True Detective begins shooting its third season next month, however like so many of our favorite shows, fans won't get to see any new episodes until 2019.
At the annual winter Television Critics Association press tour, HBO Programming President Casey Bloys was asked whether or not True Detective would be returning this year. His answer: "No, 2019."
While HBO is hyping up Game of Thrones with reports of longer episodes and bigger battles, True Detective's next season will likely be worth the wait as well. Oscar Award-winning Mahershala Ali is set to star as Detective Wayne Hays, who will investigate a macabre crime that spans over three distinct time periods. Stephen Dorff will star as Roland West, Ali's partner. Dorff and Ali will also be performing alongside Selma actress Carmen Ejogo, who plays a schoolteacher in 1980 with a connection to two missing children.
While it's unclear why the wait for season three is being prolonged, it's likely that show runner Nic Pizzolatto wanted to take his time in creating the hit series. After True Detective's debut season opened and received rave reviews in 2014, HBO reportedly rushed Pizzolatto to put out the next season, which ended up drawing fewer viewers.
Although HBO subscribers (and those of us who use HBO subscribers' accounts) will have to wait a bit longer for Game of Thrones and True Detective, they'll still be able to catch up on Westworld which is set to come back in the spring.