‘True Detective’ Season 2: The Clues We’ve Been Able to Find

With only a couple of weeks before the highly anticipated premiere of True Detective, HBO has unveiled two new trailers from the upcoming second season of the acclaimed crime series. Though audiences have already gotten brief glimpses at stars Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, and Rachel McAdams in their new roles, the latest footage definitely amps up the suspense and intensely dark drama.

Specific details about season two have been kept largely under wraps, but we do know it centers on the death of a corrupt city manager in a fictional California city, following a groundbreaking transportation deal that would drastically change the state. Three law enforcement officers from different cities are put in charge of finding a criminal, but quickly discover the investigation has deeper and darker consequences than they initially thought.

Vince Vaughn stars as Frank Semyon, a crime lord who is the main suspect in the murder of his business partner. Colin Farrell plays Ray Velacro, a compromised Los Angeles detective under the control of Vaughn’s mobster character. Meanwhile, Rachel McAdams will portray Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with the corrupt system she serves. Taylor Kitsch will also co-star as a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, Paul Woodrugh.

Supporting cast members reportedly include Rick Springfield, C.S. Lee, Abigail Spencer and Leven Rambin among others. Justin Lin, the director of several of the Fast & Furious movies, has signed on to helm the first two episodes of the show. Other directors will circulate through the season, although the rest of the names have yet to be announced.

The first of the newly released trailers, entitled Chaos (seen above), continues the tradition of keeping details sparse, but still manages to convey plenty of drama with glimpses of fires, car chases, and face-offs between the detectives.

The clip also offers a little more dialogue than the other footage we’ve seen so far, with each of the three main characters speaking a line seemingly representative of their personalities. “I need a direction to turn, or I may just start pulling down walls,” Vaughn’s Frank says. Later, McAdams’ Ani asks, “How compromised are you?” The clip ends with Farrell’s Ray brazenly stating, “I welcome judgment.”

The second trailer, entitled Stand, reveals even fewer details. The dialogue-free teaser presents a suspenseful look at more explosions, violence, and confrontations between Vaughn, Farrell, McAdams and Kitsch’s characters.

But there is one clue that definitely stands out from the set of trailers. In one scene, Farrell’s character looks haggard and boasts a sizable mustache. Yet, later on, he appears sporting a different, clean shaven look. The latter scene flashes by so fast, it’s easy to miss, but it has already brought up the question of whether season two will jump back and forth in time, as season one did.

Whatever the case, the upcoming season will certainly have high expectations to meet. The first season of True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, earned overwhelming critical and a slew of award nominations (including a few wins for McConaughey and then-director Cary Fukunaga). With season having been such a huge success, many are wondering whether season two- and its stars- can live up to its predecessor. From the looks of these two new trailers though, fans have nothing to worry about. The clips indicate that viewers can expect just as much action, drama, and mystery in the coming season as they got in the first.

The second season of True Detective premieres June 21 on HBO.

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