Everything to Know (So Far) About True Detective Season 3

The first look at new episodes of Nic Pizzolatto’s anthology crime drama puts Mahershala Ali in the Ozarks.


Here’s the most up-to-date information about the third installment of the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series.

What’s it about?

Partner detectives investigate a macabre crime involving two missing children in the heart of the Ozarks, Arkansas. The story spans three decades.

When will it premiere?

The third season is set to premiere January 13, 2019 on HBO, HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand.

Who’s in it?

Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, House of Cards) will play detective Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. Stephen Dorff (Somewhere, Immortals) is set to play Arkansas State Investigator Roland West. Carmen Ejogo (Selma, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) will play school teacher Amelia Reardon, who is connected to two missing children.

Additional cast members include Josh Hopkins, who will play Jim Dobkins, a private attorney in Fayetteville, Arkansas involved in deposing state police detectives in an ongoing investigation. Scoot McNairy is Tom, a father who suffers a terrible loss which ties his fate to that of two state police detectives over ten years. Mamie Gummer stars as Lucy Purcell, a young mother of two at the center of a tragic crime. Jodi Balfour, Lonnie Chavis, Ray Fisher, Michael Greyeyes, Jon Tenney, Rhys Wakefield, Sarah Gadon, Emily Nelson, Brandon Flynn and Michael Graziadei also star.

How many episodes will there be?

Pizzolatto has scripted eight episodes for Season 3, co-writing Episode 4 with David Milch. The new season will mark Pizzolatto’s directorial debut; Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, Green Room) will also direct.

What’s happening behind the scenes?

Pizzolatto and Saulnier will executive produce along with Scott Stephens, Season 1’s Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, as well as Cary Joji Fukunaga, Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown.

What to Watch While You Wait

Season 1

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star as partner detectives, determined to solve a brutal 1995 murder.

Season 2

Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch star as players in a bizarre murder investigation in California.