True Detective (2014– )
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The Final Country 

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In 1990, following an apparent suicide, the Purcell case is deemed solved, but Wayne and Roland have other ideas, which leads them to a defining course of action.


Daniel Sackheim


Nic Pizzolatto (created by), Nic Pizzolatto





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mahershala Ali ... Detective Wayne Hays
Carmen Ejogo ... Amelia Reardon
Stephen Dorff ... Detective Roland West
Scoot McNairy ... Tom Purcell
Ray Fisher ... Henry Hays
Michael Rooker ... Edward Hoyt (voice)
Brett Cullen ... Gerald Kindt
Sarah Gadon ... Elisa Montgomery
Scott Shepherd ... Harris James
Deborah Ayorinde ... Becca Hays
Emily Nelson ... Margaret
James MacDonald ... Major Blevins
Valeri Ross ... Regina
Greg Bryan ... Jay Bunda
Isaiah C. Morgan ... Young Henry Hays


In 1990, following an apparent suicide, the Purcell case is deemed solved, but Wayne and Roland have other ideas, which leads them to a defining course of action.

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Release Date:

17 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opening scene (in which Wayne helps Becca move into her college dorm) is the first scene that does not occur within the established time lines of 1980, 1990 and 2015. By using the ages of Wayne, Becca and vehicle models, it is likely that the time frame is set in the early 2000's. See more »


While Wayne is examining the phone records, his pager begins buzzing. He places it on the desk and ignores it as it continues to buzz. The shot cuts to Amelia listening to the phone ring as she tries to page Wayne. That is not the way that pagers worked. Instead of listening to the rings, Amelia would have called the pager number, entered her phone number when the system answered, and then would have hung up and waited for Wayne to call her back. The shot should have cut to her holding / looking at the phone receiver waiting for the call. See more »


Death Letter
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Performed by Cassandra Wilson
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18 February 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

True Detective

Pizzolatto's crime drama clearly leans on offering an engaging drama rather than a gripping case. It has always been a bit spiritual than it has to be technical. And this is what makes the series stand out among various such true story crime investigations. Another thing that the makers works on majorly, are its layered dialogues and mature conversations, since there is often very little development on the case in each step- in order to convey the practicality and test the patience of the viewers as the characters did- the writers gets to stretch the muscles on the bonding of the characters. And deriving various equations between them, this character driven series speaks more on the existence of a being and the nature of oneself in the society.

The series has few signature scenes like a deep philosophical conversation in a car, recording the testimony and an edgy love track. It takes real cases and creates a non-linear cinematic structure and more than often in order to do so, the detailing that goes behind setting up these characters in that world gives it a more attractive look. From creating the era that the tale revolves around to setting up the art design or set accordingly, the narration too gets more referential of the pop-culture or political controversy that was buzzed around that period which immensely helps the writers to jump on the train for a smooth flow.

Unlike any other juicy criminal case, it barely directs its guns towards the who-done-it case, if anything its uncertainty and vagueness, makes you go off track from the case and easily dive on the ideologies of the characters. This slow pill drama is the most meticulous a crime genre has ever ever been, a home run from Pizzolatto's point of view, since his vision, of projecting the real behind the stage sweat and blood inducing work that goes by in a case, is jaggedly on mark.

Season 03

Coming back to their original theme, this season starts the clock from zero, and offers a familiar cat and mouse chase, where the investigation is rudimentary and the development is slow paced as usual, but what makes you look twice for it, is Ali's breathtaking performance.

The Final County

Probably the peak of the season, since it binds and shatters relationship with smooth command over the language that it adapts as the procedure of peeling off, gets provocative. The mistakes themed content is why we instantly connect with the episode, Ali's amazing performance is supported brilliantly by blatantly pragmatic Dorff on both the sides of the door.

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