After an absolutely brilliant first season and a second season that was…fine, HBO is bring back the hit anthology series True Detective for a third season. And following the pattern of attracting big name stars for starring roles, it’s revealed that Mahershala Ali will be starring in the upcoming season.

Ali has been in such notable works as Part 1 and 2 of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay as well as a supporting role on the series House of Cards. Ali’s biggest claim of fame to date was being in the film Moonlight which won him his first Academy Award for Supporting Actor and became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar in any acting category.

We don’t know anything about season three of True Detective except that Ali is starring and that five scripts have been written. Fans are hoping that season three is more like season one than season two.

Season one starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson playing Louisiana detectives being brought in for questioning on a murder case that they had investigated years ago. In between that time, the detectives had a falling out and didn’t speak to each other.

Season two starred Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn and that was about investigating a land deal that resulted in murder in Los Angeles and Vaughn’s character was a criminal who was helping the case. I have to admit, I was like everyone else and loved season one and didn’t much care for season two. I think I only got through three or four episodes of season two and just stopped. I’ll eventually watch the rest but I have a long list of shows to watch and I’m not really thrilled to finish watching something I didn’t really like anyway.

Something season three will have going for it is that it’ll probably be more compared to season two than season one since it was most recent. Maybe that was the reason why season two wasn’t as positively received. It wasn’t that season two was necessarily bad, just that when compared to season one, it was going to be near impossible to live up to the expectations. Hopefully, season three will get a fairer chance.

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