It was almost a year ago to the day when the first season of [True Detective](series:755331) wrapped up and fans were forced to bid a fond farewell and adieu to Woody Harrelson's Martin Hart and Matthew McConaughey's brilliant Rust Cohle. It almost didn't seem fair that these two characters would be a one-season-and-done deal, but before the first season was even over the word spread that season 2 would deal with new characters investigating an unrelated murder.
Immediately fans starting renting out storage spaces, tacking interview clippings with series mastermind Nic Pizzolatto to bulletin boards, delving into the history of the California transportation system and trying to figure out where True Detective's second season would be taking us.
Yes, very early on in the preparation for the second season of True Detective, Nic Pizzolatto revealed that the new season would be taking viewers into the messy quagmire that is the "the secret occult history of the United States transportation system". Specifically, as it pertains to California and the long standing conspiracy theory that General Motors kept the state from developing a decent public transportation system so that residents would continue to have to rely on cars.
This does indeed seem to be where season 2 of True Detective is taking us. The season is due to kick off with the dead body of a corrupt politician being found along the Pacific Coast Highway with satanic symbols carved into his chest. California Highway Patrol officers Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are assigned the case.
It turns out the victim is a known associate of Vince Vaughn's character and this dead man had a dark side involving some associations with S&M clubs - but perhaps most importantly, the man was in the middle of brokering a big deal that would solve the state's gridlock problem.
Vince Vaughn's character just happens to be a career criminal who is allegedly trying to turn legitimate by getting involved in this business deal of developing a high speed railway system for California and finds himself being the main suspect after his business partner turns up dead.
Farrell and Kitch are getting an assist from Rachel McAdams who plays a local sheriff who has a different set of ethics that puts her at odds against Farrell, who is described as a detective that has deep ties to the mobsters that are corrupting the police force, and Kitsch who is trying to recover from his own sordid past that involved him abusing his police power.
The Cult of California
But what to make of these satanic carvings that are found on the dead man's chest? Speculation has ranged from Nic Pizzolatto possibly taking inspiration from the Santa Muerte cult or a spin on the legendary California clan of Charles Manson. If it isn't a red herring that was put on the murdered body to lead the detectives astray there could be another possible route True Detective could take.
There's the story of the real California satanic sex magik cult that involved the founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jack Parsons, and included Aleister Crowley, L. Ron Hubbard and other influential figures getting into all sorts of kinky satanic hijinks while trying to summon the anti-Christ. Mix that with something like Bohemian Grove, a group that attracts some of the country's wealthiest and most powerful to frolic and play along with pagan rituals and you might be on to where True Detective season two is heading.
Was Vince Vaughn's business partner and someone who opposes the high speed railway system both involved in one of these sex magik cults, resulting in the dead man being in a vulnerable position, being murdered and dumped along the famous Pacific Coast Highway?
Wherever the second season of [True Detective](series:755331) ends up going it's bound to be focused on the dark side of human nature, much like the first season. There hasn't been a date announced for the premier yet - but all eyes are on summer or fall being the time when the long wait will finally come to an end.