True Detective returned with a third season debut on Sunday night to reveal rock-solid performances across the newest cast. Mahershala Ali was downright majestic, and people were pleasantly surprised to see Stephen Dorff holding his own while Carmen Ejogo positioned her author character for future showdowns. Meanwhile, Mamie Gummer threw serious Meryl Streep vibes, and Scoot McNairy revved up for his compelling overall turn to come. And the general vibe on social media is that, from a storytelling standpoint, True Detective appears to be back in fine form, but folks are being understandably cautious for now.
For sure, it’s far too early to judge whether this season can reclaim first-season mojo, HBO felt confident enough in their product to debut two episodes on the premiere night. Well, the audience couldn’t help themselves — the temptation to theorize began to take over while the new mystery unfurled.
Before long, folks realized that “time is a flat circle” is an inescapable premise, and the ghost of Rust Cohle rode high over the proceedings.
Other extremely obvious first-season vibes did not go unnoticed. The cornhusk dolls make people wonder if “more weird Carcosa sh*t” was afoot.
One person straight-up joked that Dorff’s character is Reggie Ledoux from the first season. (Now you can’t stop seeing it, right?)
Others noted the allusions to the West Memphis Three while wondering if there’s a red-herring afoot or … more?
Further distractions abounded, including how Dorff eerily looked like other actors — primarily Dennis Quaid but also with some Robert Redford mixed in, along with Woody Harrelson’s Martin Hart hair.
Really though, here’s how it’s gonna all go down. Just wait!