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HBO’s ‘True Detective’ to Return for Season 3 on Jan. 13

Mahershala Ali toplines new season of Nic Pizzolatto’s anthology drama

HBO has a set a premiere date for the third season of “True Detective,” giving the Nic Pizzolatto drama a Jan. 13 return.

Mahershala Ali stars as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas, in the next installment of “True Detective.” The third season 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. The series last aired in 2015.

In August, HBO released the first trailer for the season which included a first look at Ali in action on the next chapter of the drama. Actually, a first look at multiple versions of Ali — all of whom look haunted.

“Before you ever knew me, I wasn’t scared much,” Ali’s Wayne Hays, a state police detective in the Ozarks, says in a voiceover on the 1-minute, 11-second clip. “I wasn’t a fearful man. Things I’ve seen, things I know, wouldn’t do anything but cause harm. My whole brain’s a bunch of missing pieces.” The footage then 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’ more celebrated first season (we won’t speak of that mess of a second season).

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