True Detective: 10 Dream Castings For Season 4

Ali and Dorff were an unlikely pairing that struck gold in Season Three... so who’s next?


Season 3 of True Detective got Nic Pizzolatto’s anthology crime series firmly back on track after star performances from Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey’s dynamic was crucial to the show’s initial success, and the show has been built upon the sparks flying between the leads.

Right from the start, the show has always had huge A-List stars in its lead roles, and while Dorff is probably the smallest name of the lot, he’s arguably turned in one of the best performances yet as the haggard Detective West. Season 4 will likely have some big names too, and hopefully will strike upon another dream team.

This explores not only twenty actors who fit the True Detective aesthetic and ideals perfectly, but also assembles them into ten duos able to carry a season. Examining the typical roles of these actors, what kind of characters True Detective usually has and how their dynamics could work all come into play here.

Sometimes actors pull out the performance of a lifetime (see, Stephen Dorff), so even if none of these twenty are cast, True Detective Season 4 has tons of momentum from Season 3. Still though, it’s fun to speculate.


Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.