If You Have Ghosts
True Detective Season 3



Critic Ratings: 13
Critics Consensus

Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff's ingratiating chemistry is given the spotlight during a well-rounded True Detective installment that is by turns beguiling, stomach-turning, but never dull.

Episode Info

Wayne finds himself in a no-win situation as new clues emerge in the Purcell case; Roland wrestles with how to keep evidence secure as lawyers demand a new investigation; Amelia finds her relationship with Wayne imperiled by her writing aspirations and his jealousy.


Mahershala Ali
as Wayne Hayes
Carmen Ejogo
as Amelia Reardon
Stephen Dorff
as Roland West
Scoot McNairy
as Tom Purcell
Michael Greyeyes
as Brett Woodward
Phoenix Elkin
as Will Purcell
Lena McCarthy
as Julie Purcell
Mamie Gummer
as Lucy Purcell
Ray Fisher
as Henry Hays
Rhys Wakefield
as Freddy Burns
Brandon Flynn
as Ryan Peters
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Critic Reviews for If You Have Ghosts

Rich with information, filled with stunning performances, and paced well between revealing personal confrontations and critical developments in the case, Episode 5 delivers everything viewers could want from the series.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Even without the grief mustache, Scoot is compelling as hell!

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

If You Have Ghosts, True Detective season 3's fifth and best episode to date, provided us with an enormous amount of evidence (and more literary allusions) to dig through.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

"If You Have Ghosts" shows some characters unable to let go of things, even if it's to their detriment. Some things are best left to the past, and in this episode, the present finds itself the most powerful by trying to forget that past.

Feb 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Some things are becoming more clear, some things are a little murkier, some things were just hard to watch.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The bounty of clues and disclosures this week do much to counteract the continued friction between Hays and Amelia, which repeats itself from last week.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

If there's any mystery left in True Detective that matters, it's the mystery of how it becomes us, and how to reconcile the many versions of us. In "If You Have Ghosts," True Detective loses sight of its core mystery.

Feb 4, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Whether Matthew McConaughey or Rachel McAdams were in the lead, those stories left the power players behind their central crimes untouched, even if individual mysteries got solved.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Ali and Dorff absolutely kill it; the affection and the pain and the loneliness just roll off of them both.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

If You Have Ghosts may be the most well rounded of the season's episodes. It is at turns heartbreaking and heart-stopping. It plows some very deep pain, but closes with the biggest shot of hope the series has yet offered.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…