After Hit First Season, What's Next For 'True Detective'?

The first season of "True Detective" has come and gone with massive fanfare and critical praise. What everyone wants to know now is: What's next?
Posted at 2:53 PM, Mar 10, 2014

How much does everyone love HBO's "True Detective"? Well, if the demand to watch Sunday's season finale was any indicator — it's a lot. 

​Demand to watch the final installment of the first season was so great, it temporarily crashed HBO Go, the premium channel's online streaming app, for several hours. (Via Complex)

But that wasn't enough to deter eager fans from staying awake until the service was back up so they could watch the pulse-pounding conclusion of Rustin Cohle and Marty Hart's 17-year saga to bring Dora Lange's killer to justice. (Via HBO / "True Detective")

The reviews, as expected, are overwhelmingly positive, praising the show's rich storyline, gripping performances and stellar cinematography. (Via The New York Times, MTV, Entertainment Weekly

Led by Woody Harrelson and recent Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective" has gathered a rather large, almost cult-like following in a very short period of time. Sunday's season finale was only the series' eighth episode.

Ironically, it will be the last episode starring the show's heroes, Harrelson and McConaughey. That's because, unbeknown at first to viewers, the series' creator Nic Pizzolatto designed it as an anthology — meaning each season will be its own separate story. (Via HBO)

So if you saw "Form and Void" Sunday, then you know the Yellow King, Carcosa, the Tuttles — it's all done. Although this type of storytelling made "True Detective" a week-to-week phenomenon, can it really carry on without Harrelson and McConaughey? A writer for The Daily Beast seems to think so. 


"The second season of True Detective will tell a different story. ... And I, for one, couldn't be happier. ... Sunday's finale ... was the perfect conclusion. ... To stick around any longer ... would have broken the spell."  

And Pizzolatto, who's currently in the process of writing season two, seems just as excited about the future of "True Detective," dropping some potential spoilers on us. 

After a fan tweeted at Pizzolatto discussing the lack of a female perspective in the show, the creator replied: "One of the detriments of only having two POV characters, both men (a structural necessity). Next season..." 

He quickly deleted the tweet, however, later telling BuzzFeed: "I didn't want to be beholden to a promise and then change my mind. ... I just never want to create from a place of critical placation. ... So I don't want, for instance, a gender-bias-critique to influence what I do."

He went on to tell BuzzFeed "True Detective" season two will likely work with more than one director and that he expects the landscape to be vastly different from Louisiana's "green and burnished gold."