True Detective Season 4: 5 possible pairings that would blow our socks off

Heading into Season 4, hinted at by the big tease Nic Pizzolatto, we thought we'd give the writer some unsolicited advice on the pairings that could resurrect the grim ghosts of Rust and Marty


                            True Detective Season 4: 5 possible pairings that would blow our socks off

'True Detective' Season 3 was, if nothing else, a showcase for the considerable talents of Mahershala Ali and Carmen Ejogo, with Stephen Dorff and Scoot McNairy filling in the vacuums with able-bodied vim and vigor. As a crime story, Season 3 of the superb series failed on almost every level, but as a tale of man's journey from youthful idealism, through brow-beaten cynicism, and finally to age-addled pragmatism, it's epic.

While Season 1 heavily depended on the off-screen chemistry between Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, Season 2 plumped for the power of the ensemble (and failed), but Season 3 hinged on a man, his demons, and the loneliness of age. The worrying aspect of Season 3 is that without Ali's tour de force, the rest of the story appears a tad flaccid, half-baked even, and while that may not have been a big risk to take seeing Ali's skills, it could have gone belly-up. But it didn't, so let's move on.

Heading into Season 4, hinted at by the big tease Nic Pizzolatto, we thought we'd give the writer some unsolicited advice on the pairings that could resurrect the grim ghosts of Rust and Marty. So here goes nothing.

Brad Pitt & George Clooney

Actors Brad Pitt and George Clooney (R), stars of the film Ocean's 13, pose for photos during their hand and footprints ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 5, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actors Brad Pitt and George Clooney (R), stars of the film Ocean's 13, pose for photos during their hand and footprints ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 5, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

 

Forget 'Ocean's 11', forget the pretty boy, haute couture antics of the dazzling duo. What we don't want is 'True Detective' turns rat-catcher. Both Pitt and Clooney have very-well-tapped reservoirs of grim angst to draw from and both have a great actor's innate knowledge of the human condition. Think Pitt as Early Grace in 'Kalifornia' or Mills in 'Se7en', think Clooney's Ryan Bingham in 'Up in the Air' or Bob Barnes in 'Syriana', and you've got two old souls using reality-blasted pragmatism to bludgeon viewers into drawing the blinds and cowering in the corner of their delusions.

Having said that, Nic might opt to use their good looks and treacle-river-charm to cast them as a sort of bonnet-leaping Starsky and Hutch meet Hannibal Lecter ("That Huggy, he tastes just like bear"). Two golden boys having illusions of their own immortality gnashed to smithereens by the snapping incisors of the ultimate human predator.

Susan Sarandon & Geena Davis

Actresses Susan Sarandon (left) and Geena Davis star in the film 'Thelma And Louise', 1991. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)
Actresses Susan Sarandon (left) and Geena Davis star in the film 'Thelma And Louise', 1991. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)

 

For all the talk of feminist films and TV shows over the last few years, few can hold a candle to Ridley Scott's classic 'Thelma & Louise'. Hell, even the eternally pessimistic Harvey Keitel wore a wry smile through most of the film. Susan Sarandon has the evil streak: Anyone who watched the latest season of 'Ray Donovan' will vouch for the fact that Sarandon's Ruth Winslow was every bit a match for Liev Schreiber's Ray — despotic, cunning and, above all, absolutely clinical in her brutality.

While Geena Davis may have last been seen on Season 92 of 'Grey's Anatomy', who can forget Muriel in 'The Accidental Tourist' or Samantha Caine in 'The Long Kiss Goodnight'. The beauty of 'Thelma and Louise', and by extension Sarandon and Davis, is that they complimented each other perfectly, fitting into each other like a fleshy yin and yang. The resigned fatalism, the fatal spontaneity, and, of course, the unerring ability not to give a fuck, made them one of cinema's legendary duos, up there with Butch and Sundance, Henri and Louise and, of course, Philo and Clyde!

Maybe Nic can focus on the criminals rather than those hunting them down, and we can certainly get behind some Sarandon-Davis devilry, as long as he keeps them away from cliffs.

Robert De Niro & Al Pacino

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in 2014 (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in 2014 (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

 

When Michael Mann revealed to the world that he was going to have Bobby De Niro and 'Shoutin' Al Pacino on screen, at the same time, talking to each other, the world had a collective orgasm. From that global moan emerged 'Heat', a superb film where two of the greatest actors of their generation — till then separated from each other by a filmmaker's chasm of fear of their united fury — went toe-to-toe like better-dressed Achilles and Hector. After that there was 'Righteous Kill', but...ummm...the less said the better. 

Imagine Nic writing a script for these two icons. Grizzled veterans with a shared history of pomp and swagger, doddering into a darkening alley looking for one last taste of victory at any cost, against a foe for whom loss is not an option. Oh dear, I think I can hear the collective shifting uncomfortably.

Idris Elba & Charlize Theron

Idris Elba and Charlize Theron are perfect foils (Pics: BBC and Getty Images)
Idris Elba and Charlize Theron are perfect foils (Pics: BBC and Getty Images)

 

Is there any detective anywhere more brooding than Luther, or anyone with a vibe so violent it threatens to boil over with a simple hello. Idris Elba is the archetype of suave justice: Whether he's looming over dark British clouds with his gigantic persona in 'Luther' or plotting the downfall of the trumped up as Stringer Bell. In Charlize Theron we have the essence of a killer living under the skin of a goddess. There is nothing run-of-the-mill about Charlize, nothing normal. Whether she's playing a serial killer, a lethal spy, or a one-armed road warrior.

Elba and Theron are perfect foils; his overt lethality, her hidden apathy. Add in a hopelessly unavoidable sexual tension and you could get the best on-screen chemistry since Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. Nic, imagine seedy motels, sweat that gets into your bones, and silences filled with the breathing of lost souls looking for salvation in entwinement.

Michael B Jordan & Kyle Chandler

A reunion between Vince Howard and Coach Eric Taylor would be epic
A reunion between Vince Howard and Coach Eric Taylor would be epic

 

Fans of 'Friday Night Lights' will be clapping wildly at a reunion between Vince Howard and Coach Eric Taylor, and the chemistry that singed all in its path. Kyle Chandler was spectacular in 'Bloodline' (Season 1 in particular) and everything MBJ has touched has turned to gold. Nic could spin this and make MBJ the young inspiring leader with Chandler playing the veteran being forced to change the way he does things.

Throw in a cracking soundtrack, some brilliant FNL visual commentary on local communities and you could have another Peabody winner. Chandler chewing on non-existent gum, staring daggers, while MBJ tells him what it takes to be a great cop. Legend!