Porn stars, an orgy, and S&M: What we know about sex in "True Detective" season 2

Two porn stars were cast for a scene that features "dozens of naked bodies" in "Eyes Wide Shut-caliber antics"

Published March 19, 2015 9:11PM (EDT)

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in "True Detective"               (HBO/Lacey Terrell)
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in "True Detective" (HBO/Lacey Terrell)

Well, this should be fun: THR reports that “True Detective” Season 2 has hired two porn stars, Amia Wiley and Peta Jensen, for what they dubbed “a deliriously vast orgy sequence,” which supposedly involves "dozens of naked bodies in Eyes Wide Shut-caliber sex antics.” According to sources, the scene was shot in a Pasadena mansion over a number of days, and stars Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams were both present for the shoot.

While the participants have reportedly signed nondisclosure agreements, we do have some clues with which to speculate on what the scene might involve. We know that Season 2 begins with the discovery of a dead body on the Pacific Coast Highway. Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are the highway patrol officers investigating the case, while McAdams plays a local sheriff. Vince Vaughn is a career criminal who happens to be an associate of the victim, Ben Caspar, a shady city manager who was in the process of working to pass a citywide transit bill. The series will reportedly go on to explore "the secret occult history of the United States transportation system."

So, where does the orgy come in? Well, per MoviePilot, the victim had “a dark side involving some associations with S&M clubs.” That’s a start! And The Wrap writes that "Caspar’s 52-year-old corpse is found on a lonely stretch of Pacific Coast Highway near Big Sur—satanic symbols etched on his chest. It turns out he had a penchant for rough sex and may have been involved in the occult.” Knowing “True Detective,” that also seems pretty likely.

We also know that Farrell’s character has a shady sexual history of his own, as he was reportedly "suspended for sexually exploiting a young woman he pulled over.” So it's possible his arc also involves some sort of kink?

Den of Geek, meanwhile, looks to possible inspirations for the series, pointing out that the transportation-centric season could draw from the life of shipping magnate Daniel Keith Ludwig, who "reportedly had close ties to the owlish Bohemian Grove crowd, the reputed playground of perverted plutocrats." As they put it:

"The victim will be into rough sex. Season one had all kinds of sex. Angry sex in the bathroom. Revenge sex on the kitchennette. Handcuff sex. Incestuous hand jobs. BDSM caters to all kinds of ritualistic fetishes beyond the ones let in the doorways in True Detective's first season. The scratchings could come from a heavy S&M session or next season could take some trips to a West Coast version of The Hellfire Club, the 18th Century British bacchanal for the socially blessed."

So perhaps McAdams and Farrell are undercover trying to dig up some info on the dead man’s past? Or maybe Farrell's sordid sexual past is catching up to him and McAdams is pulling him back from the brink (or, y'know, along for the ride?). We have no idea, but we sure are excited to find out. Speculate away!

By Anna Silman

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