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It took 17 years for former Louisiana Criminal Investigations Division detectives Rust Cohle and Marty Hart to reach the brink of solving the case of their lives and put an end to its sprawling, infecting darkness. And it took just two short months and seven episodes for the growing legion of True Detective fanatics to get whipped into an obsessive frenzy to see where the many clues unearthed by Cohle and Hart take them. As we head toward Sunday night’s finale, let’s take a detailed look at the evidence to see which perpetrator or, more likely, perpetrators may still be waiting for Rust and Cohle at the end of their long road.Of course, some unambiguously complicit parties, such as the slippery, heinous-videotape-having Reverend Billy Lee Tuttle (played by Jay O. Sanders) and those meth-cooking, child-molesting cousins Reggie and Dewall Ledoux (actors Charles Halford and the awesomely named Olafur Darri Olaffson, »
- Kenny Herzog
The status quo changes yet again three-fourths of the way through the first season of True Detective, with the sixth episode providing a relatively muted but still provoking turnaround from last week’s guns-blazing action (read the review here). This is the episode that fills in some gaps and gets us from Point A to Point B – so far, Point A has been a hell of a ride, and the final two episodes of the season will hopefully clear the bar that’s been set so very high. Spoilers follow for the sixth episode “Haunted Houses”.
The rift between Hart and Cohle is explored in full, and we delve into the 2002 events that would serve to alienate the two for the next decade. Michelle Monaghan finally gets some time to shine as Maggie when Hart’s ex-wife (in 2012) is brought in for questioning before Detectives Gilbough and Papania, and »
- Matt Hannigan
True Detective, Season 1, Episode 6: “The Secret Fate of All Life”
Written by Nic Pizzolatto
Directed by Cary Fukunaga
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on HBO
With just two episodes left in the first season, “Haunted Houses” is the most straightforward instalment in the series so far. This sixth episode is the one that most resembles a typical cop show, complete with with a hard-nosed police sergeant drilling his two detectives and demanding that Cohle hand over his gun and badge, and a hot tempered officer (Marty) beating two prisoners who were caught sleeping with his daughter. We find out exactly why Hart and Cohle had a falling out in 2002, and exactly why Marty’s marriage finally fell apart. “Haunted Houses” is the weakest of the bunch but don’t’ worry, next week is a vast improvement.
As Simon Howell pointed out in last week’s episode of our True Detective podcast, »
- Ricky da Conceição
“Certain experiences you can’t survive, and afterward, you don’t fully exist, even if you failed to die. Everything that happened…is still happening, only now it’s 20 years later, and what happened is just story.”—from the novel Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
“Strange is the night where black stars rise.” – from The King In Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
True Detective is many things at once—an immersive character study, a gripping head-trippy murder mystery, a psychological profile of the anti-hero zeitgeist, a tour de force for Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. But simply and deeply, it is »
- Jeff Jensen
In the hinterlands of Louisiana, a naked young woman has been murdered and bound, kneeling, near a tree, with antlers tied to her head. The only thing stranger than the crime may be the investigation -- and the investigators.
Written by novelist Nic Pizzolatto ("The Killing"), HBO's eight-episode "True Detective," premiering Sunday, Jan. 12, measures the cost of two men's obsession with justice. Also starring are Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Dunn, Shea Whigham, Clarke Peters and Jay O. Sanders.
It's 1995, and two mismatched Louisiana State Police detectives -- conflicted family man Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and nihilistic Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) -- are called to the crime scene.
In 2012, the two now-former detectives, whose lives have taken dark turns, are brought back together to revisit the case when a similar crime occurs. As they narrate the strands of their original investigation, Hart and Cohle are drawn back into a maelstrom they thought »
5 items from 2014
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