One of the recurring elements in the second season of True Detective is aerial shots of the pretzel-like California highway system. Why are the shots there? What is the purpose of having so many of them? Are they telling us something? As part of the search for answers, Vulture caught up with creator Nic Pizzolatto, who provided this explanation: “With the freeways, you’re free to choose a direction, but not free to choose your choices. But if that’s all nonsense, and it might be, I think they’re just interesting transitional shots.”
Yes, okay. But I think there might be something more there. Something deeper. Something we have to search for. Follow me down the path.