The Big Never



Critic Consensus: The walls of memory and time are closing in on Wayne Hayes in "The Big Never," a straightforward installment that effectively conveys the terror of aging -- although some viewers may be less riveted by new developments in the season's core mystery.

Episode Info

Hays recalls his early romance with Amelia, as well as cracks in their relationship that surfaced after they married and had children. Ten years after the Purcell crimes, new evidence emerges, giving him a second chance to vindicate himself and the investigation.


Mahershala Ali
as Wayne Hayes
Carmen Ejogo
as Amelia Reardon
Stephen Dorff
as Roland West

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Critic Reviews for The Big Never

For those just tracking the case, that may be OK. They can go study the timeline and theorize all the same. But those looking for a compelling human narrative may feel a little cheated.

Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Stephen Dorff steps up in third episode "The Big Never," demonstrating the kind of man Roland West is and filling in his edges a bit more than the preceding two episodes allowed.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

We're at a fun point in the arc of the show, though. Every answer we get leads to about a dozen more questions. It's great for now because it deepens the mystery and really ramps up the intrigue.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

I'd just like to note at the outset that this show is officially giving me panic attacks about aging.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

True Detective can be a slow burn, and for the most part this episode was an example of this. But in doing so, it manages to allow rewarding characters with a deep and solid foundation for what's ahead.

Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Three episodes in, True Detective's nominal mystery is dragging. The Purcell children are ciphers, not characters. Their disappearance is a prop to hold up a greater mystery, a mystery of the human heart and head.

Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

We've established the case and the characters, and now it's time to really dig into whatever is going on here.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

This is Mahershala Ali's award to win every week unless someone else does something extraordinary-and while Dorff was solid, this episode really does belong to Ali.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

A step up in quality from the second half of last week's premiere.

Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The first two episodes of True Detective season three felt like pincers were closing on an elusive target. The Big Never ends leaving us with the feeling like scissors are opening up for another bite.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…