Warning: This post contains spoilers for episode 5 of True Detective: Night Country.
With only one episode left, True Detective: Night Country seems to be moving towards a dizzying end.
While episode 5, available to stream early on Max starting February 9 at 9 p.m. ET, answered a litany of questions about what’s really going on in Ennis, the season’s most pressing mysteries remain unsolved. Not to mention, Danvers (Jodie Foster), Navarro (Kali Reis), and Prior (Finn Bennett) are now in bigger trouble than ever.
What happens in True Detective: Night Country episode 5?
After Danvers learns from Otis Heiss (Klaus Tange) that he suffered injuries, similar to those of the dead Tsalal scientists, 30 years earlier while mapping the underground ice cave system where Annie K (Nivi Pedersen) was later murdered. , she demands that he take her to the entrance of the caves. Still abstinent, he insists that she get him heroin in exchange for her services, but she refuses.
Danvers and Navarro attempt to investigate the caves on their own, but discover that the entrance, which happens to be on the property of the Silver Sky mining company, has been closed. We later learned that “Night Country” is how locals refer to underground ice caves and that people used to leave that recurring spiral symbol as a warning in places where “the ice would swallow you whole.”
Danvers is called to Silver Sky under the pretense of meeting with owner Kate McKittrick (Dervla Kirwan) about the mine protests. But what McKittrick really wants is to reveal that she has video footage of Danvers and Navarro trespassing on mining property at the entrance to the ice caves. Thanks to Prior, Danvers now knows that Tuttle United, the corporation that finances Tsalal, also has agreements with a banking company that is a founding partner of Silver Sky, meaning, in Danvers’ words, that “the mine finances Tsalal and then Tsalal takes out fake mines.” pollution figures for them.”
Captain Connelly (Christopher Eccleston) insists in no uncertain terms that Danvers accept the explanation that Tsalal’s deaths were caused by a “climate event” by revealing that he knows there was no suicide in William’s murder-suicide case. Wheeler and imply that he will. Use it against Danvers and Navarro if they don’t abandon their investigation.
But McKittrick clearly doesn’t want any loose ends left. She secretly meets with Hank (John Hawkes) and not-so-subtly suggests that Hank kill Heiss before he can take Danvers to the cave where Annie K was killed. We learn that, years earlier, McKittrick He bribed Hank to move Annie K’s body from the cave to where she was found with the promise of money and the position of Ennis Police Chief. Danvers’ relocation got in the way of her promotion, but McKittrick says things will be different this time.
Danvers confronts Prior because Hank learned about the Wheeler case (and subsequently told Connelly) by breaking into Prior’s laptop, where Prior had been researching old files that revealed the truth about Wheeler’s death. He then takes heroin that he stole from the evidence room and picks up Heiss from the lighthouse.
Back at Danvers’ house, Heiss points out the best access point to the caves and Danvers hands him the heroin. Suddenly, Hank, who has been following Danvers, appears and a confrontation ensues during which Hank fatally shoots Heiss. Prior also bursts in and as Hank prepares to kill Danvers, Prior shoots his father in the head, killing him.
Navarro shows up and the three formulate a plan to cover up the murders: Prior will clean up the mess and bring the bodies to Rose Aguineau (Fiona Shaw), while Danvers and Navarro go to the ice caves in hopes of solving Annie K’s murder. and The Tsalal case.
Read more: What’s up with the ghosts in True Detective: Night Country Episode 4?
What questions does he ask? True Detective: Night Country Does the ending still need to answer?
Looking ahead to the end of the season, the three most important questions True Detective: Night Country Still missing to answer are: Who killed Annie K? Who or what killed the Tsalal scientists? And how are both cases related?
Before the premiere, showrunner Issa López said vanity fair that “(The character or characters who) committed the act are there, in front of you, throughout the series.”
That means that, unlike Season 1, where the killer made a brief, singular appearance before the big reveal, Danvers and Navarro will likely have been interacting with whoever was responsible for the first five episodes.
There are also some more secondary (but nonetheless notable) mysteries that the finale is expected to address. Where is Raymond Clark? What really happened at William Wheeler’s house? Is Navarro really cursed? What’s going on with all the ghosts?
Until next week, we’ll just have to keep guessing.