“It’s impossible to do serial killers the same way after Hannibal”: True Detective Season 4 Went Back To Original Roots To Try Dethrone Matthew McConaughey’s First Season

True Detective Season 4 tries to overtake Matthew McConaughey starrer first season as it revisits its roots.

“It’s impossible to do serial killers the same way after Hannibal”: True Detective Season 4 Went Back To Original Roots To Try Dethrone Matthew McConaughey’s First Season

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  • Matthew McConaughey starrer first season of True Detective remains the best ever of the entire series despite subsequent 3 seasons.
  • But Jodie Foster starrer season 4 subtly tries to overtake it as it makes several nods to its original roots aka Silence of the Lambs.
  • While Foster is welcoming of the comparison, only time will tell if the season will end up overthrowing the first in terms of popularity.
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True Detective, ever since its premiere in 2014 has become one of the most followed Detective shows thanks to its unique anthology and storyline with a new roaster of cast each season. Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the lead in the first season, the show has evolved and diversified, yet remained true to its original theme as fans wait for its season 4 premiere.

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Starring Jodie Foster and Kali Reis as the leads, the fourth season titled True Detectives: Night Country parallels the first one which seems to be inspired by Seven, which is in turn inspired by Silence of the Lambs starring Foster. Thus, the season really is going back to its roots, subtly trying to dethrone the widely acclaimed season one of the series.

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True Detective S4 Goes Back To Its Original Roots

True Detective S4 has several unintentional references to Silence of the Lambs
True Detective S4 has several unintentional references to Silence of the Lambs

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When Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson starred as detectives in the first season of David Fincher, they were an instant hit and quickly led to the show being one of the best detective-horror shows. However, no subsequent season of the show has been able to match the first one in terms of quality, storyline, and intrigue.

But now it seems the season 4 True Detective: Night Country has resumed to its original roots which made the first season so successful. The first season was heavily, unintentionally inspired by Se7ev, David Fincher’s iconic detective-horror movie, which was then in turn inspired by Silence of the Lambs, also starring Jodie Foster.

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While talking to Entertainment Weekly, creator and director Issa Lopez stated,

“It’s [season 1] massively influenced by Seven. And then Seven is obviously a direct descendant of Silence of the Lambs. So going to the origin and embracing the very thing that started the whole trend, which is Jodie, and putting her back in the universe, I think is speaking to the fan. It’s impossible to do serial killers the same way after Hannibal. The book is extraordinary, but it was the movie [that did that] and it was Jodie, so it was a no-brainer to go back there.”

Well going back to the Hannibal Lecter era is an element that no one expected, however, fans and critics seem welcoming to the change (via CinemaBlend).

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Jodie Foster Feels True Detective Going Back To Its Roots Is Wonderful

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Jodie Foster in True Detective: Night Country

Jodie Foster’s True Detective: Night Country seems to have more than one reference to her Oscar-winning movie Silence of the Lambs. Although unintentional, Foster is happy about the subtle nods and even feels it is a wonderful comparison.

“Honestly. I love the movie and I had the same experience making this show as I did making Silence. And I feel like those are the only two experiences I’ve ever had where you jump on the material because the text is so wonderful and it speaks to you and there’s so much that you’re drawn to in ways that you understand — and in ways that you don’t understand.”

Foster states to Entertainment Weekly as she adds that she doesn’t mind the comparison between the two at all. However, despite the comparison and parallels, only time will tell if going back to the roots would lead to the show’s increase in appeal and viewership or whether Matthew McConaughey starrer first season will yet again remain as the best season of the series.

True Detective: Night Country will air on HBO on January 14, 2024.

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