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Rumor: 'Chinatown'-Esque Plot Details For 'True Detective' Season 2 Emerge

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 17, 2014 9:25 AM
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While Colin Farrell is in talks to become the first official cast member of the second season "True Detective," there is still lots of speculation regarding the plot and character design of the show. Recently, writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto amended previous comments, saying that season two will actually have "four central characters," while he declined to comment on the "transportation" element of the plot he earlier teased. But has the cat now come out of the bag?

Over at Film Divider (new on the block, but quickly gaining a good rep), they've shared the rumblings they've heard about the narrative thrust for next iteration of "True Detective" and it's fascinating stuff. This is definitely different territory and we'll excerpt the significant portion of the plot details below. And in case it isn't plainly obvious, potential spoilers ahead

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.

Fascinating stuff, with a corruption scheme evoking a "Chinatown"-esque vibe, though the occult is still expected to come into play, but not as a central element. As for those "four central characters"? Three of them — reportedly two men and one woman — will be from different branches of the state government, who wind up working together. As for the fourth role referenced, it will likely be the "villain" of the plot.

Meanwhile, Pizzolatto likes his damaged leads. Farrell's character works for the California Highway Patrol and was "suspended for sexually exploiting a young woman he pulled over," while like Rust Cohle, he'll have various demons too, dealing with "cocaine and anger management" issues.

Again, this is all very unverified, but if it's a fake, it's very well thought out. And it should be noted, Pizzolatto is still working on the scripts so much can still change or be tweaked. But let us know what you think below...

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  • Curtis | July 21, 2014 9:08 PMReply

    I'm really looking forward to this, no matter WHAT the plot turns out to be.

  • Kelly | July 21, 2014 12:06 PMReply

    I don't care what its about or who is in it, just BRING IT ON!!! :-)

  • Pete | July 18, 2014 2:18 AMReply

    No McConaughey or Harrelson and the occult is not the central focus. They should change the title for this 2nd season to Snooze Detective.

  • nick | July 18, 2014 9:38 PM

    Wrong. Before season 1 (and dallas buyers club) NO ONE was expecting TD to be that good. Fact not opinion. Interesting? sure. But multi Emmy winning show? no way. The fact that this plot/story sounds boring and out of whack just tells me to keep an open mind and expect it to be half as good at season 1. Take a class B actor like Colin Ferrel and put him in a high pressure role and you never know what can happen. Just like McConaughey was before Dallas and TD. Now hes one of the best in the game. Just one mans opinion.

  • rogerthorpe | July 17, 2014 11:22 AMReply

    Jude Law would be great in this show too.

  • Glass | July 17, 2014 10:11 AMReply

    Confused: On Twitter, you guys slag off other movie blogs for making articles filled with rumors and no real facts, but you're slowly making a serious habit out of doing that very thing.

  • Washington | July 17, 2014 6:30 PM

    Jagernauth, an actual grown ass adult I assume, has actually edited my comments like some kind of 12 year old given moderation powers when I've pointed out his anti-action movie bias.

  • THEREALROD | July 17, 2014 2:01 PM

    @Emperor Zerg Rush

    gotta love a blog that outright deletes comments like the one you responded to b/c it sheds light on the unprofessionalism/amateur hour rampant 'round these parts.

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | July 17, 2014 11:46 AM

    Rod - that outsourcing made all the more fun by Katie Walsh's (or someone pretending to be Katie in the comments at least) responses to those pointing out the mistakes.

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