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TV Review: True Detective Episode 7: After You've Gone (SPOILERS)

03.03.2014by:
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Check back every week following Sunday night's airing of TRUE DETECTIVE for an episode rundown/ review. Here's this week's, but beware, SPOILERS ahead.

Episode Synopsis: A reunited Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) resume their investigation into the events surrounding the Dora Lange murder, discovering a conspiracy that goes further than either man could have imagined.

REVIEW: After last week's episode ended with Hart and Cohle finally reuniting under tense circumstances, this installment (the second-to-last of the season) opens with the two men sharing a beer in a dingy roadhouse bar. While Hart initially just wants to leave the Lange case alone, it's clear that he knows Cohle is innocent of whatever Gilbough (Michael Potts) and Papania (Tory Kittles) think he's done, and soon he agrees to join Cohle's rogue investigation.

More than any other episode this season, “After You've Gone” seems to be about Hart's evolution, with time having clearly taking a little of the spring out of his step, with it revealed that his P.I firm is floundering, and that he spends his nights alone eating TV dinners and trolling dating sites, desperate to make a connection. We also learn that it wasn't his philandering or bullying that led to him leaving the force, but rather a traumatic experience where he found the microwaved baby of a strung-out tweaker. Clearly, he's a much different man than the one we saw in 2002, and it's heartening to see how quick Cohle is able to win him over, telling him that both of them – in their own way – are responsible for whatever murders happened since they executed Reggie Ledoux in 1995.

There's so much to love about this episode, with Harrelson's acting being a highlight here, giving him his strongest episode of the season. Meanwhile, more light is shed on Cohle's current mindset, with him freely admitting that he plans to kill himself once they've taken apart the cult of killers related to the LeDoux, Tuttle, and Childress family. One especially important scene features Hart and Cohle questioning Sam Tuttle's old maid, who snaps the second Cohle shows her photos and drawings of the talisman sculptures left behind at the killings.

The show wraps up with Hart and Cohle kidnapping their former colleague, detective-turned-sheriff Steve Geraci. After Hart's quiet – but failed – attempts at interrogation over a friendly game of golf, Hart lures him onto a boat where a gun wielding Cohle shows up threatening him with jumper cables and a car battery. With Geraci promising them that he'll have “a boss cracker splitting their asses open in Angola” one can assume things won't end well for the two, but each seems resigned to their fate. As for Maggie, she mostly sits the episode out, only appearing twice. Despite having remarried, she still clearly has feelings for Hart, begging Cohle not to let him get hurt, although both men getting hurt or killed by the time the season is over seems likely.

The last scene of the episode is particularly important, with Gilbough and Papania doing some investigating of their own, which brings them to Errol the lawnmower man, whose resemblance to the drawn-out spaghetti monster was noted by many fans a few episodes ago. With the final shot revealing scars below his mouth, which is the feature all of the survivors of Tuttle's schools remember, it's clear Errol is the man they're looking for. Whether he's the head of this cabal of paedophiles and killers has yet to be revealed, but with only one more episode to go, one wonders if the case will be wrapped up by the end of the season. With neither Harrelson or McConaughey back next year, will our next batch of detectives be working the same case? I'm starting to think yes, although given how wrong I was about Hart (up until this week's episode I was sure he was involved in the conspiracy) I may be wrong again. Nevertheless, this was another amazing episode.

Verdict: 9/10

And, here's a preview of the finale. Do we really have to wait a week?

Source: JoBlo.com

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12:38PM on 03/05/2014

Excellent review

I'm so glad I stumbled on this review. I am tired of hearing the 'disappointment' in the critical community that this show isn't going just where 'they' want it to go. Harrelson's performance in this really is top notch. There were a number of really great easter eggs in this show, as there are in all of the episodes. I think this show more than many others rewards close viewing and dare I say it a bit of Cohle-style obsessiveness. My friend and I are deeply obsessed, and felt compelled to
I'm so glad I stumbled on this review. I am tired of hearing the 'disappointment' in the critical community that this show isn't going just where 'they' want it to go. Harrelson's performance in this really is top notch. There were a number of really great easter eggs in this show, as there are in all of the episodes. I think this show more than many others rewards close viewing and dare I say it a bit of Cohle-style obsessiveness. My friend and I are deeply obsessed, and felt compelled to start a blog cataloging and discussing what we find (and she has found some really amazing clues and easter eggs). For anyone who wants to dive into some reading and conversation beyond the episode review format, check us out at A Guy, A Girl and Cthulhu. [link]
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9:51AM on 03/03/2014

Not gonna say I called it but...

The old short story "The Yellow Sign" which this season is inspired from refers to the Yellow King as a "churchyard watchman with a face like a puffy graveworm."

That was a big hint as we first meet Errol mowing the yard of an abandoned Tuttle school. And that we first see Errol in the same episode where Hart and Cohle argue over mowing Hart's lawn is about as unsubtle as foreshadowing gets.
The old short story "The Yellow Sign" which this season is inspired from refers to the Yellow King as a "churchyard watchman with a face like a puffy graveworm."

That was a big hint as we first meet Errol mowing the yard of an abandoned Tuttle school. And that we first see Errol in the same episode where Hart and Cohle argue over mowing Hart's lawn is about as unsubtle as foreshadowing gets.
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6:39AM on 03/03/2014
My heart rate went straight up when they showed that tape.

I'm a bit sad there's only one episode left, this cult stuff is freaky.
My heart rate went straight up when they showed that tape.

I'm a bit sad there's only one episode left, this cult stuff is freaky.
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8:20AM on 03/03/2014
Amen to that. Show gets downright scary. Coulda called it True Horror.
Amen to that. Show gets downright scary. Coulda called it True Horror.
3:39AM on 03/03/2014
I can just imagine how high up this goes now. Next Sunday cannot get here fast enough, this is the most anticipated I have ever been for a show.
I can just imagine how high up this goes now. Next Sunday cannot get here fast enough, this is the most anticipated I have ever been for a show.
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2:32AM on 03/03/2014

Mind Bending Episode

So if the lawnmower "Errol" is the bastard son of Grandpa Tuttle, who are the others in the VHS video? Who are the men pictured on horses with animal heads in episode one? Why was Errol mowing in circles? Why did Errol look just like Reverend Tuttle?
So if the lawnmower "Errol" is the bastard son of Grandpa Tuttle, who are the others in the VHS video? Who are the men pictured on horses with animal heads in episode one? Why was Errol mowing in circles? Why did Errol look just like Reverend Tuttle?
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10:15PM on 03/03/2014
Errol is mowing in circles because:

1) He is replicating the spiral sigil that was tattooed onto the victims

2) He is clearly insane, and this type of pattern helps him make sense of his world.

3) That's how I was taught to mow the yard growing up in the Midwest. Maybe he's just an efficient lawn care guy.
Errol is mowing in circles because:

1) He is replicating the spiral sigil that was tattooed onto the victims

2) He is clearly insane, and this type of pattern helps him make sense of his world.

3) That's how I was taught to mow the yard growing up in the Midwest. Maybe he's just an efficient lawn care guy.
2:14AM on 03/03/2014

Dang, now I gotta live through another week.

I'm almost 100% sure that spaghetti-man is just the heavy.
I'm almost 100% sure that spaghetti-man is just the heavy.
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