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True Detective “The Locked Room” 

Photo Credit: HBO
Photo Credit: HBO

We get some good insight into Woody Harrelson‘s Marty Hart in “The Locked Room.” Rust thinks Marty’s living in denial and maybe part of him is. He can’t seem to accept the fact that his girlfriend only sees him as a dead-end relationship. When Marty sees her out with another guy he assumes she’s doing it to get him to start talking divorce with his wife. But Lisa doesn’t want to marry him. She wants to get on with her life. Later Marty asks Rust if he thinks a man can be in love with two women at the same time. Of course, Rust gives a very Rust answer, which in no way helps Marty with his quandary.

Marty’s daughter Audrey  is acting out at school. Maggie thinks it’s because Marty’s never home and when Maggie asks him what’s going on, Marty claims he’s freaking out about turning 40. And maybe he is. Maybe having a younger girlfriend is helping him combat his encroaching middle age. But one thing he is definitely still invested in is his family. When he comes home one day to find Rust there with his wife and children he definitely feels threatened. Not that any of this saves his marriage in the long run. In case you missed it, he’s not wearing a wedding ring during his 2012 interviews.

Marty and Rust have such an interesting relationship. Sometimes it’s clear how much they don’t get or really care for each other. But other times (especially when we see present Marty looking back on this case), we can tell how close these two men became. I think it’s safe to say that Marty probably never fully knew or understood his partner. It’s hard to get to know a man like Rust. He seems to want to connect, but all he really ever does is push people away. But when they’re working this case looking for leads, they’re on the same page. So when they go to talk to tent revival minister Joel Theriot, their only goal is to find another lead and they do. A tall man with a facial scar was seen talking to Dora Lange when she was a parishioner there. They question a sex offender who fits that description and although he’s ready and willing to confess to anything, they know he’s not their guy.

It’s not until Rust goes looking at old cases that they find a new lead – and two days before they’re supposed to hand everything they’ve got over to the task force. Looking further into a case of an accidental drowning, Rust finds similarities to Dora’s case. A lot of this woman’s wounds can be explained by her “accidental drowning,” but there’s enough for Rust and Marty to look at this case again. Even though Papina and Gilbough think Rust may have steered this case the way he wanted it to go back in the day, Marty refutes that. They follow where the evidence leads them and in this instance it takes them to a man named Reginald Ledoux. He shared a cell with Dora’s ex Charlie and he skipped out on parole. He’s just become their number one person of interest. Now they just need to find him.

True Detective airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.

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