The first season of HBO’s True Detective hasn’t premiered yet but executive producer Nic Pizzolatto already has a few ideas for what could come next for the anthology series.

“There could be a season that’s much more of a wide-spread conspiracy thriller, a season that’s a small town murder mystery, a season where nobody is murdered and it’s a master criminal versus a master detective,” Pizzolatto said. “Even the title True Detective is meant to be, of course, purposefully somewhat generic. There are deeper indications, the word true can also mean honorable….as long as there is some crime in there.”

It was not made clear if — like FX’s American Horror Story — the anthology would retain a few faces from season to season. For his part, Matthew McConaughey, who stars alongside Woody Harrelson, made clear that this season’s story was “contained,” but Pizzolatto was hesitant to agree with the actor when he claimed, “That’s it.” “We’ll talk later,” said Pizzolatto.

Earlier, Harrelson praised his co-star’s performance in the role of loner detective Rust Cohle. “I can’t imagine anyone else doing that part,” he said. “It was phenomenal. He played a much different role than I’ve ever seen him do before. He knocked it out of the park.”

For McConaughey, who was initially approached for the role Harrelson would play, the appeal of playing the part was apparent from the start. “I understood why they were coming to me with the role of [Detective] Hart, but Cohle was the voice that I couldn’t wait to turn the page and hear what came out of this guy’s mouth…I loved this guy’s mind.”

True Detective premieres Jan. 12

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