The wait is over. “True Detective” Season 2 has premiered and viewers have been introduced to this season’s players as well as the mystery that will continue to unfold throughout the second installment.
Here’s what is to be remembered from “True Detective’s” second season premiere about the new major characters.
Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell)
No one wants to be on Velcoro’s bad side. Even though he currently works for the Vinci police department, he put in eight years before that for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s department. After his then-wife was raped, he made it his mission to find the man who did it. Velcoro is also the kind of man who stepped up the plate and raised his wife’s son no questions asked even though the rapist may be the boy’s actual father. Velcoro is a tough cookie who has been on Frank Semyon’s private detective payroll since the incident.
Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams)
Even though Ventura County Detective Bezzerides is undoubtedly strong, underneath the rough exterior is a young woman with some serious daddy issues. She never got over the pain of losing her mother at a young age, and it doesn’t seem like her sister did either — unless anyone thinks webcam porn is a viable career option. Bezzerides has been married before, but since that failed she prefers to keep things really casual when it comes to the opposite sex. She doesn’t really seem to have a soft spot for anyone, not even her father. However, that could change as the season goes on.
Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch)
Woodrugh is definitely the character to keep an eye on. The cute California Highway patrol officer who may or may not have hooked up with an actress so she could avoid getting a ticket has some major skeletons in his closet. He is clearly dealing with a lot more than recovering from his military experience because he has some un-Army related scars on his shoulder that need an explanation. Woodrugh loves the thrill of being on his motorcycle and the open road and prefers to sleep alone even though he seems to love his girlfriend. As the person who finds Casper’s body, he will most certainly be at the center of everything this season.
Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn)
Even though viewers see a lot of Semyon in the season premiere, he is still a bit of a mystery. Casper dying is leaving him in a terrible position, as he was to help fund a multimillion dollar land development deal Semyon was heading up. Frank has Velcoro on his payroll to do his dirty work, but it is unknown exactly how high the stakes are between the two. Velcoro obviously feels in debt to Frank, but Frank seems to have some major power over him. Yet at home, his wife seems to be calling the shots.
“True Detective” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.