April 24, 2024

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True Detective: Night Country “Part 5”

Season Four, Episode Five

I was wondering if the answer to this mystery was headed in a more supernatural direction than it had in the past and whether or not all the characters running around will amount to anything.

This episode makes me think there are answers here and will all work out, but I haven’t seen the finale yet, so draw your own conclusions.

While the series could, very well, go in a direction that says the supernatural might still be a factor, right now, I’m thinking not.  Hank and Peter Prior do play a role in things with Hank’s turning out to be a dirty cop taking bribes for the mine, a man who expected to be made Chief but then the State Troopers sent Liz there to hold the job, so no wonder he hates her.  His son Peter doesn’t know that and is still idealistic enough to make the end of this episode particularly tragic given the way things go after Peter finally asked Liz the “right questions” about what happened to drive a wedge between Liz and Navarro, but Peter’s loyalty has been a consistent theme to his character even as his wife throws him out for taking too many orders from his police chief boss.

Peter’s general naivete also means Hank had an easy way to learn about the progress of the case by simply correctly guessing his son’s work computer password.

But I mentioned the mine, so here’s where I think this is going:  the mining company, as represented by an executive named Kate McKitterick, is the bad guy here.  Navarro’s issues might be mental illness or a steady poisoning by the mine or both, but they’re the bad guys.  Hank says he moved Anne Kowtok’s body (someone else, he says, killed her, and Hank was rather adamant about not being a killer when he met with Kate), and he does kill a potential guide to the “night country,” a series of dangerous caves that seems to be where all this is heading.

Oh, and Liz was summoned to talk to both Connelly and McKitterick after the mine’s surveillance cameras picked her up with Navarro at the cave’s entrance, an entrance that is conveniently covered by a rockslide.  Setting aside that the series had the subtitle “Night Country” this whole time, that pretty much means the answers are in the caves.

So, giving in to pure speculation, I think the mines are hiding something.  The “she” that everyone seems to fear waking up, while also fitting in just right with the more feminist-lean of the season, could be a piece of mining equipment.  The lab where all the men worked was being paid for by the mining company.  McKitterick conveniently shows up in the previous episode just as the protests at the mines are getting louder.  Liz learns of even more stillbirths among the indigenous population, with Leah adding that it is not to late for Liz to do the right thing.  And yes, the series warned the reader through old Rose that we shouldn’t mistake mental illness for the supernatural.  That doesn’t explain everything, obviously, but it does seem to suggest the final solution will be something very mundane, and if there is anything supernatural, it’ll be vague.  Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s stuff in the water supply that gave both Navarro sisters their mental deficiencies.

Anyway, that’s where I think this is going.  I could be wrong, I will find out very soon, but that’s where I think it is going.