The Locked Room
True Detective Season 1



Critic Ratings: 14
Critics Consensus

"The Locked Room" provides moments of true horror, as well as engrossing psychological elements.

Episode Info

An obscured image in a church leads Hart and Cohle to a tent-revival minister, whose parishioners point to a man they believe was seen with Dora Lange, but when a sex offender who matches their description is interrogated, Cohle dismisses him, even though he offers a confession. Meanwhile, Maggie sets Cohle up with a friend; and old case files reveal a connection to a woman who drowned years ago.


Matthew McConaughey
as Rust Cohle
Woody Harrelson
as Martin Hart
Kevin Dunn
as Ken Quesada
Michelle Monaghan
as Maggie Hart
Alexandra Daddario
as Lisa Tragnetti
Tory Kittles
as Det. Thomas Papania
Michael Potts
as Det. Maynard Gilbough
Elizabeth Reaser
as Laurie Perkins
Shea Whigham
as Joel Theriot
Jay O. Sanders
as Billy Lee Tuttle
Charles Halford
as Reggie Ledoux
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Critic Reviews for The Locked Room

I can watch Woody and Matt's conversations even without the plot. The way they bob and weave, it's like two middleweights.

Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

We're in the third episode now, and this stuff is just getting meatier, like digging into the rarer, juicier bits of the steak at the center.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

So finally we arrived at Reginald LeDoux. The way Rust said his name to the detectives just oozed with intrigue.

Jun 16, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

And for the third straight episode, True Detective excels in delivering an ending that elicits an extreme motion. In this case, horror.

Jun 16, 2015 | Rating: 9.7/10 | Full Review…

This episode is called "The Locked Room," but it just as easily could have been titled "Life Is But a Nightmare."

Jun 16, 2015 | Full Review…

The particulars of this murder mystery continue to prove incidental to the greater story of what happened to these two men, Hart and Cohle, in the intervening years.

Jun 16, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Locked Room," and this also applies to True Detective through three chapters, excelled because it seemed like you're figuring out the whodunit right along with Hart and Cohle in 1995, down to every detail.

Jun 16, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Even by True Detective's standards, this is a particularly introspective hour of television, but equally it is one that propels the story forward in a way that the show's opening two episodes were unwilling to do.

Jun 16, 2015 | Full Review…

There is an argument to be made regarding whether or not this show should be labeled as horror, but there is no doubt in my mind that "The Locked Room" is an extremely scary episode of television.

Jun 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Hart's temper and insecurities get the better of him and the hunt for a suspect narrows in this week's engrossing episode of True Detective.

Jun 16, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…