What time to tune in for True Detective: Night Country episode 3 tonight (and what to expect)

The mystery continues in True Detective: Night Country episode 3, which premieres tonight on HBO and Max! Here's when to watch and what to expect.
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True Detective: Night Country continues this evening with its third episode, and after the cliffhanger that last week's episode ended on, it looks like the investigation has taken a turn. Now, Danvers (Jodie Foster) and Navarro (Kali Reis) have a suspect on the loose and I'm sure they won't be sleeping until he's found. The acclaimed HBO anthology series returned this month after five years, introducing us to a new mystery in the fictional town of Ennis, Alaska.

This season follows the case of missing scientists who were conducting research at the Tsalal Research Station in Alaska, found in the second episode dead and frozen out in the snow. As the investigation evolves, we learn more about the researchers and their connection to a woman named Annie who was murdered years ago. Former colleagues who are now enemies, Danvers and Navarro must put their differences aside for the sake of the investigation, and the complexities of their relationship plagued by something that happened in their past are slowly by surely uncovered.

Ready to continue unraveling the mystery in True Detective: Night Country episode 3? We break down what time and all the ways you can watch tonight below.

True Detective: Night Country episode 3 release date and time

As with previous episodes of the show, True Detective: Night Country episode 3 premieres at 9:00 p.m. ET, this evening, Jan. 28. There are two ways you can watch the episode, either through the channel HBO or through its streaming service Max. If you're watching on the channel HBO, you'll have to tune in at exactly 9:00 p.m. ET to catch the start of the episode. But if you're streaming on Max, you can access the episode at any time starting at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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Want to watch the new episode on HBO but can't swing the 9:00 p.m. ET showing? You'll have several other opportunities this evening to watch! According to HBO's schedule, there will be an encore showing of True Detective: Night Country episode 3 at 10:01 p.m. ET, followed by another at 11:02 p.m. ET. A third showing will then air at 12:03 a.m. ET early Monday morning on HBO.

If you're not located in the Eastern Time Zone, we've also broken down what time you can tune in for the new episode by major time zones below. It's important to note that Max is not available in all global regions, unfortunately. If you're unsure if you can access the streamer based on where you live, we'd advise checking out HBO's informational article here.

Episode 3 release time by time zones

  • Pacific Time Zone: 6:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 28
  • Central Time Zone: 8:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, Jan. 28
  • Eastern Time Zone: 9:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 28
  • Atlantic Standard Time: 10:00 p.m. GMT-4 on Sunday, Jan. 28
  • Brasilia Standard Time: 11:00 p.m. GMT-3 on Sunday, Jan. 28
  • Argentina Standard Time: 11:00 p.m. GMT-3 on Sunday, Jan. 28
  • Central European Standard Time: 3:00 a.m. GMT+1 on Monday, Jan. 29

As we wait to see what episode 3 brings, you can read the official synopsis below, along with the preview.

"While Hank leads the search for Clark, Prior asks Danvers about the murder-suicide case that drove a wedge between her and Navarro. After sifting through the contents of Clark’s trailer, Navarro and Danvers seek out a local hairdresser for insight on Annie – which leads to a tip about another former Tsalal worker. Later, tensions grow between Danvers and her stepdaughter Leah."

Episode 3 synopsis

Based on the preview for True Detective: Night Country episode 3, we know the investigators are now looking for Raymond Clark, who they believe to be still alive and on the move. Danvers and Navarro find a photo of Clark and Annie kissing, confirming they were in a romantic relationship. But why did they keep it a secret? That's the big question Danvers and Navarro will be asking each other in tonight's new episode.

Sign up for Max here

Aren't subscribed to Max yet but want to start streaming True Detective: Night Country? You can totally catch up today ahead of the new episode this evening. It's super simple to sign up for an account if Max is available in your location. Just follow these steps:

  • Head to Max.com and select "SIGN UP NOW"
  • Select one of these three options: With Ads ($9.99 a month), Ad-Free ($15.99 a month), or Ultimate Add-Free ($19.99 a month). There's also a yearly subscription which saves 20%.
  • Create your account
  • Add your credit card information
  • Start streaming True Detective: Night Country!

As mentioned, there are three streaming plans on Max; here are the details of each:

With Ads


Ultimate Ad-Free

$9.99 a month or $99.99 a year

$15.99 a month or $149.99 a year

$19.99 a month or $199.99 a year

Stream on 2 devices at once, full HD video resolution

Stream on 2 devices at once, full HD video resolution, 30 downloads to watch on the go

Stream on 4 devices at once, 4K Ultra HD video quality as available, Dolby Atmos immersive audio as available, 100 downloads to watch on the go

Keep up with us at Show Snob as we discuss new episodes of True Detective: Night Country! There are six episodes total in the season, meaning we're inching closer to the finale on Feb. 25, 2024.