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Nothing is solved

March 8, 2014 - Ray Eckenrode
Seal the river at its mouth
Take the water prisoner
Fill the sky with screams and cries
Bathe in fiery answers

"Lungs," Townes Van Zandt, closing credits Episode 7

Maybe there will be fiery answers tonight but we're not expecting them and we don't need them to declare "True Detective" as one of the best seasons of television we've ever seen.

"True Detective" had most of us at hello. Those haunting credits, those mysterious shadows, a cameral lens and then those two men. It was clear in mere moments that this show, derivative of so many cop shows and buddy shows and murder shows before, was like exactly none of them. Part of that was the focus of one writer and one director. Part was the performances of the two enigmatic stars creating two enigmatic characters. And part was the way the show embraced the darkness. It was clear from the beginning that very bad things were going to happen on "True Detective" and they did, without judgment or mercy.

So, here we are after seven groundbreaking episode getting ready to see how the final pieces of the "True Detective" universe fit together. It's an ending that was written years ago, shot months ago and one that we'll watch Rust Cohle and Marty Hart relive again and again. Questions about whether there will be "answers" and "closure" fill every web site and blog from here to Hollywood, but if you're looking for something neat and tidy you're likely going to be disappointed.

So, what to expect? Something deep and dark, naturally.

Like most of Rust Cohle's reading material, "True Detective" has largely been about the evil that some men do and all men are capable of doing. In one of those books, Nietzsche contends all men are born with the same urges. If "True Detective" has been about anything, it's been about why some men give into those urges and some don't.

Hart and Cohle are so close to that evil now they can touch it. We know they've already been touched by it and forever changed by it. We'd expect that one or both of them will be killed by it tonight. We know they're ready for it.

And rise with me forever
Across the silent sand
And the stars will be your eyes
And the wind will be my hands

"Far From Any Road," The Handsome Family, opening theme

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