Newswire: Don’t expect any “occult” stuff in True Detective next season

Medium published a Q&A with True Detective creator and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto about what fans can expect from the upcoming second season, which stars Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch. And while Pizzolatto hinted at a lot of fascinating themes, one statement broke the hearts of fans everywhere: Despite some early promises, there will be “no secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system” after all.

In fact the whole “occult” angle—which heavily influenced the first season, as well as crazed fans who are still out there hunting for a real-life Yellow King—has been dropped entirely. Pizzolatto explains:

That was a comment from very early in the process, and something I ended up discarding in favor of closer character work and a more grounded crime story. The complexity of the historical conspiracy first conceived detracted from the characters and their reality, I felt, and …

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