HBO Officially Announces ‘True Detective’ Season 3

After the breakout success of True Detective, HBO wasted no time in greenlighting a second season. That wasn’t the case the next time around.

Though it still maintained high ratings, reception for Season 2 was much more divided. The lukewarm response was enough for the network to twiddle their thumbs for two years. At long last, HBO has finally announced a third season of the anthology crime drama.

“The next installment 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,” reads the official logline.


The official announcement comes a month after the hiring leak of Mahershala Ali. The 43-year-old Oscar winner is playing Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. Nic Pizzolatto, who penned the first two seasons, wrote all of Season 3, with the exception of Episode 4 which he co-wrote with Deadwood’s David Milch. Filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin) will serve as executive producer and director.

“Nic has written truly remarkable scripts,” said Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming. “With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next installment of True Detective.”

With HBO taking their sweet ass time renewing the show, I have a feeling the Season 3 scripts are sensational. Did you watch both seasons of True Detective? Do you agree the show suffered the dreaded sophomore slump. Can it rebound? Weigh in below.