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Season 2 of HBO's True Detective won't be as dark as the first

08.22.2014

While speaking at the Guardian International Television Festival, HBO head Mike Lombardo announced production will begin next month on season two of True Detective, and revealed the next season won't be as dark as the first.

Lombardo says he's read the first two hours of Nic Pizzolatto's script for the second season, and while he does think the writing is better, he also says it's not as bleak compared to the first season.

It's still dark. Nic explores the darkness in people's souls. It's not as dark, but it's not a light ride. Nic likes looking into the crevices of the soul.

Mike Lombardo goes on to say an announcement will be made soon as to which filmmakers will be directing episodes of the second season, and says it will feature three cops, with one being a woman. It's been rumored Elisabeth Moss might be playing a cop in the new season, so maybe those character and plot details from earlier this month are true.

The second season obviously won't be as light as say FOX's Bones, but I do think many expected it to be even darker than the first season. What are your thoughts on a slightly less gloomy second season of True Detective?

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2:44PM on 08/22/2014

I am SOOOOOO over this

Dark doesn't equal good! There were two reasons the last season was so good.....Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. Harrelson perfectly nailed the con-man with addiction (both substance and sex) problems, while McConaughey was PERFECT as the guy who has completely bought into his life philosophy of doom and can't see anything else. The villains were okay, but they were much better when we were just witnessing their damage.

To me, the worst part of the season was when we finally met
Dark doesn't equal good! There were two reasons the last season was so good.....Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. Harrelson perfectly nailed the con-man with addiction (both substance and sex) problems, while McConaughey was PERFECT as the guy who has completely bought into his life philosophy of doom and can't see anything else. The villains were okay, but they were much better when we were just witnessing their damage.

To me, the worst part of the season was when we finally met the bad guy who had some voodoo mojo happening with his magic ceiling that distracted McConaughey, who had him dead to rights. That attempt at mysticism felt really out of place with the rest of the run. I loved it for the main characters and watching them try to solve the mystery (and keep their personal lives from imploding). The actual crime part was just okay....

Kudos to them for not trying to one-up the previous installment. That's exactly why so many sequels and following-season storylines fail.....just worry about telling a good story. With those writers, I believe they'll knock it out of the park, whatever they do.
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12:09PM on 08/22/2014
I have zero interest in watching elisabeth moss in anything, her acting and style of acting are yawn inducing and generic and her looks ever worse, cant see myself watching it much with her in it, hope they get a real actress to replace her.
I have zero interest in watching elisabeth moss in anything, her acting and style of acting are yawn inducing and generic and her looks ever worse, cant see myself watching it much with her in it, hope they get a real actress to replace her.
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1:39PM on 08/22/2014
What do her looks have to do with her acting ability? By that logic, would you rather have a Cameron Diaz type in the role because she is conventionally prettier? The role would suffer entirely because Diaz and her ilk are lousy actresses. I watch a show like True Detective for great actors not Maxim cover girls. Also, how many real world female detectives look like super models? I think the show is going for more realism than a teenage male fantasy.
What do her looks have to do with her acting ability? By that logic, would you rather have a Cameron Diaz type in the role because she is conventionally prettier? The role would suffer entirely because Diaz and her ilk are lousy actresses. I watch a show like True Detective for great actors not Maxim cover girls. Also, how many real world female detectives look like super models? I think the show is going for more realism than a teenage male fantasy.
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10:25AM on 08/22/2014
To be as dark isn't necessary. It's a show all about it's characters, and as long as they are well crafted, it can be less dark. Just as long as the focus remains on the detectives and what drives them everything will be....all right, all right, all right.
To be as dark isn't necessary. It's a show all about it's characters, and as long as they are well crafted, it can be less dark. Just as long as the focus remains on the detectives and what drives them everything will be....all right, all right, all right.
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10:16AM on 08/22/2014

I think Quantum Flux

has said all there is to say on this matter
has said all there is to say on this matter
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12:00PM on 08/22/2014
I thank you and a happy Alexandra Daddario to you all!
I thank you and a happy Alexandra Daddario to you all!
8:51AM on 08/22/2014
Don't care how dark it is as long as the boobs are as big, bouncy and beautiful.

Don't care how dark it is as long as the boobs are as big, bouncy and beautiful.

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10:16AM on 08/22/2014
You're my hero Quantum Flux!
You're my hero Quantum Flux!
10:38AM on 08/22/2014
You da real MVP
You da real MVP
8:11AM on 08/22/2014
Moratorium time: Stop referring to your stories by how dark they are. its meaningless now.
Moratorium time: Stop referring to your stories by how dark they are. its meaningless now.
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8:06AM on 08/22/2014
It doesn't have to be as dark as Season One as long as the story is good and consistent.
It doesn't have to be as dark as Season One as long as the story is good and consistent.
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