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"True Detective" Recap & Review: Season 2, Episode 7 "Black Maps and Motel Rooms"

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The logline for this week's episode of "True Detective" filled me with hope: Ray (Colin Farrell), Ani (Rachel McAdams) and Paul (Taylor Kitsch) take precautionary measures to elude detection and untangle a dark mystery. Frank (Vince Vaughn) deals with the fallout of his betrayal. Would my optimism be rewardedc The short answer is "yes". The long answer is "it's complicated". "Black Maps and Motel Rooms" snaps a lot of the frustratingly disparate elements of the season together. Many of the side detours and shoehorned characterizations coalesce in an episode that provides answers, even if some are purposely vague. For the first time all season. at least one of the characters has to deal with the mental fallout of their actions. Jumping forward 66 days prevented this type of exploration after the mid-season shootout, but Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) has no choice but to face up to the life she took at the »

- Michael Hindle

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