True Detective (2014– )
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Form and Void 

An overlooked detail provides Hart and Cohle with an important new lead in their 17-year-old case.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Childress
Steve Geraci (as Michael J. Harney)
Lilly Hill
Billy Lee Childress


Rust and Marty continue their search for the man with the scarred face. Marty notices that in a crime scene photo, one of the houses had been recently painted - green, as in the green-eared monster. They locate the former owner who remembered having the house painted that year and thanks to tax records, learn that the company was owned by the Childress family. They visit the last registered business address and descend into a hellish labyrinth from which they will have to fight to survive. Written by garykmcd

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The entire ending scene with "light and dark in the universe" has been done by writer Alan Moore in the comic book Top 10 #8 (year 2000). See more »


At the beginning of this episode, Errol Childress does not have his facial scars. See more »


Detective Rust Cohle: We didn't get 'em all.
Detective Marty Hart: Yea and we ain't gonna get 'em all. That ain't what kind of world it is, but we got ours.
Detective Rust Cohle: I'm not supposed to be here.
Detective Marty Hart: Yeah... Well, I'll come back by tomorrow, buddy.
Detective Rust Cohle: Why?
Detective Marty Hart: Don't ever change, man.
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Intense and satisfying, but it won't please everyone
9 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

True Detective has been a rather unusual series from the get-go. More than just a detective series, it's been a show about the relationship between the characters of Cohle and Rust. The ending really shines through that point in my opinion and because of that, some people won't be happy with how it ends.

In the end, I liked the way things played out. It was intense without being too unrealistic (obviously not everything was 100% plausible, but that's to be expected) and it featured the excellent performances from the 2 leads that we've come to be greatly acquainted with. It's hard to say more without spoiling it, but it's hard to picture Matthew McConaughey not winning outstanding lead actor in a miniseries at the Emmys this September. If Harrelson runs as a supporting actor, I think he'll win as well. Although they are essentially equals on the show.

The common complaint is that not everything is wrapped up. The storyline still has some loose ends for better or for worse. Whether this is good or bad will ultimately come down to personal taste, but I'm glad the show didn't wrap up everything perfectly. A little ambiguity never hurt in my opinion. A quote in the episode perfectly sums up why I think having some loose ends is OK.

The final scene is also unusual and one that I can't go into detail with. I certainly wasn't anticipating a scene like that and once again, it'll come down to the viewer on whether or not you "buy" into the final scene. But I enjoyed it. I thought it was effective and it's still playing in my head over and over again.

In the end, the True Detective finale may not be the best episode of the season, but it was still suspenseful and intriguing. I'm more than curious to see what season 2 will have for us and I think the first season of True Detective will go down as one of the best seasons on television. I was happy to have taken this journey with Rust and Marty.

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