The twisted detective series is returning – can this new season recapture what made the first one a must see?
The first season was brilliant. The second season was a hot mess – a hot mess HBO seems to have learned from when it comes to season three. This project isn’t being rushed to completion, it’s being given time to get things right.
The series is headed back east to tell a macabre tale of murder the Ozarks. The investigation spans decades, and the series will look at several different time periods over the course of the season. This brief description doesn’t reveal much, but it does sound closer to what drew audiences into the show the first time.
Nic Pizzolatto has written all but one of the episodes solo, and he’s taking to the director’s chair in tandem with Jeremy Saulnier for this season. Some of the names on producer’s list are nice to see: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, and Cary Joji Fukunaga (who directed the first season) are included with a number of solid industry names.
The cast list so far…
Mahershala Ali – Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas
Stephen Dorff – Roland West, an Arkansas State Investigator whose career has been influenced by a unsolved crime over three decades
Carmen Ejogo – Amelia Reardon, a schoolteacher with a connection to two children that went missing in 1980
Scoot McNairy – Tom, a father who suffers a terrible loss that ties him to two state police detectives for more than 10 years
Everything points to the show bringing back the elements that made the first season so amazing. I’m going to reserve judgement till I can watch it, but I will say that I’m intrigued.
Will you be giving the series another chance?