True Detective Season 1 was one of the most talked about TV shows last year, and there has been a lot of speculation as to what will happen in Season 2.
Considering that Emmy Award winners Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey will not be returning, the biggest question on the fans' minds is who will be starring in this outing. Instead, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will be the leading men, but they will be on "opposite sides of the law". There have been reports that Taylor Kitsch intends to be a part, and possibly Rachel McAdams and even Mad Men's own Elisabeth Moss. Also rumored to be in the cast are Kelly Reilly, Abigail Spencer, Michael Irby, and Leven Rambin.
The first two episodes are reported to be directed by Justin Lin, action director of Fast and Furious, and then many other directors will take over after that. Very little is known about the plot, but it won't follow two detectives, but as many as four. Considering that Season 1 was such a great success, it was only natural that Nic Pizzolatto, frontman for the series, signed a two-year deal with HBO. Pizzolatto revealed this about the plot: "hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system".
A leaked synopsis of the plot of Season 2 has revealed that it will follow the death of Ben Caspar, a corrupt city manager of a fictional California city who is found murdered with satanic symbols etched on his chest.
Many sources have called what will happen in Season 2, a "departure". This can mean one of two things: 1) The show can go in a totally different direction, and yet still manage to draw in its audience. 2) The show can go in a totally different direction, and alienate the audience who loved the original style and they will complain about it.
As far as the setting of Season 2, it will not be a continuation of the Louisiana Bayou as seen from Season 1. The reported location of Season 2 will be in California, but it will be shot in the "lesser known venues". One can expect a creepy scenery that won't be like Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, the biggest problem of the series so far is not only keeping all its secrets under wraps, but getting started on the filming. Season 2 will not be appearing in January, as Season 1 did at the beginning of 2014.
In fact, no filming has occurred of Season 2 to this writing. Production of True Detective is expected to begin this fall and hopefully appear on HBO sometime in 2015.