Crime Mystery Series “True Detective” Greenlit for Season 5 with Issa López Returning

Liz working on the mysterious case (Trailer: True Detective Night Country)
True Detective Night Country

In very exciting news, HBO has gone ahead and renewed the crime mystery series True Detective for a fifth season. Season 4 showrunner Issa López will return to helm the next installment in the long-running franchise.

I mean, the fact HBO decided to renew True Detective for season 5 wasn’t a surprise. The fourth season True Detective: Night Country went on to become the most-watched chapter with 12.7 million viewers across multiple platforms. What’s great to hear is that HBO will bring back showrunner Issa López to work on the fifth season. Not only that, but López will be creating and developing new projects for HBO as well. She deserves to be recognized for her work after more than delivering for the network.

Issa López is that one-of-a-kind, rare talent that speaks directly to HBO’s creative spirit. She helmed True Detective: Night Country from start to finish, never once faltering from her own commendable vision, and inspiring us with her resilience both on the page and behind the camera,” shared HBO’s head of drama Francesca Orsi. “Alongside Jodie [Foster] and Kali [Reis]’ impeccable performances, she’s made this installation of the franchise a massive success, we are so lucky to have her as part of our family.”

Handing over the franchise to López isn’t without some drama though, and I’m not talking about the fun kind. While series creator Nic Pizzolatto will continue being credited as executive producer (and compensated as the franchise continues), Pizzolatto has been very clear about his opinions regarding True Detective: Night Country. I don’t want to share the types of “criticism” he has apparently supported against the show, but you can head over to The Mary Sue to take a look.

I don’t consider True Detective: Night Country as the most well-written crime murder mystery ever. However, I’m more than capable of sharing my opinions without resorting to misogyny, racism, and homophobia. And yet that appears to not come easily to certain types of people.

As of writing this article, Pizzolatto has created a peculiar Instagram post addressing the drama and backlash.

Nic Pizzolatto True Detective Night Country
Image via Instagram nicpizzolatto

In contrast, I haven’t seen a single instance of López saying anything bad about Pizzolatto’s work even though we know how True Detective season two panned out.

Anyway, back to the good stuff.

López has shared no information about what she thinks season 5 will offer fans. However, she seems to have an idea about what type of story she wants to tell.

As far as my opinion goes, I’m okay with waiting as long as necessary to ensure season 5 hits right. Doing a spiritual sequel to a successful debut can be tough. 

All the best to her!

Directed and co-written by López, the six-episode-long True Detective: Night Country premiered on January 14, 2024. The finale aired on February 18, 2024.

Starring the iconic Oscar-winner Jodie Foster and the impressive Kali Reis, you can read my coverage of the show here.

In related news, the series is currently available on Digital. It will be up for grabs on DVD ($24.98 USD/$29.98 CAD) and Blu-ray ($29.98 USD/$39.99 CAD) come July 9, 2024, via Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

The Bonus Features include:

  • Meet the True Detectives – Cast Q&A
  • New Chapter – Issa López (Showrunner/Writer/Director) and cast discuss Night Country’s unique role in the series.
  • Exploring Indigenous Themes – Delves into Alaska Native culture and how it has informed the latest season.
  • Max Inkblots – Get to know the cast through show-themed inkblot interpretations.
  • Setting Featurette – Setting up Alaska as a pivotal character in the story.
  • Atmospheric Teases – Highlighting the social environmental shots to tease key moments from the story.

The home release has the episode running time come in at approximately 364 minutes. It has been rated TV-MA. You should expect nudity, sexuality, disturbing imagery, and more.

What did you think of True Detective: Night Country?

Let us know.

(via THR and WBDHE Press Release)

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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