I have no objections to the writing, as the acting, symbolism and tone can communicate more than just mere words. We got to see what drove Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn) to not "Lay down" despite the grim circumstances (being alone in the desert with the "Mexicans"). The ghosts of his abusive father and neighborhood bullies as he limped through the blazing sun in the middle of nowhere shed light (no pun intended) on his strengths and weaknesses, both of which simultaneously led to his demise. I truly thought he would make it out alive, at least I hoped he would. If it's any consolation (and it is), he did get what he set out to do - take vengeance on those who screwed him out of his millions and the ultimate business deal, plus recovered his losses. Vince Vaughn was a top notch choice for this role, indeed.
I believe in the end, Detective Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) atoned for his bad choices and that Detective Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) got her form of justice from not only Woodrugh's (Taylor Kitsch) & Velcro's death or the set up they were all placed into, but her own (the molestation, the sexual debauchery at the party). Bezzerides was/is a strong female character in every sense of the word. It was refreshing to experience this kind of woman in such a chaotic world. I hope Rachel McAdams is nominated for an Emmy and/or Golden Globe.
To sum it up with a quote from Velcoro, "We deserve the world we live in." ...and in that world are very few happy endings.
I had to think about this episode after having watched it, and it dawned on me - maybe the ending was an insight into how HUNGRY Vince Vaughn's character of Frank Semyon happens to be when it comes to getting what he wants. His and Ray Velcoro's (Colin Farrell) last encounter had various undertones. And Ray did not take the money as the waitress tried to remind him of having left it. Coincidence? Ray was going to play ball with his team (i.e. the other Detectives) instead of the man who had recently lost everything because Casper's murder (not to mention he believes Ray is indebted to him). Just a theory of mine as I wait to find out what the hell is going to happen next and why.
True Detective is worthy of its name. If you're reading too much into it too soon /or comparing it to last season, then you're really not watching. Keep up the nice work
A Loyal Fan