The simple premise of the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” rose above the normal cop procedural thanks to its rich atmosphere and the complex lead characters: Woody Harrelson‘s Marty Hart and Matthew McConaughey’s Rustin “Rust” Cohle. While not everyone liked the ending to the self-contained season, most would agree that the acting and writing was top-notch. The same can’t be said about the McConaughey-less second season, as it dropped in ratings and was universally panned. However, even with the sour taste left in the mouth from season 2, viewers would still love to see Rust Cohle come back for another season. It seems like McConaughey wouldn’t mind coming back either.
During an interview on “The Rich Eisen Show,” McConaughey was asked about what drew him to the character of Rust Cohle. “[I] can’t wait to hear what comes out of his mouth,” said the actor about reading the script. However, Eisen followed that up with a question on whether or not McConaughey would be interested in another season. “If that thing was written well and it came up again, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second,” he admitted. “Oh, I’m open to it for sure.”
Unfortunately, HBO isn’t rushing to make season 3. After the poor results from the second season, creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto isn’t in a hurry to write more “True Detective” and HBO would still have to give the go-ahead, which isn’t a sure thing by any stretch. Also, it’s not like McConaughey has a ton of time to film another season of a TV show, as he’s very busy making movies.
That being said, never say never, and HBO would be silly to pass up any chance to bring McConaughey back to reprise one of the key roles in his McConaissance. While that’s not a guarantee it’ll get made, fans of Rust Cohle have a little more hope today than before.