and Pizzolatto suggested — at least to me — that season two won’t be as straightforward. On how the reaction to season one has informed his work on season two, Pizzolatto said:
It’s informed exactly one thing. It’s that I realize I need to keep being strange. Don’t play the next one straight.
As for the content in season two? He offered a little insight into that, as well:
Okay. This is really early, but I’ll tell you (it’s about) hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.
Secret occult history? Hard women? I am in.