“You ever been hunting?” — Detective Rust Cohle to Partner Marty HartI’ve been working on a post about Audrey and Maisie but it is a bit tedious because I’m going through all six of the episodes to gather evidence for my theory.
With so much conversation about Billy Lee Tuttle, Dora Lange and her Church of the Yellow King, and Joel Theriot with his naked photo discovery in the Letters of Telios de Lorca, I’ve been super aware of all of the religious symbology, iconography, evidence, and subtext in each episode. I’ve been tending to think this is all about some religious cult or certainly serial killer phreaks with some serious religious issues. The Franciscan mystic reference had me locked on that target.
Then, I bumped into Erin Whitney’s HuffPost piece on whether TRUE DETECTIVE’S opening credits gave away the Yellow King while I was reading about Instagram Crew Photos posted on HuffPost that were uncovered with potential spoilers and clues (many of which have now been removed).The thing I had noticed about the TRUE DETECTIVE opening title sequence before but hadn’t bother to comment on was how several of the “cross” overlays really looked like the “crosshairs” through the scope of a hunting rifle. In particular, there’s a crosshairs on Maggie with antlers, on what looks like two scantily clad women in bed, and on fire that becomes the TRUE DETECTIVE text. Those three are clearly crosshairs. Then there’s Burt, the poor fellow who had his balls savagely removed in Angola. He looks like he’s being impaled by a red cross. Initially, I was wondering if it was a laser sight but decided against it. I just decided it was destructive imagery. Watch the video of the opening on YouTube.
I keep coming back to the idea that Maggie is more involved with this than anyone suspects. As a filmmaker, I would expect an actress of her caliber to have more going in in the show. So far, there just isn’t enough. She isn’t on par with McConaughey and Harrelson in terms of gravitas.