Nic Pizzolatto Has Three Choices for True Detective Season 3

Nic Pizzolatto is coming back for True Detective Season 3 over at HBO, but after the disastrously bloated, weird, aimless mess that was season 2, it’s easy to understand HBO inserting some stipulations into his contract.

While the very idea that True Detective Season 3 is not a sure thing, assuming it does move forward, HBO has given Pizzolatto three avenues to approach possible redemption according to the report over at Collider.

1. He can bring in a staff of writers.
2. Pizzolatto can bring in a third party to run the day to day.
3. Or he can just keep doing what he’s been doing.

This is a weird trio of choices for Pizzolatto. Because, who wouldn’t go with option three? The only way I can imagine him taking one of the first two choices is if the negative backlash from season 2 got into his head. Otherwise, why wouldn’t he believe in himself. At the same time, the first season of True Detective was dynamite thanks to Pizzolatto’s collaboration with  Cary Fukunaga. There’s some debate as to who did what and who made the first season so perfect (beyond the team of McConaughey and Harrelson), but dismissing Pizzolatto’s skills based on a second season that clearly needed editing more than new creative juice isn’t the right approach.

Since Pizzolatto has both worked with a collaborator and done it on his own, why not try and bring in a staff of writers? What might be more important than having a slew of fresh minds with great ideas is having different approaches to the material, and people to bounce ideas off of. And someone to say “no” from time to time, which was perhaps the most glaring problem with season two, which had more hot air in it than the Goodyear blimp.

HBO is waiting to hear back from Pizzolatto before emoting forward with True Detective season 3. Whatever choice he decides, there is no doubt I will be there for episode one. No matter how disastrous season 2 may have become, it was certainly never boring.

Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
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