With only one episode left in the third season of True Detective, we’re drowning in puzzle pieces. So, if you need a refresher before next week’s finale, here’s everything we know (thus far) about the popular HBO series.
Will and Julie Purcell go missing after telling their father that they are off to play with their neighbor Mike. We find out that they are, in fact, not playing with their neighbor at all but with someone (likely multiple people, as they keep being referred to in the plural by witnesses) in the woods. They’re playing with dolls made of straw, which possibly signify human trafficking or pedophile rings.
Prior to her disappearance, Julie draws pink rooms. She and her brother also pass notes to each other through a hole in their bedroom walls, reassuring each other everything is going to be OK.
Their mother, Lucy, works in a bar but used to work at Hoyt Foods for a man who three years prior to Lucy losing her children lost his grandchild and son in-law-in a car accident. Lucy thinks children should laugh, something they likely did not do in this household where their mother despises their father with the fire of a thousand suns.