TRUE DETECTIVE’S Pizzolatto on the Season 1 Endgame
“I hope the audience will be pleasantly surprised by the naturalism of the entire story. If you look at the series so far, what seems supernatural actually has real-world causes, like Cohle’s hallucinations, or even the nature of the crime. It has occult portents, but there is nothing supernatural about it.” — Nic Pizzolatto on Season 1 Endgame in Entertainment WeeklyShortly before noon today, Entertainment Weekly posted an interview with TRUE DETECTIVE Creator Nic Pizzolatto about the Season 1 Endgame. There was a TON of information about Episode 7 so DON’T read any further if you don’t want to know.
The most important things I read included:
- It is clear if Cohle or Hart is guilty
- Marty talks to Maggie about being questioned and thanks her for raising their daughters well
- Cohle and Hart reveal they are living very isolated half lives since their split
- A supernatural resolution is very unlikely, it’s all naturalism
- No one in the TRUE DETECTIVE world will reference Chambers book BUT
- The King in Yellow brings the notion of cosmic horror and deranged enlightenment to the story
- Pizzolatto talks about his influences including Nietzsche’s eternal recurrence
- He doesn’t want to cop to anagrams
As a screenwriter and filmmaker, I always come back to the practical aspects of doing a series. What did it take to get that shot, that day, to edit together that story.
So I notice what’s on the walls, what’s in the graphics, what’s in the costumes, how the props are set, the locations that they’re using. All of the pragmatics of what someone had to put into place to make it resonate. And then I think about the money HBO is spending and I keep thinking they’re going to want to protect their franchise.
So, I went looking for the sort of thing Pizzolatto had done in the past. I read reviewS and summaries of his short stories and his novel, GALVESTON. I found the NYTimes Review to be particularly useful. Lehane said Pizzolatto tends to favor the lost souls but his plotting tends to be fairly straight forward and predictable. His burned out male leads tend to try and rescue young prostitutes and broken down women. One of the reviewers said Pizzolatto’s world is populated with people who don’t like life much but cling to it anyway. Many of the reviewers talk about the effort of the main character to redeem their human spirit without ever actually going into anything spiritual. So, I’d already decided he probably wouldn’t go anywhere supernatural or occult. Let’s see if that’s true in the end.