Matthew McConaughey to Make True Detective Return?

By Charlie Bingley on Jul 10, 2016 to True Detective


Matthew McConaughey could make a sensational return to Golden Globe and Emmy nominated show True Detective. McConaughey previously played fan favorite philosophical detective Rustin Cohle alongside Woody Harrelson in the first season of the hit HBO series. Speaking on The Rich Eisen Showwhen asked whether he would be open to reprising his role as Rust Cohle, McConaughey conceded;

“Yeah, I would. I miss Rust Cohle man. I miss watching him on Sunday nights”.

His characterization is arguably one of the main reasons for True Detective‘s initial success and popularity. From his philosophical musings, sharped-tongued wit and heroic but conflicted sense of justice, McConaughey’s Rust Cohle quickly became our ‘True Detective’. His performance also typifies McConaughey’s acting renaissance, even going as far as producing an extensive breakdown and interpretation of Cohle based on a 450-page documentation script on the ‘stages of Rust Cohle’.


The potential return of McConaughey is also good news for the show’s creators. Season Two of True Detective was met with mixed responses by both audience and critics, despite its star filled cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn. In an interview for The FrameHBO’s then president of programming Michael Lombardo explains what went wrong with the second season –

“And I think in this particular case, the first season of “True Detective” was something that Nic Pizzolatto had been thinking about, gestating, for a long period of time. He’s a soulful writer. I think what we did was go, “Great.” And I take the blame. I became too much of a network executive at that point. We had huge success. “Gee, I’d love to repeat that next year.”


“Well, you know what? I set him up. To deliver, in a very short time frame, something that became very challenging to deliver. That’s not what that show is. He had to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Find his muse. And so I think that’s what I learned from it. Don’t do that anymore.”

– Michael Lombardo, The Frame, January 2016.

Season Two of True Detective was hit by difficult time constraints, and for a series as thought-provoking as this one it is no surprise that when its creator was challenged with making the second season as ground-breaking as the first within a short period, the situation became tricky.

It was reported last year that Pizzolatto had agreed a deal with HBO until 2018, where a number of the writer’s projects would be considered. Although, this is no guarantee that the show will return for a third season. Speaking further in his interview with Rich Eisen, McConaughey adds that if he were to return to the series;

“It would have to be the right context, the right way”.

For the meantime, fans can still enjoy the excellence of Season One, or the varied, yet still satisfying Season Two. And whilst Season Three is yet to have been confirmed, it is not totally ruled out either. Feel free to comment on your thoughts about the potential for another Season or browse our other True Detective articles.

  • Jonathan Wolbert

    the performances of the lead actors and the superior script/story telling by the creators made season one of true detective an elite, one of a kind mini series that will NEVER be repeated. the season one TD, was the first must watch, cant wait for sunday night, television show to come along in quite some time and i was sincerely sad it had to end.
    if it weren’t for the outstanding work by Colin Farrell in season two of TD, i would have to give it a barely passing grade, but Farrell made it a must watch series, if only to watch his excellent work put on display, and witness him carry the series to the height of MWT by himself.

  • I love a good theory. Time is a flat circle.

  • Kathryn Baker

    I was mesmerized by Matthew and Woody on season one. At the end I had visions of the two of them running a detective agency together in a sequel. Their chemistry together was exciting. I would love to see Matthew again but I would like for Woody to come back too. As for season two, if I had not seen season one it might have not been a disappointment. After the quality of season one, season two was flat.

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