The Worst Episodes of True Detective: When the Mystery Fizzled Out.

True Detective has been one of the most popular police detective series in recent years, with its intricate storylines, compelling characters, and mind-boggling twists. But let’s face it, not all episodes are created equal. As a 30-year-old movie enthusiast, I’ve seen my fair share of good and bad episodes, and I’m here to share my thoughts on the worst of the worst. So, sit back, grab some popcorn, and get ready to cringe as we delve into the most disappointing episodes of True Detective.
Now Am Found

Now Am Found

Season 3 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2019-02-24

Wayne struggles to hold on to his memories, and his grip on reality, as the truth behind the Purcell case is finally revealed.

Maybe Tomorrow

Maybe Tomorrow

Season 2 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2015-07-05

The repercussions from Caspar’s murder are felt by Frank and the Vinci Mayor’s office. Ray and Ani are involved in a close call with the killer.

Night Finds You

Night Finds You

Season 2 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2015-06-28

Ben Caspar’s autopsy reveals the gruesome details of his demise, and Ray and Ani wonder if it has anything to do with his fondness for prostitutes. Meanwhile, Frank looks into what might have happened to his missing fortune.

The Big Never

The Big Never

Season 3 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2019-01-20

Hays recalls his early romance with Amelia, as well as cracks in their relationship that surfaced after they married and had children. Ten years after the Purcell crimes, new evidence emerges, giving him a second chance to vindicate himself and the investigation.

The Western Book of the Dead

The Western Book of the Dead

Season 2 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2015-06-21

The disappearance of a city manager disrupts a lucrative land scheme and ignites an investigation involving three police officers and a career criminal who is moving into legitimate business.

The Hour and the Day

The Hour and the Day

Season 3 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2019-01-27

Hays and West see a possible connection between the local church and the Purcell crimes. As the detectives search for one suspect and round up another for interrogation, Woodard is targeted by a vigilante group.

Other Lives

Other Lives

Season 2 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2015-07-19

Ray and Frank contemplate new life choices. Ani and Paul follow a lead up the coast.

Hunters in the Dark

Hunters in the Dark

Season 3 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2019-02-10

Wayne and Roland revisit discrepancies in the Purcell case that were hidden or forgotten over the years. Among those being reevaluated is Tom Purcell, as well as Lucy Purcell’s cousin, Dan O’Brien. The glitter of Amelia’s book release is tarnished by a voice from the past.

The Final Country

The Final Country

Season 3 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2019-02-17

Following up on new leads, Wayne and Roland track down a man who left the police force in the midst of the Purcell investigation. Meanwhile, Amelia visits Lucy Purcell’s best friend in hopes of gaining insights into the whereabouts of the mysterious one-eyed man.

Omega Station

Omega Station

Season 2 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2015-08-09

Frank, Ray and Ani weigh their options as Caspere’s killer and the scope of corruption is revealed.

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Season 3 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2019-01-13

Hays looks back at the aftermath of the 1980 Purcell case in West Finger, Arkansas, including possible evidence left behind at the Devil’s Den. As attention focuses on two conspicuous suspects–Brett Woodard, a solitary vet and trash collector, and Ted LaGrange, an ex-con with a penchant for children–the parents of the missing kids, Tom and Lucy Purcell, receive a cryptic note.

If You Have Ghosts

If You Have Ghosts

Season 3 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2019-02-03

Wayne finds himself in a no-win situation as new clues emerge in the Purcell case. Roland wrestles with how to keep evidence secure as lawyers demand a new investigation. Amelia finds her relationship with Wayne imperiled by her writing aspirations and his jealousy.

The Great War and Modern Memory

The Great War and Modern Memory

Season 3 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2019-01-13

The disappearance of a young Arkansas boy and his sister in 1980 triggers vivid memories and enduring questions for retired detective Wayne Hays, who worked the case 35 years before with partner Roland West. What started as a routine case becomes a long journey to dissect and make sense of the crime.

Church in Ruins

Church in Ruins

Season 2 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2015-07-26

Desperate to locate a missing woman with intel about Caspere, Frank meets with Mexican drug dealers; Ani infiltrates an exclusive inner circle, with Ray and Paul keeping close tabs.

Down Will Come

Down Will Come

Season 2 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2015-07-12

The detail works a pawn-shop lead to close in on a suspect in the Caspere case. Frank revisits his past to pay for his present. Velcoro, Bezzerides and Woodrugh struggle to keep the case straight in the face of corruption.

Seeing Things

Seeing Things

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2014-01-19

Under pressure to land a suspect in the Lange murder, Quesada warns Hart and Cohle that they might be replaced by three detectives from a new task force. The pair lobbies for extra time to follow up on a lead that takes them from a rural cathouse to an incinerated church. With his marriage to Maggie already strained by work, Hart finds respite away from home.

Black Maps and Motel Rooms

Black Maps and Motel Rooms

Season 2 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2015-08-02

Ray, Ani and Paul take precautionary measures to elude detection and untangle a dark mystery; Frank deals with the fallout of his betrayal.

Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2014-02-23

Maggie reveals Cohle’s activities in 2002, when his relationship with Hart fractured and he quit the force.

The Long Bright Dark

The Long Bright Dark

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2014-01-12

Former Louisiana State CID partners Martin Hart and Rustin Cohle give separate statements to a pair of investigators about the murder of a prostitute, Dora Lange, 17 years earlier. As they look back, details of the crime, replete with occult overtones, are accompanied by insights into the detectives’ volatile partnership and personal lives.

After You've Gone

After You’ve Gone

Season 1 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2014-03-02

Hart and Cohle call a truce to investigate a series of disappearances that may be related to the Dora Lange murder and the Tuttle family.