After eight mystery-starting, meme-generating, McConaissance-confirming episodes, the first season of HBO’s True Detective has finally reached its conclusion. As we approached the end of the saga of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart, tensions ran high. Would they finally solve the mystery of the Yellow King? Was last week’s revelation a confirmation of the killer’s identity, or a red herring? Could it be that the whole thing just one of Rust’s acid traps? And of course, the most important question of all: CARCOSA WTF? Well, the season is over. And now we know everything…or at least, as much as we’ll ever know. SPOILERS FROM HERE: READ FULL STORY
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This week is all about the screens, no matter their size. On your small screen, you can enjoy everything from the True Detective finale to the launch of NBC’s newest show, Crisis. And on the big screen, you’ve got a choice between Veronica Mars and Aaron Paul driving a fast car. Or, you can take my awful advice and watch all of the above!
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If you’ve watched one episode of True Detective, HBO’s gritty meditation on good vs. evil, you’ve likely consumed them all — rabidly, and multiple times. Not since Lost has a television series so deeply tapped into our obsessive conspiracy theorist sides. And not since fans asked “What is the Island?” has the Internet been pondering one singular TV question: Who is the Yellow King?
At its core, True Detective is a story about two detectives, Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), partners who are haunted by a grisly occult murder that took place in Louisiana in 1995. (Spoilers ahead, so read on with caution.) The series time-jumps through 17 years of Rust and Marty’s tense relationship, from a horrific showdown with the (supposed) murderers in 1995, to the pair’s major falling-out in 2002, to a 2012 reconciliation of sorts prompted by the “debt” that weighs on both of their souls — the revelation that the killer is still out there.
The creepy clues revealed throughout the episodes so far have viewers obsessing over every little, beautifully crafted detail. Why was the body of Dora Lange, Rust and Cohle’s 1995 murder victim, found bound in a praying position under a tree, wearing only a crown made of deer antlers? The detectives keep coming across devil’s nests and painted spirals, whispers of Carcosa and the Yellow King. Rust is convinced the disappearances of women and children along the Louisiana Gulf for years have been tied to Lange’s ritualistic murder. Is the Tuttle family, powerful both politically and in the religious institutions of the Katrina-ravaged bayou, behind it all? In last week’s penultimate episode we met the oft-mentioned “tall man with scars,” who may also be the Spaghetti Monster — and the real killer. Or is he just a pawn?
True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto recently debunked the idea that either Rust or Marty were behind the murders, but plenty of other theories abound. Some fans have laid out their theses and True Detective tributes in painstaking detail for other obsessives to pore over; below are some of the most intriguing. Tune in to HBO on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET for the season finale, and to find out which ones were closest to the mark. READ FULL STORY
We’re just a few days away from the finale of True Detective, and this week on the Entertainment Geekly podcast we’re obsessing over the possibilities. Topics discussed: Jeff Jensen’s Lawnmower Man Theorem, our dream casting for season 2, and a serious debate over just who exactly is the hero of True Detective. But first, we discuss the impending return of Heroes, the once-great and ultimately not-so-great superhero soap opera. Can Heroes: Reborn actually be good? We hope so! Hope is a wonderful thing! READ FULL STORY
HBO’s artful, gritty detective drama True Detective gets mashed with the classic crime drama Law & Order in the parody clip below.
The salacious Louisiana-set images from True Detective get the 1990s-style big-city broadcast show treatment, losing much of the psychedelic morphing of graphics. And the peppy L&O theme song definitely diminishes the haunting effect of The Handsome Family song “Far From Any Road” used in HBO’s opening.
Check out the clip below and let us know what other crime shows would make great True Detective remakes. READ FULL STORY
The gripping nightmare that has been True Detective’s first season is almost over, and like all dreams, there’s a monster at the end of it. He’s a real grim reaper, only he comes decked in green, not black, and his blades are motorized, and actually, he’s a friendly neighborhood guy, in a Mr. Rogers meets Slingblade sort of way … if you can get past him being mucho psycho. Behold the demon lawn barber of Carcosa: The Lawnmower Man, an agent of an ancient cult that swears by the Greek goddess of magic Circe, serves the Greek god of fields and shepherds Pan, and practices ritualistic sacrifice by slaughtering dumb greedy Republicans (among others) using a rusty red …
Wait. Sorry. I’m getting my lunatic landscapers confused. That’s the deranged grass muncher of Stephen King’s 1975 short story “The Lawnmower Man.” (The story has little to do with the so-called “movie adaptation” from 1992, a techno-thriller about mad, artificial enlightenment and virtual personhood. A Rust Cohle fave, no doubt.) (But I do totally recommend this comic book iteration, with art by the great Walt Simonson.) No, True Detective’s sketchy greenskeeper is Errol the lawnmower guy, and the final scene of the penultimate episode fingered the tractor-driving “simpleton” (?) as the “green-eared spaghetti monster” and “the tall man with scars” long suspected of being the killer of Dora Lange. To build on Nietzsche: All truth is crooked, time itself is a circle, and evil is The Straight Story. READ FULL STORY
After a mere six episodes, HBO’s True Detective has become the breakout TV sensation of 2014, with ratings ascending each week to match the snowballing buzz over the show’s mystery (whodunit?) and its various teasing references (Yellow King? Carcosa?). In turn, the last couple of weeks has seen the rise of an oppositional force — not quite a backlash, but rather, a series of counterarguments, focusing on the show’s female characters (nude, young, incapable of resisting the balding charms of middle-aged detectives) and the grander possibility that the show’s various philosophical musings amount to a whole lot of hot air. READ FULL STORY
I sincerely hope your DVRs aren’t full, because this week has quite a few must-watch events. For starters, tonight features the most glamorous evening of the year — the Academy Awards. Speaking of which, be sure to check our site around showtime for all of your coverage needs.
And come Monday, it’s time to welcome back the Bates family for another season of mystery and general creepiness. Add in a new Pharrell album, Wes Anderson’s latest film, and the True Detective season finale, and we’d say your week is looking pretty good right about now.
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'True Detective' creator had 'no idea' about Matthew McConaughey's eerie 'Unsolved Mysteries' gig -- VIDEO
A long, long time ago, when the star of Dallas Buyers Club was just a slip of a McConaughey, he made his onscreen debut in an episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
McConaughey played Larry Dickens, a heroic young man who confronts a pedophile and ends up being shot 14 times for his trouble. Also, his character’s mother is called Dorothy Lang. Hmm — McConaughey going up against a sex offender, a name that’s thisclose to Dora Lange… sounds a lot like HBO’s True Detective, doesn’t it? There’s even a red pickup truck! (And, yes, strategic shirtlessness; once a McConaughey, always a McConaughey.) READ FULL STORY
“Seeing Things” was about the search for truth and the avoidance of it. It was about being known, and wanting to remaining unknowable. It was about the occult — not in the supernatural sense of the term, but in the Latin, as in ‘that which is clandestine, hidden, concealed,’ and how our understanding of a person or thing changes when secrets are revealed. So it was about SPOILERS! READ FULL STORY