Hunters in the Dark
True Detective Season 3



Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

True Detective's fragmented timelines begin to crash into one another in a thrilling installment that teases out a depraved conspiracy while delivering on the series' reputation for haunting imagery and sage dialogue.

Episode Info

Wayne and Roland revisit discrepancies in the Purcell case that were hidden or forgotten over the years, including a re-evaluation of Tom Purcell, as well as Lucy Purcell's cousin, Dan O'Brien. Meanwhile, the glitter of Amelia's book release is tarnished by a voice from the past.


Mahershala Ali
as Wayne Hayes
Carmen Ejogo
as Amelia Reardon
Stephen Dorff
as Roland West
Scoot McNairy
as Tom Purcell
Colin Farrell
as Ray Velcoro
Vince Vaughn
as Frank Semyon
Ray Fisher
as Henry Hays
Mamie Gummer
as Lucy Purcell
Rachel McAdams
as Ani Bezzerides
Josh Hopkins
as Jim Dobkins
Taylor Kitsch
as Paul Woodrugh
Christopher Baker
as Blake Churchman
James Frain
as Kevin Burris
Woody Harrelson
as Martin Hart
Kevin Dunn
as Ken Quesada
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
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Critic Reviews for Hunters in the Dark

With so much of the case coming together with two hours left to go, maybe Old Wayne will actually get his shot at retribution before it's all said and done.

Feb 11, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Dan O'Brien, you twitchy, sketchy scumbag.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

This episode has a strong, continuous focus on close shots of lit cigarettes. Presumably, they're a visual metaphor for things that dwindle and diminish. Memories. Potential. Time.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

It's all getting very SVU out here. Part of me hopes Ice-T shows up to assist.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

The marriage of character and mystery becomes a strong move forward, and allows the story to make the leap nearly an entire season in the making.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

The bad press needs to stop and Woodard is the perfect fall guy.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Intense, frightening, revelatory: Without losing the melancholy tone and pointedly un-stylized writing that has characterized this season from the jump, True Detective hit a new high with this week's episode.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

You can only repress things for so long. And as the three timelines of this season increasingly begin to fold in on each other, the past never really stays in the past-no matter how hard you try to keep it there.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

"Hunters In The Dark" manages to work well as a story, better than any episode since the two-part premiere, and to demonstrate the emptiness of a narrative that's more interested in abstractions than in its characters.

Feb 11, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"Hunters in the Dark" almost gives us a chance to catch our breath after an upward climb which feels like deep descent.

Feb 11, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…