brekin » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:45 pm wrote:Yeah, that caught my eye to. Just on a visual level there definitely are two opposites or partial individuals meeting (or being reunited?) to create a new being. A thesis, antithesis, and synthesis process. Cohle and Hart (who are also opposites that complete each other in a sense) seem to be the counterparts to LeDoux and Dewall. The meth bust is really a big turning point in the series I thought. Cohle and Hart confront LeDoux and Dewall and encounter the real darkness they've been chasing. Cohle and Hart both cross over in a sense because they break the law in executing LeDoux and cover it up. Similiar to Se7en, the evil man initiates the good man into trangressing societies natural or normal order. Dewall in the diner and LeDoux at the compound though allude to being familiar with Cohle or that he himself carries some darkness with him. Strangely Dewall seemed to tell Cohle at the diner, we aren't compatible, while LeDoux seemed to tell Cohle when he met him, we are compatible, we've done this before and will do it again. My hunch, with other teasers in that episode, is that Cohle is the Yellow King, or was, or is a counterpart somehow to the Yellow King.
Also LeDoux's body is an obvious smorgasbord of allusions to things that will tie in somehow. I think his noose is riffing on some hanged man tarot theme. A Christ anti-Christ duality. Where what is up is down. Redemption is damnation, where the shadow "church" he belongs to finds salvation in death and destruction, perhaps, and has a counterpart front straight church as a cover. There is a lot of obvious Christ imagery with LaDoux in that scene. Perhaps as son of the Yellow King he had to die for Cohle's sins? The two detectives interviewing Hart seem to imply Cohle had possibly killed people to cover his own tracks. LeDoux's crazy speech is framed like he is some twisted messiah whose message is too dark to be accepted and must be sacrificed. Cohle repeatedly tells LeDoux to shut up, but years later is speaking his words verbatim as if he is now a disciple.
The we've done this before/we'll do it again line is one of the most eeriest of the series. As if Ladoux(Dutroux?) wanted to die before giving one last message...a kind of "Ive been waiting for you/what took so long" moment.
I think it'd be a cheesey/not make any sense forced cop out if Cohle is the killer. Unless it's revealed as some sort of metaphysical doppleganger/alternate timeline. Ive seen people speculate about the show ending up in some supernatural type thing in the final episode, which I have mixed feelings about. Ive seen theories that the "big men" involved in the death cult are the christian politician you see in the earlier episodes and associated business folk, which episode 6 hints at. Speculations that all the killed girls are related but each killed by someone different. Speculation Harts dad in law is somehow involved. Im prepared for the ultimate mind fuck that will make sense when all eight episodes are considered. But like the final episode of Seinfeld, I know ya cant please everyone. So far it seems like each episode gets better and better, with Episode 5 being the best.
Who is the tall man with scars? Who are the KKK looking people in the photo? How deep does the secret cult go? Is there foreshadowing to something bad happening to Harts older daughter, or even implying a rift from an affair between Cohle and Harts wife?