True Detective season 3 is finally coming to HBO this January, and on the surface, it feels like there’s a lot to be excited about. That is why this show is in the spotlight for our next installment of our CarterMatt Midseason Preview article series today.
The first thing that we should do here, before diving into anything else, is share with you the official logline via HBO:
“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.”
While that may not give away too much in terms of specific plot details, it actually does tell you more than you would think. For starters, this represents a return to form for a franchise that tried to drift outward and try new things for its second season (and didn’t quite land successfully). This time around, we’re back in a setting that is somewhat off the beaten path. Meanwhile, we’re also dealing with the long-term psychological effects of a crime on both a community and also an individual level. The man at the center of everything this time around is Wayne Hays, played by Mahershala Ali. He will be a man who is struggling to come to grips with this crime and what it means for his life. He will be striving for answers, and along the way, he may also be trying to conquer demons. This could end up being a big part of what the upcoming season is about.
The visual style and the vibe are going to be a key component to the series’ popularity (as it has been in the past), but at the same time, they’re not going to be the only component. This season will rely on twists, theories, and also dark themes to get its story across. This season really does represent creator / showrunner Nic Pizzolatto throwing everyone out there in hopes that this is the season that re-establishes the show’s greatness. The strength of season 1 helped to ensure that the show would return beyond the mess that was season 2; however, if this does not work this time around then it’s hard for us to imagine that the series is going to get another kick at the can.
For now, we’re optimistic — largely because it doesn’t feel like this season was anywhere near as hurried as season 2 was. There was less of a need to preserve momentum and because of that, so much more of a reason to prioritize story. We hope that is precisely what happens now as we get closer to this batch of episodes premiering. We certainly do not think that HBO is done teasing these shows yet, so stay tuned!
What do you want to see when it comes to True Detective season 3, and is there any one element that you’re especially excited for? Be sure to share right now in the attached comments. (Photo: HBO.)