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True Detective may be wrapping up its stellar first season on Sunday, but that’s not stopping us from speculating about what Season 2 of the critically acclaimed HBO drama could look like. Most importantly, will Matthew McConaughey return to reprise his role as homicide detective Rustin Cohle? Or, will he return as another character all-together?

Sorry to break your hearts, True Detective fans, but Matthew recently announced that he won’t be back for the second season. "We won't be back for season two," he said backstage at the 2014 Oscars. "Season one was finite. Eight episodes, that's the [end of conversation]."

Matthew’s curt answer shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. True Detective was originally created as an anthology — meaning, each season will tell a different story with a new cast of characters. Not to mention, the network has yet to renew True Detective for a Season 2. Yet, the renewal but confirmed, seeing as the thriller has been a hit in the ratings.

But the cast and the plot aren’t the only things that will change for Season 2. Something that made the series unique in this modern-day TV landscape is the fact that all eight episodes were shot together — same director, same writer — like a feature film.

True Detective was basically like a six‑month film,” the Oscar winner told reporters in the Academy Awards press room. “It was one director, eight episodes, 450 pages, basically a 450‑page script. Six months shooting on film. Very considerate. Much more considerate than Dallas Buyers Club.”

This is likely to change for Season 2. In an interview with Buzzfeed, creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto revealed he doesn’t “have any plans to work with one director again.”

“It would be impossible to do this yearly as we need to be able to do post while we’re still filming, like any other show,” he said. “There’s some great guys I’ve consulted, and we’re all confident we can achieve the same consistency. Going forward, I want the show’s aesthetic to remain determinedly naturalistic, with room for silences and vastness, and an emphasis on landscape and culture. And I hope a story that presents new characters in a new place with authenticity and resonance and an authorial voice consistent with this season.”

Are you upset Matthew McConaughey won’t be back for Season 2? Are you looking forward to a new season with new characters? Sound off in the comments!

Catch the season finale of True Detective on Sunday, March 9 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. 

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!