True Detective ended last night, but only for a little while. (You can read the Complex Pop Culture team's take on the season here.) The anthology series will return to HBO soon enough—and though we don't know when exactly, but we do know some plot details now. In an interview with Hit Fix, series creator Nic Pizzolatto revealed a theme for the second season, and the idea for some characters we should expect:
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.
So, there it is. It's not much, but it's something! The interview with Hit Fix, all around a fantastic read. Here are a few of the best parts
Pizzolatto on the way the first season's optimistic ending:
For me as a storyteller, I want to follow the characters and the story through what they organically demand. And 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. What was more interesting to me is that both these men are left in a place of deliverance, a place where even Cohle might be able to acknowledge the possibility of grace in the world. Because one way both men were alike in their failures was that neither man could admit the possibility of grace.
Pizzolatto shared some thought on Rust Cohle's outspoken atheism:
I don't think Cohle is ever lying. I just think he wants that ultimate nullity to be true in the way that a born again Christian might want the transubstantiation of Christ to be true, right? It's the kind of thing where if you know this, then you don't have to go around saying it all the time, do you?
Pizzolatto on the theories concocted by fans that lean toward the show being heavily 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.
Read the rest of the interview here.
[via Hit Fix]