True Detective Season 3 Looks Unlikely

News Chris Longo
5/25/2016 at 4:13PM

True Detective Season 3 may be in trouble at HBO. Here's everything we know about a potential third season.

With only speculation to go on, we’re waiting for HBO to make an official announcement on the fate of the True Detective Season 3. Lips have been tight. HBO execs have tighter lips than Frank Semyon’s sidekick, NailsRegardless, we know HBO at least says its moving forward with Nic Pizzolatto, even if means the world we deserve is one without a True Detective season 3.

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A major shake up in HBO executive offices will place the future of the crime anthology on the shoulder of new programming chief Casey Bloys. Hidden in a big feature from THR on the new chief at HBO is a line that could spell doom for the series that captivated audiences when it debuted in 2014. "HBO sources suggest a new project from creator Nic Pizzolatto is more likely," the report says, indicating that Pizzolatto may get a fresh start under a series new moniker. 

Last year, the premium cabler locked up an overall deal that will have the creator of True Detective in the fold until 2018. It was then reported that a new season of True Detective was still on the table, with Pizzolatto having the option to either re-work the creative structure of the series, hire a writing staff, bring in a new showrunner or go at it alone again. Regardless, he would remain an executive producer.

We'll keep you posted on where the series stands...

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HBO’s Stance on True Detective Season 3

Back in August, HBO commented on the potential for True Detective season 3 following the critically-panned and generally hate-watched second season. Speaking to the Television Critics Association, the now former HBO boss Michael Lombardo defended the latest season, and even gave a hint that he's willing to ahead with True Detective season 3.

"I'd love to do another season," Lombardo said, noting that the ask to Pizzolatto was already out there. "I haven't asked every one of the 12 million viewers who is watching, but I think what he's doing is so much bolder, braver and satisfying that what I'm seeing in film. I'd happily be in business with him for a long time."

Lombardo backed up his comments that Pizzolatto was "one of the best writers working in television and motion pictures today" by inking the writer to a new deal. 

In another interview from HBO's head of programming, we get our best hint at when True Detective season 3 may air. Talking about the perceived failures of season 2, Lombardo said they can learn by allowing Pizzolatto more time to craft his story, rather than succumb to the pressures of network television. All signs point to an extended hitaus for HBO's crime drama series.  

“I’ll tell you something. Our biggest failures — and I don’t know if I would consider True Detective 2 — but when we tell somebody to hit an air date as opposed to allowing the writing to find its own natural resting place, when it’s ready, when it’s baked — we’ve failed,” Lombardo told scpr.org. You can read our story with his full commments here.

With Lombardo exiting HBO, we'll see if one of the major shows tied to his legacy remains on air.

True Detective Season 3 Premiere Date

If it ever does happen, we won't see True Detective Season 3 in 2016. If interest and production picks up, and this is pure speculation, the earliest we'd see our new detectives would be winter/spring 2017.

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True Detective Season 3 Trailer

Many readers might have gotten excited about a mysterious trailer that aired on HBO before Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, that isn't a True Detective Season 3 trailer, it's for a different show called The Night Of. Sorry to disappoint you.

In the meantime, relive season two with our True Detective podcast, The World We Deserve.

Chris Longo is the deputy editor at Den of Geek. Tell him about the world we deserve on Twitter. Refresh your memory True Detective memory with our reviews and our True Detective podcast.