If You Have Ghosts
Season 3 Episode 5
Season 3, Episode 5
Written by: Nic Pizzolatto
Directed by: Nic Pizzolatto
Original airdate: February 3, 2019

If You Have Ghosts is the fifth episode of Season 3 of True Detective and the twenty-first episode overall.


Wayne finds himself in a no-win situation as new clues emerge in the Purcell case. Roland wrestles with how to keep evidence secure as lawyers demand a new investigation. Amelia finds her relationship with Wayne imperiled by her writing aspirations and his jealousy.


Main CastEdit

Guest StarringEdit


  • This episode was released three days earlier than the original airdate by HBO on their streaming service as the episode was set to air during Super Bowl Sunday.



  • The "Clark County Sheriff's Department" is mentioned when discussing Lucy Purcell's death. However, by the time the events occurred, the Clark County Sheriff's Department had merged with the Las Vegas Police Department to form the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.


  • Death Letter
    Written by Son House
    Performed by Cassandra Wilson
  • When I Go Away
    Written by Larry Campbell
    Performed by Levon Helm
  • Desperados Under the Eaves
    Written and Performed by Warren Zevon
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.