While at the Reykjavik International Film Festival receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, Cronenberg revealed to Indiewire he turned down directing season 2 due to its script quality.
“The heat is in TV,” Cronenberg said. “Last year I was approached to direct the first episode of the second season of ‘True Detective.’ I considered it but I thought that the script was bad, so I didn’t do it. In TV, the director is just a traffic cop, but on the other hand, it is work and there’s a lot of it.”
The second season received a lot of backlash from fans of the first, many thinking the story didn’t come close to being as enticing as the one Rust Cohle and Marty Hart found themselves wrapped up in during season 1. Fan disappointment was evident in season two’s ratings: its finale was down 22% from season one, pulling in 2.73 million viewers.