The Very Dark New Trailer For ‘True Detective’ Season 3 Looks To Be Well Worth The Three Year Wait

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The initial trailers for Season 3 of HBO’s True Detective almost guarantee that the show will bounce back from a Season 2 sophomore slump that can best be described by Rusty Cohle:

Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali will star as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from northwest Arkansas tasked with solving the grisly abduction of two missing children in the heart of the Ozarks. Ali will be playing alongside co-star Stephen Dorf, who will playing his police partner. Like Season 1, the new season will also take place over three time periods, with Ali’s character viewing the case from different points in his life.

Creator and producer Nic Pizzolatto returns as the writer of the anthology crime drama and is joined by David Milch, who worked on Deadwood and other crime dramas such as NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, and Brooklyn South.

The second official trailer has been released and features a gritty aesthetic that made True Detective a cultural phenomenon when it first aired back in 2014.

True Detective Season 3 returns to HBO on January 13, 2019. Season 2 wrapped up in August of 2015. A lot riding on this for HBO and Nic Pizzolatto and I’m all in on it.


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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.