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‘True Detective': Mahershala Ali’s Brain Is a ‘Bunch of Missing Pieces’ In Trailer for HBO Drama (Video)

Third chapter of Nic Pizzolatto crime drama set for Jan. 13 premiere

Mahershala Ali’s brain is scattered and “a bunch of missing pieces,” in the first full-length trailer for the third season of HBO’s “True Detective.”

Ali toplines the long-awaited third installment of the crime drama as Wayne Hays, a state police detective in the Ozarks. The footage consistently jumps between Hays as a young man and an old man, preparing viewers for the mystery that will unfold in different timelines — much like the series’ first season — when “True Detective” returns on Jan. 13, 2019.

The trailer even begins with Hayes giving some kind of deposition, much like Woody Harrelson’s Marty Hart and Matthew McConaughey’s Rust Cohle do in the first season.

Here’s the official logline for the coming season, courtesy of HBO: The next installment of “True Detective” tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

“True Detective” Season 3 stars Ali, Carmen Ejogo, Mamie Gummer and Scoot McNairy, and is directed by Pizzolatto, Jeremy Saulnier (“Blue Ruin”)  and Daniel Sackheim (“The Leftovers”). The series last aired in 2015.

You can watch the trailer above.