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What HBO Actually Thinks Of True Detective Season 2

A quick trip around the old Internet in search of True Detective-related opinion pieces may have you thinking that the majority of the show’s large viewership is just watching Season 2 in a masochistic attempt to test all limits. But not everybody is so adamantly against it, such as HBO president Michael Lombardo, who wants everyone to rest assured that it’s actually pretty great. No bias. No bias.

At the TCA press tour currently in session, Lombardo had quite a few things to talk about, including when we might see Game of Thrones ending. And when the subject turned to True Detective, Lombardo expectedly had nothing but good things to say about the show and its creator Nic Pizzolatto.

I think you need to watch the entirety of it…I think it’s enormously satisfying. I think Nic is a very – “adventurous” is not the right word. He’s a bold storytelling, and I mean that only in the most positive way. I think he takes risks in how he lays out a story, in the pacing of stories. And I think it pays off in this particular season.

It definitely makes sense that Lombardo wants viewers to take the entire eight-episode season into account before forming all-encompassing opinions about it, but to be fair to everyone watching, there are only two episodes left. And even if those final installments make immediate sense of the murder case that’s been plaguing Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn all season, that doesn’t automatically make the previous six episodes more enjoyable for everyone. There have been times where a solid ending to an otherwise drab film has made me appreciate it more (and vice versa), but TV is a different beast in that respect.

Lombardo also talked about how big the viewership is, according to Zap2It, and it brings up an interesting angle on how people feel about it this year, as compared to when Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were leading the story.

I don’t believe this season or the last season was intended for as big an audience as we’re getting. We’re getting 12 million viewers an episode.

I’m assuming that 12 million takes into account DVR and streaming numbers, since the viewers watching live equal out to around 3 million. Still, maybe the public backlash is indeed a side effect of this series being too mainstream. If there were less people tuning in, then that would almost necessarily mean that less people would be around complaining about it. I mean, even Game of Thrones took its share of criticism this year from longtime fans.

This season has already featured a fake-out death, a wild orgy, and Rick Springfield, which seems like a recipe to success to me, and I have indeed enjoyed Season 2 of True Detective with some detailed exceptions. What do you guys think about it?

Nick Venable

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.