True Detective Season 3: Premiere Date Announced!

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True Detective Season 3 finally has a premiere date!

HBO announced Thursday afternoon that the hit drama series would return to the air Sunday, January 13. 

That means by the time the show debuts, it will have been off the air for almost three-and-a-half years. 

Mahershala Ali on True Detective

Thankfully, the series is an anthology, so it's not like lingering plot threads were left danging by the critically maligned True Detective Season 2

As previously reported, True Detective Season 3 takes place in the Ozarks with a chilling story that takes place over three time periods. 

The crime for the new episodes surrounds two children who go missing in 1980. 

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Mahershala Ali will take the wheel as Wayne Hayes, a detective with the Arkansas State Police, who is tasked with cracking the macabre-themed case. 

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Scoot McNairy, Mamie Gummer, Carmen Ejogo, and Stephen Dorff are also part of the talented cast. 

HBO dropped the official trailer back in August, and it showed Wayne struggling to make sense of the changes to his life as a result of working the case. 

True Detective Season 1 launched back in 2014 to rave reviews, solid ratings and a lot of love on the awards circuit. 

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It starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two detectives tasked with solving a horrible case. 

The second season followed just a year later with the likes of Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch as part of the cast. 

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But the reaction was less than stellar, and the show's future was left in limbo for a few years as a result. 

However, all of the speculation came to an end in September 2017 when HBO ordered a third season with series creator, Nic Pizzolatto. 

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“Nic has written truly remarkable scripts,” said HBO president Casey Bloys at the time of the renewal. 

“With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next installment of True Detective.”

Mahershala Ali

Added Pizzolatto: “I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy. I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story.”

Okay, True Detective Fanatics!

Will you give this drama another chance or are you out?

Hit the comments below. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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True Detective Quotes

If you ever bully another kid again, I'll come back and butt fuck your father with your mother's headless corpse on this god damned lawn. Twelve years old my ass. Fuck you.


The hubris it must take to yank a soul out of non existence, into this, meat. And to force a life into this, thresher. Yeah so my daughter, she uh, she spared me the sin of being a father.