The first season of True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, was something magical. Layered in mystery and suspense, the show went onto win a number of awards for its performances and storytelling, including a Critics’ Choice win for Matthew McConaughey. The second season, however, didn’t fare so well. In fact, it was labelled “one of the worst television programs of 2015” by a number of publications.
True Detective Season 3 hopes to fix all that. And if Academy-award winner Mahershala Ali’s performance in the trailer is anything to go by, we’re in for another winner.
Like the first season, it looks like season 3 will jump back and forth between two or three timelines, past and present. Firstly, we’ll be told about the investigation of the disappearance of the two children. Secondly, we’ll learn about a subsequent inquiry into the detectives’ work on the case. And, thirdly, we’ll follow the lead years later struggling to recount what happened as he is interviewed by a news reporter. “My whole brain is a bunch of missing pieces,” Mahershala Ali’s character says.
The question now is whether or not fans of the first season will be willing to return to the franchise after a dismal second season.