The Final Country



Critic Consensus: True Detective deftly squares the flat circle in "The Final County," providing crucial revelations for the season's conspiracy and its place in the series' broader mythos -- all while dangling several tantalizingly loose threads for audiences to ponder until the finale.

Episode Info

Following up on new leads, Wayne and Roland track down a man who left the police force in the midst of the Purcell investigation. Meanwhile, Amelia visits Lucy Purcell's best friend in hopes of gaining insights into the whereabouts of the mysterious one-eyed man.


Mahershala Ali
as Wayne Hayes
Carmen Ejogo
as Amelia Reardon
Stephen Dorff
as Roland West
Scoot McNairy
as Tom Purcell
Michael Greyeyes
as Brett Woodard
Ray Fisher
as Henry Hays
Phoenix Elkin
as Will Purcell
Lena McCarthy
as Julie Purcell
Mamie Gummer
as Lucy Purcell
Rhys Wakefield
as Freddy Burns
Brandon Flynn
as Ryan Peters
Richard Meehan
as Frankie Boyle
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Critic Reviews for The Final Country

True Detective" now feels more pointed than ever toward filing in gaps.

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Everything Mahershala Ali did in that scene, from how slack Wayne's face became to signify being lost in time to his later apology, years late, to West for manipulating his feelings about Tom, was perfect.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Time is melting a bit. Transitions among 1980, 1990 and 2015 are getting more abrupt and fluid.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

A lot of things became clear this week, from the fracturing of the Roland-Wayne relationship to the often-referenced "thing we done" that makes Roland so skittish about Wayne talking to the news lady.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

We're a week away from the end of this decades-spanning journey, and Pizzolatto is still dangling some exciting threads that I can't wait to get answers to.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The past few episodes of "True Detective" have busied themselves with unpacking this horrific conspiracy, but this week's episode was especially effective in measuring the bruising cost of it.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Final Country" will go down as one of season 3's stronger episodes, ending with a mysterious conclusion, but it will be best remembered for connecting this installment with the original series.

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Is the late-season introduction of all this new information fair? Maybe not, but it works anyway.

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Finally, things get properly moving.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

With just one episode left, the nature of the monster is getting clearer, but even here, writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto is pulling some punches.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…