True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto has already written a handful of episodes for the show's second season and has a good idea of what might come in the third. But, as he told reporters at the Banff World Media Festival, fans shouldn't expect much of a future for the show after that.

After dismissing any and all second season casting rumors ("I've talked to one person about it, possibly, and that has been it. We haven't cast anybody. I have a secret list and that's it."), the Calgary Herald reports that Pizzolatto spoke about the difficulties in making, essentially, a new show every season:

"It can't have any growing pains like a regular first season. If it works it has to work right out of the box. That's incredibly exhausting. I mean, the job is exhausting to begin with, but it's doubly exhausting and I'm writing every episode.

He went on, explaining what that will mean for the show's future:

I can't imagine I would do this more than three years. I mean, I'd like to have a regular TV show. We'll have some fixed sets, regular actors and I could bring in people to help and I don' t have to be there every second. It'd be great."

But doesn't he understand that we like this show? And that we like the shows that we like to be run into the ground?

In related news: Walking Dead producers have the show mapped out through Season 12.

[h/t Vulture, image via HBO]