True Detective season 5 premiere date: A summer 2024 update

True Detective: Night Country (season 4)
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Is there a chance that we could learn some big stuff about True Detective season 5 between now and the end of the summer? Let’s just say there is a reason to have at least a tiny amount of hope.

After all, let’s start off here with a reminder that another season is coming, as that was confirmed by HBO earlier this year. Season 4 a.k.a. Night Country was an enormous hit both critically and commercially, bringing the series arguably the most attention it’s had since season 1. Issa Lopez is sticking around as showrunner, and it has already been confirmed that there will be new characters and a different setting. Could there still be Easter eggs or tie-ins to the past? Let’s just say it is good to not rule anything out…

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Now, the bad news — if you are hoping for a premiere date to get revealed this summer, you are going to be disappointed. Pending some miracle, season 5 won’t be coming until at least 2026, if not longer. A lot will depend on 1) when the season is written, 2) when it films, and 3) when HBO wants it on the schedule. Yet, we do think that the renewal timing means that by the end of the summer, we could hear something more about either the setting or one of the leads. Odds are season 5 will have an A-list presence as all of them have to this point, but it will probably look rather different from the dynamic we had between Jodie Foster and Kali Reis.

As for a premiere-date announcement, the easy assumption to make there is that some more news is going to come out either close to the end of next year or early 2026. Note this is just a projection; things are so fluid right now, and everything can and most likely will alter itself over time.

Related Hear more from Issa Lopez about True Detective season 5 right now

What are you most excited to see moving into True Detective season 5, no matter when it airs?

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