I’m now interested in giving this show a shot. The ads did nothing for me, but I’m overall not a huge fan of HBO dramas in the past, so it already has a strike against it (Game of Thrones and True Detective season one being notable exceptions), but this article seems to give it some real life.
Also, thanks for introducing me to tvtropes.org. I’m not saying that tropes are bad (because essentially anything you can do seems to be catalogued there), but it is nice to learn about them. I’ve always been a fan of film and TV (I tell people that I take entertainment very seriously) and being able to learn more about it academically is always a plus (though it does ruin some stuff by making it all too predictable).