Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Rust Cohle and Martin Hart in Season 1 Episode 7 of "True Detective" entitled "After You've Gone." Photo Credit: HBO

Matthew McConaughey not returning for True Detective season 2


There isn’t a star in Hollywood bigger or more well known at the moment than Matthew McConaughey. After years of making us suffer through terrible romantic comedies, McConaughey has reinvented himself as a serious and award winning actor — something that has been dubbed a McConaugisance.

In addition to his Oscar winning role in Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey looked poised to take him an Emmy in the fall for his work on the stunningly outstanding HBO series True Detective. Many fans are holding out hope that he’ll return to the series for a second season, but the Oscar-winning actor has killed those dreams with a quote to Variety.

When asked about his potential season two return to the hit HBO show at a backstage  Academy Awards interview session, McConaughey announced, “No, I won’t be back for season two. Season one was finite.”

We sort of all expected this, as True Detective has looked to be a one-and-done series anyways, at least in terms of the storyline. Like American Horror Story, the seasons aren’t connected and instead tell a new story each year. This both gives the freedom to recast roles, but also means that we won’t see the same familiar faces returning the next time around.

We saw an over saturation of McConaughey in the 2000s, and it’s ironic that we’re now upset that we won’t be seeing more of him in a given role.

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