This week we learned that Game of Thrones will officially return in 2019 and HBO’s Programming President Casey Bloys explained why it will take so long for the final season of the hit show. We also have to wait until 2019 for the next season of Stranger Things. Now we know that 2019 will also be the debut of the third season of True Detective.
The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Bloys this week and asked the HBO boss if the new season of True Detective would air in 2018 and he replied “No, 2019.” Time is a flat circle, especially when waiting for great TV shows.
Taking their time with the Nic Pizzolatto-helmed project to ensure that it is done properly is a much better option than rushing it out like they did with Season 2. Pizzolatto will get some directing help as Jeremy Saulnier, who wrote and directed the 2013 film Blue Ruin, joins the production. “Nic has written truly remarkable scripts,” said Bloys. “With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next installment of True Detective.” “I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy,” Pizzolatto said in a statement. “I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story.” Also joining Nic is Deadwood creator David Milch.
Moonlight/Luke Cage/House of Cards star Mahershala Ali is also joining the third season of the anthology series. Ali will play the role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective.
Season 3 “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.” Coincidentally, the Ozarks also is also the setting of Netflix’s well-received crime thriller drama Ozark. The entire True Detective series was nearly scrapped by HBO after Season 2 of True Detective was not well-received by fans and critics alike. We’ll have to wait until 2019 to see if the anthology can rebound with another incredible season or if it will be the last season.