The long awaited third season of True Detective premiered on Sunday night with the first two consecutive episodes. The reaction of the fans was very positive, as were those of the critics. After a bloated and sometimes incoherent second season, the HBO series, with its story by Maher Hala Alis (in a stunning performance) Wayne Hays, supported by Stephen Dorff's Roland West, has investigated the disappearance of two young children in Arkansas. After Hays in three separate periods from 1980, the first two new True Detective episodes left much to be considered. Fans have already started circulating theories, some more serious than others, about what we might see from the rest of the season.
Warning: Corruptor for the first two episodes of True Detective Season 3
. The yellow king is back!
It's hard to imagine, as [TrueDetective is an anthology series that literally connects the new season to the much-traveled Yellow King of Season One. In the new episodes however, viewers discovered serious Carcosa vibes. These peacock dolls, found in Devil's Den near the corpse of Purcell's son, were certainly … scary.
Clever Sleuths also noted a subtle reference to the first season of True Detective Hays is interviewed years later for a documentary, and the interviewer mentions the symbol of the curved spiral, which is tied to pedophile groups like they were discovered in the first season. This probably does not mean we'll see exactly the same rogues this time, but pedophilia might play a role in the mystery of this season, and we're clearly living in the same fictional universe.
. 2 The season reflects the West Memphis Three.
For those unaware of their true crime, the West Memphis Three are three men charged as teenagers and eventually convicted of killing boys (also in Arkansas) in London. What prosecutors theorized was a satanic ritual , Many believe that the West Memphis Three seen in the Lost Lost documentaries are innocent and that they were finally able to leave Alford Prison. There are many superficial similarities between this real case and that of Purcell in True Detective. Even though it would be shitty if it was a replica of this event, it's hard to imagine that creator and author Nic Pizzolatto did not have at least the West Memphis Three in mind when developing this final season.
. 3 Pay close attention to the book by Hay's wife.
The most compelling and sensible theory proposed so far for the new season of True Detective may also be the least exciting: follow the book, folks. As we learn later, Hay's wife Amelia (Carmen Ejogo) is a teacher who became a writer who wrote a book about the Purcell case, which was highly praised. Recently, Hays is struggling with memory problems and finally decides to plunge into the book whose existence had disturbed him in the past.
As a Reddit commentator astutely wrote: "I bet Wayne will find out the secret when he finally reads his wife's book … I've been thinking about the possible interface between Wayne's memory and his wife's writing relationship both: Wayne's wife has the book around the 10-year mark around, and by then Wayne's memory is already deteriorating, and there are hints of his remembrance situation during the deposition. "In fact, Wayne's the main character, who has a lot of attention to detail I bet Wayne and his wife have decided to write the book to capture his memories, the details and clues to the case, and the real question is who's telling the story in the book? "
And as another commentator joked in response, "[SOLVED]". Maybe not yet, but we will hopefully get there.