Laura Hertzfeld
September 08, 2013 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Something deep and dark is afoot in the first trailer for True Detective, HBO’s upcoming mystery series starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The pair play detectives whose lives intersect on the hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana — a case that’s been open for 17 years.

In the trailer below, which premiered ahead of Sunday’s Boardwalk Empire season premiere, we see flashbacks to each of their past lives, loves, and early work on the investigation, which began in 1995. Towards the end, a more recent version of McConaughey’s character is revealed.

Will you be staying tuned to watch these two at work together again? This seems a far cry from the brothers they played in 1999’s EdTV!

True Detective is set to premiere on HBO in January 2014.

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