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The Big Never 

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The search for Julie brings Wayne and Amelia together again, Wayne and Roland retrace their investigation to spot missed clues, while one White Finger resident receives a warning.


Daniel Sackheim


Nic Pizzolatto (created by), Nic Pizzolatto





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mahershala Ali ... Wayne Hays
Carmen Ejogo ... Amelia Reardon
Stephen Dorff ... Roland West
Scoot McNairy ... Tom Purcell
Ray Fisher ... Henry Hays
Michael Greyeyes ... Brett Woodard
Mamie Gummer ... Lucy Purcell
Sarah Gadon ... Elisa Montgomery
Jon Tenney ... Alan Jones
Josh Hopkins ... Jim Dobkins
Rhys Wakefield ... Freddy Burns
Michael Broderick ... Special Agent John Bowen
Tim Griffin ... Special Agent Burt Diller
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Doctor
Kennedi Butler ... Young Becca Hays (as Kennedi Lynn Butler)


Hays recalls his early romance with Amelia, as well as cracks in their relationship that surfaced after they married; ten years after the Purcell crimes, new evidence emerges, giving Hays a second chance to vindicate himself and the investigation.

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When Woodard is being threatened with a gun in the field, the man holding the gun has his finger across the trigger guard when seen from the left but within the trigger guard on the trigger when seen from the right. See more »


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22 January 2019 | by kuarinofuSee all my reviews

Can't beleive I'm saying this, but this is getting even slower. Each episode has less and less actual stuff happening. It's ep. 3 already and the story didn't move at all. I like the idea of exploring the characters, yet Wayne Hays is getting almost 90% of creen time in 3 separate time lines, while Roland West kind of loses the importance he didn't even have in the first place. Also, while the make up is amazing, Stephen Dorff's looks are kind of weird (he looks younger in his older scenes and vice versa).

I'm already starting to lose interest, mostly because it's hard for me to identify with Ali's character and due to crawling pacing. The detectives have less chemistry than Marty and Rust, and they are less grounded and beleiveable overall. Their interactions are ok, but they just never seem to care about each other at all. They are always distant from each other.

The fact that a big chunk of each episode is close ups of Ali's face trying to deal with the horrors of his past kind of becomes annoying. This is a very cheap strategy of building up to nothing. Like "wait till you find out, oh that was so bad his whole life was shattered because of this one particular case, it will be so intense, just wait till you see". And then nothing happens, nothing at all.

It really held my attention up until now. And while I love getting back to S1 and enjoying every shot and every dialogue of it, I'm not even sure I will be around to witness S3 finale.

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20 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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