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Now that the first season of True Detective is over, we can finally take a breath. The case of a brutal serial killer attacking women and children in the Louisiana Bayou is over, but not without two of the greatest performances to ever grace the small screen.
If someone told us a year ago that Matthew McConaughey would not only do a television show, but that it wouldn’t be a romantic comedy and it would require him to deliver philosophical soliloquies, it would be impossible to believe. But he rose to the challenge, just like he did in Dallas Buyers Club.
Woody Harrelson is always great, but he didn’t do much television work either before this. His performance as the conflicted Marty was genius - he had to react to all the bizarre stuff going on in Rust’s mind. Essentially, he was the audience. Sometimes we got Rust, and often we didn’t and neither did Marty.
Creator Nic Pizzolatto has said that season two of True Detective will be a completely different story. McConaughey and Harrelson will not be back, so it will be quite a challenge to fill those shoes. We know that HBO and Pizzolatto can’t go back to television stars after two A-list movie actors.
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So who could replace them? One has to think out of the box here, so here’s some really wild suggestions for season two.