'True Detective' Season 2 Is Amping Up The Drama

by Jennifer Still

Back in early 2014, True Detective's first season gave us eight of the most intense episodes of TV ever produced. The anthology crime drama was divisive in its appeal — you either loved it or you hated it — but most critics were unanimous in their appreciation for the way the show was both written and shot, so it was no surprise when it was renewed for a second season due to air this spring. This year, Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell and and Vince Vaughn are taking the reigns in the series, and HBO has finally given us the first teaser trailer for Season 2 of True Detective.

While the trailer is sadly pretty short (one minute is hardly enough for us to sink our teeth into) and contains no dialogue (an awesome song is in its place, though, so it's OK), the visuals do give us some suggestions of possible plot lines. There's sure to be plenty of anger, violence, and secret-keeping, but how things will play out exactly is yet to be determined. One thing we do know is this: it looks intense and downright frightening in places, and I can't wait to see what happens.

For now, here are the 8 most jaw-dropping parts of the trailer:

When the police close in on... someone or something

I don't know where they're all going or who they're trying to catch, but there's a bunch of police and they're all wearing bulletproof vests, so that tells me it's about to go down. This part isn't scary, but the sheer look of fierce determination on Rachel McAdams' face is enough for me to know whatever's happening is pretty serious, and I want to know what it is.

When Colin Farrell dons brass knuckles and punches a dude in the face

Colin Farrell is mad, and I'm not quite sure why. I'm guessing the dude he punches in the face knows, and he's probably not too happy with his broken nose. Whatever's going on here must be pretty bad, because you don't use brass knuckles just for fun (or, you know, at all).

When this guy, whoever he is, puts on a mask and tells you to be quiet

I don't know who he is or what he's up to, but frankly, I'm afraid to ask too many questions about it. It's broad daylight, so clearly being inconspicuous isn't really this guy's cup of tea...and that just makes me even more terrified of him, for some reason.

When Rachel McAdams points a gun at an unseen target

I'm used to seeing Rachel McAdams being hilarious as Regina George or just beautiful in... well, everything else. She pulls off this authoritarian look with ease, though, and I feel comfortable knowing she's in charge of whatever's going on here. (Seriously, WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?)

When someone makes Vince Vaughn very, very angry

If the trailer is anything to go by, True Detective's second season will feature a lot of people being pretty cranky most of the time. The look on Vince Vaughn's face in this scene makes me a little nervous, because I'm not sure what he's capable of (but something tells me it's not anything good).

When Taylor Kitsch shoves a guy and then points at him

For some reason, a fight goes down in a crowded parking lot and after shoving some guy to the ground for who knows why, Taylor Kitsch then points at him, likely saying, "Watch yourself, man! I'm not through with you!" (At least, that's what he's saying in my head.) How did it come to this? That's what I want to know.

When Kelly Reilly stares intently at Vince Vaughn while he gives a presentation

To me, it looks like she's got some tricks up her sleeve. Either she knows a secret about Vince Vaughn that she's about to unleash... ooooor she's planning to kill him. If that last one seems extreme, get with it — this is True Detective we're talking about here.

When Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn have a staring contest

It's like they're just waiting to see who's going to break first — my money's on Vince, but anything could happen.

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