This will be Mahershala Ali’s character in Season 3 of ‘True Detective’

Season 3 of “True Detective” is officially a go – and it's heading to the Ozarks.          

HBO confirmed late Thursday that the next installment of the high-profile detective series will tell the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks. A mystery will deepen over decades and play out in three time periods.         

After an acclaimed kickoff season starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, set in Louisiana, “True Detective” stumbled in its Los Angeles-set Season 2, taking a critical beating.         

For Season 3, creator Nic Pizzolatto will be the sole writer of the series, HBO said, with the exception of episode 4, which he co-wrote with David Milch (”Deadwood”).         

It was previously announced that Mahershala Ali, just off his Oscar win for “Moonlight,” will star. But the announcement revealed that Ali will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.         

"I'm tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala" and executive producer Jeremy Saulnier, Pizzolatto said in a statement. "I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we're all very excited to tell this story."

Fans of the HBO television show “True Detective” attempt to explain what the second season of the series is about. (


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