True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto has provided a few more details about the series' second season. Now that the story concerning Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson's characters has ended, the next season will focus on a different set of characters. "Right now, we’re working with three leads," he told To the Best of Our Knowledge, via Uproxx. "It takes place in California – not Los Angeles, but some of the lesser known venues of California and we're going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambience of the place, much like we did with Season One."
Pizzolatto said he was "deeply in love" with his three new characters and that he has already broken down the season. Despite rumors of actors attached to the show (notably Jessica Chastain), he hopes to begin casting in the coming month.
In March, the showrunner told HitFix that the second season would be about "hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system." At the time, he added, "I need to keep being strange – don't play the next one straight."
In his interview with To the Best of Our Knowledge, he explained his philosophy behind the show as a whole. "In True Detective, the world itself is the crime," he said, as reported by Vulture. "The world itself is poison; there's something ruinous at work here. The poison at the root of the world is humanity."
When True Detective's first season came to a close in March, the show proved to be so popular that it caused the streaming service HBO Go to crash. At the time, it was estimated that around 38 percent of all HBO Go subscribers had logged in, hoping to watch the episode.