Thanks to a new Funny or Die video, however, the Internet can imagine what it might have been like if two actresses were cast.
HBO's refusal to commit to a cast for True Detective's second season might prove to be its own undoing.
But three other major roles have yet to be filled.
The only consensus is that fans are tired of waiting and want some answers.
Will audiences of the future be likely to binge-watch a show that got increasingly terrible? Probably not.
For those pioneers who see the Internet as the broadcast delivery medium of the future, all eyes Monday will be on which made-for-the-Web series score Emmys.