True Detective

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“How humanity pollutes the natural world has been a core True Detective inquiry, and Night Country confronts it by suggesting the land, especially in the corners of the world where humans were never supposed to survive, remembers things we forget. In Night Country, no one really knows why other people make the decisions they do, whether those choices are as mundane as turning down someone’s romantic overtures, as dangerous as demanding equal rights from the upper classes in a place with a colonial past, or as extraordinary as shedding one’s clothes and running out into the frozen tundra.” — Roxana Hadadi, “True Detective Crawls Back From the Void

  1. Episode 8 Form and Void
  2. Episode 7 After You’ve Gone
  3. Episode 6 Haunted Houses
    True Detective Recap: A Segway to Your Skull Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, but Hart knows it’s his own damn fault.
  4. Episode 5 The Secret Fate of All Life
    True Detective Recap: Another Brick in Dewall Go to bed. This isn’t about you.
  5. Episode 4 Who Goes There
    True Detective Recap: Use Your Wet Noodle Through the halfway point, the show is still building toward something big, but first, a detour to a biker bar.
  6. Episode 3 The Locked Room
    True Detective Recap: Don’t Mind If I Ledoux Um, is that creepy dude carrying a machete?
  7. Episode 2 Seeing Things
    True Detective Recap: Wake and Cake “I’m police. I can do to terrible things to people with impunity.”
  8. Episode 1 The Long, Bright Dark
    True Detective Pilot Episode Recap: Fight for Your Rite HBO’s dark, philosophical murder mystery starts with a bang.
  1. Episode 8 Omega Station
  2. Episode 7 Black Maps and Motel Rooms
    True Detective Recap: Sad and Lonely People Nothing remains but the rot and decay of their poorest choices.
  3. Episode 6 Church in Ruins
  4. Episode 5 Other Lives
    True Detective Recap: By Hooker, by Crook Taking down the one percent.
  5. Episode 4 Down Will Come
  6. Episode 3 Maybe Tomorrow
    True Detective Recap: Caddy Remarks Everyone hates ecigs.
  7. Episode 2 Night Finds You
    True Detective Recap: Death Crow The most scintillating character in “Night Finds You” is SoCal itself.
  8. Episode 1 The Western Book of the Dead
    True Detective Recap: Caspere the Friendly Ghost There’s very little to laugh about 60 minutes into this several-hour journey.
  1. Episode 8 Now Am Found
    True Detective Season Finale Recap: Nobody’s Gonna Hear It But Us The mystery draws to a close, then the episode just keeps going, a fitting end to a season as much about the investigators as their haunting case.
  2. Episode 7 The Final Country
    True Detective Recap: Somebody’s Got to Remember The season rebounds in a big way with an episode that perfectly balances the central mystery with impressive character work.
  3. Episode 6 Hunters in the Dark
    True Detective Recap: Under the Pink The season’s central mystery has finally come a little more into focus, but there’s still a lot that doesn’t add up.
  4. Episode 5 If You Have Ghosts
    True Detective Recap: Hardships and Tribulations Mid-season drag sets in with an episode that repeats much of what we’ve already seen — with one big exception.
  5. Episode 4 The Hour and the Day
    True Detective Recap: Major Cognitive Dissonance Is this season of True Detective’s fractured chronology working for it or against it?
  6. Episode 3 The Big Never
    True Detective Recap: Maps and Legends The central mystery of the Purcell abduction remains captivating, if increasingly bogged down by bits that don’t push the narrative forward.
  7. Episodes 1 - 2 The Great War and Modern Memory / Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
    True Detective Recap: Into the Woods The Purcell case that will anchor this season begins simply enough — though this being True Detective, it doesn’t stay that way for long.
  1. Episode 6 Part 6
    True Detective: Night Country Season-Finale Recap: Ghost Town The sun finally rises for Danvers, Navarro, and the memory of Annie K.
  2. Episode 5 Part 5
    True Detective Recap: Bedtime Stories Pete now has his own tragic cover-up that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
  3. Episode 4 Part 4
    True Detective Recap: Night Country Now It’s getting more difficult to ignore the supernatural in Night Country.
  4. Episode 3 Part 3
    True Detective Recap: We Were Here Before Evangeline is beginning to feel the tension between her culture and her career, between who she is and what she does.
  5. Episode 2 Part 2
    True Detective Recap: The Slow Thaw Liz can no longer deny the connection between whatever happened at Tsalal and Annie’s unsolved murder.
  6. Episode 1 Part 1
    True Detective Season-Premiere Recap: The End of the World Issa López’s reimagined True Detective plunges Jodie Foster into perpetual darkness.

The Latest True Detective News

  1. endings
    Time Is a Flat Circle After All True Detective: Night Country’s parallels to season one are more than just simple callbacks.
  2. exit interview
    Issa López Wants You to Decide The showrunner calls True Detective: Night Country’s ambiguous ending “my gift and my curse.”
  3. lingering questions
    True Detective Is Over, But Its Ghosts Remain Night Country’s showrunner and star explain their interpretations of Navarro’s ambiguous fate.
  4. on location
    Where the Cold Looms Over Everything Production designer Daniel Taylor breaks down how True Detective: Night Country took Ennis, Alaska, to Iceland.
  5. vulture lists
    12 Books to Read If You Can’t Move On From Night Country These icy, lonesome tales will scratch the same frostbitten itch as True Detective’s fourth season.
  6. chat room
    True Detective’s Finn Bennett on Pete’s ‘Biblical’ Sin “Pete, up until this point, represents a good cop. One of the saddest things for me is that he becomes a dirty cop.”
  7. clue detective
    What Is True Detective Trying to Tell Us This Week? We’re starting to get some answers … some.
  8. encounter
    Night Country’s Kali Reis Claims Another Victory She fought in HBO’s first women’s boxing match in 2018. Now she’s sparring opposite Jodie Foster in True Detective’s fourth outing.
  9. clue detective
    What Is True Detective Trying to Tell Us This Week? Uh-oh. More oranges.
  10. a chill in the air
    Issa López Responds to Nic Pizzolatto Criticism of True Detective: Night Country “That’s his prerogative.”