Don’t get me wrong, I loved the show. I feel like True Detective’s greatest flaw is how little space there is for women, their voice and their perspective on things.
So really, the only cure for all the macho posturing I can think of is:
1) fic that subverts the dynamic by making Maggie or her daughters narrators
2) fic that slashes the detective duo as shamelessly as possible.
Let’s have our fun now, ladies.
“There was a a line in a recent episode of the show where, he’s not even present, but two people are talking about him and someone says ‘Well, no one trusts Littlefinger’ and ‘Littlefinger has no friends.’ And that’s true of television show Littlefinger, but it’s certainly not true of book Littlefinger. Book Littlefinger, in the book, everybody trusts him. Everybody trusts him because he seems powerless, and he’s very friendly, and he’s very helpful. /…/ But of course there’s the Machiavellian thing.” - GRRM [x]
show!littlefinger is going to be so great at teaching Sansa The Game amirite
- "Sansa, you must grow a moustache and stand in the background smiling evilly at public events.”
- "Make sure you sass your allies at every turn, preferably referring to their secrets in public. Like continuing incestuous relations they’ve tried to hide for years that could threaten their public opinion."
- "Enemies or frenemies. There is no middle ground."
- "Wear dark clothes so a) no one will notice you’re there or b) it will serve to make you look more evil and suspicious."
- "If there are other game players and people of high authority around, gloat. Make sure everyone knows you’re better than them at all times."
- "Practise your best Batman voice impression while rehearsing monologues about Being Evil. Refer to ‘chaos’ as much as possible for emphasis."
Nic Pizzolatto on the True Detective finale (x)
Interesting insight on the show. I guess this accounts for why it loses some steam in the final arc, as the show catches up to the present and we lose the great tension between the character’s 2012 narrative and what we actually see them go through.
True Detective: Form and Void
So. It’s over.