Did he learn anything from “The Killing” about how to resolve a murder mystery? “No, not really,” he said.
One reason: He had already plotted out “True Detective” by the time he joined the AMC show.
“When you work on a show as a staffer, your job is to serve the showrunner’s vision,” he explained at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “So, you know, there wasn’t much ownership for me of it. But I think my ideas about a mystery and how to handle these sorts of things just came out of my own sort of ethos and concerns as a writer, more than anything.”
He said “True Detective” would come to a definite conclusion.
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“I mean, one of the reasons I wanted to do an anthology format is I like stories with endings,” said Pizzolatto (pictured with “True Detective” star Matthew McConaughey.) “I like a good third act. And continuing serial dramas, they tend to have really good beginnings and really long middles and then sort of have to hustle to develop an ending. And I like the idea of telling a self-contained story.”
HBO’s “True Detective,” like FX’s “American Horror Story,” will feature a new story each season.
One sign Pizzolatto sticks the landing with Sunday’s episode? His actors — including McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, and Michelle Monaghan — were able to read all eight of his episodes before signing on. They probably wouldn’t have if the final episode blew it.