Disappointing all who hoped True Detective would, like most beloved TV series, run long enough to see its fans openly wish for its demise, creator Nic Pizzolatto has said he “can’t imagine” doing the show for more than three seasons. Pizzolatto—whose imagination has previously allowed for some pretty distressing shit—nevertheless can’t abide the thought of enduring the pressures and difficulties of putting the drama anthology together year after year, explaining to reporters at the Banff World Media Festival, “Every season, I’m essentially creating a brand-new TV show.” And as you might imagine, keeping that sort of quality control—and loading the show with obscure literary allusions for the Internet to dissect—takes a lot out of him.
It can’t have any growing pains like a regular first season. If it works it has to work right out of the box. That’s incredibly exhausting. I mean, the job is exhausting to begin with, but it’s doubly exhausting and I’m writing every episode.
I can’t imagine I would do this more than three years. I mean, I’d like to have a regular TV show. We’ll have some fixed sets, regular actors and I could bring in people to help and I don’ t have to be there every second. It’d be great.
And so, while Pizzolatto bides his time, aging exponentially as he slogs toward the day when he can just cast Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two bickering brothers running a struggling pizzeria frequented by wacky neighborhood characters, viewers must savor these two seasons of True Detective they have left. That is, unless HBO just decides to continue without him, like it did when Alan Ball stepped down from True Blood. In that case, you can probably keep looking forward to that #TrueDetectiveSeason7 you’ve been hoping for—you know the one.