True Detective / Courtesy, HBO
Fayetteville, get ready for your close up.
The season of HBO’s True Detective that was filmed in and around Fayetteville over the summer premieres this Sunday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. on HBO.
There is one local watch party that we know of in the works at Artist’s Laboratory Theatre (1030 S. College Ave.) Sunday night. Doors to that will open at 7:30 p.m., and some drinks and snacks will be provided.
This season of the crime drama will star Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali as state police detective Wayne Hays, along with Stephen Dorff, and Carmen Ejogo. According to the synopsis, the season “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 was just completed earlier this year. There will be eight episodes.
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.
We still want to hear your stories about interacting with the cast and crew while they were in town. Tell us about them in the comments below.