Fans of True Detective were so disappointed by the second season of this anthology series that they’ve forgotten how great it was in the beginning. But, the teaser for season 3 just dropped and it’s here to refresh their memory since it represents a remarkable return to form.
Oscar winner Mahershala Ali leads the next installment of HBO’s crime drama and takes front and center in the first teaser. He plays Wayne Hays, an Arkansas state police detective who’s trying to solve a mystery from his past that’s been haunting him for decades. Season 3 is set in Ozark and centers on a terrible crime that unravels over three separate time periods.
Judging by the teaser alone, True Detective is going back to the gritty atmosphere it established in Season 1. It also has a similar structure, since it involves the use of fragmented memories, an unreliable narrator and multiple parallel timelines. Creator Nic Pizzolatto has been credited with writing all the episodes, but he won’t direct each one. Critically acclaimed indie filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier will be in charge of the first two.
In addition to Mahershala Ali, the third season also stars Carmen Ejogo, Ray Fisher, Scoot McNairy and Mamie Gummer. Release date is still under wraps, but it should premiere some time in 2019.