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Originally published Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 5:23 AM

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Tonight is the final episode of Season 1 of HBO’s “True Detective,” the sinister, brooding-on-the-bayou thriller that is noteworthy not just for its nonlinear storytelling but also for the dialogue between cops Rust (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty (Woody Harrelson). Here, some favorites:

The List: 3 great exchanges from ‘True Detective’

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Marty: He ain’t gonna talk with you.

Rust: I got a car battery and two jumper cables that argue different.

(Episode 7, “After You’ve Gone”)


Marty: I mean, can you imagine if people didn’t believe? All the things they’d get up to?

Rust: Exact same thing they do now, just out in the open.

(Episode 3, “The Locked Room”)


Rust: I consider myself a realist, all right, but in philosophical terms, I’m what’s called a pessimist.

Marty: Um, OK. What’s that mean?

Rust: Means I’m bad at parties.

Marty: Let me tell you. You ain’t great outside of parties, either.

(Episode 1, “The Long Bright Dark”)

Melissa Davis, NWArts & Life editor

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