HBO’s very serious crime series True Detective is set to return for season 3 in 2019, and the network has dropped the equally serious official full trailer to whet viewers’ appetites. The series took something of a sabbatical after the star-studded second season was met with plenty of critical derision, leading to Michael Lombardi, then-president of the network, taking some of the blame for its perceived creative shortcomings. Although it’s been a minute since the series was a fixture on HBO’s schedule, it’s set to make its comeback next year, and as the new trailer makes clear, it’s doing so with the help of Academy Award winning actor Mahershala Ali.
Details on the new season have been around for a while. The new mystery will unfold in the Ozarks, and take place over three separate timelines, with Ali’s Detective Wayne Hayes becoming increasingly haunted by one particularly gruesome crime. Joining Ali are Stephen Dorff as Hayes’ partner, Roland West, as well as an impressive lineup of supporting characters played by Carmen Ejogo (Fantastic Beasts), Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace), Scoot McNary (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and Mamie Gummer (Castle Rock).
From the look of things, True Detective season 3 will be something of a throwback for the series (an odd thing to say for a show with only two other seasons under its belt), wherein the multiple timelines will not only follow the investigation of the crime, but also the emotional and psychological price paid by those tasked with solving the offense. Take a look at the trailer below:
That HBO and series creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto would want to return to a time when True Detective was a part of the weekly television conversation and a potential heir apparent to the premium cabler’s Game of Thrones franchise is no surprise. That may be a tall order, though, as with season 2 Pizzolatto will have to do without the creative influence of director Cary Fukunaga, who, it seems, had a lot to do with the show’s initial success. This time, Pizzolatto has the help of Deadwood creator David Milch (who is credited as a co-writer on an episode), and acclaimed filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room, Hold the Dark). Saulnier unfortunately left the project early for “scheduling conflicts,” though his refusal to speak on the record about the experience maybe says all that needs to be said about it.
Picking up where Saulnier left off is television veteran Daniel Sackheim, who will share directorial duties on the new season with Pizzolatto himself. That combination will be something to keep an eye on as the season unfolds and Pizzolatto’s writing and directorial efforts are put on display.
True Detective season 3 premieres Sunday, January 13 @9pm on HBO.