There has been backlash from critics and fans to the second season of True Detective, the sequel to Nick Pizzolatto’s runaway pop culture phenom. At TCA today, HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo was repeatedly asked about the response to Season 2. Lombardo stressed that he was pleased with the new installment starring Colin Farrell.

MichaelLombardoGetty“I think you need to watch the entirety of it,” he cautioned. “I think the season’s ending is as satisfying as any series we’ve done.” 

There have been no notes from the network to Pizzolatto, who Lombardo called “one of the best writers working in film or television who takes big swings.”

Lombardo was clear HBO would do a third season and it was Pizzolatto’s decision whether to continue the series.. “If he wants to do another season, I said the door is open, we’d like to do another season of it.”