Could True Detective Return With Its Original Cast? Here's What Matthew McConaughey Says

True Detective

Back in 2014, HBO premiered True Detective, a crime thriller that lit up like a rocket and shot into the stratosphere of popular culture. Audiences were captivated by the mystery, characters, and philosophy of the show, but like all rockets, it eventually had to come back down to the ground. Season 2 of True Detective, which featured an all-new cast and storyline, was poorly received on most fronts and effectively put production of Season 3 on hold. There have been whispers that Season 3 could return, and perhaps even with the cast of Season 1. Reportedly this is something series star Matthew McConaughey would definitely be down for.

Matthew McConaughey recently appeared on The Rich Eisen Show to chat about the Redskins and his animated role in Sing, but all roads eventually lead to True Detective. When McConaughey was last on the show, he said that he would be up for returning as his character Rust Cohle in Season 3. When Eisen asked McConaughey if it the project could still happen, the actor had this to say:

I hear that all the time now. 'You said you were going to do Season 3. When is it coming?' The ball's not advanced at all. I've talked to the creator Nic Pizzolatto who's taking a little break from it. If that thing was written well and it came up again, I wouldn't hesitate for a second.

While no progress on Season 3 has advanced it seems, McConaughey would at least be down for coming back given the right conditions -- namely a great script. After the lows of Season 2, I think it's safe to say that most fans would love to see the return of the ever pessimistic Rust Cohle. How that would be done is unclear, but Cohle could always team up with a new cast in a new investigation.

All of this depends on if there will even be a Season 3, but HBO has so far expressed a commitment to making it happen... just not anytime soon. In a rare move for any network, HBO came out and took the blame for the lower quality of Season 2, having rushed Pizzolatto to conceive an entirely new storyline quickly when he had no time limit to write Season 1. The ball is apparently in Pizzolatto's court if he wants to continue, but it seems like he's taking a break to focus on other projects. It was previously reported that Pizzolatto could take more of a supervisory role in Season 3 and pass the reigns to a different writer as a possibility, too. Whatever the case, right now a new season of True Detective is still a ways off.

Season 3 may not be happening anytime immediately, but keep checking in to CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated on True Detective and the rest of your favorite shows. In addition, here's what HBO has coming up this winter.

Matt Wood

Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.