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‘True Detective’: 5 Reasons To Binge-Watch Before Next Week’s Finale

Mon, August 3, 2015 11:14am EDT by Avery Thompson 2 Comments

The ‘True Detective’ season two finale airs next week, Aug. 9, and if you weren’t already watching, it’s time to catch up. Here are 5 reasons you should binge-watch season two before the highly-anticipated finale. Warning: spoilers ahead!

Season two of True Detective is coming to a close next week after an interesting season. The Aug. 2 penultimate episode was the show’s most thrilling yet, so you know the finale is going to be an exhilarating conclusion. You’re not going to want to miss out on anything, so I’ve come up with 5 reasons you must watch the season in its entirety before the finale!


1. You’re going to want to see what happens after Paul’s death.

In the final moments of the Aug. 2 episode, Paul was shot dead by Ray’s boss Kevin after taking out Miguel, Police Chief Holloway and other guards in an insane gunfight scene. Unlike Ray’s brush with death earlier in the season, Paul (Taylor Kitsch) is really dead. Will Ray and Ani avenge his death? Who will find him? These are questions we all need answered.

2. Ani and Ray’s hookup aftermath.

It was bound to happen. After months of sexual tension between them, Ani (Rachel McAdams) and Ray (Colin Farrell) acted on their feelings. It was a really sweet scene all things considered. As they waited for Paul to come back (sigh), Ani told Ray, “You’re not a bad man.” Ray replied, “Yes. I am.” That’s when the tide shifted between them. Honestly, these two might just be perfect for each other in all their flawed glory.

3. This puzzling season has to come together in the final episode.

Some have considered season two of True Detective a sophomore slump, but we shouldn’t underestimate series creator Nic Pozzolatto. If last night’s thrilling episode was any indication, the finale is going to be absolutely insane and well worth the wait. I have full faith that everything with Caspere’s murder, Paul’s death, Ani, Frank (Vince Vaughn) and Ray will all come together for a great conclusion to the series.

4. Apparently, the finale is very ‘satisfying.’

HBO president Michael Lombardo revealed at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the upcoming finale “is as satisfying as any I’ve seen,” according to our sister site TVLine. “I think you need to watch the entirety of it,” he said. “I have, and I think it’s enormously satisfying. I have never been in the business of micromanaging the process. Nic is a bold storyteller, and I mean that only in the most positive ways… I think it pays off in this particular season.”

5. You’re going to want to see if someone has a Matthew McConaughey moment.

Matthew McConaughey (and Woody Harrelson) were both terrific in their roles last season, but Rust’s speech in the finale helped clinch his Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. It was one of Matthew’s finest acting moments as Rust broke down in front of Marty about his near-death vision after being stabbed by Errol. Later, Rust makes a final point about the dark versus light debate in our world. “Well, once there was only dark,” he said. “You ask me, the light’s winning.” Who will get the final scene? Will Ray, Ani or Frank get a divine speech like McConaughey’s? Time will tell!

HollywoodLifers, have you been watching True Detective? What do you think will happen in the finale? Let us know!

— Avery Thompson