BySean Erickson, writer at Creators.co
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Just as we were turning over the very last scrap of information that was out there about True Detective Season 2 information, the kind folks over at HBO have decided to bestow upon us a first look trailer at the new season. It is basically a montage set to a country tune by singer Lera Lynn. Revel in the window to the dark abyss of the human soul that is True Detective!

At the very least we do get a good look at all our main players for the new season. And perhaps the biggest reveal of the True Detective seaon two teaser is a premier date. It turns out the summer plan is indeed still in place and the show will return to the HBO schedule a little over two months from now, on June 21.

True Detective Season 2 Plot

The trailer doesn't provide too much insight on the overall plot or central mystery of the new season but we get some hints here and there. In between the moments of just about every character looking like they're on the verge of bursting into tears, we do get a better idea of prime suspect Frank Semyon's (VInce Vaughn) cool as ice demeanor and a look at his business plan that is expected to play a central role in the investigation.

Vince Vaughn's Frank Semyon in True Detective.
Vince Vaughn's Frank Semyon in True Detective.

It's Frank's business partner, Ben Caspar, who turns up dead on a California highway and leads our trio of true detectives poking around his shady dealing in trying to create a high-speed railway to fix California's epic and legendary gridlock problems. If you take a look at the HBO page for True Detective, you'll see that the image for the page is a photo of the monolithic highway structures that crisscross the state.

Kelly Reilly as Jordan Semyon in True Detective.
Kelly Reilly as Jordan Semyon in True Detective.

We get a good look at Kelly Reilly, who plays Frank Semyon's equally crooked wife Jordan. Like a good husband and wife that are possibly involved in criminal activities - these two are expected to put up a strong, united defence against the prying and snooping detectives that come looking to them for answers about their business partner's death.

Colin Farrell as Ray Velcoro

Much appropriate attention is given to Colin Farrell and his glorious mustache in this first teaser for the second season of True Detective. But who is the man behind this beautiful cookie duster? Ray Velcoro is said to be a man trying to do his job while dealing with the current state of corruption and mob ties that have infected the state police department.

Colin Farrell as Ray Velcoro in True Detective.
Colin Farrell as Ray Velcoro in True Detective.

One of the highlights of this trailer is the shot of Ray Velcoro and Frank Semyon sitting at a bar room table staring each other down. It gives the impression that Semyon may be one of the powerful figures that is corrupting the police force. Perhaps that is baseless speculation, but Vince Vaughn does seem to be doing a good job of having the upper hand in this scenario.

Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides

Ani Bezzerides (along with Kelly Reilly's Jordan Semyon) is expected to be one of the female characters in True Detective season 2 that will be correcting some of the criticisms that series creator Nic Pizzolatto dealt with over his writing of the women who appeared in the season one storyline.

Rachel McAdams' Ani Bezzerides leads the charge.
Rachel McAdams' Ani Bezzerides leads the charge.

Rachel McAdam's detective works for the Sheriff's Department and joins our other two detectives in trying to crack this mystery. She's tough as nails even though she's battling her own past demons with gambling and alcohol and trying to uncover another mystery related to a childhood friend. I'm starting to think her star may shine brightest in this new season.

Taylor Kitsch as Paul Woodrugh

Paul Woodrugh rounds out this season's true detectives and, like everyone else in this series, he looks to be struggling to get by. Taylor Kitsch is expected to play a Highway Patrol officer. That's right CHiPs is returning to television but these aren't the sunny days of Ponch and Jon. Paul Woodrugh is a veteran of the Iraqi war and having plenty of troubles shaking the PTSD that can come with being a vet.

Taylor Kitsch's Paul Woodrugh in True Detective.
Taylor Kitsch's Paul Woodrugh in True Detective.

Taylor Kitsch's Paul Woodrugh is also expected to be trying to get out from under a sexual assault charge that landed against him after a routine traffic stop took a wrong turn. Both his relationship with his job and his girlfriend have been suffering from this charge and these kinds of sexual politics are expected to be a theme in True Detective season 2.

All together the trailer doesn't reveal too much. The show is still reportedly being shot and it's likely that everything we're seeing in this teaser is still in the process of being pieced together. But it certainly establishes the heavy tone and not only that - it gives at least one chilling image to go out on. Who is the man in the creepy ski mask giving us the hush sign?

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