After the misfire that was True Detective Season 2, there was reason to believe the show would never return — even after the tremendous success of its first season — but in 2019 the series will return with two new detectives and an exciting new mystery. Here’s everything we know about True Detective Season 3, from the official release date to plot details to the latest trailers, images, and clips.

'True Detective' Season 3
'True Detective' Season 3

What’s the True Detective Season 3 release date

HBO confirmed on October 11 that the series will return on January 19. The show will air on Sunday at 9 p.m. (which is HBO’s prestige spot typically reserved for shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld) and run for eight episodes.

'True Detective' Season 3
'True Detective' Season 3

Who are the actors and director for True Detective Season 3?

The star this time is Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage, Moonlight) in the role of state police detective Wayne Hays. He’ll be joined by Stephen Dorff, who plays a state investigator; Carmen Ejogo, a teacher with a connection to a mysterious crime; and Ray Fisher as Hays’ son, Freddy Burns.

Aside from Ali there aren’t a lot of huge stars in the True Detective Season 3 cast, which has typically been one of the shows biggest draws. However, the actor has already proven who can plot serious roles in Oscar-winning movies like Moonlight while also hamming it up as a Marvel villain in Luke Cage. So HBO likely has high hopes that his presence will be enough to convince people to watch.

As for the director, as with many TV shows that responsibility is being shared. Series creator Nic Pizzolatto, who wrote the entire season except for Episode 4, which he co-wrote, will direct for the first time this season. He’s joined by Daniel Sackheim (Game of Thrones, Ozark, Better Call Saul) and Jeremy Saulnier (Hold the Dark, Green Room).

'True Detective' Season 3
'True Detective' Season 3

What’s the plot of True Detective Season 3?

Similar to the original season of True Detective, Season 3 will play with time in the way its story is told, exploring a mystery as it unfolds throughout three distinct points in time. An earlier trailer for the show also quoted Ali’s character saying, “My whole brains a bunch of missing pieces” while cutting between older and younger versions of the character. So clearly you can expect to see the detective show up in multiple time periods as he struggles to find the truth.

Beyond that, we don’t know much, about the story, which takes place in the mountainous Ozarks region of Arkansas. One small detail worth noting, however, is that Ejogo’s character is apparently connected to a crime involving missing children (another echo of True Detective Season 1). So take that as you will.

'True Detective' Season 3
'True Detective' Season 3

Is there a trailer for True Detective Season 3 I can watch right now?

Yup! HBO released a trailer earlier this year. Watch it below and check back for more info as the True Detective Season 3 release date draws closer.