True Detective Season 3, Episode 7 recap: The 5 takeaways from The Final Country

True Detective Season 3, HBO, Photo Credit: Warrick Page
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This week on True Detective, William Hays is confronted by a powerful and dangerous public figure. Here are the five takeaways from the latest episode!

Haven’t seen the latest episode of True Detective on HBO? Please note spoilers are ahead! You’ve been warned!

We are inching very close to uncovering the truth about William and Julie Purcell’s kidnapping, and it’s getting grimmer each episode. The last episode of True Detective ended on a very uncomfortable note as Tom Purcell broke into the Hoyt residence and discovered something quite unsettling.

What he found was a pink room hiding in a secret hallway behind a thick steel door. The episode then ended with James Harris sneaking up behind Tom before leaving the viewers in suspense until this week to find out more.

This week, viewers learned what happened to Tom and so much more. And believe me, when I say, none of it is good news. The episode also introduces us to the powerful man that is Hoyt but the scene does not play out the way viewers might expect. It’s once again an unsettling episode that will leave fans anxious about the upcoming Season 3 finale. That said, let’s jump right into it!

Here are the five takeaways from the latest episode of True Detective!

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True Detective Season 3, HBO, Photo Credit: Warrick Page /

#1 Tom paid an unfortunate price

The episode quickly and mercifully reveals Tom’s fate after the major cliffhanger at the Hoyt house last week. Hays is seen in his car and he walks up to a crime scene at what appears to be a hunting spot–possibly a deer blind. As he climbs the staircase, he finally gets to where he can see the body and it’s Tom, laying there dead with a gun next to him, a bullet in the head, and a conveniently typed suicide note sitting next to him. The body is clearly set up to make it look like he committed suicide.

Soon after, we see Roland and Hays discussing the situation heatedly outside the car. Roland thinks they are the reason he killed himself and Hays is angry because the department is shutting the case down again to pin everything on Tom. They also learn that Dan O’Brien has once again disappeared but this time he has left everything behind, including his wallet and car. Again, all of it seems convenient but it leaves Roland and Hays without anything to keep the investigation open.