HBO Renews ‘True Detective’ For Fifth Season With Issa López Returning

So while True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is jealously throwing shade at the show’s fourth season, Night Country, the fact remains it’s the most-viewed and highest-rated season yet. Ouch, Nic, that must sting. HBO loves it, though, and they want more of that action in a fifth season

HBO has renewed True Detective for season five, with showrunner Issa López returning. The writer/director has inked a multi-year deal with the network to create new content, including the upcoming fifth season

As for stars Jodie Foster and Kali Reis, they aren’t likely to return given the series’ anthology structure. So look for new detectives taking on a different case, but that doesn’t mean connections to past seasons won’t happen, as we saw this season.

“From conception to release, Night Country has been the most beautiful collaboration and adventure of my entire creative life.” Lopez said in a statement. “HBO trusted my vision all the way, and the idea of bringing to life a new incarnation of True Detective with Casey, Francesca, and the whole team is a dream come true. I can’t wait to go again.”

Don’t expect it right away, though. This season was a grueling 100-day shoot, and it will take time to come up with the kind of detailed storyline that has become the True Detective standard.

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