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The Secret Fate of All Life 

Hart and Cohle share the spoils of a solved case; Papania and Gilbough confront the detectives with troubling new intelligence.


Cary Joji Fukunaga


Nic Pizzolatto (creator), Nic Pizzolatto




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Detective Rust Cohle
Woody Harrelson ... Detective Marty Hart
Michelle Monaghan ... Maggie Hart
Michael Potts ... Detective Maynard Gilbough
Tory Kittles ... Detective Thomas Papania
Kevin Dunn ... Major Ken Quesada
Elizabeth Reaser ... Laurie Spencer
Jackson Beals ... Detective Mark Daughtry
Christopher Berry ... Guy Francis
Gracie Bott Gracie Bott
Joe Chrest ... Detective Demma
J.D. Evermore ... Detective Lutz (as JD Evermore)
Dana Gourrier ... Cathleen
Charles Halford ... Reggie Ledoux
Michael Hartson Michael Hartson ... Examiner #2


Unable to make a deal with the Iron Crusaders, Cohle and Hart follows one of them to their meth cookhouse. Rather than call it in and request backup, they decide to raid the operation on their own. They face little resistance but after Hart finds two children living in abhorrent conditions, they kill the only two men they find there, one of whom is their main suspect Reggie Ledoux. Before the review board, they claim to have come under heavy fire and ended up fighting for their lives. In the process Reggie Ledoux and the other man were killed. They are commended for their bravery. Things subsequently got better for both of them, at least for a few years. Hart was promoted to Detective Sergeant and reconciled with his wife Maggie. Cohle received a commendation for bravery and got a girlfriend, Laurie. In 2002 however, Cohle gets information that the killer may not have been Ledoux. In the present day, Detectives Gilbough and Papania are told the same story given to the board 17 years ... Written by garykmcd

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Matthew McConaughey (Rust Cohle) talks about viewing space and time from different dimensions. The concepts brought up by his character are key to a film in which he is the star; Interstellar (2014). See more »


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Dewall: I can see your soul at the edges of your eyes. It's corrosive, like acid. You got a demon, little man. And I don't like your face. It makes me wanna do things to it.
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One of the finest hours of television
30 January 2021 | by keb-09099See all my reviews

Matthew McConaghey gives the performance of a lifetime

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Release Date:

16 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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