So the True Detective finale last night was so popular it actually crashed the HBO GO system—but the service is now back to normal. So if you haven't watch it yet, GET ON IT, because we have a lot to talk about! In my opinion, in the end, True Detective was just an excellent "buddy cop" show (here's a list of the show's 31 cliches) with some fantastic acting and some great directing by Cary Fukunaga. But that doesn't mean I wasn't riveted, or didn't love it to death! Expect a lot of Emmys for everybody who worked on True Detective this coming year.
Now, Hitfix has a great and illuminating interview with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolato, in which he discusses the overarching theme, why the show ended the way it did, the often-maligned female characters, and why viewers should be careful to label Rusty Cohle's philosophy as "hogwash":
I don't want to restrict an audience by telling them that "this means this" and "this means this." My intentions are the inalterable definition of things. For people who thought Cohle's philosophy was simply hogwash, be aware that you're calling Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche hogwash. Just be aware of that. That is not, in fact, a college freshman stoned eating a pizza talking about life; that's Arthur Schopenhauer's thoughts on life. But I thought that was part of the tension within Cohle.
Nic also gave the faintest tease for the next season of True Detective:
Okay. This is really early, but I'll tell you (it's about) hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.
Okay! I AM THERE! But before we go, let's see what you thought of the whole shebang: