Season three of HBO’s True Detective returns to its roots, telling a story that takes place in the small-town South after season two existed in the grimy urban sprawl of Southern California. Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali plays detective Wayne Hays, who was a long-range reconnaissance patrol walker in Vietnam, across three timelines.
As a result, creative director Patrick Clair also takes this season’s main-title sequence closer to home, harking back to season one’s innovative opening sequence, which turned Clair into a sensation and won him an Emmy.
Clair’s opening titles for season two, starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughan and Rachel McAdams, had a similar feel but the series had a much more urban theme.
Season three of True Detective premiered Sunday, Jan. 13, on HBO.
Director: Patrick Clair
Creative Director: Raoul Marks
Managing Partner: Bridget Walsh
Executive Producer: Carol Salek
Executive Producer: Elizabeth Newman
Producer: Moira Mahoney
Editor: Victor Jory
Lead Motion Designers: Woosung Kang & Kyle Moore
Design: Sasha Vinogradova
Animation: Justin Sucara
Colour: The Mill
Colourist: Matthew Osborne
Colour Producer: Liza Kerlin
Music Supervisor: T Bone Burnett
Music: “Death Letter” written by Son House, performed by Cassandra Wilson