True Detective fans, we have a location with one city ruled out. California will be the background of season 2 of True Detective. Writer-producer Nic Pizzolatto has confirmed the location and has ruled Los Angeles out. Sorry Hollywood, not this time.

Nic spoke with the folks at ‘To the Best of Our Knowledge’ about the the runaway success of the first season, and dropped us a few crumbs to tease us about season 2. “Right now, we’re working with three leads. It takes place in California — not Los Angeles, but some of the much lesser known venues of California — and we’re going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambiance of the place, much like we did in season one,” he said. “The characters are all new, but I’m deeply in love with each of them. We’ve got the entire series broken out with a couple of scripts, and we’ll probably start casting in earnest in the coming months.”

Other good news is that scripts are coming together, so the timing issue should be settled rather soon. While the Jessica Chastain rumors turned out to be a red herring, casting should be following the scripts. So, expect to know who your characters are in short order.

As for California, that sets up the season to be as far-reaching on differing locales as it wants. Deserts? Check. Mountains? Check. Beaches? Triple check. The idea behind the season is to follow “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”

Those damn toll roads. You just knew something was up with them.

Another unknown is the time-hopping aspect. Will it follow the storyboard of season 1 and time hop us between the past and present? Or, will it be a period piece in its entirety. Basically, what we are getting at HBO is we need more True Detective.


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