On Sunday night, during suspenseful and superb finale, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) closed a psycho serial killer, making it rather more about emotional than intellectual probing.
As one fan tweeted shortly after the show was over, he “Didn’t expect to cry at the end of ‘True Detective.'”
In its last episode of the first season, “True Detective” “served both aspects of its personality — the mystery of Dora Lange’s murder and the lives of Rustin Cohle and Martin Hart — without ever betraying the series’ soul,” reports MTV.
“The Yellow King, the Man with the Scars, Carcosa, the Tuttles, Reggie Ledoux, Marie Fontenot and every other string on the cork board pushed the story forward for eight hours, but in the end, the ultimate, most satisfying conclusion amounted to nothing more than two men having a conversation in the parking lot of a hospital,” the publication adds.
The answer to the central mystery of this season appeared to be simple enough, even by the standards of a police procedural.
Rust and Marty have finally got their man – Errol William Childress, who’s son of Billy Lee Childress. They tracked him down deep in bayou country, and captured him in his house. In one room of it was a dead elderly man tied to a bed with his mouth sewn shut.
Both main characters survived the ordeal, though Rust faced a short term coma. Later viewers learned that the police linked Childress to dozens of missing persons cases including the Dora Lange murder.
However, Rust wasn’t fully satisfied as any alleged connections to Senator Tuttle’s family have been “discredited.” “We didn’t get them all,” Rust says from his hospital bed. “But we got ours,” Marty replies.
“For such a thoroughgoing downer, “True Detective” has nonetheless moved both fans and detractors online to respond with humor. Something about it just makes us want to laugh. A tattoo on a murder victim looked a lot like the Time Warner Cable symbol. (Could the show tell us something about the Comcast merger?)” New Yorker concluded.
“Someone pointed out that McConaughey and Harrelson’s previous appearances together onscreen were evidence that, just as Rust claims, “time is a flat circle,” dooming us to repeat ourselves. Last month, people started making “True Detective” Valentine’s Day cards,” the publication added.
MTV wrote of the season: “It’s hard to imagine that HBO won’t approve of whatever second season Nic Pizzolatto is currently writing, but while the future of “True Detective” is uncertain for the time being, maybe that’s for the best.”
“Maybe it will give everyone the opportunity to think about what we’ve spent eight hours watching. In its first series, “True Detective” was something unique even in what is, in all honesty, a golden age of television. It was pitch black, philosophical, unabashedly entertaining, thoughtful and ultimately hopeful and human storytelling that trusted its audience’s intelligence and their capacity to be challenged.”