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Rumor: ‘Chinatown’-Esque Plot Details For ‘True Detective’ Season 2 Emerge

Rumor: 'Chinatown'-Esque Plot Details For 'True Detective' Season 2 Emerge

While Colin Farrell is in talks to become the first official cast member of the second season “True Detective,” there is still lots of speculation regarding the plot and character design of the show. Recently, writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto amended previous comments, saying that season two will actually have “four central characters,” while he declined to comment on the “transportation” element of the plot he earlier teased. But has the cat now come out of the bag?

Over at Film Divider (new on the block, but quickly gaining a good rep), they’ve shared the rumblings they’ve heard about the narrative thrust for next iteration of “True Detective” and it’s fascinating stuff. This is definitely different territory and we’ll excerpt the significant portion of the plot details below. And in case it isn’t plainly obvious, potential spoilers ahead

The new mystery is to be kickstarted by the murder of Ray Caspar, City Manager of a fictional Californian city. From what I can gather, the new, partly invented map that Pizzolatto is drawing will be essential to his new story. As he teased, some months ago, part of the mystery will involve California’s transportation systems. This plot will involve a corrupt scheme to link North and South California with a high speed train, all in pursuit of profitable land ownership and lucrative federal grants.

Fascinating stuff, with a corruption scheme evoking a “Chinatown“-esque vibe, though the occult is still expected to come into play, but not as a central element. As for those “four central characters”? Three of them — reportedly two men and one woman — will be from different branches of the state government, who wind up working together. As for the fourth role referenced, it will likely be the “villain” of the plot.

Meanwhile, Pizzolatto likes his damaged leads. Farrell’s character works for the California Highway Patrol and was “suspended for sexually exploiting a young woman he pulled over,” while like Rust Cohle, he’ll have various demons too, dealing with “cocaine and anger management” issues.

Again, this is all very unverified, but if it’s a fake, it’s very well thought out. And it should be noted, Pizzolatto is still working on the scripts so much can still change or be tweaked. But let us know what you think below…

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