New True Detective Season 3 Trailer Looks As Good As Season 1 Did

True Detective is headed to the Ozarks in Season 3, but the next saga in the HBO series looks far removed from Netflix's Jason Bateman drama. More importantly, the vibe of the second trailer for the new season invokes a feeling similar to the one the series captured in Season 1. Take a look.

Mahershala Ali's Wayne Hays doesn't appear to be as cerebral or as enigmatic as Matthew McConaughey's Rustin Cohle, but he definitely makes it clear he's got some secrets to hide. The flashes between the multiple timelines seem to tease Hays has been through a lot in his years since covering the disappearance of two children in northwest Arkansas. That's not surprising, considering the teased line from the reporter regarding the "sheer amount of fatalities" that occurred.

Carmen Ejogo also gets some screentime in True Detective's latest look, as her character Amelia Reardon appears to be doing some writing on the case. There's a tease this will cause some tension between her and Wayne, as he makes it known he thinks she "uses people." Scenes following seem to show other residents don't appreciate her writing on the case, as some may see her chronicling the story as an attempt to profit off a morbid and personal situation.

Stephen Dorff gets a couple moments in this fresh footage, as his Roland West seems to be playing the Marty to Mahershala Ali's Rustin. Scoot McNairy also shows up, as he'll be the father of the two missing children the case surrounds. Both men will likely be featured more in Season 3 than they were in True Detective's latest trailer, so don't be surprised if one of them swoops in and steals the show with a phenomenal performance.

True Detective Season 3 will be one of the first shows to kick off the 2019 season, as the HBO drama hopes to recapture audiences in the way it did with Season 1. The season will follow up the sophomore season that did not live up to the precedent set by the series in its debut. HBO stood by Nic Pizzolatto's storytelling, however, and it appears that vote of confidence may pay off if Season 3 can recapture audiences' interest.

The creation of True Detective Season 3 has not been without controversy, however, as the HBO drama switched directors earlier in the year. Jeremy Saulnier was dropped from production after he and Nic Pizzolatto had a disagreement over the direction of the first two episodes, which resulted in Daniel Sackheim being brought into the mix. Beyond that it's been a seemingly quiet ride since, although fans will have to wait and see if that results in a quality season.

True Detective Season 3 launches on HBO Sunday, January 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Loads more television is still to come in the before and around that time, so visit and bookmark our fall and midseason premiere guides for more information.

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