Critic Consensus: "After You've Gone" provides many answers for Rust and Marty's investigation, but raises a big question about whether or not True Detective can stick the landing in the finale.
as Rust Cohle
as Martin Hart
as Ken Quesada
as Maggie Hart
as Lisa Tragnetti
as Det. Thomas Papania
as Det. Maynard Gilbough
as Errol Childress
as Laurie Perkins
as Steve Geraci
as Billy Lee Tuttle
as Miss Delores
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Critic reviews for After You've Gone
The puzzle pieces are getting filled in, and it's not necessarily as enjoyable as wondering what is going to happen. But if True Detective didn't answer these questions, we'd be even more frustrated.
It is the kind of info dump that not only sets up the finale, but it also helps confirm the audiences' preconceptions about the protagonists of True Detective, in that it appears to substantiate the notion that Rust and Marty are who they say they are.
True Detective has become more familiar and straightforward over the last two episodes as it resolves its central mystery, but the performances and overall execution of the show remain stellar.
"After You've Gone" was the penultimate episode of the series, and it entailed a certain degree of exposition and set-up. We needed to know what happened with our principals in the past decade, and we needed to be prepared for next week's finale.
The show definitely lost something when Hart and Cohle's interrogations ended, but I appreciate how Pizzolatto tries to recreate some of that structure here by having each man telling the other stories of what happened to them over the last decade.
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