True Detective (Photo: HBO)

Last month, HBO drew a collective sigh of relief when it announced that a third season of True Detective was highly unlikely. The pay-cable network probably realized that following that bleak second act would prove to be a fruitless endeavor. Series creator Nic Pizzolatto had enough trouble weaving another web of crime for a different set of melancholy investigators anyway, so a third season didn’t sound very appealing. But that hasn’t stopped Pizzolatto and his season one star, Matthew McConaughey, from talking about bringing the show back. As McConaughey revealed on The Rich Eisen Show, he’s eager to reprise his role as Rust Cohle.

Of course, the McConaissance has inspired the actor to be more discerning in his choices, so he tells Eisen that he and Pizzolatto would only revive the show if they had a great idea. But they have been talking about it, and McConaughey says he’d love to come back because he loved making the first season:

“I miss Rust Cohle, man. I miss watching him on Sunday nights. I miss watching True Detective on Sunday nights … I was a happy man when we made that for six months.”


McConaughey didn’t elaborate on what ideas they’ve tossed around, but he did tell Eisen that being a sports fan isn’t part of Cohle’s repertoire, which means season three probably wouldn’t involve a Texas Longhorns conspiracy.