The True Detective FAQ
As Rust Cohle warned us at the end of Episode 3 of True Detective, “This is a world where nothing is solved.” At the end of the first season, the show didn’t so much explain all the answers as gesture towards them, leaving us to fill in the blanks (or, perhaps, plot holes). Below, we take our best crack at answering the finale’s big questions.
True Detective Does Have a Woman Problem. That’s Partly Why People Love It.
Two weeks ago, I wrote a piece about True Detective’s relationship to its female characters, in which I argued that the superficial and sometimes exploitative way that it treated the women who appeared on the show—prostitutes, corpses, mistresses, a nagging wife—was intentional, a reflection of its heroes’ blinkered worldview and the very masculine, Southern cop culture they inhabited, and not the show’s own perspective.
Last night’s finale made a hash of my case. Would that it had not.
Relax With This Live Stream of Captivatingly Placid Pigs
If your week is off to a rough start—for reasons perhaps related to True Detective’s disappointing season finale—I commend you to soothe your nerves with a live feed of highly adorable heritage pigs rooting through hay. Modern Farmer has chosen just the right time to launch its Pig Week, the online centerpiece of which is the somewhat cruelly named HamCam. (It is a follow-up to the website’s wildly popular GoatCam and LambCam, which aired during Goat Week and Sheep Week, respectively.)
Modern Farmer’s camera will be fixed all week long on the pigs’ pen on Pettitoes Farm in Warwick, Mass. The American Guinea Hogs are small, hairy, and black, and they seem to spend most of their time snuffling around and chomping on hay. No amount of description can fully convey how captivatingly placid these majestic animals appear; they seem to get excited only when their owners give them food scraps at 4 p.m. every day. I suggest keeping the HamCam in an open tab throughout the day and checking back any time you feel your pulse heading north of normal. Go, start watching right now.
Spoiler Special: True Detective
On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies—and the occasional TV show—in full, spoiler-filled detail. Below, Willa Paskin, David Haglund, Jessica Winter, and Forrest Wickman discuss Season 1 of HBO's anthology series True Detective. Who turned out to be the Yellow King? What theories were confirmed or dispelled by the finale? And did writer and creator Nic Pizzolatto's storyline end on a satisfying note or in a frustrating haze?
What Did That Yellow Tie Really Mean? True Detective Costumes Explained.
Now that True Detective’s first season has concluded with a controversially straightforward finale, superfans are left to wonder whether creator Nic Pizzolatto intentionally littered the show’s manhunt with seemingly endless Easter eggs, red herrings, and self-referential clues, or whether the show’s vast conspiracy was all in our minds, man. I talked with costume designer Jenny Eagan about the black stars, yellow ties, and creepy flowers that popped up on key characters throughout the show, and what they all really meant.
The Simpsons Says Farewell to Edna Krabappel
The Simpsons bid adieu to Edna Krabappel last night. Krabappel, Bart’s splendidly surly teacher, had been voiced by Marcia Wallace, who died in October at the age of 60, partly as the result of breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with in 1985.
Heidegger’s Hitler Problem Is Worse Than We Thought
The upcoming publication of the Black Notebooks—three never-before-seen volumes by the legendary German philosopher Martin Heidegger—may reveal a direct link between Heidegger’s lengthy dalliance with Nazism and his landmark treatise Being and Time. With the controversial new publication also arises an important question: When it comes to separating an author from his or her ideology and continuing to study him or her, how reprehensible is tooreprehensible?
Hear Frank Ocean Team Up With Diplo and Former Members of the Clash
Aside from the stray one-off track, guest appearance, and live debut here and there, we haven’t heard much new music from Frank Ocean since his album Channel Orange was released to critical raves. And while there’s still no sign of a release date for his next studio album, at least we know he’s still making music: His latest song, “Hero,” is a retro-infused collaboration with Diplo and Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon.
Crawling Out of the True Detective Rabbit Hole
David Haglund: “Quite some time I’m gonna be thinking about you, Rust.” The corrupt sheriff Steve Geraci (Michael Harney) didn’t intend that line, one of my favorites from tonight’s finale, “Form and Void,” the way I do: He intends it as a threat. I think of it as my primary response to True Detective, and especially this episode. A lot of plot questions went more or less unanswered, which will bother some people, I’m sure. What was the nature of the conspiracy? Just how were the Tuttles involved?Who was the Yellow King?
But the show answered the questions it needed to, both in terms of the storyline and, especially, with regard to its two central characters. In the end, this series really was more about them—particularly Rust—than it was about the wheels-within-wheels murder mystery that propelled the narrative. Quite some time I’m gonna be thinking about him. What are you thinking about?
Here Is Rust’s Final Speech From True Detective
Willa Paskin and I will have our last exchange about True Detective up later. In the meantime, here is Rust’s closing speech from outside the hospital, as best as I was able to transcribe it.