One Last Mind-Blowing 'True Detective' Finale Theory Backed By Clear Photographic Evidence
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One Last Mind-Blowing 'True Detective' Finale Theory Backed By Clear Photographic Evidence

By Dustin Rowles | True Detective | March 8, 2014 | Comments ()


There has been a lot of talk about the misogyny of True Detective, and Nic Pizzolatto has played coy with his response. What if the reason he’s playing coy and not defending himself too much is because he doesn’t want to give away the ending?

That’s the beginning the premise for the latest, mind-blowing True Detective theory from L.O.V.E.. You’re going to be skeptical, and trust me, so was I, but this theory actually seems to work. I’m going to paraphrase L.O.V.E. here because he drinks when he theorizes, but all the credit goes to him.

The first thing you have to ask yourself is why are there no Tuttle women? There are plenty of Tuttle men in True Detective, but how do they continue the Tuttle bloodline? The men had to be born of women, but who were they?

Well, they’re not immaculately conceived. In fact, L.O.V.E suggests that the most recent victim, Stephanie Kordish — the Lake Charles murder — may very well been one of them. She died in 2012. Dead at 20, she may be the child of the Marie Fontenot and one of the Tuttles. Marie Fontenot, after all, appeared to be pregnant, a detail I had not picked up on, but the photograph is convincing.


Audrey also drew a picture of a pregnant girl (among her other drawings).


Remember, the eldest Tuttle, Sam, only likes them “that one time.” The girls are kidnapped, impregnated, then murdered. The baby boys live and prosper. The girls are are kept an eye on, and when they become of a fertile age it’s time for the ritual. Then the cycle repeats itself, and the bloodline remains pure.

The above part of the theory is sound, and there is photographic evidence to support it. Here’s where it gets wild: Maggie (Michelle Monaghan), after having sex with Rust, tells Marty she hasn’t been fucked like that since before the kids were born, right? Is it possible that the Hart kids are not Marty’s, or at least that Audrey is not?

Is it possible that Maggie’s family is part of the the Tuttle tree. That she was impregnated by a Tuttle or one of the 5 Horseman? It is a family filled with incest. “This is old-timey incest sh*t where they insure the bloodline continues so that death is not the end.”

Earlier this week, in one of L.O.V.E.’s drunken theory binges, he also suggested that True Detective might have taken its inspiration for the Hosanna Church scandal in Louisiana. Since then, that theory has gained some independent traction, specifically on The Daily Beast. Besides the Satanic molestation angle, there is an incest angle. Child swapping.

There are two types of women in the Tuttle clan, L.O.V.E. suggests. Those that are to give birth to keep the bloodline alive (then sacrificed), and those that are protected blood. Maggie is of the protected class. Her dad is one of the rich guys. So are her children. But they are still part of the ritual.

The theory works. It’s a little too neat and coincidental — to have all of these characters so intertwined — but that’s often the nature of storytelling.

I will add support to this theory by reiterating that in an interview earlier this week, Michelle Monaghan did say that her entire family would be back for the finale. Also, why else would the father-in-law be introduced early on in the series, only to disappear? And remember the final lingering shot in the last episode, not of the Spaghetti Monster, but after that? Of the boat? Maggie’s father has a boat, and as Joanna suggested over on Vanity Fair, the Yellow King may not be a person, but the boat.

Boom! True Detective solved.


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  • truv22

    Interesting theory, but we'll never know!

  • Kati

    Thoughts in no particular order:

    Perhaps the Chthulu mythology isn't the whole point of the Yellow King reference - it might be the idea of "taking off your mask" or just being who you are (in this case, a rapist and a pedophile). Then Carcosa becomes the place where the rituals/rapes take place. This is all just a shared perversion cloaked in mumbo-jumbo.

    I looked at the Mardi Gras mythology, which stretches back to Celtic time when a White Queen was sacrificed to keep the populace's riches and fertility at full strength.

    The Yellow King could be another Mardi Gras reference - someone selected from the group to rule them all for a season, with the crown surrendered at the next ritual.

    The Spaghetti Man drawing looks more like a mask than a bunch of scars - the crown of flowers, the cording hanging down to partially obscure the face (vines? Spanish moss?), the green ears a nod to a fertility god.

    I like the idea of keeping bloodlines pure through the careful breeding and monitoring of the bloodline. Inbreeding just adds to the crazy.

    After visiting the HBO website and flipping through Rust's sketchbook, I saw that there were 5 of those stick sculptures arrayed around the first dead girl's body.

    That's all I've got. I cannot remember the last time I had to do homework to better understand a show. Which is by no means a complaint.

  • manting

    so the yellow in yellow is the king in the king cake? I thought it was baby Jebus

  • Evan

    This was one of my early thoughts - also that Carcosa will be modeled after the old megalithic temples of Malta specifically the Tarxien period where they would celebrate the winter solstice with human and animal sacrifice on alters below a hole in the roof that the sun would only shine through on that day illuminating the alter. The spiral design of the TD cult is identical to the ones found on the stones outside of them and there are carvings of animals on the walls like bulls, goats etc. All connected to fertility etc. I think either the art direction team or the actual storyline will connect to this pagan period.

  • Evan

    --- point being is the yellow king could be the sun that comes through the roof on that date.

  • Jifaner

    I'm going to miss this show so goddamn much.

  • janeite1900

    Spaghetti Monster in the first episode.

  • John G.

    you mean, because they're eating spaghetti with ketchup? That is pretty monstrous.

  • Guest

    First episode spaghetti monster. Nice motif.

  • Sean

    "It’s a little too neat and coincidental"
    I actually had this idea as well. And was talking to a friend about that. She said basically the same thing. That it was too neat. I disagreed. I always thought Michelle Monaghan's character had to be part of everything. That Woody's character was too selfish and stupid to know what was really going on around him.

  • Hugothedog

    Detective's curse and all that

  • John W

    Boy I'm glad I didn't delete the eps from my DVR.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Two snaps up!

    But I've promised myself not to be disappointed when my theory goes to the crapper.

    And thank God it's just an 8 episode run for Rust and Cohle, because my family misses me.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Your inebriated True Detective theorisin' has become one of the highlights of my week.

  • nobcarajo100

    It seems to me that the finale will be dissapointing to almost everyone. The writer has said many times that all the clues are there in the first episode and that it's a straight story. Why not enjoy it for what it is? A superbly acted detective story. Not some conspiracy X-Files long episode.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I won't be disappointed if its ends up that way, but in that same vein, the writer has said he is not trying to trick us. That could be read to mean this is a straight forward story, but it would then mean that all the Audrey stuff were a bunch of red herrings meant to trick viewers who have really been paying attention to the details, a la a true detective.

    Rust has got most of this figured out. He has said this cult has many branches with hands on everything. It is not too crazy to think the Hebert family is mixed in this too. By the way, look up Hebert and Louisiana (not the football player). That is a powerful name in those parts.

  • manting

    The Yellow King is not a boat. It is not a person. They have been doing this at least since the 40's and 50's that we know of (the old domestics tax records date from her employment back then) and she mentions Carcosa and the "eater of time." Anyone alive then old enough to be the Yellow King would be dead by now so they cant be the Yellow King and the boat cant be the Yellow king because that would mean its been in service for nearly 70 years. The Yellow King is the entity they direct their worship to. These women (and boys) are sacrificed to something. There are far too many religious trapping to their practices for there not to be a deity or object of worship. I would concede that the yellow king could be the High Priest of the cult but there must still be a deity to which their worship is directed.

  • HerringGull

    Why does Maggie always say that Marty used to be "a good man"?

  • All credit goes to L.O.V.E.? You dicks. I brought this Maggie shit up 12 days ago. L.O.V.E. even upvoted my comment! I PLANTED THE SEED! SAY IT!


  • L.O.V.E.

    I will gladly share credit in 36 hours when the show is over and proves I went off the deep end.

  • Hawkeye Fierce

    Man, it's this show. All aboard the crazy train. I'm surprised by what a fun ride it's been.

    FWIW I don't agree with all your conclusions, but I think this is one of the most interesting and thought theories that I've heard.

    TD has kinda been like a game of Clue brought to life. We are all playing, and we all have our guess as to what the final reveal will be (Rev. Rust, on the metaphoric cross, with the lead pipe).

    But the real fun has been wandering around this beautiful wreck of a place, creeping ourselves out.

  • John G.

    the usurper? you've been overthrown, Dustin. This is the realm of overlord SLW now.

  • Resa Anderson

    L.O.V.E. is a man? BIGGEST TWIST OF ALL.

  • Drew Morton

    I also noticed the stab wounds on DL were all at the bottom of her abdomen, so this seems to fit!

  • Rodney Blazely

    One more thought ... what did lawnmower man do wrong to earn his scars punishment I wonder? Did he do something against the creed of the cult .. as LOVE is spelling it out?

  • Rodney Blazely

    Ok so wish I had not read that, but like all the theories i thought might be close ( im looking at whoever coined the Marty did it because of the poster thingy!) I hope this proves incorrect.. Cos I dont really wanta completely like know! Yet!
    BUT how much does Maggie know? I thought it kinda disturbing that she sought out Rust. I don't like it that she has some sort of huge soulless house now with no idea where that income comes from. And her dad was a creepy sonofabitch. Did anyone not worry that the two girls were out on the lake in the canoe by themselves?
    In the housand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell there is a Japanese cult that kills children in a bid to make them immortal. This theory reminds me of that.
    Just throwing this in in case we DO get the full on Carcosa / Cthulthu in the final episode>
    From Wikidpedia: H. P. Lovecraft's.... Cthulhu is apparently the source of constant anxiety for
    mankind at a subconscious level, and also the subject of worship by a
    number of human religions (located several places worldwide, including
    New Zealand, Greenland, Louisiana, and the Chinese mountains).

  • manting

    after ep 2 I posited that Rust was of the line of those he was investigating (related to by blood) like the guy in Shadow over Innsmouth. This would also explain his hallucinations, insomnia, and nightmares. It would also explain his hatred of the cold and his being drawn to places near water. There is also a batrachian aspect to the Tuttles we see (especially the Reverend Tuttle - he face is quite frog-like) and the Lawnmower man (also very jowly and frog-like). The Cthulhu angle would also explain the daughters placing the dolls like they did, the nude drawings, and the yellow sign being scribbled. When Marty is on this case the eye of Cthulhu and his worshipers is on him so the daughters manifest subconscious reactions to this scrutiny. This occurs in several Cthulhu mythos stories. There is also the interview by Rust about a missing boy with his father - the boy disappeared in the water, no body was found, and his pirogue (a canoe) was found all busted up. Also the boys mother swears she heard him calling her from the water and went insane. That is a straight up discription of a deep one attack/return to the water to anyone who has ever read a Cthulhu story.

  • nailpolishcolor

    This is the best theory I've heard so far. Between True Detective and Cosmos tomorrow, I'm sure my mind will be blown.

  • Sean

    And Shameless.And two episodes of the Simpsons.

  • Al

    Also, when Maggie's dad was talking to Marty he CLEARLY had his Lone Star label pointed to the camera at all times. There's something with these labels. It all fits together. I just know it. I am not a crackpot.

  • patti livernash

    My Uncle Jacob got a year 2013 Audi TT RS
    Coupe by working part time online. imp source J­u­m­p­9­9­9­.­ℂ­o­m

  • janeite1900

    Is your uncle the Yellow King? Does he drive the Audi to Carcosa?

  • Calraigh

    I literally haven't stopped laughing. I had to come back 4 hours later and tell you that.

  • gnibs

    Literally laughing for four hours sounds extraordinarily painful.

  • Evan

    Not as extraordinarily painful as that final episode I just watched.

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