The ‘Disconcerting Psychology’ of True Detective 2, Plus New Character Posters

HBO has just released new character posters for the four stars of TRUE DETECTIVE, season 2. Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch look intense despite the fact that each image is cropped just below the eyes. There’s an ominous tagline, “We get the world we deserve,” and with these designs Slashfilm wonders “if any of these characters can see that new world coming.” true-detective-colintrue-detective-vincetrue-detective-racheltrue-detective-taylorCreator and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto says there is no connection between the events in season one, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and the plot of season two. “There’s no relationship between the stories or characters, which was the result of fully committing to something new, but I do think that the seasons have a deep, close bond in sensibility and vision, a similar soul, though this is a more complex world and field of characters,” he tells Medium.

Also, season 2 features no occult element or baroque Southern creepiness: “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,” says Pizzolatto.

Season 2 sounds like it has its own identity: “We were conscious of not wanting to repeat ourselves … And there was the conviction that if we were to do something entirely new, then we shouldn’t lean on past conceits, but really build from scratch,” he concludes.

Here’s the first teaser in case you missed it:

The lyrics to the teaser’s haunting original song (performed by Lera Lynn) certainly point to a disconcerting psychology: “change will come to those who have no fear,” “were we like a battlefield locked inside a holy war,” “were we like a pair of thieves, tumbled locks and broken codes, you cannot take that from me,” “your love is my due diligence, the only thing worth fighting for.”