'True Detective' season 3: How does Edward Hoyt know about what happened with Harris James?

Someone from deep inside the case had to be covering up the important tracks. Tracks that would really lead you to the people behind it.


                            'True Detective' season 3: How does Edward Hoyt know about what happened with Harris James?

Note: Contains spoilers for 'True Detective' season 3 episode 7.

We are just an hour away from solving the mystery that is 'True Detective' and still, we are nowhere close to knowing who really did it. The penultimate episode made it quite clear that the Hoyts definitely had something to do with it but to what extent? Did they really kill Will? Tom Purcell's discovery in episode 6 does imply that Julie was definitely taken by them when she was little, the pink rooms and all being literally true. We also fear that little Julie may not have been your garden variety "princess in the pink castle" and it all adds to a much larger criminal ring. But, the one thing that one really wonders about, is how is it that a family could hide a secret like that for 35 years in a small town in the Ozarks, especially with attention swarming around the case from all sides? 

 



 

Someone from deep inside the case had to be covering up the important tracks. Maybe not the ones that may seem like a coverup, but the ones that would really lead you to the people behind it. And who better to do that than Roland West himself? He may not just be a double agent like we thought before. He may be more, just think about it. Roland shoots the only link he and Hays had to solving the Purcell case; he's also not heartbroken about letting things slide under the table, time and time again and the biggest red flag of them all - how does Edward Hoyt know what happened in the barn? 

 



 

Now, this season's story has been inclined towards establishing the psyche of characters and the impact of the crime more than the case itself, so this might just be who West is. A police officer who does his job well and doesn't really care about it as much as his partner does and is also pretty socially connected and unafraid to keep it quiet if it means a great raise. Not that he's corrupt - he just knows the ways of the world. He's white, he is straight and he is pretty well to do and the odds are already in his favor. He could just be making the best of what he has. However, even his character arc doesn't explain how Hoyt - the one person who has been unattainable and off on a "safari" suddenly knows the biggest f*** up of the season? 

One bullet from Roland and then one from Hays, although the latter's looks more like a reflex than anything and Harris James is dead. 

 



 

Although it was Hays' idea to question Harris the old way, to "ask hard, like we used to" and it was him that Roland seemed to be trying to protect - it is strange how the story doesn't tell us Roland's side of the impact from the murder. Hays burned his side of the evidence. He fears being caught - he fears that the world will not see him the way they see Roland but what did Roland do after they buried the corrupt cop in the woods? It was just the two of them, questioning Harris in the wee hours of the night in a lonely barn as he pleaded to be let go, his mouth bleeding. "I can't breathe, I can't breathe," he kept lamenting to the detectives urgently - it fell on deaf ears.

Suddenly when he negotiated a release is when Harris, not caring that he was outnumbered goes for Hays. Did he feel like Roland wouldn't shoot because they were on the same team and did Roland shoot because he was afraid of what he may tell? With him silenced, the only other people in the world who knew were these two. What is Roland up to, really? 

'True Detective' airs its Season 3 finale, 'Now Am Found,' Sunday, February 24 at 9 pm ET on HBO.

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