HBO's "True Detectivestill has three episodes to go in its first season, which will end the story of Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson's Marty Hart. Though the show is drawing glowing reviews and big ratings (recent episodes have drawn a cumulative rating of 11 million viewers per week), it has yet to be renewed for a second season, mainly because of the unusual nature of the series. It's an anthology show, like FX's "American Horror Story," and a second season would feature an entirely new group of characters, and likely an entirely new group of actors — though I can imagine HBO is doing whatever it can to get McConaughey and Harrelson to return, even in a reduced capacity. There will surely be another season; the announcement will just wait until HBO has found a satisfactory cast (preferably with a lead as famous and talented as McConaughey).

We don't know what the premise of season 2 would be, or whether it would even feature another pair of cops (for what it's worth, Nic Pizzolatto told me that that's not necessarily the plan). But excitement over this first season led yesterday to one of the great hashtag games in Twitter history: #TrueDetectiveSeason2, in which Twitter users began posting suggestions — most of them jokes, a few serious — of who should succeed Cohle and Hart.

Some were former police pairings (albeit unlikely ones):





Some featured an actor or two who would grow up to play a TV cop



Some wanted desperately for season 2 to resemble season 1 as much as possible



Some found a way to cast two new heroes and a new villain at the same time



Some went for the biggest name value possible, possibly in a Western setting



Some were caught up in Olympic fever



Some tried to take the idea seriously, and/or continue a beloved recent series: 


#TrueDetectiveSeason2 Not actually joking...

— Mo Ryan (@moryan) February 20, 2014




And many were just shameless '80s nostalgia:






Does anyone have a favorite idea, whether a joke or for real? In your ideal world, who would succeed Matthew and Woody in a second season? And do you agree that this is the winner as either joke or reality? 



Alan Sepinwall has been reviewing television since the mid-'90s, first for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, The Star-Ledger, and now for HitFix. His new book, "The Revolution Was Televised," about the last 15 years of TV drama, is for sale at Amazon. He can be reached at