McConaughey Won’t Return to True Detective – Should He? [POLL]
This is my new favorite TV show, and it’s like the good book you can’t put down.
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson play two Louisiana State Police Detectives trying to solve a murder carried out by a Satan worshipper – attempting to ride the wave of their tempestuous chemistry.
Sunday night is the finale of season one – an abbreviated one at that – in that there’ve only been eight episodes to this season.
I’ve contended that should the show end with this season – it would be complete. Just like reading a good short story.
Apparently Matthew McConaughey feels the same way, as he’s announced he won’t be returning for season 2.
He told reporters backstage at the Academy Awards Sunday night. "Season one was finite."
Fresh off his Best Actor Oscars win, the "Dallas Buyers Club" star, whose character in the HBO series is investigator Rustin Cohle, joked about the dark and dreary detective drama airing during the end of the awards show.
HBO has yet to make an official announcement about the highly successful show's second season or whether co-star Woody Harrelson, who plays detective Martin Hart, will return. The show's premiere attracted 2.3 million viewers, the network's biggest debut since 2010, according to E! News.
However, the show's creator, Nic Pizzolatto, previously hinted at a "True Detective" return in 2015, which could include an ever-changing cast and storyline similar to "American Horror Story."
"There could be a season that's much more of a widespread conspiracy thriller, a season that's a small town murder mystery, a season where nobody is murdered and it's a master criminal versus a rogue detective or something," he explained during a recent Television Critics Association press tour.
"Even the title, 'True Detective,' is meant to be, of course, purposefully somewhat generic," he continued. "The word 'true' can also mean honorable and authentic and things like that. So as long as there is some crime in there, I think the series format can approach it."
Despite McConaughey's departure, the film actor anticipated his return to cable television after years on the big screen.
"It's a different time in television," he said in a previous interview. "All I knew is I read the first two episodes and I was in. And I was just, at the time, looking for quality."
It’s quality television all the way – but would somehow be incomplete without McConaughey’s character. Much the same way you wonder how "Homeland" can go on without Brody's character. Or Saul's, for that matter (if indeed he doesn't return.)