Woody Harrelson Has No Plans to Return to ‘True Detective’

The third season of True Detective has recently been announced, and while season one star Matthew McConaughey has expressed an interest in returning to the show, his co-star Woody Harrelson has stated that he has no desire to join him.

Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO crime drama first aired in early 2014 and was a breakout hit. Set in rural Louisiana, detectives Marty Hart (Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (McConaughey) follow a series of murders with an occult theme. The first season was received incredibly well, going on to win several awards. However, the second season failed to capture the same magic in many viewers’ eyes, and was largely panned by critics. The disappointment of the second season is perhaps what Harrelson had in mind with his decision not to return to the series.

This week he told Yahoo that he saw no point in returning to the series, as it would always face comparison with his work in the first season:

“What else are you going to hear but, ‘Not as good! Just wasn’t as good. Boy, you guys were good before, but this time…’ I don’t want to even hear that.”

Season Three has been recently announced, as is being written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, most known for the 2015 thriller Green Room. It’s set to star Mahershala Ali as detective Wayne Hays, and will take place over three different time periods as a gruesome mystery unfolds deep in the Ozark Mountains.

While many fans had hoped for a revival of the Marty and Rust friendship that made the series so compelling, Harrelson’s decision has determined that it’s just not going to happen. This could be a good thing, however, as it allows the show to move in different directions without getting bogged down in what it’s already done.


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