Here’s the official trailer for True Detective season 3, and here’s how HBO describes it: “A 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. Mahershala Ali stars as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff also star.”
That kind of undersells it, because it also stars Mamie Gummer and Scoot McNairy, among others, and it doesn’t mention that the incredible Jeremy Saulnier directs the first two episodes and that one of television’s best directors, Daniel Sackheim (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Americans) takes over from there.
It also doesn’t really explain that season three seems to return to its roots, so to speak, by featuring those different timelines and a case of what appears to be seven dead kids that haunts Mahershala Ali’s character through all three timelines. Forget everything else, this is the perfect template for a great crime fiction story, and the fact that Mahershala Ali stars in it and that it’s set in the Ozarks of Arkansas just makes it all that much more intriguing.
I’m even willing to ignore Stephen Dorff’s terrible 80’s hair.
True Detective Season 3 debuts on HBO on January 13th.
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