True Detective Returns

Starring Mahershala Ali

BY: Zak Wojnar

True Detective is the child of writer Nic Pizzolatto, who has written (or co-written) every episode in the series. While each of the show’s three seasons tell their own self-contained story, they are linked by the style and sensibilities of Pizzolatto, who is also known for his work on the debut season of AMC’s The Killing, as well as Antoine Fuqua‘s high-profile remake of The Magnificent Seven.

One of the hallmarks of True Detective is its incredible casting of big-name actors in the lead roles. For season three, Mahershala Ali joins the ranks of previous stars Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell, and Vince Vaughn.

Although he is best known for his Oscar-winning turn in Moonlight, but has amassed a small army of loyal fans thanks to appearances in cult movies and TV shows like The 4400, Predators, House of Cards, and Luke Cage. He’s one of the hottest actors working today, in terms of both acting talent and his statuesque, commanding presence. He’s a perfect fit for True Detective, with his character’s stoic demeanor and intimidating stare only barely containing his emotional vulnerability and melancholic, defeated outlook.

For the first time in the series, Pizzolatto is directing episodes of the show, sharing duties with Daniel Sackheim (NYPD Blue, Miami Vice) and Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room, Hold the Dark). Pizzolatto (and by extension, True Detective) has a lot to prove with this season; after a game-changing debut season, shepherded by director Cary Fukunaga, many fans were disappointed with the show’s highly-divisive sophomore outing. Hopefully, season three will manage to return the True Detective‘s reputation to the lofty heights of its initial run.