Alas, there is no True Detective coming up on HBO tonight. Last week’s installment was the final one of the season; now we’re in what could be an eternal holding pattern for the franchise. Will there be a season 4?
Within this CarterMatt article, we want to become true detectives in our own right — without all of the angst and the enormous time jumps. We want to piece together some of the steps that need to be taken in order to get a season 4 for the franchise. One thing that we should stress more than anything else is strictly this: Time. This is going to take a while and it has to. A renewal for any great show is not something that happens overnight and as we’ve seen with this show in particular, rushing things brings us what happened with season 2. We are happy to wait if we get a great show.
So what are we waiting for?
1. An idea – Everything starts with an idea, especially something like True Detective that is an anthology show. Every season is its own thing like Fargo or American Horror Story, so that means coming up with a story, a setting, important characters, and a way for everyone to get from point A to point B. Creator Nic Pizzolatto apparently already has an idea as to what he wants to do, so that’s a start.
2. Perfecting that idea – That means meeting with HBO, discussing story ideas, and trying to figure out the best way to translate the story to screen. Unless everyone feels absolutely confident that the show will deliver (HBO is not typically the sort of network known to rush anything — they value quality, as do their subscribers), there probably won’t be any progress beyond this point.
3. Renewal – If HBO feels good about the story and has all of the financing in place, they’ll give True Detective season 4 a green light. Maybe that could happen a little bit later this year, though we’d still be shocked if we see it come out before 2020 at the earliest.
4. Casting – If you’ve got a show like this, then you have to find the right people to be in it. Casting has been essential to this franchise so far, with Mahershala Ali, Colin Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey, and Woody Harrselson being some of the movie stars who have found their over to being in various seasons. While we don’t necessarily think that HBO needs to cast a big name, they almost certainly will. It’s a way to get viewers in from the get-go on a season, even if they are not altogether familiar with past seasons or what the show is supposed to look and feel like.
5. Production – This is obviously an enormous operation, given that filming takes place for a number of months and may be done out on location.
When can you expect some more True Detective season 4 discussion?
Think along the lines of later this summer. HBO typically holds a panel discussion at the TCA Press Tour in Los Angeles, and we imagine that reporters are going to be very curious if there is more information they are willing to share. Remember, there are still questions be asked on the future of The Night Of! If that’s happening, you have to believe it’s going to continue happening here.
For some more news regarding True Detective, be sure to check out our archive page! We will offer up some more updates as time goes on.
Do you want to see a season 4 of True Detective happen?
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