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True Detective's Second Season Will Feature A 'Lesser Known' Part Of California

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True Detective fans have been speculating about who would fill Harrelson and McConaughey's shoes for weeks, but now creator Nic Pizzolatto reveals that there will be not two, but three main characters next season, and it'll be set in California. Because True Detective is an anthology series, each season of the character-driven police procedural is its own contained story with different characters—and in TD's case, an entirely new cast.

Pizzolatto has been leaving little clues about the next season in his interviews. When talking to HitFX in March, he said it would be about "hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system."

In an interview with NPR podcast To the Best of Our Knowledge on Sunday, Pizzolatto said that the show will not be set in "Los Angeles, but some of the much lesser known venues of California, and we're gonna try to capture a certain psychosphere ambiance of the place much like we did" in the first season. He also said he was "in love" with each of the three new characters.

Rumors circulated that one of these characters would be played by Jessica Chastain, but she denied these rumors at Cannes, though she did tell Variety she's a big fan of the show.

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Pizzolatto was born in New Orleans and lived in South Louisiana, like his season one characters, until age 22. Prior to True Detective, he wrote two novels—Galveston and Between Here and the Yellow Sea (stories)—and two episodes of The Killing in its first season.