All photos: Warrick Page, HBO
We’re not sure if it’s possible to set your DVRs for a show coming out three months from now, but if there was ever a reason to find out, this might be it.
The third season of True Detective, which is set in, and was filmed almost entirely in Fayetteville, officially unveiled their premier date earlier today. According to social media posts by the network this afternoon, the first episode of the season will air on January 13, 2019 on HBO, HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand.
Season 3 of crime drama will star Mahershala Ali as state police detective Wayne Hays, and “tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.”
Filming for the upcoming season of the show, created by University of Arkansas MFA alum Nic Pizzolatto, was just completed earlier this month. There will be eight episodes in the upcoming season.
The cast and crew began shooting locally back in February at various locations around Fayetteville and the surrounding region, and Pizzolatto and Ali have said that the city will figure prominently into the plot.
“It would have been a disservice to the story to not shoot it in the Ozarks, in Fayetteville or in Arkansas,” Ali said. “Because it is such a character in the story. It would have been such a shame if we had shot it any other place.”
Filming took place all over Fayetteville, from Mount Sequoyah, to homes and apartments around the city, to location shoots at local restaurants like Hugo’s, Herman’s, and Bear’s Place. We heard reports of filming in Fort Smith, Mountainburg, Huntsville, Springdale, Devil’s Den, and several other places as well.
The network also released a handful of still images from the new season. Check them out below.