HBO has announced when we’ll finally get to feast our eyes upon True Detective Season 3. The network slated the new episodes to debut in mid January.
The trailer for True Detective Season 3 dropped back in August. We knew then that the series would be returning to HBO in January. The network has now confirmed exactly which Sunday will begin airing the new episodes, announcing a premiere date of January 13th.
Details are slim on the series’ third outing. Academy Award Winner Mahershala Ali will lead the cast as Wayne Hays. He’s joined by his partner, Roland West, which will be played by Stephen Dorff.
The narrative will take place within the Ozarks of Arkansas. It’s also been confirmed that the story for True Detective Season 3 will take place over the span of three separate time periods over the course of three decades.
The series’ showrunner, Nic Pizzolatto, is returning to write the entirety of the show’s third season. He’ll also direct three episodes, marking his debut as a director for the series. Daniel Sackheim will also direct three of the season’s eight episodes.
Jeremy Saulnier was slated to direct half of the season, splitting duties with Pizzolatto. Production was apparently taking longer than expected, and there were reportedly creative differences between Pizzolatto and Saulnier. Therefore Saulnier exited the project after the completion of the show’s first two Season 3 episodes.
Rounding out primary cast members within True Detective Season 3 are Carmen Ejogo as Amelia Reardon, “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.” And Ray Fisher (the DCEU’s Cyborg) will play the role of Freddy Burns, the son of Mahershala Ali’s Wayne Hayes.
Hopefully when True Detective Season 3 premieres on January 13th, we’ll once again be singing praise for the anthology series. Season 1, led by stellar performances by Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, was raved about. But Season 2, while still enjoyable, was considered a bit of let down. Will Season 3 return to form? Only time, which of course is a flat circle, will tell.