HBO dropped a teaser trailer on Thursday for the highly-anticipated second season of True Detective, Nic Pizzolatto’s dark and moody crime drama. While much of what will happen this time around is shrouded in secrecy, you can’t stop the internet from internetting, and we’ve compiled all the facts that have leaked thus far regarding one of the best shows on HBO.
The Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, and the rest of the gang from Season 1 are out. Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch are in as the new detectives, while Vince Vaughn and Kelly Reilly play a married couple embedded deep in the criminal world.
The Crew: Series creator Nic Pizzolatto is still writing and producing the show, while perennial Season 1 director Cary Fukunaga is being replaced by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin (!!!) for two episodes before the show moves to a revolving door of directors.
The Location: True Detective is leaving the creepy rotten corpse feel from last season’s Louisiana to create a bleached skeleton in the hills of California vibe. Those who think the Golden State isn’t sketchy enough for a show like this have obviously never followed Apple Maps directions off the Maricopa highway at night.
The Music: T Bone Burnett returns as the musical supervisor, which already has people buzzing about the song used for the just-released teaser. Some claim it was an exclusive track by Fiona Apple, while many others are crediting Lera Lynn for the tune. In typical True Detective fashion, the truth remains a mystery for now.
The Plot: Here’s the official synopsis from an HBO press release…
A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California.
Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own.
Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.
The Orgy: There’s apparently going to be a massive orgy scene this season, and considering this is HBO we’re talking about, I don’t doubt it will be sprawling and decadent.
Ski Mask Guy: You won’t find out til the show airs.
The Premiere Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015.