Four years after the second season disappointed many whose standards had been raised to impossible levels by the show’s debut season, “True Detective” returned to HBO for its third season just last night, with the first two episodes premiering and essentially course-correcting the series back to its Season 1 roots. Six more episodes will air in the coming weeks.
So, uh, is it too early to start asking “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto about a fourth season? Probably, yes, but EW went ahead and asked him anyway in a recent interview.
“I dream of making a TV show where you have recurring characters and don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time. After one of these I always feel so depleted. But I have to say … I have an idea,” Pizzolatto told the site. “And it’s wild. It’s really, really wild. Where do you even go after this [season]? I just had a lead character who’s 35, 45 and 70 all at the same time and this mystery that has to reach false resolutions and keep going into the future without cheating the audience and all these complicated structural elements. But I have an idea that’s kind of crazy.”
He added, “I think it needs to percolate for a while. I was looking to do another series, maybe a movie, in the meantime, but yeah. I have an idea…”
For now let’s focus on Season 3, which premieres its third episode on January 20th.