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True Detective, Now Would Be a Good Time to Announce a Talented Female Lead

Dames Helen Mirren and Judy Dench please. #TrueDetectiveSeason2

True DetectiveOh, True Detective.

I think it’s safe to say many of us got our hopes up when the rumor started floating around of HBO’s True Detective having two women lead the cast for Season 2. While there was a lot of criticism over the portrayal of the women included in Season 1, it would have been a move many lauded. Our hopes got even higher when Jessica Chastain’s name was thrown into the ring, only to be discouraged not too long after, as sources said she would not be involved.

Nerdist recently caught a tweet made by entertainment site The Wrap which may make things worse:


Well, crap. To be fair, no one really knew where the show would go for Season 2 exactly; it would be hard to replicate Season 1 after all, even though Twitter tried very hard with the #TrueDetectiveSeason2 thing.

This isn’t confirmed of course, just as the rumor of the show having two female leads the second time around was never confirmed. However, creator Nic Pizzolatto tweeted (then deleted) a comment earlier in the year which was in response to someone directly suggesting looking at women the way he did Rust Cohle and Marty Hard would be very interesting indeed. It read, “One of the detriments of only having two POV characters, both men (a structural necessity). Next season…”

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."