True Detective Season 2

True Detective Backlash: HBO Boss 'Enormously Proud' of Season 2

An investigation into who, or what, perpetrated True Detective‘s epic sophomore slump was formally opened Thursday when HBO president Michael Lombardo faced the media at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

Asked to weigh in on the critical drubbing the anthology drama has received, Lombardo said he’s “enormously proud” of the current second season, adding that the upcoming finale “is as satisfying as any I’ve seen.”

“I think you need to watch the entirety of it,” he continued. “I have, and I think it’s enormously satisfying. I have never been in the business of micromanaging the process. [Series creator Nic Pizzolatto] is a bold storyteller, and I mean that only in the most positive ways. … I think it pays off in this particular season.”

Regarding a potential third season, “I told [Nic] our door is open. I’d love to do another season with him. I think he’s spectacular.”

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26 Comments
  1. m3rcnate says:

    To be fair, he is right. As little fun we are having watching these episodes, you can’t judge a show until you have seen the entire show (in this case season). You need to watch it all, then take some time, re-watch it all (binge style without having to wait a week between episodes) and then take some time to let your thoughts grow THEN write a review.
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    Would it ending in a fantastic way make up for how boring and borderline bad it has been so far? I don’t really think so, but a series shouldn’t be judged by people who haven’t watched the entire thing.

    • Completely disagree. Any show is entitled an off episode or two or three. Making consistently great television is extremely difficult with a lot of moving parts and dozens, if not hundreds, of people working on it. But for every episode to be boring, for every scene to be humorless and miserable, for almost every piece of dialogue to sound pretentious and heavy handed, for every character to be an unlikable mope not worth caring about, for every episode to be a joyless chore to sit through? The season is a bust. It doesn’t matter if it becomes the best show starting now. They laid a bad foundation and every time they try to raise a wall, it falls into a pit. People have already bailed. I don’t even know what’s happening half the time. Rachel McAdams was apparently looking for some missing girl this whole time and her sister just happened to be invited to a sexy party. Shaved Tim Riggins is closeted and suicidal and is having a baby with his fiance and, uhhh, that’s it. Bad Dad lost his mustache and is giving insider info to Swingers, whose legitimate business dealings were managed Trump style and now he has to sell drugs and he needs to have a kid with his wife. And those people killed cops and bystanders because they were gonna arrest some guy that Swingers needed to see and that gang killed a girl who knew about some other guy he needed to see. Is it just me or is all this just an incoherent mess? WHAT IS HAPPENING

      • m3rcnate says:

        I think you missed my last paragraph; “Would it ending in a fantastic way make up for how boring and borderline bad it has been so far? I don’t really think so, but a series shouldn’t be judged by people who haven’t watched the entire thing.”
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        I don’t think its okay to base a series on just part of it….but just because an ending is amazing doesn’t make the show not suck anymore. Just like how Lost was amazing until the ending which i hated and it ruined the entire series for me. That finale pulls the show down fall IMO, and while a great ending to TD S2 would pull the show up a bit for me, as you said it was still not a good show. But i still hold off giving it a full review cause i have not seen the FULL show.

        • But you’re saying that we shouldn’t judge the 16 episode series based on the 14 episodes we’ve seen. Judging what we’ve seen based on what we’ve seen is completely fair. Watching more episodes will further inform our opinions but the last two episodes will not make it a better season. Judgement of individual episodes is expected. We’re allowed to say episodes 1-6 were boring because they were.
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          I loved Lost too and I enjoyed aspects of the finale but agree the ending was a disappointing bait and switch. But it didn’t ruin the series for me. It was never a perfect show and the weird magic island mystery stuff was my least favorite stuff. The point is it was worth watching, warts and all. I’m reminded of two years ago and I was ready to give up on Revolution about 2/3 the way through season 1. A friend tells me I should just watch the whole season before deciding on whether I quit. So I took his advice and the last episodes were just as bad as the ones before it and each mind-numbingly stupid episode only made me regret the time I wasted on it even more. If we were only on the fourth episode and the season had a full 13 order, he might have a point. But it’s almost over and none of this has been satisfying. I’m only watching the rest just so I can have a meaningless opinion.

      • A fan of TV says:

        For a writer (obviously, based on your judgment), I just thought it worth mentioning how much you use cliches ;) You must like magazines the most.

  2. LT says:

    I’ll have what he’s drinking…and make it a double.

  3. fingers crosses says:

    Here’s hoping it’s the exact opposite of season 1.
    Season 1: awesome season, awful finale.
    Season 2: awful season… please be good, please be good, please be good .

  4. wrstlgirl says:

    Hmnm well I’m only on episode four but I’m enjoying it.

  5. Vaughn and Farrell both suck! Why didn’t they go with two HBO proven actors like Idris Elba(The Wire) and JK Simmons(OZ) is beyond crazy! Trying to re-invigorate the careers of two proven box office failures has cost the show its credibility!

    • Disagree on Farrell, think he’s doing a solid job, though McAdams and Kitsch definitely have the more appealing characters and performances (which is funny since Kitsch is still kind of wooden but in this case it actually suits the character).

  6. Ryan says:

    I haven’t watch Season 2 of True Detective though to be honest Season 1 never blew my socks off; I don’t think the acclaim was warranted… it wasn’t bad, but I just don’t think it was the best thing I’ve ever seen.

    • Kris says:

      I don’t get the hype either..i think the first season was ok but everyone else seemed to be wowed by it.

  7. Kat says:

    I actually like this season more than the first one. I was so confused by the end of S1 I had no idea what the story was really about.

  8. Ron says:

    I watched two episodes of this season, and then I threw in the towel. And that’s saying something, because I almost always give a show at least 4 episodes before I give up. I just could not vibe with this season. Maybe I’ll try again at a later date.

  9. RalphE says:

    Lombardo can say all he likes. The show is far too diluted and confusing. I loved the first season. But this season has put me to sleep, literally. I Have been involved with film for over forty years and this years show is a dog, plain and simple.

  10. Ginger Snap says:

    Sounds too much like a used car salesman trying to sell a lemon.

  11. Stephen Page says:

    Say what? I LOVE season 2, Vince Vaughn has been amazing along with great performances from the rest of the cast.

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  13. marisela says:

    I love S 1 and S 2!!! and i enjoy more S 2

  14. john says:

    Don’t know if u guys started on season 3 yet if so consider Steven Ogg as a main character he is a great actor completely underrated

  15. Amy Burrell says:

    I really really like or maybe liked True Detective & hope it will come back for a 3rd season.

  16. Patrick says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the 2nd season. Sure it didn’t have the “darkness” of the 1st season but casting and dialogue were impeccable (in both seasons). People really should stop comparing the 2 seasons.