Latest Episode of True Detective Season 4 Will Hit You Hard as Director Unleashes “Most f—ked up Christmas special ever!”

True Detective: Night Country further delves into its creepiness, leaving fans petrified.

Latest Episode of True Detective Season 4 Will Hit You Hard as Director Unleashes “Most f—ked up Christmas special ever!”


  • Unlike the past two seasons, Night Country brings back the cosmic horror back to True Detective.
  • And with the Christmas special, things even get wilder as the director claimed.
  • Director Issa López also reflected on the True Detective creator's distaste for the new direction.
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The major complaint that many fans had with the 2nd and 3rd installments in the anthology series was the absence of cosmic horror, which helped True Detective Season One stand out. But with the new entry in the series, starring Jodie Foster in the lead, director Issa López brings back the horror as it further delves into the supernatural and horror aspect.


With the recent episode, the Tigers Are Not Afraid director succeeds in creating a pretty un-merry Christmas, which has left fans both enticed and terrified.

A still from True Detective: Night Country (2024)
True Detective: Night Country (2024)

Episode 4 of True Detective: Night Country Further Leaves Fans Petrified

Prior to the release of the fourth episode of True Detective: Night Country, director Issa López warned fans that this was going to be the most “f*uckd up Christmas special ever”. And it’s reasonable to say that she was indeed right, as fans are left petrified. While Christmas is considered the jolliest time of the year, this couldn’t be far from the truth for the streets of Ennis. With Jodie Foster‘s Danvers losing the corpsicle to Anchorage and Navarro losing her last remaining family, the Christmas-themed episode delves deep into human trauma and mental illness.




But despite bringing back the horror element, which is no surprise following the director’s prior experience in the genre, not everyone is happy with the direction it took, including Nic Pizzolatto.

Jodie Foster and Kali Reis
Jodie Foster and Kali Reis | True Detective

Director Issa López Reflects on the Original Creator’s Distaste for the New Direction

Having worked in all three seasons prior to Night Country, the Issa López-led season was the first entry in the series that Nic Pizzolatto had no input in, despite having a credit as executive producer. And Pizzolatto isn’t being oblique with his distaste for the new direction, as the writer expressed he “did not have any input on this story or anything else, “ as he replied to a fan’s comment. Responding to the True Detective creator speaking ill about the new season, López, who directed all six episodes of Night Country, expressed that he is entitled to his opinion.

Night Country Director Issa López
Night Country Director Issa López

Speaking with Vulture, the director stressed that she wrote the story with profound love as she acknowledged its difference from the stuff that has come before.


“I believe that every storyteller has a very specific, peculiar, and unique relation to the stories they create, and whatever his reactions are, he’s entitled to them. That’s his prerogative,” López said. “I wrote this with a profound love for the work he made and love for the people that loved it. And it is a reinvention, and it is different, and it’s done with the idea of sitting down around the fire, and [let’s] have some fun and have some feelings and have some thoughts. And anybody that wants to join is welcome.”

True Detective Creator Nic Pizzolatto
True Detective Creator Nic Pizzolatto

While not everyone is a fan of its departure from the past seasons, many have also expressed their love for the show so far, especially the horror element.

True Detective: Night Country is available to stream on Max.


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