“True Detective” Season 3 is officially happening, will hopefully fill the “Game of Thrones” void for a while

While Game of Thrones will *probably* not return to HBO for its final season until 2019, the premium cable channel isn’t too worried about filling the void in the meantime, as True Detective Season 3 has officially been green-lit.

Series creator Nic Pizzolatto returns as executive producer and sole writer. Additionally, Jeremy Saulnier will be boarding the project as the series’ director. Over the summer, it was highly speculated that the series would be renewed for another season, but HBO was waiting for a director to board the project before officially giving it the go-ahead.

As previously reported, newly minted Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will be headlining the series as Wayne Hays, as state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.


As for what the next installment is about? We’re heading to the Ozarks. The series logline reads:

“'The next installment of True Detective 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."

Season 1, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, was widely praised and quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Season 2, which starred Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch, was more divisive amongst fans and critics, many of whom felt the season was disjointed and confusing. However it seems as though the series is looking to return to its roots, with Saulnier set to direct all episodes.

As of now, HBO hasn’t released any other details as to when the series will return or the episode count, but we’re certainly curious about which A-listers will join Ali in the eerie crime drama.