The latest trailer for True Detective doesn’t say much about the plot—aside from a mention of a missing girl—but it does have a hefty dose of the show’s trademark nihilism. “Sometimes your worst self is your best self,” Vince Vaughn’s Frank Semyon says.
Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams all get a bit of screen time in the one-minute trailer as do vistas of highways and various seedy locales. The brief time spent with McAdams’ knife-wielding Ani Bezzerides should be encouraging for those who were hoping the show’s portrayal of women would grow in the second season. McAdams recently told Marie Claire, “I love that she’s not the girlfriend or the wife. She doesn’t really care what everyone thinks; she feels no responsibility for other people’s feelings. She’s not trying to be charming, which isn’t always the case with a leading lady.”
As for what exactly is going on: Various ill-deeds are clearly afoot, but according to a recent HBO interview with creator Nic Pizzolatto they are not ill-deeds related to the “secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system,” as was previously teased.