Amazing, no. Beautiful, no. Brilliant, no. Dread, no. Ecstasy, no. Fascinating, no. Haunting, no. Horrifying, no. Incredible, no. Melancholy, no. Riveting, no. Shocking, no.
We could go through every word in the dictionary and we’re still simply going to fall short of describing a masterpiece like True Detective. After Breaking Bad was over, I thought it would be a very long time before I experienced something this intense and adrenaline-filled again.
You’ll notice I say “experienced”. Because that’s the best way to describe any storytelling medium that so greatly surpasses all of its peers. It’s not just entertainment, it truly is an experience like taking a drug.
There’s nothing supernatural about the show, in fact it’s very natural, it’s just the nature we don’t see, and that’s what is so truly terrifying about it. The specific characters, plot, and sequence of events as a whole is fiction, but in their parts, all very real. There are “Errols” that exist right now, all over the world, as there always have been and always will be.
There are levels of smell, sight, sound, fear, thought, and pain that exist in our world that are so incredible, words like horror and terror disintegrate immediately after being thought, spoken, or written in an attempt to explain them. It’s this knowledge that we all have of the reality of these unknown places we’ve never been (and hope to never stumble upon), that we can only begin scratching the surface of imagining that makes this basic truth frightening.
Creator Nic Pizzolatto has exposed himself, made himself vulnerable as does any great writer I feel. Truly great writing comes from somewhere deeper than just being creative, it comes from some form of relatable truth to the material on some level and pain or it doesn’t come at all.
So, where does the future lie for True Detective now that season one has been wrapped up? Well, a second season is inevitable, but apparently:
“We’re never going to spend time with these guys again.”
— Nic Pizzolatto
We won’t be seeing Rust and Marty tracking down the remaining members of this cult.
Nic’s thoughts on season two:
“The basic idea: Hard women, bad men, and the secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system.“
Quotes from EW.
Whether that will come in the form of each new True Detective season being completely unique, anthology-like stories, or if each season will at least exist in the same universe is anyone’s guess.
Whatever the case, I can’t wait for more.
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