Spoiler Alert: If you are not up to speed on the second season of HBO’s True Detective you might want to avert your eyes.
On Saturday night at the tail end of a game of drunk UNO I witnessed grown men drop atomic shade on one another over a disagreement about the second season of HBO’s True Detective. One combatant remarked he saw no way this season wouldn’t suck given the action movie director who helmed the first two episodes – and a few other reasons that were lost in my mind’s surf. His opponent called bullshit on him for not seeing the first episode before desecrating the show. Pretty soon people were red in the face and yeah, our UNO game went to shit. Shame too because I was one card away from calling UNO.
True Detective’s second episode is just as bleak as its first, maybe more so in the way Vinci Police Det. Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) gets what he wants at show’s end – death. RIP Ray Velcoro? When the person wearing the bizarro raven’s head shoots him twice from close range inside the Vinci city manager creep’s Hollywood pad this appears the end of his character. HBO even went to pains to omit Velcoro from the third episode’s trailer. Then again, there’s no funeral scene in the trailer either.
BIG SPOILER ALERT …
OR NOT ….
Velcoro survives. I watched the third episode hours after the UNO game wrapped (and before I watched the second episode because … alcohol). I am not going to say anything more about the third episode other than Farrell appears. Before you shout at me for ruining the show, Taylor Kitsch, who plays suicidal highway cop Paul Woodrugh, gave Velcoro’s fate away this week in an interview with The Daily Beast. “There’s a scene in Episode 4 where Paul just melts down in front of Farrell’s character … ” Kitsch told the site. For what it’s worth, IMDb also has Farrell appearing in eight episodes.
Well, I’ll be damned.
So, yeah. Velcoro lives, and why wouldn’t he? Colin Farrell is the best thing going this season. Don’t believe me? Re-watch the scene in which he tells his ex-wife his ginger “son” is the only thing he has in his “shitty” life. If show creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto had whacked him in the second episode he could have set the next six episodes on fire.
It is bizarre that A) this type of cliffhanger would be used so early in the season and B) that Kitsch would be dishing out spoilers. Both seem rather gimmicky. So too does the sudden news that Kitsch and co-star Rachel McAdams, who plays investigator Antigone Bezzerides, are dating in real life.
Nerves are raw surrounding True Detective’s second season – I mean, I almost witnessed a “battle to the death” over the show this past weekend – so I’m not about to call it trash compared to the first season. It does seem like people are focused a lot on peripheral items this season rather than just watching the screen. Something tells me Rust Cohle would not approve.