True Detective season 3 bringing in Walking Dead actor, could he hold the key to the mystery?

A huge name is coming to the final episodes of True Detective season 3 and he likely holds the key to the case in his hands.

Michael Rooker is here as the billionaire owner of Hoyt Foods, the company that played a key role in the mystery of the disappearance of a little girl and the death of her brother.

Vanity Fair reported that the photo that showed up in the most recent episode of True Detective season 3 was, in fact, Rooker as the man behind the company.

Up to this point, all that the detectives found out was that the company played some role in the disappearance and Mr. Hoyt himself might be involved in some way. With Rooker in the role, that makes sense.

It also makes sense that HBO would hide the casting of Rooker as Hoyt since that would be a glaring light onto his character when it comes to the kidnapping.

Rooker has a ton of fantastic roles in his past but he is almost always typecast as a bad guy. He was Merle on The Walking Dead. He was Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy. He was extremely frightening as the lead in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

Yeah, saying Rooker was playing Hoyt would have given the entire mystery away before the True Detective season ever started.

Fans might get their first big look at him in the next episode. Remember, the last they saw of Tom Purcell (Scoot McNairy), he was breaking into the Hoyt mansion in the 1990 timeline and finding the Pink Room, where Julie was reportedly kept after her kidnapping.

This means that she was just a few miles away from her family for all those years.

As he stares and exclaims, “Julie?” someone walked up behind him. It is likely the Hoyt head of security Harris James, the cop who was snooping into the case in 1980 but disappeared when it was reopened in 1990.

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There is also the new evidence that Lucy might have had something to do with her daughter’s disappearance — which could have led to devastating ends for the entire family.

Whatever it is, the end is coming soon and Michael Rooker will be at the center of it.

The True Detective penultimate episode, “True Country” airs this Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.