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Alamo Drafthouse to Screen True Detective Season 3 Debut a Month Early

The upcoming third season of HBO's True Detective won't hit the small screen until January 13, 2019. However, fans who can't wait will get the opportunity to see the first two episodes four weeks early at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas — for free.

The popular theater chain, primarily based in Texas, is partnering with HBO to play the episodes on Tuesday, December 18 at 18 of its locations throughout the United States. Tickets are free with the purchase of a $5 food and drink voucher. Check out the Alamo Drafthouse's website for more details.

True Detective's highly anticipated third season stars Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff. Like the first two seasons, the show will center on a horrific crime, this time in the Ozarks. Season 3's mystery will play out across three different time periods. Ali plays a detective from Northwest Arkansas named Wayne Hays.

There haven't been new episodes of True Detective since Season 2 was broadcast in 2015. Created by Nic Pizzolatto in 2014, the show was a smash hit for HBO. True Detective won multiple Emmy Awards and scored nominations for its leads Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Much of the credit for the show's initial success went to Cary Joji Fukunaga, who directed all of the first season's eight episodes. However, the series disappointed in its second season, which starred Colin Farell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn. Despite the stellar cast, it lacked a consistent director at the helm.

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Fans are hoping True Detective's third season will be a return to form for the series that started with so much promise. While Season 3 won't have a single director in charge of all the episodes, the time away may reinvigorate the show's creative team. Audiences of the Alamo Drafthouse's special event will no doubt make their opinions known after the screening in mid-December.

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