Rewatched this one for about the third/fourth time recently, and it still remains as my favourite single series to appear on TV. So refreshing to see a character like Cohle, and although the finale was not all that strong; it was far more about the characters and introspection as opposed to the detective aspect. Still, it was the best piece of crime/investigative I have seen (including films too).
Painfully derivative shaggy dog procedural redeemed by compelling mythology & Dante-style plunge into literal black labyrinth (complete with scary monster) where light & dark battle for supremacy. Despite claims by majority, the last four episodes are better than the first; trading phony nihilism, macho posturing, sexism, glorification of police brutality & beige Fincher-like potboiler for actual philosophical depth.
I think it was a very clever strategy of Matthew McConaughey to act like a himbo for a lot of his career, so that when he actually decided to act, it had a big impact. I think in cards we call that sandbagging.
Spoiler: The ending is beautiful. An anti-natalist finds some sort of meaning when he is nearest to death, and even then there is some ambiguity regarding this. It's a series that plays with the metaphysical but still hides in the shadows. Ultimately, evil will never die, but so won't goodness. "The oldest story of all- Light and Dark".
Cary Fukunaga, Nic Pizzolatto and Matthew McConaughey convert the grim philosophies of David Benatar into scathing pulp poetry, brilliantly and relentlessly attacking religion and the human psyche in a way mainstream celluloid seldom dares. Gorgeously photographed with solid supporting work from a despicable Harrelson. A miniseries it may be, but like "Twin Peaks," it deserves a spot on this site -- true auteurship.