The Locked Room is the third episode in season 1 of True Detective. It first aired January 26, 2014 on HBO.


In 1995, Hart and Cohle locate the owner of the burnt-down church, preacher Joel Theriot, learning that Dora Lange was often seen with a tall man with facial scarring, and begin searching for him while being pressured to turn the case over to the task force. Hart begins to reconnect with Maggie despite her fascination with Cohle, and assaults Lisa's new boyfriend out of jealousy, questioning his own morality. Cohle goes through dead body files in search of cases similar to Lange and learns of Rianne Olivier, a supposed accidental death that shared elements with Lange's murder. They learn through Olivier's grandfather that she attended Light of Way, a religious school owned by Reverend Tuttle, before running off with her boyfriend Reggie Ledoux, a drug dealer, repeated sex offender and former cellmate of Lange's ex-husband, and head out to question Ledoux.

In 2012, the Papania and Gilbough interviews of Hart and Cohle identify their character flaws, particularly Hart's hypocritical views on morality and Cohle's nihilistic view of the world.


"If the common good's got to make up fairy tales then it's not good for anybody." - Cohle

"The world needs bad men. We keep the other bad men from the door." - Cohle

"To realize all your life, all your love, all your hate, all your memory, all your pain - It was all the same thing." - Cohle



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True Detective Season 1 (2014)

101. "The Long Bright Dark"
102. "Seeing Things"
103. "The Locked Room"
104. "Who Goes There"

105. "The Secret Fate of All Life"
106. "Haunted Houses"
107. "After You've Gone"
108. "Form and Void"

See also: S1S2S3
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