Fans have three weeks to wait before “True Detective” Season 2 kicks off, but the mystery of what the HBO series’ anticipated follow up will be about is a lot closer to being solved. HBO has released a more substantial synopsis for the new episodes than had previously been available, giving viewers a better idea of what to expect when the premiere airs on June 21.
The new synopsis, released via press release, reveals that Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), seen in the trailers sporting a pair of brass knuckles and brooding in a bar, is a very conflicted man. The Los Angeles detective is caught between a rock and hard place with a corrupt police department and a mob boss with leverage over him. Meanwhile, Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), a career criminal and savvy businessman, is hindered in his attempts to legitimize his business when his former partner turns up dead. Joining the pair in the conspiracy-laced murder investigation is Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), a detective with few friends thanks to her uncompromising ethics, and Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch), a highway patrolman and veteran plagued by past traumas.
In addition to the synopsis, HBO has released the episode titles for the first two chapters of the new season. The premiere will be titled “The Western Book of the Dead,” while episode 2 will be called “Night Finds You.” The premiere seems to be a clear reference to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, an ancient text meant to provide assistance for the dead on how to journey through the underworld. Could the reference be a clue to the season’s themes?
Will Season 2 live up the series’ original run? Only time will tell.
Watch the promo for “True Detective” Season 2 below:
Season 2 of “True Detective” begins Sunday, June 21, at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO. Tweet your thoughts to @Ja9GarofaloTV.