True Detective (2014– )
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If You Have Ghosts 

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In 1980, all hell breaks loose at the home of Woodard, while in the present, Wayne and Roland reconnect after Wayne makes a discovery.


Nic Pizzolatto


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mahershala Ali ... Wayne Hays
Carmen Ejogo ... Amelia Reardon
Stephen Dorff ... Roland West
Scoot McNairy ... Tom Purcell
Ray Fisher ... Henry Hays
Brett Cullen ... Gerald Kindt
Jon Tenney ... Alan Jones
Sarah Gadon ... Elisa Montgomery
Scott Shepherd ... Harris James
Michael Greyeyes ... Brett Woodard
Brian Oerly ... Eddie
Myk Watford ... Detective Morelli
David Stanbra ... Detective Segar
Bill Kelly ... Detective Hobbs
Tim Griffin ... Special Agent Burt Diller


In 1980, all hell breaks loose at the home of Woodard, while in the present, Wayne and Roland reconnect after Wayne makes a discovery.

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Release Date:

1 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?


When Wayne is at Elisa's place, the iMac she was working on is visible in the background as they speak. You can see she was editing video on Adobe Premiere Pro. See more »


It's revealed that the person convicted of the Purcell kidnapping and murder is Brett Woodard. However, since Woodard was killed by Wayne, he could not have been brought to trial, let alone convicted. Police investigations will sometimes continue after a suspect is deceased, particularly in high profile crimes where the public might have an interest in knowing what happened. However, once a suspect is dead, no prosecution is possible. See more »


References Perry Mason (1957) See more »


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Written and Performed by Warren Zevon
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A Masterclass in Character Development
4 February 2019 | by pabstcanrocketshipSee all my reviews

This season of True Detective has some of the most deft character development I've ever seen on TV. It's already on par with season one in this regard and if it can maintain its steam it's poised to overtake. The three leads in this episode, Amelia Wayne and Roland deliver the sort of subtle, grown-up acting that's just a pleasure to watch.

Now, I don't think anything in this show will ever beat the plot of season 1, and I'm ok with that. But as of this episode, season 3 has proved itself to be masterful at building real, flawed people about whom you can't help but feel deeply ambivalent - in that good kind of way that makes dramatic tv so engaging. I cant wait to find out more about the big secret deed alluded to in that final scene!

Post Script - special mention needs to go to the makeup wizards on this show. They have reached utterly new heights of believability with their aging techniques. I have never seen a more convincing wrinkly old man neck in all my life lol.

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