The Secret Fate of All Life
True Detective Season 1



Critic Ratings: 13
Critics Consensus

A perfect mix of character and creepy story-building, "The Secret Fate of All Life" offers up an important answer, providing evidence that the season is heading towards an enthralling second half.

Episode Info

The spoils of a solved case are shared by Hart and Cohle; troubling new intelligence is revealed by Papania and Gilbough.


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
Jay O. Sanders
as Billy Lee Tuttle
Charles Halford
as Reggie Ledoux
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Critic Reviews for The Secret Fate of All Life

Where is the show going with its recently clarified Lovecraftian ties? Does it even really matter, when the ride is this great?

Jun 10, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Secret Fate of All Life," lay a few more cards down on the table that True Detective had heretofore been holding pretty close to its chest.

Jun 5, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Director Cary Fukunaga and writer Nic Pizzolatto continue to throw all the hints at you and let you digest them before they fill you in.

Jan 9, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review… absolute stunner of a moment.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Secret Fate of All Life" wraps up one lingering question (and admittedly superficial question) and then dutifully throws out several more.

Jun 11, 2015 | Full Review…

Time, crime, truth and lies are all part of this week's tense, creepy, and revelatory episode of True Detective.

Jun 5, 2015 | Rating: 9.7/10 | Full Review…

In "Secret Fate of Life," the build-up results in both closure and cause for anticipation, making the episode's narrative just the right amount to absorb.

Jun 10, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

We're caught in a masterpiece.

Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: 9.8/10 | Full Review…

"The Secret Fate of All Life," True Detective's fifth episode and its best thus far, is preoccupied with storytelling and with repetition.

Jun 3, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Secret Fate Of All Life" matches a season high with another season high, boldly taking Reggie Ledoux out of the picture and forging ahead into the murky depths of season one's third act.

Jun 3, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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