New TRUE DETECTIVE Trailer Has That Existential Dread Going On

Mahershala Ali, young and old.

We’re a True Detective household here at BMD, and though not everyone grooved on Season 2, the first season’s quality was such that we’re still excited for the third.

Once again, this season will be a self-contained story separate from the previous seasons. While we won't see the return of Lone Star-drinking Matthew McConaughey, we're okay with that given who is starring. Heading up the cast this time around is none other than the great Mahershala Ali (an Oscar winner for Moonlight), as an Arkansas detective who's seen some shit. That's reason enough to be excited in and of itself.

For more reasons, see the trailer below:

So...that’s intense. We’ve got some more missing children; more unsolved crimes; more wince-inducing violence; and best of all, what looks like some more existential dread. The show also appears to be returning to the dual-timeline narrative that served the first season so well; we’re looking forward to seeing how Ali handles multiple sides of his character. As Ali's voiceover puts it: we want to know the whole story.

Series creator Nic Pizzollatto returns as the sole writer of the season (save one episode co-written with Deadwood creator David Milch). Green Room’s Jeremy Saulnier (a perfect match for the show) directed two episodes; Pizzolatto and The Americans’ Daniel Sackheim directed the remaining six. Joining Ali onscreen are Justice League’s Ray Fisher as Ali's character's son; Carmen Ejogo; Stephen Dorff; Scoot McNairy; and Mamie Gummer. The talent checks out.

True Detective returns to HBO in January.