“You know the “Detective’s Curse?” The solution was right under my nose but I was watching the wrong clues.” — Detective Martin Hart
Over the weekend, I read the Nic Pizzolatto’s pilot script for TRUE DETECTIVE and I was surprised at how much of the actual episode was different from that pilot. As a writer, I am intimately familiar with the rewrite. The things you hang onto in the rewrite are the things that matter. The new elements are there to deepen and enhance the heart of what you originally wrote. I actually sat down with the script and the DVR and went through the episode moment by moment.
After I posted yesterday, IndyPat and I got into a conversation about the symbolism and subtext in almost every aspect of the show. He wrote that he had used an anagram solver with the names to see what was hiding in plain sight.He told me that Dora Lange became Road Angel. So, I’m thinking, seriously, did Pizzolatto really use an anagram solver to create his names. Like IndyPat, I had noticed the odd “H” in Cohle’s last name and had already done a search trying to find the root meaning that name with little meaningful success. I know from experience that writers do odd things to help them create their fictional universes. I cast astrological charts for all of my characters just to get a more complex and conflicted character map. That’s odd. So, down the anagram rabbit hole I went.
Plugging names into the Anagram Solver to see what might be lurking in those character names convinced me even more that we live in Rust’s “Flat Circle Time World.” There were often multiple anagram solutions that could potential be meaningful, if I knew where this narrative was actually going.
I found three possibilities for Rustin Cohle. There was the most literal Coils Hunter as the detective who searches for the lost women and girls with the symbols on their bodies. Given Cohle’s search for The Yellow King, both anagrams Ochres Until (like there are Yellow King(s) until he gets involved) and Ochre Insult (as in he’s an insult to the Yellow King(s) and his followers). Both options seemed relevant IF Rust does indeed find The Yellow King(s). I am thinking IndyPat will chime in what he found for Rustin Cohle.
Some of the other anagrams:
Telios de Lorca transformed into Celestial Door.
Reggie LeDoux had only one result. Exiled Gouger. Drop the “x” and you get Deluge Ogre.
Martin Hart returned nothing meaninful.
Maggie Hart became Gather Magi. Meaningful if Maggie is more involved than we currently can see. Is she gathering the wise men?
Like Martin Hart, Billy Lee Tuttle didn’t return anything useful. Given that Salter called Marty Hart a human tampon, I was amused to see Thomas Papania become Aphasia Tampon.
Whether it’s coincidence or the detective’s curse, we won’t know for two more weeks if this meaningful or a bad case of looking in the wrong direction.