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Plot synopsis

Season 3

1980: Will and Julie Purcell, the children of feuding parents Tom and Lucy Purcell, go missing a week after Halloween in West Finger, Ark.

2015: Retired detective Wayne Hays, who originally investigated the crime, is asked to look back on the twists of the unsolved case with a true-crime documentary producer.

Previous episode
S3E8 Now Am Found


Wayne (Mahershala Ali) struggles to hold on to his memories, and his grip on reality, as the truth behind the Purcell case is finally revealed.

aired Mon, February 25, 2019

Episode guide 24


S1E1 The Long Bright Dark

In 2012, former detective partners, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart recap one of their very first cases together involving a serial killer, back in 1995.

premiered on Mon, January 13, 2014

S1E2 Seeing Things

Cohle and Hart travel around trying to track down leads to their case. Darker sides of Hart's personal and family lives are revealed.

premiered on Mon, January 20, 2014

S1E3 The Locked Room

Cohle and Martin finally get a new wind in the case and can confirm a suspect. Martin's mistress gets on with somebody else leaving him furious. Cohle's theory becomes increasingly more convincing than ever.

premiered on Mon, January 27, 2014

S1E4 Who Goes There

Martin is faced with marital problems. The search for Reggie Ledoux leads the detectives to a motorcycle gang called The Iron Crusaders, which Rust worked undercover in the past.

premiered on Mon, February 10, 2014

S1E5 The Secret Fate of All Life

Hart and Cohle share the spoils of a solved case; Papania and Gilbough confront the detectives with troubling new intelligence.

premiered on Mon, February 17, 2014

S1E6 Haunted Houses

Cohle's activities in 2002, when his partnership with Hart disintegrated and he quit the force, are recalled by Maggie.

premiered on Mon, February 24, 2014

S1E7 After You've Gone

Cohle and Hart try to discover if a series of missing persons reports could be related to the Dora Lange murder and the Tuttle family.

premiered on Mon, March 03, 2014

S1E8 Form and Void

An overlooked detail provides Hart and Cohle with an important new lead in their 17-year-old case.

premiered on Mon, March 10, 2014

S2E1 The Western Book of the Dead

A bizarre murder brings together three police officers and a career criminal in the corrupt city of Vinci, California.

premiered on Mon, June 22, 2015

S2E2 Night Finds You

Ray, Ani, and Paul are assigned to Casper's murder case. Frank tries to keep his business deals going, even after Caspere's death.

premiered on Mon, June 29, 2015

S2E3 Maybe Tomorrow

Paul works the prostitute angle; Frank receives the first casualty in a secret war.

premiered on Mon, July 06, 2015

S2E4 Down Will Come

The detail works a pawn shop lead to close in on a suspect in the Caspere case. Frank revisits his past to pay for the present.

premiered on Mon, July 13, 2015

S2E5 Other Lives

Ray and Frank consider new life choices; Ani and Paul go up to the coast to follow a lead.

premiered on Mon, July 20, 2015

S2E6 Church in Ruins

Desperate to locate a missing woman with intel about Caspere, Frank meets with Mexican drug dealers; Ani infiltrates an exclusive inner circle, with Ray and Paul keeping close tabs.

premiered on Mon, July 27, 2015

S2E7 Black Maps and Motel Rooms

As Ani, Paul, and Ray get closer to finding out the truth about Caspere, circumstances become more dangerous for them all and everyone around them. Frank deals with an inside betrayal, learns important information, and plans his next move.

premiered on Mon, August 03, 2015

S2E8 Omega Station

Ray and Ani attempt to escape their desperate situation while Frank ties up some loose ends.

premiered on Mon, August 10, 2015

S3E1 The Great War and Modern Memory
S3E1 The Great War and Modern Memory


The disappearance of a young Arkansas boy (Phoenix Elkin) and his sister (Lena McCarthy) in 1980 triggers vivid memories and enduring questions for retired detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), who worked the case 35 years before with partner Roland West (Stephen Dorff). What started as a routine case becomes a long journey to dissect and make sense of the crime.

premiered on Mon, January 14, 2019

S3E2 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
S3E2 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye


Hays (Mahershala Ali) looks back at the aftermath of the 1980 Purcell case in West Finger, Ark., including possible evidence left behind at the Devil’s Den, an outdoor hangout for local kids. As attention focuses on two conspicuous suspects - Brett Woodard (Michael Greyeyes), a solitary vet and trash collector, and Ted LaGrange (Shawn-Caulin Young), an ex-con with a penchant for children - the parents of the missing kids, Tom (Scoot McNairy) and Lucy Purcell (Mamie Gummer), receive a cryptic note from an anonymous source.

premiered on Mon, January 14, 2019

S3E3 The Big Never
S3E3 The Big Never


Hays recalls his early romance with Amelia, as well as cracks in their relationship that surfaced after they married; ten years after the Purcell crimes, new evidence emerges, giving Hays a second chance to vindicate himself and the investigation.

premiered on Mon, January 21, 2019

S3E4 The Hour and the Day


Hays and West see a possible connection between the local church and the Purcell crimes; as the detectives search for one suspect and round up another for interrogation, Woodard is targeted by a vigilante group.

premiered on Mon, January 28, 2019

S3E5 If You Have Ghosts


Wayne finds himself in a no-win situation as new clues emerge in the Purcell case. Roland wrestles with how to keep evidence secure as lawyers demand a new investigation. Amelia finds her relationship with Wayne imperilled by her writing aspirations and his jealousy. 

premiered on Mon, February 04, 2019

S3E6 Hunters in the Dark


Wayne (Mahershala Ali) and Roland (Stephen Dorff) revisit discrepancies in the Purcell case that were hidden or forgotten over the years. Among those being reevaluated is Tom Purcell (Scoot McNairy), as well as Lucy Purcell's cousin, Dan O'Brien (Michael Graziadei). The glitter of Amelia's (Carmen Ejogo) book release is tarnished by a voice from the past.

premiered on Mon, February 11, 2019

S3E7 The Final Country


Following up on new leads, Wayne (Mahershala Ali) and Roland (Stephen Dorff) track down a man who left the police force in the midst of the Purcell investigation. Meanwhile, Amelia (Carmen Ejogo) visits Lucy Purcell’s best friend in hopes of gaining insights into the whereabouts of the mysterious one-eyed man.

premiered on Mon, February 18, 2019

S3E8 Now Am Found


Wayne (Mahershala Ali) struggles to hold on to his memories, and his grip on reality, as the truth behind the Purcell case is finally revealed.

premiered on Mon, February 25, 2019