In seven episodes, HBO’s new series “True Detective” has gained the kind of attention that will make it one of the most talked-about shows of 2014. Focusing on two Louisiana detectives investigating a grisly murder, “True Detective” has all the stuff that makes TV fanboys and fangirls go wild: a narrative that jumps back and forth between decades; enigmatic references to literature, mythologies and bayou culture; spectacular performances by A-list stars; plenty of premium cable nudity; creepy villains; one ridiculously long tracking sequence; a soundtrack by the great T Bone Burnett and a twisty case that needs solving (or does it?). It has prompted all sorts of Internet speculation, debates about its gender issues and crime noir form and obviously, more than a few parodies.
The show’s Rust Cohle-Marty Hart storyline will come to a close Sunday with the first-season finale. When it returns, “True Detective” will kick off a new mystery, in a new setting, with a new set of characters and new actors to play them (which has inspired the Twitter meme #TrueDetectiveSeason2, offering the producers some casting advice). To help you say goodbye to good old Rust (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty (Woody Harrelson), U.S. News has put together a bingo card featuring all of the first season’s favorite tropes and some finale predictions. Happy playing and see you again for season two.