True Detective: What Will Piss Hart Off This Week?

Woody Harrelson in True Detectives

We’re still watching “True Detective,” although we are not quite as fascinated with the way the crime storyline is moving along as we are with Woody Harrelson’s angry face. And he’s had a lot to be angry about. What with his mistress breaking up with him, his oldest daughter turning into a teenaged trollop and his wife screwing his partner. But Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) have a secret that they have stuck by through thick and thin. The way they solved the Dora Lange murder didn’t quite go down the way they told it. And now the present day detectives suspect that Cohle was manipulating evidence all along and he is a murderer. Well, they may think that, he certainly is an unconventional and unstable dude. In one episode, one person he gets to confess reveals that the Yellow King is still out there and the next thing you know, he commits suicide. In the next, we see Cohle tell a woman who has been killing her children to kill herself if she gets the chance.

The minister, Joel Theriot (Shea Whigham) showed up again. He quit the preacher life after accidentally coming across child porn in an obscure 12th century book. So the Tuttle Ministries angle is still there. With two episodes to go and the need to find the real Yellow King, we don’t think we’re going to get much more from Harrell in the way of angry faces. Shocked, destroyed… maybe. There’s still that loose end as to what possessed his youngest child to draw men and women having sex. Was she molested and by whom?

One thing we do know, that if the show comes back for Season 2, Harrelson and McConaughey won’t be in it anymore. They will start with a new detectives and a new crime. Deadline reported that True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto has a 2-year deal with HBO, and a second season is almost a sure thing. Pizzolatto is thinking in longer terms: “I tried to make the format as broad for my tastes as possible in the sense that this is almost the True Detective version of a buddy‑cop movie hunting for a serial killer. And there could be a season that’s much more of a widespread conspiracy thriller, a season that’s a small‑town murder mystery, a season where nobody is murdered and it’s a master criminal versus a rogue detective or something.

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