Love it or hate it, season 2 of "True Detective" wrapped Sunday night in dramatic fashion.
From the deaths of major characters to a heated romance and even a few twists, the HBO crime series definitely ended with a bang. And that ending was a long time coming.
Creator and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto recently said in a chat with HBO Connect that he had the season's finale plot in mind from the very beginning, revealing, "I don't have enough confidence to take this kind of journey without some destination in mind, even though it can change."
"I'll usually have an end that makes a kind of emotional sense to me, but there's always a big question mark next to it, because you need to be willing to throw your preconceived ending out the window if the characters and story go in a direction you didn't foresee," he added about season 2, which starred Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. "The ending was in mind as I wrote the first two episodes, and I don't think its final beats changed much, although I questioned it constantly..."
Meanwhile, because of all the hype surrounding the show, Pizzolatto's writing approach for season 2 differed from season 1, which featured a completely different storyline and cast (Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey).
"The actual process of writing differed from last season mainly because there were so many people paying attention, even people that didn't like the show. We had to work harder to not be influenced, whereas before nobody cared what we were doing," he said.
Pizzolatto said the finale was "loaded with" a lot of his "favorite stuff from either season."
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