Season one of True Detective was a revelation. Season two of True Detective was…something other than that. Perhaps in large part because of that and perhaps because show creator Nic Pizzolatto has other things to do, the chances of ever getting season three appear to be as dead as, well, so many of the characters from the show.
According to a Hollywood Reporter profile of new HBO programming head Casey Bloys, there are currently no plans for a third season of the former hit and he basically says another murky go-round is highly unlikely.
Former HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo had previously apologized for rushing season two and left the door open for another one.
With a cast and plot that didn’t quite measure up to the first season, the second season was set up to fail. While a little bit of distance allowed people to realize it wasn’t as bad as many said it was at the time, it also lacked many of the crackling qualities and intriguing moments that made the Matthew McConaughey/Woody Harrelson first run such a captivating watch.
It also doesn’t help the show’s prognosis that creator Nic Pizzolatto seems to have his attention elsewhere as part of his new exclusive deal with HBO. So the good news is that if you liked the show, the person responsibile for coming up with it will be back with something new.
Still, we’ll always have Rust Cohle to fascinate us and bum us out about the nature of life.