Originally published on Creators.co on July 2nd, 2017
After the polarizing finale of the second season of True Detective, it was unclear whether or not there would be a third season. The second season of the dark anthology crime series was met with mixed reactions, which was a far cry from the nearly universal praise awarded to the first season. Some wondered if there even should be a third season. Well, now there appears to be some movement.
Tracking Board is reporting that Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali is in talks to lead in the potential third season.
Ali is no stranger to TV, having played supporting roles in two Netflix series, House of Cards and Marvel’s Luke Cage. Ali took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his part in Moonlight last year.
Reports are cautioning that the deal is not yet complete. It hasn’t been said who Ali would be playing, but my speculation is he will play the part of a detective (since most of the big names cast in this show are detectives).
The series is famous for bringing in big names. The first season starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The second season starred Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachael McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch.
HBO hasn’t officially greenlit the third season. Official details about the third season have yet to be revealed.
What We Know So Far (Timeline)
May 2016– Sources claimed that we were more likely to see a new show from Nic Pizzolatto rather than a season three.
July 2016– HBO “hopeful” for a third season with or without Nic as the writer
December 2016– Matthew McConaughey expressed interest in returning
March 2017– Deadwood and NYPD Blue creator David Milch was brought in to help collaborate with Pizzolatto at a writing level
Just Now– Mahershala Ali is in talks to star in the upcoming season
Whether or not a third season can recapture the magic of the original season remains to be seen. I didn’t hate season two like a lot of others did but it was a step down from the near-perfect first season. I hope to see another season, the prospect of Mahershala Ali leading the cast brings me a lot of excitement to the potential of this new season.