Warning: This article contains spoilers for the True Detective Season 1 finale. Click away now if you don't want to know!
True Detective Season 1 came to a close tonight, Sunday, March 9, 2014. We suspect no one who has been watching this show's deeply philosophical, always atmospheric first season was particularly surprised by its final act — but was it satisfying?
The show definitely wrapped up the mystery that kicked the whole thing off. As we saw at the end of last week, the "spaghetti monster," aka the man with the scars on his face, was also the man with the lawnmower that Rust met way back in 1995. And yes, it turns out he's the killer. His name was Erroll William Childress — yes, he's related to the Tuttles, but from an illegitimate line. Rust and Marty managed to track him down thanks to some clever thinking from Marty, who realized that maybe the "spaghetti monster" had green ears because he was a painter.
Cue an intensely creepy sequence at the Childress house, which was decked out with all sorts of chilling ritualistic objects. It all ended with a big showdown, with Childress dead and Marty and Rust barely surviving. DNA proved Childress really was the bad guy. Rust and Marty finally got their man — though, as Rust sadly pointed out later, they failed to bring down the Tuttles or the other people involved in the ritual rapes. Though given all of the information Rust sent to various people in law and media, we have a feeling they won't really get off, at least not in public opinion.
And, of course, that wasn't actually the end of the episode. This show has always been about Rust and Marty more than the mystery, and the ending unsurprisingly focused on them, with Rust giving yet another philosophical ramble as he struggled to come to terms with the fact that he's still alive. The show ended with the two protagonists walking off together.
All in all, we found it a fitting end, and we loved it on a character level, which is exactly what we cared about the most. And yeah, Childress was really creepy. But we have to admit we still have some questions, especially around Marty's family (we still think something bad happened to his older daughter as a kid, and we were waiting to hear more). Plus, this was a straightforward ending. We don't mind that, but after all the crazy theories fans had posited, it was interesting to see how it actually all played out.
So, we want to know how you feel: Are you happy with this ending, or do you still have more questions? Were you expecting a bigger twist? Let us know in the comments below!