True Detective Season 4 Just Solved One Last Rust Cohle Mystery

The second episode of True Detective: Night Country confirms a major fan theory about Travis Cohle, Rust’s dad.

Rose Aguineau (Fiona Shaw) in True Detective: Night Country
Photo: Michele K. Short | HBO

This article contains spoilers for True Detective: Night Country episode 2.

Fans. We all love ’em. Sometimes they’re a touch delusional but other times they’re dead on. In the case of True Detective season 4, dubbed True Detective: Night Country, longtime True Detective fans’ sleuthing really panned out. Here’s how.

Following the premiere of True Detective: Night Country episode 1, many True Detective true detectives took to social media to share a very peculiar theory. They noted that new character Rose Aguineau’s (Fiona Shaw) dead lover and current specter was named “Travis.” It just so happens that someone else in the True Detective canon is named Travis: season 1 lead Rust Cohle’s (Matthew McConaughey) estranged father.

Back in season 1 episode 4 “Who Goes There?” True Detective confirmed that, not only is Rust’s dad named Travis, but he also lives in Alaska – or at least he lived there at one point as far as Rust knows. Given that new True Detective: Night Country showrunner Issa López hasn’t been shy about including Easter eggs from previous seasons, it seemed unlikely that the inclusion of this Travis was a coincidence. Now episode 2 has confirmed that it indeed was not.


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