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Hey, Remember When True Detective Was Legit Good?

Okay, maybe it was never that great, but thanks to Rust and Marty, it sure seemed like it -- so enjoy their relationship in nine minutes.

What the hell? Return with me now to those thrilling days of yesteryear -- well, year before yesteryear, really, and it seems much longer ago than 2014 that True Detective burst, weirdly and with much Reddit analysis, into our cultural consciousness. The second season was sufficiently disappointing and self-conscious that it seemed in retrospect like maybe S1 might actually have sucked also, but in my opinion, the emperors did have clothes, and S1 still holds up thanks to Messrs. McConaughey and Harrelson. Below, a Luke Brog compilation of Marty and Rust's evolving relationship:

How'd you find this...whatever this is? Don't remember, exactly; I think I was hunting in vain for a Woody Boyd dumb-comments supercut and wound up filing this away for later publication.

Who cares? HBO jefe Casey Bloys told reporters at TCA late last week that the show's not dead, which probably means the show is in fact dead unless and until Nic Pizzolatto can be convinced that taking an exec prod credit to go away is the best thing for everyone.