The closer we get to True Detective‘s second season premiere on Sunday, June 21, the more HBO is willing to share. They’re still keeping a lot close to the vest, but there is a new synopsis and more details about the first two episodes.
The first episode is titled “The Western Book of the Dead” and comes with this logline:
The disappearance of a city manager disrupts a lucrative land scheme and ignites an investigation involving three police officers and a career criminal who is moving into legitimate business.
That could almost describe the whole season, but now we can finally get a more in-depth look at the bigger picture. Here is the full synopsis, followed by character descriptions:
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 when TRUE DETECTIVE returns for its eight-episode second season SUNDAY, JUNE 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by other episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time, exclusively on HBO.
Colin Farrell (Golden Globe winner for “In Bruges”) plays Ray Velcoro, a troubled detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vince Vaughn (“Wedding Crashers”) portrays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner. Rachel McAdams (“Midnight in Paris”) plays Ani Bezzerides, a sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves. Taylor Kitsch (HBO’s “The Normal Heart”) portrays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and a highway patrol motorcycle officer, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened.
Okay, they probably weren’t going to mention the Wedding Crashers reunion between Vaughn and McAdams since the tone of True Detective is, well, different. But maybe this means Owen Wilson can be in the next one.
So now we know our starting point and our general plot. Beyond that, all we know is the title of the second episode, which is “Night Finds You.”
We’ll just have to tune in June 21 to know more while HBO keeps up their very controlled press leaks.