True Detective Season 2 hasn’t managed to be the critical darling that the first season was, but end of the season draws near, HBO and some of the cast members have been optimistic about the series finale. Now we’ve learned an exciting new tidbit about Season 2, Episode 8: It’s going to be a whopping 87-minutes long.

Eight episodes really isn’t a lot to pull together a detailed and intense drama like True Detective. It worked for Season 1, largely because the first set of episodes focused on a tightly woven narrative about two detectives and their work and personal lives. Season 2 features a third detective and a career criminal, which means there have been a lot more personalities to focus on and delve into. It doesn’t wholly surprise me that creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto would need an elongated finale in order to wrap the storyline up, especially considering what happened to Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) at the end of the last episode. HBO reported the news via the subscription cable channel’s schedule.

Season 2 has had a few edge-of-your seat moments so far, and the second season of the HBO show has a stacked cast to support the drama. Along with Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, the likes of Kelly Reilly and more are a part of the series, so tuning in for the acting alone has been pretty worthwhile. Plus, HBO president Michael Lombardo has called the finale “enormously satisfying” and has encouraged audiences to stick around and tune in for Episode 8, titled “Omega Station.”
I think you need to watch the entirety of it…I think it’s enormously satisfying. I think Nic is a very – “adventurous” is not the right word. He’s a bold storytelling, and I mean that only in the most positive way. I think he takes risks in how he lays out a story, in the pacing of stories. And I think it pays off in this particular season.

In fact, even if True Detective reviews haven’t been as raving this time around, the show is still bringing in a goodly number of viewers (more viewers than ever, some weeks) and has earned about the same level of buzz as the first season. Hopefully, the finale will capably be able to wrap up Season 2 in a memorable way, as HBO is already considering signing on for a third season if Nic Pizzolatto is interested. A well-liked ending might go a long way to grease the wheels regarding another set of episodes. We’ll let you know if True Detective gets that third season or not.

For now, the True Detective finale will hit the schedule on Sunday, August 9 at 9 p.m. ET over at HBO.

Photo Courtesy Of HBO/Lacey Terrell

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