True Detective season 2 character posters

There’s a set of four new True Detective season 2 character posters, but they almost do more to obscure the quartet of new leads than they do to reveal them. We see the new leads Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, but their eyes are all cropped out of each image. There’s an ominous tagline, “We get the world we deserve,” and with these designs we have to wonder if any of these characters can see that new world coming.

See those posters below, and get some comments from creator/writer/producer Nic Pizzolatto about the new season. 

HBO has these posters advertising the show, which premieres June 21.

And Pizzolatto took part in an interview running on Medium, in which he clears up some concepts about the show. He says, again, that the early logline about the season going into “the secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system” has been changed.

There’s definitely bad men and hard women, but no secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system. That was a comment from very early in the process, and something I ended up discarding in favor of closer character work and a more grounded crime story. The complexity of the historical conspiracy first conceived detracted from the characters and their reality, I felt, and those characters are ultimately what have to shape the world and story. So I moved away from that.

He also says that there’s a much bigger emphasis this year on original music, and that the haunting song in the season’s first trailer is one of several put together by T-Bone Burnett.

This season’s structure will be a bit different, which was in part a conscious decision to break away from the first season, and even the tone is a bit different.

The gothic horror suggested by Louisiana’s coastal landscape didn’t feel appropriate in this place. These new landscapes have their own unique voice and their own unsettling qualities. While there’s nothing occult in this season, I think there’s a disconcerting psychology to this world, and its characters have other kinds of uncanny reality with which to contend.

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