True Detective season 2: HBO boss says viewers should watch 87-minute long finale; hints at season 3

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Season two of highly acclaimed thriller drama “True Detective” is down to its final episode, and HBO has revealed that in order tie up loose ends in the plot, episode eight titled “Omega Station” is going to be 87 minutes long.

Current reviews of the series are arguably not as stellar as season one, with viewers and critics alike claiming that the pace has been slow and it is not clear to them what is really happening with characters. The excitement only kicked off during last week’s episode when the main mystery and conspiracy finally started to be explained.

Despite the complaints of its audience, HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo is hopeful that the storyline will make sense in the end, “I think you need to watch the entirety of it. I think the season’s ending is as satisfying as any series we’ve done,” he said.

Lombardo also mentioned that he believes in series creator and writer Nic Pizzolato, “I think Nic is a very ‘adventurous’ is not the right word. He’s a bold storytelling, and I mean that only in the most positive way. I think he takes risks in how he lays out a story, in the pacing of stories. And I think it pays off in this particular season.”

He also opened up the possibility of having a third season if Pizzolato is still interested in doing another one and there are no notes for the writer. Lombardo shared that they never intended to have a big number of show followers and in spite of the polarizing comments they have received, each episode is still averaging 12 million viewers.

Cast members include big names such as Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Reilly, Christopher James Baker, Afemo Omilami, Chris Kerson and James Frain.

The finale is slated to air on Sunday, August 9 at 9 pm ET.