Black Maps and Motel Rooms
True Detective Season 2



Critic Ratings: 26
Critics Consensus

Tense and tightly paced, "Black Maps and Motel Rooms" finds the disparate -- and often vague -- strands of True Detective coming into sharper focus.

Episode Info

Precautionary measures are required by Ray, Ani and Paul to elude detection as they try to put the mystery's clues together. Meanwhile, Frank deals with the fallout of his betrayal.


Colin Farrell
as Ray Velcoro
Vince Vaughn
as Frank Semyon
Rachel McAdams
as Ani Bezzerides
Taylor Kitsch
as Paul Woodrugh
Kelly Reilly
as Jordan
Christopher Baker
as Blake Churchman
James Frain
as Kevin Burris
Ritchie Coster
as Austin Chessani
Michael Irby
as Elvis Ilinca
Leven Rambin
as Athena Bezzerides
David Morse
as Eliot Bezzerides
Michael Hyatt
as Katherine Davis
Timothy V. Murphy
as Osip Agranov
Gabriel Luna
as Miguel Gilb
Carla Vila
as Danielle
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Critic Reviews for Black Maps and Motel Rooms

True Detective remains bleakly compelling, a sickly-sweet feast for the senses unlike anything else on television.

Aug 3, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I struggle to think of any time I've witnessed a more remarkably compressed presentation of convoluted (and completely uninteresting) plot details on the big screen or the small.

Aug 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Many suspicions were finally confirmed in a week packed with productivity.

Aug 3, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The Bezzerides and Velcoro plotline recalls the strengths of the first season, which was, ultimately, a sort of romantic buddy cop show.

Aug 3, 2015 | Full Review…

If it's one thing I learned from "Black Maps and Motel Rooms," which people keep telling me they enjoyed but I thought was for the most part the definition of slog, it's that using real human adult words to get your message across is useless.

Aug 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Black Maps and Motel Rooms," was a dense and satisfying and upheld the HBO tradition that no one is safe on their series.

Jan 13, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

What Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell did in this last episode with a few burning looks is the best the show has been all season.

Aug 3, 2015 | Full Review…

"Black Maps" occasionally feels as if it's about to fly off the rails, but at least it's a different tone and pace from the stuff that's come before.

Aug 3, 2015 | Full Review…

This was the make it or break it installment, and since they were still introducing new elements of the "mystery" that only made things more confusing, I'm cutting my losses.

Aug 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The night's biggest twist, however, belonged to Taylor Kitsch's Woodrugh.

Aug 3, 2015 | Full Review…