True Detective Season 2 Trailer is Grim and Gritty

The new True Detective season 2 trailer has dropped, and it’s a gritty little look at HBO’s follow-up to their groundbreaking Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson-starring series.

The second series, starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Kelly Reilly, tells of a bizarre murder that brings the paths of three cops and a criminal together.

The first series was seriously incredible, raising the bar for television and giving McConaughey and Harrelson fantastic roles for them to show off their skills in. Can season 2 live up to what’s come before? We certainly hope so. It may not have Cary Fukunaga at the helm of every episode, but having creator Nic Pizzolatto continuing on as scribe certainly provides confidence.

Scroll past the trailer below to check out four character posters.

True Detective season 2 premieres on HBO June 21 (U.S. date).

Official synopsis for True Detective Season 2:

A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.