How will it end? And more importantly, how will season 2 top season 1, especially with no Marty or Rust Cohle? These are the questions I had going into "Form and Void," the season finale of HBO's "True Detective."
In the season finale, we learned more about the killer known as the Yellow King. *spoilers ahead*
The killer, a groundskeeper who lives in a shack, has a Southern/Irish (what's with that accent?) Buffalo Bill quality to him, only instead of putting the lotion on the skin, he puts other things . . .on his half sister. It's funny how the series went from the most talked-about sex scenes involving Woody Harrelson and young starlets like Alexandra Daddario to whatever the hell was going on in that shack.
If ever there was a cross-over episode between "True Detective" and "Hoarders," this would be it. In fact, being that the green spaghetti monster killer lived in squalor, you may look at the A&E show in a whole new light (especially episodes taking place in Louisiana).
When Marty and Rust were going deeper into the maze of branches, ending up in the belly of the beast, where Cohle spied that cosmos vortex (how fitting considering "Cosmos" was on Fox at the same time), I suddenly worried that they wouldn't come out. That Rust and Marty would die there, and no one would ever find them or discover what had actually been going on for 20 years. And when Cohle was stabbed in the stomach, I thought he was a goner, although I should have known that like Marty said, he can't be destroyed ("It's occurred to me that you're unkillable").
It also dawned on me, as my heart was beating through my t-shirt, that this show may kill "American Horror Story." AHS reinvented the mini-series with the way it respawned itself each season and was lauded with awards, but there's not a lot of substance to it, especially with Coven, which proved to be more camp than chills. Meanwhile, "True Detective" is taking the mini-series and spinning it on its top, with thought-provoking dialogue (that last scene between Rust in the wheelchair and Marty outside of the hospital was some of the most emotional shit I've ever seen on television) and filmmaking in general, with that 6-minute tracking shot I'm still obsessed with. This show may not have just ruined the modern-day miniseries, but other television shows in general (the teaser for "Mad Men" even left me with a yawn).
This episode was kind of just a victory lap for McConaughey who scored an Oscar last Sunday for Dallas Buyers' Club. He may be one step closer to his EGOT after it's all said and done, since I think TD is his finest work to date and the finest work on television in a long time.
But where will the show go from here? I can't wait to find out what they do for season 2, but I hope that it redeems women a little bit, since this one had them either getting killed or getting pounded, if you know what I mean. If we're revitalizing the careers of actors like the McConaissance that happened this year, might I suggest we bring back Ashley Judd? Just a suggestion to Mr. Pizzolatto and company.