After a five-year hiatus, True Detective returns to HBO with an all-new showrunner and a new cast led by Jodie Foster and Kali Reis. Join Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson, Chris Murphy, and Hillary Busis as they recap and analyze the series, and speak with the show's cast and creative team about crafting True Detective: Night Country. New episodes of Still Watching drop after True Detective: Night Country airs on HBO Sundays at 9PM ET.
True Detective: Night Country, Bonus Episode: Going Deep with Issa López
Night Country’s showrunner breaks down season four's most surprising Easter eggs, the backstories we didn't get to see, and what it's like to tangle online with passionate True Detective fans.
True Detective: Night Country, Episode 6: So, Who Killed the Tsalal Scientists?
Richard, Chris, and Hillary discuss how Night Country reveals both what happened to the scientists and who really killed Annie K. Plus, Jodie Foster joins to dig into how the ending reinforces all of the show's themes, filming her big underwater scene, and why time, truly, is a flat circle.
True Detective: Night Country, Episode 5: Let's Get Oedipal
As episode five premieres early on Max to avoid the Super Bowl, Richard, Chris, and Hillary break down Night Country's biggest twist yet, while John Hawkes stops by to talk about writing Hank's unbelievably bleak song and staging a very tense standoff.
True Detective: Night Country, Episode 4: The Worst Christmas Ever
Richard, Chris, and Hillary discuss Ennis's incredibly depressing holiday, complete with death, breakdowns, and a heart-wrenching romantic diss. Plus, Kali Reis joins to talk all things Evangeline Navarro, and how this episode's major tragedy will drive her going forward
True Detective: Night Country, Episode 3: What Really Happened in the Wheeler Case
Richard, Chris, and Hillary dig into the reason behind Danvers and Navarro's rift, Hank's hillibillies, and a theory that climate change could be responsible for the Tsalal deaths. Plus, Isabella LaBlanc joins to talk about bringing Leah Danvers to life.
True Detective: Night Country, Episode 2: All Aboard the F--k Trailer
Richard, Chris, and Hillary talk cliffhangers, Raymond Clark and Annie K's mysterious relationship, and season four's surprising connection to True Detective season one. Plus, Christopher Eccleston joins to chat about letting everything hang out in his sex scene with Jodie Foster.
Pod is Good, True Detective is Bad
This is a terrible season. Why aren’t you covering Feud: Capote vs the Swans instead? Seems much more up VF’s alley.
Little To No Substance (TD:S4)
I'm giving the pod two stars only because there are a few, albeit minor, takes. However, after listening to all six episodes I can safely say that there is little to no substance in the discussion of the show. I get the sense that the hosts feel obligated to not be critical of the show as they have actors from it in the second half of each episode. Thus, anytime they do have anything critical to say (which is not very often) they follow up with something along the lines of "but I'm okay with that" or "it's for style anyways" instead of actually judging the show. Furthermore, one of the hosts (I don't want to attack anyone personally) is clearly not of the same caliber as the other two.
I love this show. Hey team - I think the Oedipal read is a very wrong interpretation of this! I think Danvers has a motherly attachment to Peter as she has with so many. Gruff caretaker at heart.
The only person who has called this out as Oedipal/sexual is Hank! He’s gaslighting this because he can’t handle that his child is pushing him away. He reminds Peter several times to choose him: he is a manipulative abuser.
Meanwhile Danvers lost a son; recognizes a kid without parents and true potential in his smarts. And I think reducing this to the Mrs Robinson trope is following Hank’s lead.