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True Detective's lackluster second season seemed like it might've spelled the end, but today there's a new beacon of hope for folks hoping to recapture the Carcosa madness of Season 1.

Entertainment Weekly reports that while there's still no official order from HBO, creator Nic Pizzolatto "has penned at least the first two episodes for a potential third edition," and David Milch is joining the team. The 72-year-old four-time Emmy winner created HBO's Deadwood and Luck. His cop bona fides are fierce as well, having brought the world NYPD Blue and worked on Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and a number of other relevant programs.

"The extent of Pizzolatto and Milch’s collaboration is still early days and not yet formalized," EW writes, noting that Milch is not being groomed as showrunner.

True Detective's first season ran for eight episodes at the beginning of 2014; the second arc, also eight hours, aired in summer 2015 with a rebooted setting, cast and plot.

Last July, HBO head of programming Casey Bloys assured fans the door was not closed on more True Detective. "I don’t think Nic has a take and he’s working on some other projects," he said. "We’re open to somebody else writing it and Nic supervising it. It’s a valuable franchise, it’s not dead, we just don’t have a take for a third season yet.”

In December, Matthew McConaughey said if another storyline for his Season 1 fan favorite Rust Cohle "was written well and it came up again, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second.”