The first season of True Detective is regarded as one of the greatest stand-alone TV series of all time. Season Two, although not dreadful, didn’t quite live up to the hype. The standard had been set high and Nic Pizzolatto was given much less time to write the script for its second instalment. Now though, more than 2 years after Season Two first aired, more details are coming out about the third season.
After the dip in ratings, a third season looked unlikely. Queue a U-Turn and successive leaked details, indicating that with all these new details emerging, a third season looks to be a near certainty. One of the first details – and perhaps one of the biggest and most exciting – was the confirmation that Mahershala Ali is to star in a leading role. The Oscar-winning star of Moonlight is to play Wayne Hays, an Arkansas state police detective.
Alongside Ali will be Stephen Dorff as fellow state investigator, Roland West; Carmen Ejogo (Alien: Covenant) as schoolteacher Amelia Reardon, who is said to assist Wayne (Ali) in his investigations; and Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room, Blue Ruin) will direct alongside Pizzolatto.
HBO gave little away in the official announcement, giving the following short synopsis:
“The next instalment of True Detective tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.”
The Ozarks is a mountainous area of the US which covers portions of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. With three separate time periods, Season 3 looks like it will follow the trend of HBO’s non-linear narratives after Season 1 of True Detective took place over two time periods and Westworld followed three timelines.
The third season will not hit our screens until 2019, so until then, watch Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) at his best in Season 1: