‘True Detective’ Season 4: All the References and Easter Eggs You May Have Missed in ‘Night Country’

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There are two historic enigmas that overtly impressed True Detective season 4, subtitled Night Country: that of the Mary Celeste, a Nineteenth-century American ship whose total crew appeared to evaporate into skinny air whereas the vessel was on a voyage to Italy; and the 1959 Dyatlov Pass incident, a case involving 9 Soviet hikers who inexplicably deserted their campsite, then froze to dying within the close by wilderness. But even past these, showrunner Issa López has stocked her chilly saga with references to tradition, historical past, and true crime that each reinforce the themes of Night Country and draw a straight line between it and True Detective’s wealthy previous, significantly the present’s zeitgeist-grabbing 2014 first season.

Below, you’ll discover a number of the most tantalizing allusions and Easter eggs we might tease out of the season’s first two episodes, titled merely “Part 1” and “Part 2.” We’ll replace the listing as subsequent episodes are launched every Sunday.

PART 2

Travis Cohle

Yes, you heard proper: Fiona Shaw’s Rose was actually romantically concerned with Travis Cohle, father of Rust Cohle, who died someday earlier than our story started. We ought to have seen this coming. In True Detective season one, Rust claimed that his enigmatic dad raised him in Alaska. According to Rust, the elder Cohle knocked up Rust’s mom whereas on go away from the Army, went again to Vietnam, and returned when little Rust was two years previous. “Then she hauled ass, and he and I moved to Alaska,” he continued. “He was a survivalist, I guess you’d call it. Had some very fucking strange ideas.” You’re telling us, pal.

Rust went on to clarify that as a result of he couldn’t deal with the chilly, as an grownup, he headed again to his dwelling state of Texas. “My old man always made like I let him down that way,” he stated. “Said I had no loyalty.” And now we are able to see that Travis apparently cherished Alaska a lot that his ghost nonetheless resides there, even years after the elder Cohle’s dying from leukemia.

“We Should Send This Thing Back to Anchorage”

Intentionally or not, when she floats the thought of bringing the corpsicle to a much bigger metropolis with extra assets—earlier than once more claiming possession over the Tsalal case—Danvers echoes one of many extra memorable traces from Jodie Foster’s most intensely quotable film: “Take this thing back to Baltimore!”

Follow the Money

After teasing the reply final week, Peter Prior revealed in episode two who’s actually funding Tsalal: an NGO, run by a shell firm known as NC Global Strategies, which in flip belongs to an organization known as Tuttle United. What do they do, asks Danvers? Everything, says Peter: “Glass, tech, video games, shipments, palm oil, cruise lines…”

Danvers doesn’t suppose this data is useful, however that should be as a result of she didn’t watch True Detective season one. There, we discovered that the highly effective Tuttle household was additionally behind the pedophilic, Yellow King–worshiping intercourse cult that fueled the assault and homicide of Dora Lange and numerous others. So in the event you weren’t but satisfied that there’s one thing fishy about Tsalal, think about this name-drop to be a giant pink flag. (Incidentally—do you know that an precise pedophilic intercourse scandal involving a Louisiana church might have impressed season one’s storyline? You can learn extra concerning the Hosanna Church scandal right here.)

Language Lesson

Navarro and her sister, Julia, buy groceries at a comfort retailer known as Ukalliq Market. “Ukalliq” means “snowshoe hare” in Iñupiaq, the language which a lot of the present’s Native characters communicate—perhaps not a clue, however a enjoyable truth nonetheless. Qavvik, by the way in which—the identify of Navarro’s sort-of boyfriend, performed by Joel Montgrandmeans “wolverine.”

Spirals on Spirals on Spirals

Remember the spirals we noticed final week? They’re again in episode two, in a giant method: drawn on one corpse’s brow, and tattooed on each Annie Okay. and Raymond Clark. “What is that, a cult sign?” asks the Tsalal station’s cleansing lady—a reference to the way in which the spiral was utilized in True Detective season one. But Rose thinks it’s one thing much more historic than that. “It’s old, missy,” she tells Navarro. “Older than Ennis. Older than the ice, probably.” We’ll see simply how key it winds up being to Night Country’s thriller within the coming weeks.

PART 1

The Yellow King

The present’s first episode begins with a stark epigraph: “…For we do not know what beasts the night dreams when its hours grow too long for even God to be awake.” The textual content is attributed to Hildred Castaigne, a reputation that could be acquainted to True Detective season one die-hards. Hildred is the protagonist of a brief story present in Robert W. Chambers’s 1895 assortment The King in Yellow, a key affect on Nic Pizzolatto’s unique True Detective.

More particularly, Hildred is the unreliable narrator of a narrative known as “The Repairer of Reputations.” He’s a delusional determine who believes himself to be the inheritor to a royal dynasty that descends from the celebrities and is pushed mad, partly, by studying a fictional play additionally titled The King in Yellow. The story ends with him confessing to 2 murders, adopted by an “editor’s note” that merely reads, “Mr. Castaigne died yesterday in the Asylum for the Criminally Insane.”

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