Nic Pizzolatto’s third instalment of True Detective may well hit our screens at the back end of next year. We already know what Oscar-winning actor, Mahershala Ali, in this new series, and now news reaches us that a British actress has been added to the cast. Read on for more.
As we all know, True Detective – series one, of course – was one of the best crime dramas on the box for a long time when it aired in 2014. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey made for an excellent team. Sadly, while it had its moments, series two didn’t match up with the hype. A while back we brought you news that showrunner Nic Pizzolatto had written some episodes for a third series, but David Milch had been brought in to share writing duties. Now there’s more exciting speculation.
As long-time readers of this site will know, the very first series of True Detective won our inaugural award for best crime drama of the year. In fact, you could argue that it was the show inspired me to sit down and start this site. Series two, as everyone knows, wasn’t anywhere near as good as the first series, and that lukewarm critical and viewer response meant that Nic Pizzolatto’s show was put on gardening leave by is US network, HBO. Until now.
Last month this website carried a story (here) that detailed the unlikelihood that True Detective would be coming back for a third series. The enigmatic, big, bold, pretentious and brilliant US series stormed onto our screens in 2014 and starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as two tormented, mis-matched cops working in the deep, Deep South on a harrowing murder case. It was incredible stuff, and became much talked-about. If there’s one person that could save the show it’s McConaughey, and he’s come out and said something very interesting.
The first series of True Detective – which seems like an age away – won our inaugural drama of the year back in 2014. Even though it was flawed and pretentious, not to mention neglectful and one-dimensional in its presentation of female characters, we hadn’t quite seen the likes of it before. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey’s performances were what really lifted it from from the good to the excellent, but series two? Although it had its moments, it really didn’t hit the heights of the first series anywhere near enough. And yet we still want more. Sadly, it looks as though a third series might never happen.
And so it all came to this. One of the most talked about, maligned, high-profile crime dramas of recent years headed into its finale with the critics erring on the side of negativity, and with its viewership thoroughly divided. Throughout its heavily layered, slowish pace and unrelenting gloominess, it lost people I knew who had been watching it. But for me there was enough – brief flickers of brilliance – to keep me sticking with it, through thick and thin. In sickness and in health. And thank goodness I did, because this was a superb ending to a story that has frustrated more than it has thrilled.
There’s no question: series two of True Detective has been a mess. Its sludgy narrative and clumsy plotting has meant trying to follow it has been like wading through a field of mud with the biggest plate of ribs at the other side teasing you with their slippery deliciousness and sweet, barbequed smell. Characters and their dialogue have often lapsed into cliché, set pieces that were supposed to be mind-blowing were sometimes laughable in their ostentatiousness and the sheer amount of characters and their sub-plots have been dizzying. Too dizzying at times. But it has flickered; flickered enough to both keep me interested and serve as a reminder to what might have been. Here we are at the season finale and we’re edging towards a resolution, and we need some questions answering. After the jump I’ll pose some of those questions, while there’s also a trailer for the series finale to whet your appetite.