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After months spent in waiting, HBO has finally released the first teaser trailer for True Detective Season 2, which not only gives us a first look at the series but also reveals the show’s premiere date in June. Luckily, when we say teaser, we still mean a full minute of footage, looking at the brand new cast and brand new landscape. Check out the leads in action, below.
The dark tone of True Detective will continue during Season 2, and while we already knew the story is about three cops whose lives are intertwined with that of a career criminal who is attempting to work his way out of that world, knowing those facts and seeing them in action is quite different. Thanks to a few violent and remarkably serious shots, Season 2 of True Detective looks to be delving into the moral grey areas that its Season 1 counterparts also exhibited, and the new trailer teaser is chilling but intensely watchable. There are punches thrown and brass knuckles, and the video even closes with a man in a ski mask putting his finger to his lips as if to shush those watching.
Mostly it’s cool to see the new characters. There’s Rachel McAdams’ Ani Bezzerides, a no-nonsense Ventura County Sheriff’s detective. It’s the haircut that really makes the no-nonsense part apparent.
Then there’s a mustache-wearing Colin Farrell, who plays corrupt police detective Ray Velcoro. He’s a smoker, because subscription cable TV doesn’t have to worry about TV characters smoking like the networks have to. (Here’s looking at you, Constantine.)
Taylor Kitsch doesn’t look anything like the kid who starred in Friday Night Lights or the young man who grew his hair out for John Carter. He looks viscerally angry throughout most of the promo, and we can't wait to find out what's up with his law enforcement character.
Which brings us to Vince Vaughn, whose criminal character looks straight up like a serial killer. I can’t wait to see him step away from comedy for a little while to do this.
As expected, True Detective will hit the schedule this summer, and it should be a good fit with HBO’s other big summer drama The Leftovers, whenever it begins to air. You can catch new episodes of True Detective on HBO on Sunday, June 21. In the meantime, find out when some of this summer's other TV programs premiere.