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The Western Book of the Dead 

A bizarre murder brings together three police officers and a career criminal in the corrupt city of Vinci, California.


Justin Lin


Nic Pizzolatto (created by), Nic Pizzolatto

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Detective Ray Velcoro
Rachel McAdams ... Detective Ani Bezzerides
Taylor Kitsch ... Officer Paul Woodrugh
Kelly Reilly ... Jordan Semyon
Vince Vaughn ... Frank Semyon
Ritchie Coster ... Mayor Austin Chessani
David Morse ... Eliot Bezzerides
Christopher James Baker ... Blake Churchman
Chris Kerson ... Nails
Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Stan
Andy Mackenzie ... Ivar
Timothy V. Murphy ... Osip Agronov
Leven Rambin ... Athena Bezzerides
W. Earl Brown ... Detective Teague Dixon
Afemo Omilami ... Police Chief Holloway


Det. Ray Velcoro works for the city of Vinci, California and has been on a downward spiral for years. He's divorced, drinks too much and has a violent temper. He's also in the pocket of local gangster Frank Semyon who years before provided the identity of the man who raped Velcoro's wife. He does odd jobs for Semyon, such as beating up a reporter who recently wrote a series on organized crime. Velcoro latest case is to locate City Manager Ben Caspere who hasn't been seen for several days. Sheriff's Det. Ani Bezzerides is good at her job but is estranged from her sister Athena - who does live cam porn - and her father who is now a new age guru of sorts. California Highway Patrolman Paul Woodrugh learns that he's been put on administrative leave after a young woman falsely claims he solicited sex to let her go free. These three police officers come together late one night when a man is found sitting on a park bench, dead. Written by garykmcd

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vince Vaughn and Ritchie Coster each starred in two different Hitchcock remakes in 1998. The former, in Psycho (1998) and the latter in Rear Window (1998). See more »


Colin Farrell betrays his Irish heritage when he counts to three on his fingers in the schoolyard. He begins with his thumb, which is common in European countries; North Americans start with their index finger. See more »


Frank Semyon: Never do anything out of hunger. Even eating.
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All the Gold in California
Performed by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
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Here's my thoughts(might be spoilers)
22 June 2015 | by oliverbjerregaardSee all my reviews

I'm going to make this review quick and efficient!

+ Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams: They acted the hell out of it. Especially Colin Farrell, he's brutally good!

+/- I was not stunned by the directing. I definitely think there were moments of sheer visual brilliance (the bar with Vince and Colin / Frank and Ray) but overall, the directing were a bit rushed.

+ I liked the writing. It was slow, not as philosophical as season 1, but still it was good!

  • My only real complaint is the cutting (which might be due to the directing). The scenes were often too short. It's a shame, since we kinda lost the tension between the characters. Hopefully the scenes will be longer throughout the season, and they were rushing because they had to introduce all these new characters.

Overall it's a 9/10. I really enjoyed it. I think season 2 will be very dark and there will be some very unpleasant and brutal scenes (referring to Farrell/Ray beating up the dad in front of his son).

Detach yourself from season 1, this is season 2. Something brand new. Personally i think it's going to be an awesome ride!

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