'True Detective' Season 2 will be about 'hard women' and will 'keep being strange'
Creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto already has some pretty clear ideas of the direction he wants Season 2 to take, and it sounds like he's going to remedy the whole lack-of-strong-female-characters issue from Season 1 in it.
In an interview with HitFix, Pizzolatto offers a brief tease of what he has in store for Season 2. "This is really early, but I'll tell you [it's about] hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system," he says.
As for what he learned from Season 1 that he will apply to "True Detective' s" next season, Pizzolatto says, "It's that I realize I need to keep being strange. Don't play the next one straight." Those out there who wanted Season 1 to be more supernatural should be excited by that.
"True Detective" was informed by "weird fiction" like Robert W. Chambers' "The King in Yellow," and many found strains of the work of H.P. Lovecraft in the series as well. But Pizzolatto says the show actually has a lot more of Joseph Campbell in it than Chambers and Lovecraft.
"[Cohle and Hart] haven't changed in any black to white way, but there is a sense that they have been delivered from the heart of darkness," Pizzolatto says. "They did not avert their eyes, whatever their failings as men. And that when they exit, they are in a different place."
He later adds, "I think I've made clear that my only interest in the Chambers stuff is as a story that has a place in American myth. And it's a story about a story that drives people into madness. That was mainly it. Beyond that, I'm interested in the atmosphere of cosmic horror, but that's about all I have to say about weird fiction. I did feel the perception was tilted more towards weird fiction than perhaps it should have been."
The full interview is massively insightful for those who find themselves with questions after "True Detective's" Season 1 finale, and definitely worth a read. Here are some other highlights:
Why Cohle and Hart didn't die: "It would have been the easiest thing in the world to kill one or both of these guys. I even had an idea where something more mysterious happened to them, where they vanished into the unknown and Gilbough and Papania had to clean up the mess and nobody knows what happens to them. Or it could have gone full blown supernatural. But I think both of those things would have been easy, and they would have denied the sort of realist questions the show had been asking all along. To retreat to the supernatural, or to take the easy dramatic route of killing a character in order to achieve an emotional response from the audience, I thought would have been a disservice to the story."
"True Detective's" relationship with the supernatural: "The show was never concerned with the supernatural, but it was concerned with supernatural thought, and it was concerned with supernatural thinking to the degree that it was concerned with storytelling. So if there was one overarching theme to 'True Detective,' I would say it was that as human beings, we are nothing but the stories we live and die by -- so you'd better be careful what stories you tell yourself."
An outline of the Childress/Tuttle history: "I do think if you want to go back and watch 7 and 8, there's enough given in the fragments that everyone states, there's enough that you can actually piece together historically, how Sam Tuttle in the early '30s led to Errol Childress in the first decade of the new millennium. I would say it wasn't an empty vehicle at all. I think the killer, his methodology and his actual crimes were endemic, not only to our characters, but to the world we were dealing with. It wouldn't have worked to have a robbery that didn't get solved properly in 1995. There's almost a way that Cohle, Hart and Errol, these men are in some ways the creations of their fathers, if you pay attention to their backstories."
Why Errol spoke in different accents: "That was part of his creation as a character. There was this idea that when he talks in his real voice, it's very slurred because of the scarring. My background for him was that he learned how to enunciate properly through watching all these old VCR movies."