By: Connor Lenahan
With my summer in Boston boiling down to working 9AM-1PM every morning only to have the rest of the day free I had a lot, and I mean a lot, of time to watch TV shows that I had always meant to get to. I watched some absolutely terrific programming but nothing took over my attention like True Detective. Everything about this show got me. The mystery, the direction, the acting, the McConaughey. Everything. I intentionally waited for the summer to plow through the 8 episodes in a row as opposed to waiting week to week because technology exists. This led to me spending a great deal of my family’s vacation trying to identify the perpetrator of the Dorothy Lang killing. I couldn’t have been happier. The only disappointment I felt with the show was the fact that its two perfectly matched leads – Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson – would not be returning to the show for season two as that’s how True Detective is designed. This led to the internet exploding over who would come in to play the leads on season two.
Today provided more answers. I awoke to news on Gawker that Colin Farrell would be one of the leads for season two. This is an inspired choice. Farrell is not only a highly talented actor, which he is, but the thought of him playing a detective in the universe that series creator Nic Pizzolatto creates is extremely exciting. Farrell has darkness to him while also being exceedingly watchable. Having Farrell be the first to commit not only makes the series immediately step in the right direction from an on screen standpoint, but also an off screen one. Colin Farrell’s commitment makes it easier to get other rumored cast choices (Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch, Elizabeth Moss, etc.) to join suit and jump on. This is a great day to be a True Detective fan.
(Here’s where to stop reading if you haven’t seen season one, Dad.)
Plus, how kick-ass will it be if we get to see Farrell in a scene similar to the final six minutes of “Who Goes There?” from season one? I can’t embed the clip, but watch it here.
Yeah, that’s maybe the best thing I’ve ever seen on TV. Give me season two yesterday.