Surprised though we were to see True Detective Season 2 step into the light with its first teaser, the lack of dialogue made it difficult to get a grip on the new characters. Now, HBO’s dark and dreary drama goes full-stab ahead with an intense new trailer, and a vibrant set of images to match.

“Sometimes, your worst self is your best self,” warns Vince Vaughn’s Frank Seymon in the new footage debuting on HBO this Sunday. Each lead gets a line to shine in the one-minute spot, amid scenes of the California landscape, while Rachel McAdams’ Ani Bezzerides sticks out with some running gunplay, and practice-stabs against a dummy. Plus, fire! Intensity! Colin Farrell’s cowboy hat! Oh, forever in Colin Farrell’s cowboy hat.

So far as we know, True Detective Season 2 will follow the death of a corrupt city manager in a fictional California city, amid a groundbreaking transportation deal that would drastically change the state. Three law enforcement officers from different cities and branches of the government are tasked with finding the culprit, only to discover the investigation has broader and darker implications than they initially thought.

Colin Farrell will take the role of Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him, while Vince Vaughn will play Frank Semyon, a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner. Kelly Reilly will play Jordan, Frank’s wife and a former D-list actress who is a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions.

Additionally, Rachel McAdams will play Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves. The Normal Heart star Taylor Kitsch will play Paul Woodrugh, war veteran motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, who is running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened.

Supporting cast for True Detective Season 2 has also been said to include Rick Springfield, Dexter star C.S. Lee, Lolita Davidovich and True Blood alum James Frain, Rectify star Abigail Spencer, Almost Human alum Michael Irby and The Hunger Games star Leven Rambin, among others. Fast and Furious franchise helmer Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes, with other directors yet to be announced.

You can check out the new trailer for yourself above, as well as the photos below, and contemplate the world we deserve before True Detective Season 2 hits HBO on June 21.

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