Season Two of HBO's True Detective—shot largely in and around Los Angeles— wrapped up last night, and the people who stuck it out long enough to find out what the hell was going on this season finally got to see all the (un)satisfying conclusions to the mysteries spun over eight episodes, including the killing-off of some but, of course, not all of the protagonists. Whether you liked it or really really hated it, this season did make great use of Los Angeles and its surrounding cities, showing off the famed freeways in aerial shot after aerial shot, LA's underground pedestrian tunnels, and LA's tiny neighbor Vernon in the role of depressing, corrupt Vinci (typecasting!). The last three episodes of the season took viewers all over Southern California, from the killing sheds of Mount Baldy to the train stations of Orange County. We've rounded up 53 key locations from the end of the season and mapped them here:Read More
The Ultimate True Detective Season Two Filming Location Map
Frank Semyon’s House
Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), a gangster really trying to go kind of straight, calls this lovely Topanga house home. Known as the Von Hagen Residence, the 1975 house was designed by architectural firm Ladd and Kelsey, the team that brought us the Norton Simon Museum and the main buildings at Calarts. Frankie, you are so money, baby.
Vinci Gardens Casino
A high-stakes meeting with potential investors in Semyon's big land deal along the high-speed rail line goes down at what's actually the Normandie Casino.
Deeply grumpy Ventura County Sheriff's detective Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) runs a raid on what turns out to be a perfectly legal racy webcam operation that employs her sister and runs out of this rural house.
Ray Velcoro’s House
Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), Vinci City Police detective and hard-drinkin' man, lives pretty much next door to real-life Vernon's City Hall.
Ani and Elvis serving papers
Ani and her very tolerant partner Elvis deliver a foreclosure notice to a farmhouse and it sets Ani off on a hunt for a missing girl.
Ani's investigation into the whereabouts of a missing girl takes her to this hippie-trippy "institute" headed up by her long-haired dad. It's actually the Lloyd-Wright-designed Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Ray beats up a writer
Here's the sad apartment where the writer penning an investigatory series about Vinci gets a visit from a boozed-up, ski-mask-wearing Ray Velcoro. It is not a nice visit, and the writer agrees to kill the story. Though there's a junkie getting high behind a dumpster, in real life, the Sherman Oaks apartment building isn't in such a rough part of town.
California Highway Patrol building
CHP officer Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) gets in a bit of trouble when a young woman claims that he solicited a blowjob in exchange for dropping a ticket. He meets at CHP headquarters with his superior. The building is really the Hawthorne Historical Society.
Ray beats up a dad
Bullying is bad. Steal a kid's shoes and his drunk cop dad might come to your doorstep and beat your dad up while you're forced to watch.
Black Rose bar exterior
Looking for a place to slam Johnnie Walker and talk about IVF with a business acquaintance? This is the spot where Frank and Ray get together for their weird little chats. Outside of the TD universe, it seems to be part of a Huntington Park industrial building and not a bar at all.
Ani gets kicked out of a casino
Pounding well drinks at the local casino leads to Ani being escorted out of said casino by two large, unimpressed security guards. The place is an honest-to-goodness gambling establishment in Ventura called Players Casino.
Paul finds Ben Caspere
While out for an intentionally dangerous motorcycle ride, Paul finds the missing Vinci city manager, but not in the best condition: he's propped up on a picnic bench, dead. This spot (actually a Point Mugu turnout) is where all three law enforcement officials cross paths for the first time.
Ray and Frank meet
Frank and Ray meet up by the LA River to discuss the strange, eyeless condition in which Ben Caspere's body was found. They pick a spot along Washington Boulevard, on the west side of the river.
Paul's mom’s trailer
Paul goes to visit his mom at the Navalair Mobile Home Court. It seems like the trailer was his childhood home, as his mom keeps trying to get him to stay by offering him his "old room."
Frank's meeting with Jacob McCandless
Frank gets some very bad news about the repercussions of Ben Caspere's death, namely that Caspere screwed him. He gets the bad news at the building at the northeast corner of Second and Broadway.
Ray meets up with his ex-wife
Ray shows up to the Northridge Fashion Center expecting to see his son, but instead gets some bad news from his ex-wife: she knows he beat up that bully's dad (episode one) and she wants sole custody. Oh, and she also thinks he's a bad person.
Ani and Ray visit Dr. Pitlor
Ani and Ray pay a visit to the clinic of Dr. Pitlor, Ben Caspere's psychologist and the kind of guy who wears a cravat and sunglasses indoors. The clinic is really a stunning Simi Valley mansion.
Paul on his balcony
After a fight with his girlfriend Emily, Paul leaves for LA. The place he's staying is actually the Courtyard Los Angeles Sherman Oaks.
Ray goes alone to check out the apartment that reportedly belonged to the late Ben Caspere. He's surprised by a masked person who shoots him at the end of episode two. It's not until episode three that we find out he's not dead. The ambulance that fixes him up is on a tree-lined East Hollywood street in front of the apartment.
Mayor Chessani’s house
The house of the incredibly corrupt, ceaselessly intoxicated Vinci mayor is supposed to be in Bel Air, but the real place is in Beverly Hills and is every bit as incredibly gaudy as it looks in the show. The mayor could use a housekeeper or two, though.
Downtown construction site
Frank, in need of money, returns to his old ways of shaking people down, starting with a construction site manager. On the show, the project is a "vertical mall," but in reality, the City West lot will soon give way to some apartments that are being billed as a less-expensive DTLA alternative.
Caspere was helping produce a film being show on a Mad-Maxy set in the giant heap of detritus behind the Jalisco Auto Glass shop in Lincoln Heights.
Paul interviews prostitutes
Paul takes to Hollywood Boulevard trying to gather intel on any girls who might have gone out with Caspere. He doesn't have a ton of luck until a young man of the night takes a liking to him and leads him to a club that Caspere frequented.
The ex-driver's house
While questioning a driver who might know something about what happened to Caspere, Ani and Ray find the car that ferried him (it's on fire) and are led on an energetic, dangerous chase through underpass homeless encampments by a person who looks like they might be wearing a Scream mask.
Paul Looks for His Motorcycle
The Luxe nightclub where Paul recalls leaving his motorcycle after a long, drunk night out is the shuttered Koreatown club VIBE. His bike is gone by the time he gets here and he freaks out.
Paul Gets Hassled by Reporters
After coming to terms with his motorcycle being stolen, Paul returns to the hotel he's working out of; it's in actuality the Days Inn by the Hollywood In-N-Out. He's met by a bunch of reporters asking about that tortured past he never wants to talk about.
Frank's Bakery Meeting
Frank continues his quest to return to his old gangster ways by meeting with some former associates at Maggie's Pastry in North Hollywood.
Paul's girlfriend is pregnant
Paul's girlfriend Emily broke up with him the last time they saw each other; since then, he's managed to sleep with one of his old buddies from the military. At their meeting at Joe K's Deli in Vernon, she reveals that she's pregnant.
Ani and Ray meet an EPA guy
Trying to figure out why anyone would want to buy some toxic land parcels in the middle of nowhere leads Ani and Ray to a meeting on-site with an EPA official.
Paul and Dixon go to a pawn shop
Paul and Ray's Vinci partner, Det. Teague Dixon, hit up a pawn shop to check out some CCTV video that shows people who pawned items missing from Caspere's house. The real pawn shop is on Melrose; on TD, it's supposed to be in El Monte.
Ray gives his kid his dad's badge
In a secret meeting in the backyard of his ex-wife's house, Ray gives his son his grandfather's old badge "to remember [him] by." The house is in Hancock Park.
The officers and their team try to capture a suspect in Caspere's murder while he's at work, but that leads to an ambush shootout centered around this Boyle Heights warehouse (housing Cal-Fiber Company), the top floor of which blows up pretty early into the firefight.
The shooters escape in an SUV and Ani, Ray, Paul, and the officers who weren't shot give chase on foot. A bad scene becomes a terrible one when the SUV crashes into a bus at this intersection practically under Whittier Boulevard, and not far from the exploded warehouse.
Frank's New House
After losing all his money and his place at the table in the high-speed rail land dealings, Frank has had to make some changes. Out is the snazzy Von Hagen residence in Topanga and in is this adorable Spaulding Square bungalow.
Paul checks out jewelers
Paul stops in at a handful of shops in Downtown's Jewelry District, but the most readily recognizable visit he makes is at the counter at Omid Jewelry.
Frank meets Jacob McCandless
Frank goes to see Jacob McCandless, the guy who broke it to Frank that Caspere took him for all his money. Though it's not clear if the show actually filmed inside the building, the editing suggests that McCandless's office is in the Metropolitan Water District headquarters next to Union Station.
This rock cabin is mainly a party house that now-deceased Vinci City Manager Ben Caspere was known to frequent, but it's the creepy wooden shed nearby where all the gruesome stuff goes down. In reality, it's Harwood Lodge, a Sierra Club cabin in Mt. Baldy built in 1930.
Frank's search for Irina
Frank's tracking down a woman, Irina, who helped to pawn some of Caspere's stuff after his death. The search leads him to this Historic Filipinotown house.
Ani's sex party visit
Finally, we get to see the tremendous orgy everyone's been talking about! Ani dresses up like a high-class escort and assumes her sister's identity to get into the gathering; inside, she finds the missing girl she's looking for and the guys find those contracts with "signatures all over them." The sex party was filmed at an old Greene & Green mansion in Pasadena known as the Robinson House.
Frank's meeting with Irina
Frank finally arranges a meeting with Irina (yay!), but she's dead by the time her arrives (noooo!). The meeting was set for what is in reality this South Gate industrial site.
Base camp for Ray, Ani, and Paul
After running away from that orgy party, Ray, Ani, Paul, and the missing girl they found end up here, at this Mt. Baldy motel.
Paul hits the motherlode doing research at the LAPD building Downtown. He connects a lot of dots with what he finds here, but it's clear that he's being closely watched while he's in the building.
Davis's body found
The investigator who was overseeing this dream team ends up dead at this bleak Vernon lot, shot in her car before a meet-up with Ray.
Emily and Paul's mom hide out
Neither of the women in Paul's life seem to like him too much right now, nor do they want to be holed up in a hotel. The hotel is played by this South Gate spot.
Frank visits a jeweler
Frank's looking to buy some investment diamonds as part of his exit strategy. He ends up here, at this Pico-Robertson shop. That awning seems to be part of the storefront's real-life exterior.
Paul meets his blackmailer
Paul knows he's walking into a trap when he agrees to meet the person who's blackmailing him (His old military buddy! Whom he slept with! Double backstab!). Underground, Paul ends up face-to-face with the former Vinci police chief and some heavy-duty security guys. After a scuffle, Paul runs through the tunnels under the Hall of Records.
Poor Paul survives an ambush in the tunnels only to emerge at what's actually former LAPD headquarters Parker Center, where he's shot in the back by some slimy Vinci cop.
Frank enjoys all the fires he set
Frank's get-outta-town plan involved taking all the money out of the casino and clubs he used to own and then setting them on fire. From this vista, he enjoys the view of the aftermath.
Frank sends Jordan to Venezuela
What a gorgeous location from which to send your loved ones into hiding! Frank begs Jordan to go to Venezuela and lay low from inside the truly lovely Santa Ana Metrolink/Amtrak station.
Ani sends Lauren to Seattle
Who is Lauren? She's the daughter of one of the murdered jewelers whose blue diamonds are a major plot point. Now she's on the run like pretty much everyone else, so Ani sends her on a bus to Seattle from this improvised Greyhound station that's actually the Wilmington Port.
Ray meets Chief Holloway
Ray tracks the guy who shot him in Caspere's house (who is also the son of the murdered jewelers whose diamonds are missing) to the ARTIC train station in Anaheim. It doesn't go so well for the other two guys, but Ray gets out alive. The ARTIC is expected to eventually be a future station for the real-life high-speed rail.
Frank gets boxed in
Frank's about to make a clean getaway when he gets trapped under an overpass, carjacked, and dragged out to the desert by some Mexican mafia guys who want the money they're owed.
Ani and Jordan meet up with a reporter
Ani and Jordan convince a reporter to come all the way out to "Venezuela" to look at all the documents, contracts, and evidence that Ani and her now-deceased partners compiled about the Caspere case. The role of Venezuela is played by a Fashion District retail center and the street in front of it.