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‘True Detective’ and Its ‘The King in Yellow’ Mythology (Video)
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HBO’s crime drama True Detective has truly become the show to watch. Aside from the fine acting and great directing – like for this standout 6-minute single-take tracking shot, we’re learning more now about the mythology behind the main storyline. The show centers on two homicide detectives, played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who are telling their story of how they tracked a ritualistic serial killer seventeen years prior.

In the second episode, the detectives find the journal belonging to murder victim Dora Lange, who wrote about the powerful “The Yellow King.” As it turns out, The Yellow King is inspired by the 1895 anthology of weird tales of horror and madness by Robert W. Chambers called The King in Yellow. In some behind-the-scenes videos for last night’s episode, “The Secret Fate of All Life,” show creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto talks about how this literary reference is part of the mythology for True Detective. You can watch the videos here below.

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