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?The Night Of? Promoting ?True Detective? Season 3? Here?s Why

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A new true-crime miniseries, The Night Of, was released by HBO and it instantly gained positive reviews coming on the heels of Making a Murderer and American Crime Story. But the one thing we just can?t get out of our head is what True Detective could have been, should have been, or perhaps, will be.

There have been rumors that the new HBO anthology series is actually promoting the True Detective Season 3 especially since Season 2 was not too well-received and was even called 2015?s ?most passionately disliked show.?

Because, how can you not? Season 1 was the crime story to beat and when Season 2 came out, with an all-star cast even, the disappointment was unimaginable. We won?t be expecting a Season 3 after that. But then, The Night Of happened and here are the reasons why the new HBO crime show is serving as a promotion for a third season of the True Detective.

HBO wants to gain the audience?s trust back after True Detective Season 2

Maybe after TD Season 2?s critical failure, there are still fans who crave some sort of redemption for the series through a third season. So creating a new, crime anthology series, that?s very much like TD could be what the audience needs to boost the hype for more crime drama from the network. Thus, the return of TD.

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They have similar promos

GQ points out that the promos for the new miniseries were ?hilariously mysterious,? whereas TD similarly had a ?moody, opaque, contemplation,? in its characters and setting leading up to its first season.

Also, The Night Of?s promos poster featured an aerial view of a highway system which TD is memorably very fond of. GQ also theorized that the new show must be ?secretly? TD Season 3.

Matthew McConaughey is definitely down to return as Rust Cohle

Perhaps, Season 2?s major slump made fans miss McConaughey?s Rust Cohle. The actor recently revealed that he misses his character as well, in an interview with Rich Eisen. ?I miss Rust Cohle, man,? he mused. ?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, because I was on my own island.?

He also shared that he has been talking with TD creator Nic Pizzolatto about a possible third season. ?It would have to be the right context, the right way,? he said. ?That thing?when I read it, I knew in 20 minutes if I can play this guy, Rustin Cohle, I?m in.?

So maybe The Night Of will somehow serve as a springboard for a third season of True Detective or could even really be ?secretly? its third season.

Catch The Night Of, Sundays, 9 p.m. -10:30 p.m. ET on HBO.

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