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The Secret Fate of All Life



Critic Consensus: A perfect mix of character and creepy story-building, "The Secret Fate of All Life" offers up an important answer, providing evidence that the season is heading towards an enthralling second half.

Episode Info

The spoils of a solved case are shared by Hart and Cohle; troubling new intelligence is revealed by Papania and Gilbough.


Woody Harrelson
as Martin Hart
Kevin Dunn
as Ken Quesada
Michelle Monaghan
as Maggie Hart
Alexandra Daddario
as Lisa Tragnetti
Tory Kittles
as Det. Thomas Papania
Michael Potts
as Det. Maynard Gilbough
Elizabeth Reaser
as Laurie Perkins
Brad Carter
as Charlie
Jay O. Sanders
as Billy Lee Tuttle
Charles Halford
as Reggie Ledoux
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Critic reviews for The Secret Fate of All Life

Where is the show going with its recently clarified Lovecraftian ties? Does it even really matter, when the ride is this great?

June 10, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Secret Fate of All Life," lay a few more cards down on the table that True Detective had heretofore been holding pretty close to its chest.

June 5, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic absolute stunner of a moment.

June 13, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Secret Fate of All Life" wraps up one lingering question (and admittedly superficial question) and then dutifully throws out several more.

June 11, 2015 | Full Review…

Time, crime, truth and lies are all part of this week's tense, creepy, and revelatory episode of True Detective.

June 5, 2015 | Rating: 9.7/10 | Full Review…

We're caught in a masterpiece.

June 4, 2015 | Rating: 9.8/10 | Full Review…

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