It was bound to happen, but with enough time passed, we can definitively say: True Detective Season 2 disappointed.
Even with impressive performances by Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch, 2015's murky noir series couldn't uncover the captivating quandaries of that first provocative outing. Viewership tapered off, Reddit theorizing fizzled out, and the days after the finale were silent. Even HBO president Michael Lombardo called out Season 2, blaming the company, not creator Nic Pizzolatto, for the misfire. "When we tell somebody to hit an air date as opposed to allowing the writing to find its own natural resting place, when it’s ready, when it’s baked – we’ve failed," he said shortly after the season's end.