Ouch, True Detective. Ouch.
Last night marked the finale of the drama's second season, and it wasn't exactly cause for celebration. In fact, it was a cause for complaints...a lot of complaints. We won't overload you with facts and plot twists from the episode, partly because we don't want to spoil it for anyone who has yet to watch but also because we literally have no idea what happened. We may not have even been watching the show—there's a good chance it was just the opening credits on repeat for 90 minutes and we're too slow to tell the difference. Because really, isn't that what this season was all about? Letting writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto prove to the world that we're all intellectually inferior to him?
Regardless of what may or may not have gone down in the season finale, it certainly bookmarked an entire two months of confusion. In fact, flipping on the tube every Sunday evening for an hour of self-deprecation came to be one of our favorite traditions. Feeling like you're too stupid to understand a TV show about absolutely nothing is actually super fun!
But we kid, because we are not nearly the only ones who felt this way. The Universe is filled with very smart people who could not manage to follow True Detective, yet went back week after week with the hope that maybe, just maybe, it would be different this time. Those same people all took to Twitter last night to reflect on the eight weeks they spent with the Vinci gang, and those reflections probably won't surprise you. Some people are sad, some people are pissed, and some people's brains just hurt.
It's tough work being a True Detective fan, but somebody's got to do it.
What was that True Detective finale? Sheesh.— Pooja Lapasia (@poojalapasia) August 10, 2015
True Detective Season 2 was just one big music video for that lonely bar singer's career— Fat Badgers (@Havasee) August 10, 2015
Such a shame this series of True Detective is self indulgent shite. Thought they would build on the first series. ??— Jake Tomkins (@JTomkins) August 10, 2015
Ready for True Detective Finale aka saying "wait, who's that guy?" 20-30 times— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) August 10, 2015
I would drink at a bar that shows all of TRUE DETECTIVE season 2'a aerial shots on a continuous loop.— Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) August 10, 2015
Only way to save True Detective S2 is if the finale ends with McConaughey waking up next to Harrelson saying he just had the weirdest dream.— Kevin Biggins (@TheBiggIdea) August 10, 2015
"Yes! Of course! This is all making perfect sense." - M. Night Shyamalan watching the True Detective finale— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 10, 2015
True Detective Season 3 should be an investigation into what went wrong with True Detective Season 2. I feel like we're owed that.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) August 10, 2015
Didn't expect TRUE DETECTIVE 2 to end w "To Be Continued"--can't wait to return to these characters & see where the ride takes us next year!— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) August 10, 2015
True Detective. Best comedy of the summer. I salute you.— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) August 10, 2015
"True Detective" is a Magic Eye with no secret message.— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) August 10, 2015
Nothing made me miss True Detective season 1 more than True Detective season 2— trey wingo (@wingoz) August 10, 2015
I watched this week?s Hannibal right before True Detective, and it is impossible to overstate how much better the former is.— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) August 10, 2015
OOO reply: "Hi, I will return your email as soon as I've figured out what the hell happened on 'True Detective' last night. So maybe never."— Katie Karpowicz (@katiekarp) August 10, 2015
Season two of True Detective was so bad, I hear season three is going to air on Showtime.— Adam Cozens (@Adam_Cozens) August 10, 2015
Just wait for the October surprise when it turns out Bernie Sanders enjoyed True Detective season 2.— Matt Sailor (@MattSailor) August 10, 2015
the most emotional moment on "true detective" this season was a file that didn't upload— Erik Malinowski (@erikmal) August 10, 2015
Season 2 of True Detective is why I have trust issues. ?— Raeann Richardson (@raeman175) August 10, 2015
I really liked Colin Farell & believe it or not, Vince Vaughn. My big True Detective complaint is still that I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING ON— Matt Stevens (@MattStevensCLT) August 10, 2015
I saw every episode of True Detective and I have no idea what happened. Did we get punked?— IamReadyToBelieveU (@TopherSays) August 10, 2015
Even though True Detective was disappointing, I hope they get a third season. Pretty clear they were suffering from the sophomore slump...— Anthony Prendergast (@Antinash) August 10, 2015
Thousands of Offices Bring in Grief Counselors to Assist Employees Who Were Certain True Detective 2 Would Eventually be Great.— Mark Campbell (@MrWordsWorth) August 10, 2015
The best thing about true detective season 2 was the bar singer.— Tahir Mir (@GarbageTw1tter) August 10, 2015