One of the biggest TV disappointments in recent years was True Detective Season 2, which landed with a loud thud last June. It was a critical disaster that didn't connect with fans at all. And it arrived after a stellar first season. One of the main problems was that the crime drama was presented as an anthology show. And gone were stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Even after 12 long months have passed, HBO has not been eager to announce a renewal for Season 3. But guess what? Under the right circumstances, McConaughey says he'd be willing to come back.
That would certainly be exciting for fans who fell in love with his Rust Cohle. And you can count the actor himself as one of the character's many admirers. Apparently, McConaughey watched the show unravel every Sunday along with every other enraptured individual who got swept up in the drama. And he quite literally misses it. He also misses his time spent on set.
Talk show host Rick Eisen recently asked Matthew McConaughey if there were any more Rust Cohle stories in the True Detective pipeline. And the actor's answer might have just inadvertently set HBO on course to seek out more episodes. This is what Matthew had to say about the idea of returning to this dark world.
"Yeah, I would [come back]. 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 while we made that for six months, because I was on my own island.
This is not the answer many were expecting Matthew McConaughey to deliver. When True Detective landed both McConaughey and Harrelson, the conversation ended at Season 1. It was always set to be its own self contained story. And the converging timelines of this first story don't necessarily make it conducive to a true sequel. But it appears that McConaughey has given serious thought to coming back.
And this being an anthology, one might assume that if Matthew McConaughey did return, he'd play another character. But it certainly sounds like he has no interest in that. If he returns, it will be as Rust. Though creator Nic Pizzolatto and HBO don't seem to be in talks for more episodes, McConaughey has had at least a conversation with Pizzolatto. The actor states the following.
"I talked to Nic about it. It would have to be the right context, the right way. That thing - when I read it, I knew in 20 minutes if I can play this guy, Rustin Cohle, I'm in."
At this point, it isn't known when or if True Detective Season 3 will ever see the light of day. But it sounds like there is a small glimmer of hope that we'll see the continuing adventures of Rust Cohle. And if McConaughey is open to it, we have to wonder if Woody Harrelson feels the same way. A sequel is an exciting proposition. Though, in the end, if HBO does pick up more episodes, it may just be another new story with all-new characters. Perhaps Rust can get his own movie? That would be fun.