Black History Month is coming to an end and I want to give a major shout-out to my favorite actor, Mahershala Ali, who wowed me yet again, in his lead role as Detective Hays in HBO‘s True Detective.
Update: Mahershala Ali won an Oscar for Supporting Actor in the film Green Book. Personally, I went to watch the movie in the theater and I loved every part of it. Despite my knowledge of black history, I had no idea what the Green Book meant.
Ali plays a veteran ranger who spent his time mostly alone in the woods before spending most of his years as a detective. He watched his partner Roland West (Stephen Dorff) climb the ladder of success while he spent years on desk duty and being ignored despite his incredible skills. In the Purcell mystery case, West traveled through the woods with a full team and police dogs, searching for two missing children. But it was Hays’ intuition and skills that found the dead boy. West is white, Hays is black, and we know this story all too well.
The Purcell case haunted Hays and West for years. They never really found out what happened to the missing children – one was still alive 10 years after the case was “solved,” ruling the girl dead like her brother. Fingerprints at a nearby pharmacy proved that the girl was still alive causing detectives to reopened the case – while people connected to the murder died.
In the True Detective Season 3 finale, “Now Am Found,” viewers get to see what really happened. “Wayne struggles to hold on to his memories, and his grip on reality, as the truth behind the Purcell case is finally revealed,” an IMDb series synopsis reads.
In the previous episode, Hays turned a blind eye in order to save his own ass after accidentally killing a suspect along with West. New details about the case links the kids’ murder and kidnapping to a sex trafficking rink. It is also believed that the mother sold them.
Meanwhile, Hays’ wife Amelia (Carmen Ejogo) spent most of her life writing about the case. Did she know something that she brought with her to the grave? Will Hays finally put the Purcell case to rest before his memory officially slips away?
Find out in the True Detective Season 3 finale on HBO at 9 p.m. EST Sunday Feb. 24.