True Detective Finale Recap: 'If You Ask Me, Light's Winning' [Updated]

True Detective Season 1 Finale RecapLouisiana True Detectives Rust and Marty finally got to the bottom of a very disturbing, 17-year-old mystery Sunday night — but did the HBO series’ season-ender give you the resolution you craved?

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By the end of the hour, a killer was caught, both detectives survived and justice was served… to a point. The fact that Rust and Marty weren’t able to out every single member of the sordid secret society rang frustratingly realistic, though Rust’s assertion that perhaps evil didn’t have the upper hand made for more of an upbeat, satisfying ending than I thought we’d get from the haunting drama.

Let’s review what took place in “Form and Void.”

THE UGLY TRUTH | Just in case you had any doubt that Errol Childress — the guy on the lawnmower we re-met at the end of the previous episode – was a bad dude, the finale picks up with him at his very creepy estate. Dolls with their faces missing. Stacks of VHS tapes. Piles of stained bedding. A simple minded yet randy woman who doesn’t seem interested in showering. What are: Things that will be in my nightmares for the next two weeks for $200, Alex?

In one of the home’s outbuildings, a shirtless Errol talks to someone we can’t see but who is drawing flies (ew); what we can see is Errol’s back, which has one of those scary spirals scarred into his neck – and, from what I’m guessing was abuse, lots of other scars that look less planned. He says “Bye, Daddy” to the person tied to the bed in front of him, then returns to his hoarder’s paradise of a main house.

Inside, he only continues to freak me out with his Cary Grant voice and his hot-for-psycho girlfriend, with whom he “makes flowers” (that’s crazy talk for “has sex,” if you’re in the dark) as he demands she tell him about how his grandfather “caught [her] in the cane fields.” I know what you’re all about, True Detective, but still, ew.

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DUCK! | Elsewhere, Marty and Rust are still holding Steve Geraci at gunpoint on the boat. Rust forces the former cop to watch the disturbing video of little Marie Fontenot with the men in costume, and what he witnesses is so terrible that he utters “Oh Jesus Christ” and screams in horror. (Marty, wisely, takes his beer out on the deck for the visual portion of the afternoon’s proceedings.)

Steve claims that his boss, Sheriff Ted Childress, told him the girl had been returned to her family, and that Steve never pressed the issue because, “I just follow what the big man says. It’s how this all works.” (Side note: shudder.) The men take Steve’s gun and phone, then leave him with a promise that a sniper pal of Rust’s will take him down if he utters a word about what happened. Steve angrily declares that Cohle is full of it… but changes his tune when bullets start whizzing by his ears.

SEEING GREEN | Back at the office, Marty has a breakthrough: Maybe the spaghetti monster’s ears were green because he’d been part of a crew painting a green house near the crime scene? His hunch leads the duo to the home’s former owner, who recalls that a group of handymen from a local church did the work. Some deft public-records searching eventually brings the guys to Errol’s aforementioned Maison d’Murder.

They’ve been on the isolated property for just a few moments when Rust just knows that “this is the place.” They can’t get a cell signal to call for back-up, so Marty approaches the main house to ask to use the phone. Errol’s lady friend won’t let him in, but Marty forces his way in and asks where Billy Childress is. “All around us, before we were born and after you die,” she hisses. Oh-kaaay? After passing some very gross rooms that may double as crime scenes, Marty finds the woman upstairs and demands that she give him her cell phone. He also finds Billy Childress, the man we glimpsed tied to the bed at the beginning of the episode, super dead and drawing flies in the outbuilding.

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SINISTER SHOWDOWN | Meanwhile, Rust sees Errol and demands that he surrender, but crazy don’t play dat. So the lanky former lawman tracks the killer throughout the property. He passes tangles of sticks, lots of ritualistic graffiti, dark passageways and dank tunnels – oh look, it’s Google Maps: Carcosa! Meanwhile, Errol’s voice seems to be coming from everywhere, saying nonsensical-yet-terrifying phrases such as “Witnesses to my journey” and “Come die with me.”

The two men do final battle in a giant domed room open to the sky. Rust has a vision of a portal-looking thing descending from the sky, but he’s interrupted from his cosmic moment by Errol sticking a knife into his belly. “Take off your mask,” Errol whispers, slowly drawing the blade north while Rust fights to keep the pickaxe in the killer’s other hand from lodging in his skull. And then, because Cohle is almost as crazy as the perps he tracks, he head butts Errol four times, knocking the lunatic off his game just long enough for Marty to shoot him in the shoulder.

Unfortunately for Hart, Errol treats the wound like a splinter and lets fly with the axe… which finds its home in Marty’s chest. Oof. And just when it looks like Marty has shtupped his last floozy, Rust rolls over and shoots off the top of Errol’s skull. With the killer dead, Marty belly-crawls to his partner, who has lost pints of blood but not his skill for understatement. “He got me pretty good, Marty,” Rust says. “It ain’t bad,” a distraught Marty responds in kind.

LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE | But wait! Marty did get his hand on a phone, because the cops show up in time to save both Marty and Rust’s lives. As the men convalesce in a hospital, so many disturbing pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Errol’s girlfriend was a close relative of his. Evidence at the scene linked him to both the Lake Charles case and the Dora Lange murder, as well as to dozens of other missing persons cases from the past several years. But much to Rust’s disappointment, the police can’t make any concrete link to Senator Tuttle.

Also bugging Cohle as he heals: He came face-to-face with Errol in 1995 as he mowed the abandoned school’s lawn. “We didn’t get ’em all,” Rust laments to Marty, who tells him not to take it so personally. “That ain’t what kind of world it is,” he says matter-of-factly.  “But we got ours.”

ROLE REVERSAL | Still, Rust had a moment in Carcosa where he felt like he was going to die, and he welcomed it. “I knew my daughter waited for me there, so clear. I could feel her,” he says, pushing back tears. “It was like I was part of everything I ever loved… and all I had to do was let go. And I did.” He has a full-on breakdown as he says, “And then I woke up.” (Side note: Good God, McConaughey, leave some of the awesome for the rest of us, wouldja?)

Marty, more genuinely gentle than we’ve ever seen him in the series, distracts his friend (I think we can call them friends now, yes?) from his funk by reminding him about looking at the stars in Alaska and musing that the amount of dark in the night sky far outweighs the pinpricks of starlight. “It’s just one story, the oldest,” Rust replies. “Light versus dark.” Still, he seems renewed in a way, and he declares that he’s leaving the hospital right then, wearing just a johnny. “I’d protest, but it occurs to me you’re unkillable,” Marty deadpans. As he helps Rust shuffle away from the hospital, Rust seems to shuck his pessimistic nature for a moment as he observes that once, there was only dark. “If you ask me, light’s winning.”

Now it’s your turn. Grade the season finale in the poll below and then hit the comments with your thoughts on all things Cohle and Hart. 

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  1. Not what I was expecting, but I decided I am actually very pleased with the season finale. The episode kept me on the edge of my seat, and I loved the final showdown! Although, I wish they would’ve answered a few more questions: who were the people in the VHS tape, was Errol THE Yellow King, and why point at all these connections to Audrey? Sure, the last question is probably my inner-Reddit paranoia, but you can’t deny the facts! All in all, I gave this season finale an A. Going to miss this show a lot!

    • sean says:

      This whole time I was wondering why everyone said the third guy was “the tall one,” as Errol never looked that big. That changed when he stabbed Rust, now I understand how big he was. What an ending, what a season.

    • Brian says:

      In regards to the tape they mentioned that the whole thing started with Sam Tuttle. The cult used to be bigger and more powerful but had slowly died away until only Childress remained. The tuttles wanted to protect their name.

    • philly says:

      bit disappointed myself after all of that build up.

    • nikki says:

      The connection to Audrey was more then just a lose end. It was central –

      It was not a satisfying ending at all – it left the most important questions unanswered – Marty’s wife and daughters – how were they all involved? He said “The answer was right in front of him” his family? – Why was the same framed flower pictures on the wall in Marty’s bedroom as in the psychiatric hospital on the wall – why were his daughter playing with 5 male dolls raping a female doll – why were they playing with a crown with trailing ribbons like in the videotape – why did someone set him up to cheat on his wife with Beth ( that was not a coincidence – 2 angels and one devil figurine on the dresser) -why did the daughter draw a picture of a masked man having sex with a women -why was his wife so unemotional, so hard and vengeful – This theme ran throughout the show and the viewers deserved an answer – Errol was only one of many in a conspiracy that we are not allowed to see solved, but more importantly a conspiracy we were tantalized with that slept with the main character, Marty, and lived in his house and we are asked to just be satisfied with this ending – in the end the conspirators won, the viewers lost, Marty and Rust lost.

      • Joseph Pedulla says:

        I watched each episode with absolutely riveted attention, and I don’t see what you are talking about. Conspiracy in his own family? I think these were mere “blinds” created by the author to lead us on harmless wild goose chases. If you are suggesting that the wife had something to do with all of the crime coverup, I don’t see what you are talking ulla6about. Did I miss something? I’m not being sarcastic. I really do not see it.

        • Jean says:

          The show is also a major character study about the growth and evolution of the two main characters. Marty’s family is integral to showing his growth.

      • annie says:


        • Jim says:

          Actually, its spot on. Why was the Audrey storyline left hanging? Why was she staging dolls and drawing pictures that appeared to depict that horrible VHS tape.

          • annie says:

            LIKE I SAID YOU PICK APART. THE ENTIRE SHOW WAS AWESOME. You should not watch tv or movies or HBO series.

          • annie says:

            Also, by the way, there IS another season.

          • Wilma says:

            Annie… Who are you tell pol what they can and can’t watch? I too was interested in the Five horseman and Audrey subplots that were not answered. It was still great story but would have been nice to learn why NP put all the symbolism with Audrey that was related to killings.

          • annie says:

            Audrey, being the retard, inbred, sick, gag me woman? Are you talking about True Detective? i never heard her name, When killer dude said tell me about granddaddy, didn’t she say, he got me in the cane fields? I loved the dolls with no faces, I mean it made everything kind of scary. I would love not to see “Audrey” ever again. You can take it to mean whatever you think. i LOVED the horrrible house. They did a great job.

          • annie says:

            maybe they need to make YOU the writer, director and producer. Some things that are left to the imagination ARE FINE!!!

          • Wilma says:

            Audrey was Marty Hart’s daughter. Which show were you watching?

          • Annie says:

            So sorry. I did not know her name. Sorry

          • hbrennan says:

            They left it open because there making another series, within this next series there are talks of there being prominent female roles… such as Audrey.I do agree that there was a couple of things that didn’t fully make sense but i think the point of that was so the questioned might be answered in the next series. There was also talks of the type written girl who appeared as Marty’s first lover being used in the next series.

      • writerwhodoesn'tnormallywatchTV says:

        i’d at least like to acknowledge how perceptive nikki was in putting all that together. Nikki, you might be suffering because you noticed too much and the writers weren’t able to keep it all together — and probably hoped no one would realize.

      • David Ramos says:

        God that gave me goosebumps….i am really lost of words…i don’t know to consider what you have said as either utter craziness or utmost intellectual brilliance.I would like to get to know you…the true you.Keep in touch.

    • Don says:

      I was more than satisfied with that finale! It was kinda disappointing to not know who the other masked figures on the horses were, but I’m willing to bet one of them was Marty’s stepdad. When Marty went to get the girls for dinner at Marty’s home, the girls had a naked doll on the floor with men surrounding her. Where the hell would they have seen something like that?!? I think they saw it at Marty’s stepdad’s house one night when they were very young but old enough to remember what they saw. Since this is an anthology we will never know who all else was involved, but I think that’s part of the mystique of the show. I dont think every answer should be answered. They leave some for us. I sure did think Erroll was about to gutbthe crap out of Rust. I thought hebwas dead for sure but I’m glad he wasnt. And after all their drama, Rust and Marty seem to have become friends. What a great show!!!

    • Hi people…cannot let this go so here I am…in your face…

      I am 51.

      Grew Up in a show Biz family.

      Because of that I became “Americanized” at very young age.

      I followed American Sports, and I spent time living in New York despite having been born in Montreal because POP at that time was in charge of Sales In Canada for both Decca Records & Irwin Toy !

      I was force fed American Television.

      We used to have family gatherings hosted around the original “Hawaii 5-0”, “Baretta”, “I spy”, “The Defenders” and even “Iron side”…one of my personal “favs” was a little number called “Banacek”…

      My Point is American T.V. to me was always IMHO far superior to The Terrence & Phillip Crowd’s watered down “crap” and so we embraced people like Ted Coppel and ABC, everyone at NBC… and of course CBS…because their stuff was far “Grittier” !!!

      Today , as American Network Television dies a very slow but constant death…I am now firmly drawn into and obsessed with the 50″ LCD download it , stream it, or see it on a specialty channel brand of T.V. that is now the norm in most North American Households.

      In the past 51 1/2 years I was sure I had seen a show that would never be beat when “Breaking Bad” finally concluded with a Major Rush this past summer !!!

      In fact, I made and produced 132 promotional digital videos set to some of the most famous rock songs in the past 54+ years of that genre and based on the show as it spanned it’s way across it’s 5 unique seasons.

      I never thought that show could be beat.

      Then along came “True Detective” !!!

      Where to begin…?…lol…

      Look, the bottom line is This…

      In 51 years of dedicated T.V. watching, and discussing and critiquing…There has never been IMHO anything like what we just witnessed !!!

      I immediately think of the mini series “ROOTS” and how much that meant to so very many people and how very Huge it was at the time and how, as far as Production Values go, that show looks like a sad pathetic weak, poorly done mistake compared to “True Detective”

      To think…we called Lavar Burton’s turn a “Wonder” and a “Miracle” of acting…

      I am laughing right now.

      Don’t get me wrong, I loved it back then…

      But we had no clue…we just had no clue…

      seeing Woody Harrelson Post “Cheers” saying, “I’m fine” on his hospital bed as he balled his freaking eyes out was one of the most iconic and endearing Television moments in all of Television History !!!

      Mathew and his spectacular performances aside, Woody was every bit his equal, the Entire Series !!!

      For me…”True Detective” represents our, us, mankind’s, Finest achievement EVER in this medium !!!

      I tip my “chapeau” to everyone who had a hand in the production of this…


      It is the finest TV program ever made…Bar None !!!

      The subject matter alone made Breaking Bad’s tale somehow now fee like a simpleton’s Kindergarten story !!!

      I am online scurrying through “The King Is Yellow” and shaking from the impact and magnitude and the range and the creativity and the brilliance that was these past 8 nights for me !!!

      Gotta run though…I have the rest of the day off and am watching the entire thing all over from the beginning and ya know what…

      The 2nd time and the 3rd time you watch these episodes there is something magical that happens…you see so many things you did not the first time !!!!

      I apologize for being so long winded, but quite frankly…

      the show deserves nothing less !!!

      “True Detective” = A Perfect Poem and an Artwork like none other before it !!! …Thanks HBO Canada !!!

      Steven J. Ross
      Montreal, 03/10/14
      4:30 PM est.

      • Stacey Lillibridge Elmore says:

        Stacey Elmore
        Atlanta GA. USA

    • Bill says:

      Loved the whole finale especially the, literally, gut wrenching ending – Russ (followed by Marty) going deeper and deeper into a lair – Russ clearly fearless and terrified at the same time…and Errol lifting him up with the knife – to me evoking a crucifixion – Russ hanging there on the knife face to face with evil – and he went right towards that face banging it with his face showing evil incarnate Errol that he was human, One of best touches was Russ’s hallucination of some cosmic black hole in the roof of that weird building – a grain silo or something???….and his hallucination making him vulnerable to Errol surprise crucifixtion of him with his knife.

  2. Lynn says:

    Simply fantastic. Matthew gets the Emmy for sure….

    • Steve Perry says:

      When he broke down in the wheel chair because of feeling and sensing his daughter, it wasn’t just that he got to experience that sense of feeling his daughter or even that he woke up and didn’t get that chance of seeing her. It was the fact that his whole way of thinking that there wasn’t life after death had been totally shattered.

    • Joseph Pedulla says:

      Yes, absolutely. McConaughey’s acting was as perfect as it gets. I would go so far as to say it is one of the best performances anyone has ever seen on television.

    • HAP says:

      There’s going to be more than one Emmy. The creator and writer, Nick Pizzolatto for one. Interesting that with the exception of two episodes he wrote for The Killing, this was the sum total of his screenwriting work. Then, there’s director Cary Joji Fukunaga, as well.

      It’s almost too bad that Matthew would be competing with Woody for a single slot. They worked so well together.

  3. TinLV says:

    I think Matthew McConnaughey needs an Emmy to go on the mantle with that Oscar. He was awesome in this whole series but especially tonight. Woody Harrelson was really good too.

  4. derek117 says:

    Don’t want to write any spoilers since it hasn’t played on the West Coast yet (unless you have cable like me, and can get the East Coast feed). Anyway, very satisfying ending, tied-up most of the loose ends, and didn’t try to be “too cool”. I’m hooked for season 2. It will be interesting to see if the writing, acting, directing next year can live up to this first season.

  5. Megan says:

    I think the ending was absolutely within the range of what a one hour finale could put together. There’s no way they could “get” the Tuttles in that time frame; much as I’d love it. I was so happy to see it end as it began; the two men together, friends…and at least they both lived. Rust knows he can get back to his daughter some day. And Marty knows he’s got more to live for now.

    I also think that the end perfectly set up another season “our star isn’t the only story out there.” That was very fitting. Could the next season include the Tuttles with another detective in Louisiana? Takes several seasons; but a bunch of different detectives manage to get these guy? Or will it be an entirely fresh start?

    …if only Matthew and Woody could come back.

    I was very satisfied, with one caveat; I’d have loved to see what the Audrey tie-in was; again, it may have been too long of a story to fit in here…and maybe that could have fit in who the other two horsemen were…but hey.

    Was it as mystical or devious as people thought? Maybe not. But Nic completely told people what to expect, and that was not to overanalyze. The drama was intense and it wrapped up nicely…not completely, but again, satisfyingly.

    Great show; can’t wait for the director’s cut.

    • memily34 says:

      Also, I hope both men end up with an Emmy. BOTH are well-deserving.

    • memily34 says:

      I do think the Tuttles were involved…but did they actually do the killings? Probably not often. I think Errol brought the kids in for everyone else to be involved with…and then he took care of the rest. I find it hard to see Errol being “with it” enough to actually conduct those ceremonies on his own. I do wonder where the ceremonial aspect then played out with Dora Lange and some of the other older women…did she and others hang out with them, thinking their ways were the right way, only to end up the sacrifice? I guess I didn’t expect them to answer these little nuances, but they’re the lingering bits I want to know!

      I have a feeling if I keep thinking about it, I’ll come up with a million more questions, but I’m still very happy with how it ended.

      • Mary P says:

        I kinda thought Errol was going to be dumb too but those improv impersonations of James Mason? And the Irishman were wonderfully scripted for a character that had brains, just creepy with a normal IQ. MY TWO CENTS

  6. cT says:

    What was the last sentence spoken? I re watched it three times and never could clearly hear the text…

    • Outis says:

      Looks like the light’s winning…..

    • Maggie says:

      Once there was only dark. You ask me, light’s winning.

    • GuessWhat says:

      It took me 5x to hear the mumbler! But got it!

      • Henry Porter says:

        Thanks for the clarification here. I actually found this thread after doing a Google search for “What was the last line of True Detective?” I see I wasn’t the only one who was flummoxed. It was really frustrating, after watching 8 hours of this story to not be able to hear/understand the final line of the series. And it’s a pretty damn important line too! Why is so much dialogue in TV and movies whispered/slurred these days? In a series as well written and acted as this, viewers shouldn’t have to rewind 5-7 times (or resort to the internet) to try and decipher the dialogue!

        Now that I’m done ranting, I’d like to echo the comments of so many others here when I say that this was a fantastic drama performed by two phenomenal actors. Bravo!

    • Melody says:

      I couldn’t get the line, even after listening 5 times. Thanks for the clarification. Role reversal: Marty became the pessimist and Rust became the optimist.

    • Steve Perry says:

      When he broke down in the wheel chair because of feeling and sensing his daughter, it wasn’t just that he got to experience that sense of feeling his daughter or even that he woke up and didn’t get that chance of seeing her. It was the fact that his whole way of thinking that there wasn’t life after death had been totally shattered.

      • Joseph Pedulla says:

        Yes, an amazing and ironic that it happened in a place as full of death as the River Styx! Here he is at the absolute epicenter of murder and hopelessness, and he has what amounts to a saint’s vision of the eternal! Wonderful! It reminded me of Dante’s Inferno.

    • The Beach says:

      Thank you, thank you. I asked the same question on another thread. I also replayed it 3 or 4 times and still couldn’t catch it.

  7. Outis says:

    Amazing piece of work. The intensity of the episode was incredible. It was so similar to Silence of the Lambs. And I loved what the series was about. This wasn’t “Lost”. It wasn’t trying to fool you as NP said many times. It was about the journey, the debt, the reckoning, of this case and the fortified relationship of these two men. It was a fantastic ending.

    • Joseph Pedulla says:

      Like Silence of the Lambs? Maybe in the solitary creepiness of the final scene, but Silence of the Lambs was terribly flawed. It didn’t seem to know its own antagonist. Was it Hannibal or moth man?

  8. Barry says:

    MM &WH are an incredibly talented team! MM has taken his acting to a new level and deserves the Emmy for this performance!

  9. Kat says:

    I was underwhelmed. I never bought the friendship between Hart and Cohle.

  10. Dean says:

    I like that Rust doesn’t have to fear the void of death anymore. That took guts to write these days.

  11. A. D. says:

    Awesome show! Emmy worthy!

  12. CourtTV says:

    Making flowers…ew.

  13. Ellen says:

    I was afraid the ending would be disappointing, like so many are, but the last episode had me on the edge of my seat with the scenes with Erroll,the the resolution of Cohle’s loss of his daughter, the relationship between Marty and Rust and Marty and his family. Completely satisfying.

  14. fred says:

    I wondered how Matthew could play a character who was so anti-religious considering he is so devout christian. In the end, his character comes full circle. He finds some level of spirituality through his near death experience – literally connects with the souls of his departed loved ones and feels their love. After this event, he also drops his guard and opens up to his partner, allowing for a true friendship to blossom – one they both desperately need…as they truly only have each other in this world. Great writing – great show.

    • joeypic says:

      very good observation.. Rust experiences a revelation which exposes a very human paradox – that our frailty isn’t our weakness, but our strength. there is no light without the dark.

  15. JDS says:

    For those who are disappointed with the climax of the plot,it seems maybe they were reading too much foreshadowing into everything that happened in the story. I enjoyed it thoroughly and feel like it had some of the best writing and dialogue I have ever seen.

    • memily34 says:

      I agree. I would like to know why Dora was out in the public eye, whereas everyone else was buried and gone. But otherwise I think it was people reading into things (even I wanted to know what was up with Audrey, assuming it had to be something).

  16. Josh says:

    What was the portal to another dimension that rust looked up and saw before Errol attacked

    • I want to know too…

      • Theresa says:

        I took it as Rust see’s things since he’s hyper sensitive & he saw something coming to an end, & initially he thought it was his life, but it turned out to be Errol’s life & the reign of terror of his family. I did enjoy the finale, but wish they answered what or why Aubrey knew about the “ceremonies” & why Dora Lang was sacrificed

    • deidre says:

      yeah…what was that? Another of Rust’s hallucinations?

      • Outis says:

        Yes. This was one of his hallucinations. His perspective or feeling of the end of the abyss. The stars and universe that he dreamt about as a boy and made stories about. The things that haunted RC and maybe a warning that it may all slip away. That’s how I understood it but it definitely was a hallucination. NP said there were no supernatural aspects to the show…

    • MagiSci says:

      It might be dimensional tunneling phenomena created as a result of the relentless human sacrificial rituals that Errol and the others practiced. Errol and his cohorts may have been trying to leave this dimension of existence or bring something in to enhance themselves or worship. Essentially, it’s the use of blood sacrifice (particularly with specially prepared children) to power ancient incantations to create sonic machinery for the purpose of partitioning our dimension of existence from adjacent dimensions and then linking them via portals.

      • MagiSci says:

        In the “The King In Yellow and Other Horror Stories” by Robert Chambers, Carcosa is described as being a cursed city on another planet possibly in another universe.

    • There was an opening in the ceiling because Marty saw the flare when they were waiting to be rescued. But it wasn’t dark yet when Rust entered the tunnels, so he would have been looking directly up at the sunlight. He was also hyper-sensitive when it came to his senses, so I think it was supposed to appear much brighter to him than to the average person.

  17. Susan says:

    The rings Marty’s wife was wearing were they their old wedding bands

  18. Tran 2.0 says:

    I give the season finale of True Detective an A. Fingers crossed for Season Two.

  19. dronebarger says:

    Why did eerrooll call rust little priest when luring him in to. Chamber

  20. Rosey says:

    We never actually saw Hart make a phone call to alert the PD. No service on the land line – so we assume he did locate a cell phone in that house. He pointed out “no cell service” when they got to the house. My hubby still thinks Hart’s suspicious .

    • Francine says:

      I just assumed he found a landline that was connected… Or something along those lines. NP made it pretty clear that neither Marty nor Rust were involved. There is no mystical/supernatural side or twist to this story. It was simply a journey of two men trying to catch a killer… Nothing more.

    • Hannah says:

      Marty put a gun to the woman’s head and said “everyone has a phone, where’s yours” or something, so I assumed that he managed to get through somehow (even though I doubt she had one, maybe she knew how to connect the landline).

      • Annie says:

        You’re exactly right about cell phone. But do you remember both Marty and Rust told people if they didn’t hear from them in 24 hours, “make the call”. Marty told a young black guy in suit – Do you want the call? I just remember that. Now I don’t even know if that makes sense.

  21. Frank D, says:

    He called him ‘Little Prince’

  22. sgt says:

    Food for thought. In so many ways, this reminded me of “Contact”. Rust’s religious experience was Jodie Foster’s religious experience. Same theme with the loss of loved ones. Same type of climactic moment. Same degree of questions left partially answered. Same “aha, it’s not about this, it’s about that”, feeling.

  23. sharkinc says:

    issues with the green paint being the green ears. Stronger to me would be landscapers ear protection like one would use with a mower or chain saw. Also what did they get from the police chief on the boat?

    • dino2778 says:

      chain of command, how the family and extended family runs it; also names that are presumed dead to add to the tree

  24. Ria says:

    It was the best, most positive ending you could hope for in a series this dark, with characters who have gone through what Marty and Rust have been through. I was so moved at several points in this hour…one when Marty tells the detectives..”and that’s all I remember..just saying my friend’s name”. This is the first time he’s ever referred to Rust as a “friend”. I think the 2 of them flipping each other off is like a hug between other And of course, at the end, when Rust has hope now in life after death, instead of dread.

    You know he and Marty have healed the wounds of their relationship (when you can talk calmly about such a devastating event, you are well on the well to being healed of it.) I think True Detectives was fantastic. I don’t know how they are going to top this.

  25. Laurie Emerson says:

    I absolutely loved the ending! I admit that when they were both stabbed I told my husband I was afraid they were going to go with a Dexter/Deb ending. It ended perfectly and I love the new found friendship that both Rust and Marty developed. Well done!

  26. Eliza says:

    I was satisfied. I really enjoyed this series from beginning to end. Loved the writing, directing, and most of all Matthew & Woody’s performances. I think they’re fantastic together. They brought so much to Rust & Marty that I can’t see any other actors in these roles. Definitely deserving of Emmy noms!

  27. James says:

    Could anyone tell what was shown in the stars at the end of the episode? It looked like something to me, but I couldn’ t make it out

  28. Chris says:

    They left unanswered questions about the crimes and criminals because that was simply a backdrop. The series was about the two detectives and their journey. Marty finally figured out “who he is and what he wants.” Rust finally found some closure and meaning to the horror of losing his daughter. I think it was beautiful.

  29. A.wrob says:

    I hate to be the contrarian but if I wanted to feel the love I’d be watching Modern Family ! The last 20 minutes seemed a cop out, no pun intended. I waited 8 weeks for resolution and instead I find out that it could have taken half the time. My opinion is that the finale needed to take the show to the next level, like a surprise element that we never saw coming. I’m just saying ………sorry .

  30. Joe p says:

    DID NOBODY notice the not-so-subtle reveal of that eerily familiar looking tattoo on Rust’s chest in the final seconds? What was that about? Also interesting that we never saw it before. Could it be a rough sketch of “Hastur”? And so many saying they had to rewind multiple times to hear the last line… Did the tattoo not catch your eye? The gown sliding down seemed so intentional.

  31. Woody A.k.a. Martin "The Big D" Hart says:

    It was a space dick

  32. Steve says:

    When he said take your mask off I thought Rust was one of the masked men.

  33. Diane says:

    exceptionally well done. Very intriguing story line… I wasn’t too sure of relationship with Rust and Marty after the wife’s infidelity and fight. I don’t know too many that would forgive that? I just want to say that Mr. Matthew Mcconaughey and Mr. Woody Harrelson are fabulous and two the top actors today… I never realized years ago that they would have the range that they both do.

  34. Liz says:

    I’m interested in where Errol’s voice came from. We’ve come to find out that NP wants this to be mostly realistic, but while the tornado vortex can be chalked up to Rust’s LSD dementia-the omnipresent voice of Errol doesn’t quite fit with the logical resolution.

    • treykays says:

      The voice doesn’t seem realistic, agreed, but it is probly a hallucination. theres a part in the chase scene inside the hallways where errol’s voice ehoes “on your right” and rust turns right and does not even glance down the hallway to his left.. why the hell would rust trust this voice? and how would errol know rust was right there at the exact moment when rust couldn’t here or see him? because rusts gut feelings were manifesting into a hallucination. my thoughts anyway. after all he is in this place of death chasing the yellow king. the hallucinating finally comes full blown when he sees the vortex

  35. Marc says:

    Awful. Too many unanswered questions. Great promise ending with a waste of time.

  36. dino2778 says:

    was it me or did anyone think marty was going to kill rust when he said look up at the sky. i thought he was one of the hidden masked men.

  37. Steve Perry says:

    When he broke down in the wheel chair because of feeling and sensing his daughter, it wasn’t just that he got to experience that sense of feeling his daughter or even that he woke up and didn’t get that chance of seeing her. It was the fact that his whole way of thinking that there wasn’t life after death had been totally shattered.

    Can’t wait for Season 2. It’s time to go after all the rest who were involved

    • Paul says:

      I read an interview with writer NP that season two will be a new story in a new location with new characters. The Louisiana story is gone for good, as it should be.

  38. Steve J says:

    A great show. Smart dialogue and wonderful acting. Their ought to be some kind of acting and writing jail. When they suck us in like this and then we’re told that’s the end of it and the actors refuse to return, they all should be locked up somewhere. Until they see the light that is!

  39. says:

    Is MM’s character’s name really Rust?? I thought his name was simply… Russ.

  40. Mark says:

    True Detective Season II please!

  41. Will says:

    Rust does not come out of his near-death experience now believing in life after death. He experienced the brain’s release of chemicals that make the death event exultant (and which has led to the belief in an afterlife). But the love he feels as he encounters memories of his daughter, and even his hated pop, makes him more than sentient meat. He becomes almost human, as the all-too-human Marty has become a true detective.

  42. sheila townsend says:


  43. WTactualF says:

    I think people read too much into some of these shows. The theories, while creative, were not realistic. TD isn’t supernatural and the writers aren’t Kubrickian. Sometimes you just have to take things at face value.

  44. sheila townsend says:


  45. sladewilson says:

    Great mini series. Brilliant ending. HBO scores again…

  46. PattS says:

    Anyone else notice the “Shroud of Turin” exact replica when Rust was looking into the TV at the hospital?

    • Frenchguy says:

      Glad someone saw it too, I was doubting my set of references and a comforting Google search led me to your shared conclusion. I was also reminded of Mantegna’s Lamentation of Christ which in turn spiralled towards the Che’s deathbed picture.

  47. Auntie Ralph says:

    Maybe not the insane twists and turns one might expect, but I quite enjoyed the action and character bits. Errol made me think of something of chilling Forrest Gump – Buffalo Bill mash-up.

  48. Kevin says:

    True detective pulled off a more tense scene at the end that was better than the Silence of the Lambs and they did it in broad daylight too.. fantastic

  49. Ricky Lamott says:

    Just amazing that Chole couild so easily survive as the knife lifted him up, tearing the abdomen and no doubt the arteries behind the ribcage. And despite the lack of cell phone signal, the police are called and show up rapidly. An ending for the series that was much too convenient and unconvincing.

    • annie says:

      Oh man. that’s insane.
      Why watch the show of you’re gonna badmouth and pick apart. The entire episode was fantastic, Matthew was AWESOME!!! Who cares about a cell phone signal. You got a better ending>? I thought it was WONDERFUL!!!!

    • treykays says:

      rust grabbed the guys hand to stop it from going up, errol lifted up and rust was pushing down

      last thing marty does in the house is put a gun up to her head and say gimme a phone.

      pay attention