After creating ripples with its fabulous first season but ending up with a somewhat lackluster second season, “True Detective” is ready to return to television screens with season 3. HBO has given the green light to the third season which will be directed by Nic Pizzolatto along with Jeremy Saulnier. What is more, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali has been roped in for the upcoming season, and he will be seen playing a state police detective Wayne Hays in the anthology series.

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Nic Pizzolatto to direct Season 3 with Jeremy Saulnier

Showrunner Nic Pizzolatto will be directing the third season and will be joined by Jeremy Saulnier of “Green Room” fame as well.

However, the script for the upcoming season will come from the pen of Pizzolatto only. This has been confirmed by HBO President Casey Bloys too as he has praised his scripts saying that Nic has written remarkable scripts for the third season and with his ambitious vision, they are excited to begin the next installment [VIDEO] of the series.

As for Nic, he is no less excited for the third season of the crime drama. He told the media that he is thrilled at the prospect of working with artists like Mahershala and Jeremy. He also expressed hope that his written material would be able to do justice to the talents of the duo and admitted that he was highly excited to tell the next batch of story.

Season 3 returns to roots

“True Detective” Season 3 will see the anthology crime drama taking a U-turn and will see the story taking place in the Ozarks.

Mahershala Ali will be seen playing a state police detective Wayne Hays from Northwest Arkansas, and the storyline will move through three different periods. It will have a ghastly crime at its heart that will take place in the middle of the town that will become even more complicated over time and Hays will be seen investigating the case.

Notably, the first season of the crime series was set in Louisiana and revolved around the pursuit of a serial killer over a period of seventeen years with two state police detectives trying to nab the criminal. It was a critical as well as a commercial success but the second season met with mixed reviews with some critics panning it for lacking in substance. Well, now that the third season is returning to its roots and the team has also had enough time in between to write the script, it does look like the next installment will succeed in recreating the magic of the first season.

It may be mentioned here that HBO is yet to announce the number of episodes in the third season.