Detailed True Detective season 2 plotlines and new trailer unveiled by HBO

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We’re only a week or so away from series two of True Detective, the first series of which walked away with our Best Show Of The Year tag for 2014. So we’re absolutely beside ourselves with excitement at the prospect of a second instalment, even though we know that this second run will be very different from the first (location, characters etc). What we’re hoping for is that Nic Pizzolatto’s gritty examination of the disenfranchised and those that society has forgotten will still remain. The good news is that HBO has released two new trailers, as well as more plotlines, stoking the fires until they burn.

All good stuff, and Variety is right to say this:

Once again, the series looks set to utilize a non-linear narrative, with Farrell’s Ray Velcoro seen sporting both facial hair and a clean-shaven look at various points in the teaser, along with graying hair.

Could there be another non-linear narrative to get to grips with. I have mixed feelings about them. I felt the first series of True Detective got the balance right, whereas the recent (sometimes excellent) BBC series, Missing, strayed too much into jumpy narrative and timeline territory.

Still, Vince Vaughn as gangster Frank Semyon looks menacing enough, and Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams also look the part. I particularly like the way Los Angeles was framed – twisting, turning roads; a map of confusion. We won’t have too long to wait to see what lies beneath.

In the meantime, HBO has, Indiewire revealed, published a more in-depth sunopsis, including an episode one logline:

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.

Episode #9 (season 2, episode 1): “The Western Book of the Dead”
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.

True Detective: Monday 22nd June, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

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