HBO‘s hit series True Detective will return for a third season with Mahershala Ali as the star.

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The network confirmed the decision on Thursday. “The next installment tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods,” an HBO spokesperson announced. Ali will play as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Arkansas.

Director Nic Pizzolatto will return, as well as actor Jeremy Saulnier. Pizzolatto wrote all but one episode in the series’ run, having co-written the outlier with Deadwood creator David Milch. “I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy,” the director said. “I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story.”

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HBO president Casey Bloys is excited for the return, after a stellar first season with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and an iffy second season with Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams. “Nic has written truly remarkable scripts,” Bloys said. “With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next installment of True Detective.”