In the third season there seems to be a big difference in terms of events and their impact. The season begins with Hays and West seeing a possible link between the local church and Purcell's crimes; investigators are looking for a suspect and gathering another for questioning. On the other hand, it seems that Woodard may target a group of guards where it could be dangerous.
People aren't going to freak out about this the way they did about the first two seasons, for better or for worse. But judging from the Season's Three opening one-two punch, they're apt to quiet down and listen.
But despite a tremendous lead performance from Mahershala Ali, it doesn't quite reach the heights of Season 1, either. More than anything, it feels unnecessary, hitting the same self-consciously grim notes we've seen plenty of times before.