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* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: After slaying the entire lynch mob and a couple of police officers responding to the scene, [[ShellShockedVeteran Woodard]] invites Wayne to put him down, which he does with great reluctance. It had already been established that Woodard was severely troubled by the war and his inability to readjust to civilian life, so him feeling suicidally depressed isn't surprising. It's clear he felt the only thing he was good for was being a soldier, so he wanted to go out fighting. It also explains why he had more respect for Wayne, [[WorthyOpponent a fellow veteran]], and thus wanted him to take the shot.]]



* LowerClassLout: Lucy Purcell is portrayed this way.

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* LowerClassLout: Lucy Purcell is portrayed this way.way, although she has [[AlasPoorVillain a few sympathetic moments]] where she expresses guilt over her trashiness and negligence.



* ScatterBrainedSenior: Wayne becomes one in the present day, for ambiguous reasons, though his doctor suspects dementia.

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* ScatterBrainedSenior: Wayne becomes one in the present day, for ambiguous reasons, though reasons. We are to presume he's suffering from dementia, but given the show's [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane ambiguity when it comes to the supernatural]], it's possibly of a more otherworldly nature.
* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler: Woodard is posthumously convicted of the Purcell murders by Wayne's superiors. This is motivated by the shoot-out he'd been in, the discovery of Will Purcell's backpack at
his doctor suspects dementia.house, and the preexisting mistrust the townsfolk had towards him for being a lowly scavenger and a non-white one at that. As the future segments quickly reveal, it wasn't him.]]


* AssholeVictim: The rednecks who keep [[BullyADragon harassing]] [[ShellShockedVeteran Woodard]] [[spoiler: all get blown to shreds and gunned down by him after they surround his house with the intention of murdering him.]]

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* AssholeVictim: The rednecks who keep [[BullyADragon [[BullyingADragon harassing]] [[ShellShockedVeteran Woodard]] [[spoiler: all get blown to shreds and gunned down by him after they surround his house with the intention of murdering him.]]


* AssholeVictim: The rednecks who keep harassing [[ShellShockedVeteran Woodward]] [[spoiler: all get blown to shreds and gunned down by him after they surround his house with the intention of murdering him.]]

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* AssholeVictim: The rednecks who keep harassing [[BullyADragon harassing]] [[ShellShockedVeteran Woodward]] Woodard]] [[spoiler: all get blown to shreds and gunned down by him after they surround his house with the intention of murdering him.]]

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* AssholeVictim: The rednecks who keep harassing [[ShellShockedVeteran Woodward]] [[spoiler: all get blown to shreds and gunned down by him after they surround his house with the intention of murdering him.]]


* CallBack: Hays' interviewer in 2015 references the Yellow King cult and their crooked spiral motif. Hays explicitly denies such a cult was involved this time around.

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* CallBack: ConnectedAllAlong: If not the second season, the third is definitively confirmed to take place in the same world as the first one, with [[TheCameo cameo]] appearances from Rust and Marty, and an explicit CallBack to the Yellow King cult murders. Hays' interviewer in 2015 references the Yellow King said cult and their crooked spiral motif. Hays motif, though he explicitly denies such a cult was involved this time around.


* BrutalHonesty: After getting a confession out of the woman who [[WouldHurtAChild murdered her three babies]], Cohle suggests that she killed herself because she wouldn't like what's coming for her in prison. The remark leaves her devastated.

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* BrutalHonesty: After getting a confession out of the woman who [[WouldHurtAChild murdered her three babies]], Cohle suggests that she killed kill herself because she wouldn't like what's coming for her in prison. The remark leaves her devastated.


* Deconstruction: Of true crime stories and conspiracy theories. [[spoiler: While Elisa suspects the death of Will Purcell and disappearance of Julie Purcell are tied to a child trafficking ring, the former was a genuine accident and the latter a non-malicious (but still illegal and harmful) kidnapping by a mentally ill woman from a rich family. Hoyt, the local business tycoon supposedly at the heart of the conspiracy, is actually a despondent alcoholic who mainly wants to protect his family and company's reputations, and the lone surviving kidnapping conspirator is guilt-ridden and quickly confesses when Wayne and Roland confront him years later. The district attorney/attorney general who wanted the case closed is implied to have done so out of convenience and political ambition rather than to cover up a vast conspiracy. In the end, while the original murder and kidnapping were still tragic, the Hoyt family's attempts to cover it up ruined even more lives]].

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* Deconstruction: {{Deconstruction}}: Of true crime stories and conspiracy theories. [[spoiler: While Elisa suspects the death of Will Purcell and disappearance of Julie Purcell are tied to a child trafficking ring, the former was a genuine accident and the latter a non-malicious (but still illegal and harmful) kidnapping by a mentally ill woman from a rich family. Hoyt, the local business tycoon supposedly at the heart of the conspiracy, is actually a despondent alcoholic who mainly wants to protect his family and company's reputations, and the lone surviving kidnapping conspirator is guilt-ridden and quickly confesses when Wayne and Roland confront him years later. The district attorney/attorney general who wanted the case closed is implied to have done so out of convenience and political ambition rather than to cover up a vast conspiracy. In the end, while the original murder and kidnapping were still tragic, the Hoyt family's attempts to cover it up ruined even more lives]].

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* Deconstruction: Of true crime stories and conspiracy theories. [[spoiler: While Elisa suspects the death of Will Purcell and disappearance of Julie Purcell are tied to a child trafficking ring, the former was a genuine accident and the latter a non-malicious (but still illegal and harmful) kidnapping by a mentally ill woman from a rich family. Hoyt, the local business tycoon supposedly at the heart of the conspiracy, is actually a despondent alcoholic who mainly wants to protect his family and company's reputations, and the lone surviving kidnapping conspirator is guilt-ridden and quickly confesses when Wayne and Roland confront him years later. The district attorney/attorney general who wanted the case closed is implied to have done so out of convenience and political ambition rather than to cover up a vast conspiracy. In the end, while the original murder and kidnapping were still tragic, the Hoyt family's attempts to cover it up ruined even more lives]].


* RecycledPremise: Frank Semyon's plot is largely lifted from ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday'': A happily married mob boss is on the verge of going legitimate by making a huge land development deal in partnership with a foreign crime organization, but finds himself under attack by unknown agents. Struggling first to keep the deal together and then just to stay alive, he uncovers that [[spoiler:his number two has betrayed him, so he kills him personally]]. Ultimately, [[spoiler:he assassinates an enemy leader, but gets murdered anyway, leaving his wife a widow]].



** [[spoiler: Ray notes that the Birdman shot him with non-lethal riot shells, specifically adding "You know, like cops use." That, plus the Birdman's slim, tall figure, suggested Burris as the man under the mask. Burris turned out to be corrupt, but it was Leonard Osterman who wore the mask.]]

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** [[spoiler: Ray notes that the Birdman shot him with non-lethal less-lethal riot shells, specifically adding "You know, like cops use." That, plus the Birdman's slim, tall figure, suggested Burris as the man under the mask. Burris turned out to be corrupt, but it was Leonard Osterman who wore the mask.]]


** Mayor Austin Chessani is noticeably drunk, and continues to drink and make mixers, during his ''morning meeting'' with Velcoro and Bezzerides.
** Velcoro has become a drunken mess since he made a deal with Semyon and killed his wife's rapist. He's seen DrinkingOnDuty and passes out drinking at his local watering hole. After the events of episode four he decides to go sober to increase his chances of winning custody of his son, however [[spoiler: after he spends some time with his son, during which they don't interact very well and he realizes that Chad is going to find out his father isn't his biological father, Velcoro goes on a drug and alcohol binge that ends with him begging his ex-wife to drop the paternity test in exchange for never seeing his son again]].

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** Mayor Austin Chessani is noticeably drunk, introduced two-fisting champagne at a reception and continues to drink and make mixers, during drinks throughout his ''morning meeting'' with Velcoro and Bezzerides.office meetings, even in the morning.
** Velcoro has become a drunken mess since he made a deal with Semyon, who complains that Velcoro is "getting a load on" during their meetings. When Velcore cleans up and goes sober, Semyon and killed says its nice to speak to him when his wife's rapist. He's seen DrinkingOnDuty and passes out drinking at his local watering hole. After the events of episode four he decides to go sober to increase his chances of winning custody of his son, however [[spoiler: after he spends some time with his son, during which they don't interact very well and he realizes that Chad is going to find out his father head isn't his biological father, Velcoro goes on nodding. It doesn't last, however.
** Dixon drinks from
a drug hip flask and alcohol binge that ends with him begging his ex-wife is said to drop the paternity test in exchange for never seeing his son again]]. smell like liquor.



* AmbiguouslyJewish: Mayor Chessani uses Yiddish words on a noticeable number of occasions, but we get no confirmation on his actual religious background.



** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Muerte The Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte]]. Figures of the folk saint are seen in Casperes apartment and the house used by Amarilla's associate. Amarilla himself also speaks of the Santa Muerte [[spoiler: just before he is shot by Velcoro and Woodrugh]].

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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Muerte The Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte]]. Figures of the folk saint are seen in Casperes Caspere's apartment and the house used by Amarilla's associate. Amarilla himself also speaks of the Santa Muerte [[spoiler: just before he is shot by Velcoro and Woodrugh]].



* AxeCrazy: [[spoiler: Lenny Osterman, who brutally attacks Holloway with a large kitchen knife in the Anaheim train station]].



* ChekhovsGun: While infiltrating an orgy, Bezzerides snags a carving knife from a food tray in case things go bad. Sure enough, she soon uses it to carve up a goon who attacks her.

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* ChekhovsGun: While infiltrating an orgy, Bezzerides snags a carving cheese knife from a food tray in case things go bad. Sure enough, she soon uses it to carve up a goon who attacks her.



** [[spoiler: In episode seven it is revealed that whilst Burris, Dixon and Holloway were working for the LAPD in the 90's, they used the 1992 riots as cover to commit a brutal jewellery store robbery which left two children orphaned. They then used the stolen diamonds to buy into the Vinci crime syndicate, and later joined Vinci PD with six figure salaries]].

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** [[spoiler: In episode seven it is revealed that whilst Burris, Dixon and Holloway were working for the LAPD in the 90's, 90s, they used the 1992 riots as cover to commit a brutal jewellery store robbery which left two children orphaned. They then used the stolen diamonds to buy into the Vinci crime syndicate, and later joined Vinci PD with six figure salaries]].



** One side of Woodrugh's body is covered in burn marks, which he got ''before'' his time in the military.

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** One side of Woodrugh's body is covered in burn marks, which he got ''before'' marks. He claims to his time in girlfriend that they have nothing to do with his military service, but later points to them saying that he "bled" for the military.money he brought back from the war.



** Several of the pimps and gangsters who observe Frank beat up Danny Santos are visibly shocked and disturbed when he proceeds to remove Santos grill with pliers.

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** Several of the pimps and gangsters who observe Frank beat up Danny Santos are visibly shocked and disturbed when he proceeds to remove Santos Santos' grill with pliers.



* GracefulInTheirElement: Paul during the gunfight in episode four. He is the most adept shooter during the battle and when Velcoro and Bezzerides begin to break down afterwards, he does nothing more than calmly holster his weapon as backup arrives. This contrasts considerably to his behaviour earlier in the episode, where he is hungover, on edge and lamenting to Velcoro about being unable to function in the real world.

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* GracefulInTheirElement: Paul during the gunfight in episode four. He is the most adept shooter during the battle and when Velcoro and Bezzerides begin to break down afterwards, he does nothing more than calmly holster his weapon as backup arrives. This contrasts considerably to his behaviour behavior earlier in the episode, where he is hungover, on edge and lamenting to Velcoro about being unable to function in the real world.



* KickTheDog: Semyon uses just about every ethnic slur there is over the course of the season to remind you that he's an AntiHero, not a hero.



* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The fictional city of Vinci is strongly based on the real life city of Vernon, California. Vinci, like Vernon, is an industrial city on the outskirts of L.A. plagued with corruption and crime. Both cities employ thousands of people but only contain a tiny number of actual residents.

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The fictional city of Vinci is strongly based on the real life city of Vernon, California. Vinci, like Vernon, is an industrial city on the outskirts of L.A. plagued with corruption and crime. Both cities employ thousands of people but only contain a tiny number of actual residents. The "City of Vinci" water tower seen frequently on the show is actually Vernon's own landmark with the name replaced.



* QuicklyDemotedLeader: A few months after the gunfight in episode four, Bezzerides, the leader of the Caspere investigation, has been demoted to sergeant working in evidence storage. Velcoro, the second in command, quits Vinci PD and begins working as security for Frank. Also a case of RealityEnsues, as the shootout was incredibly dangerous to both police and public (many officers and civilians were killed), and resulted in the case being closed unsatisfactorily due to the prime suspect being killed. The unspoken implication is that the higher ups scapegoated Bezzerides and Velcoro.


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* ReassignedToAntarctica: A few months after the gunfight in episode four, Bezzerides, the leader of the Caspere investigation, has been demoted to sergeant working in evidence storage. Velcoro, the second in command, quits Vinci PD and begins working as security for Frank. Also a case of RealityEnsues, as the shootout was incredibly dangerous to both police and public (many officers and civilians were killed), and resulted in the case being closed unsatisfactorily due to the prime suspect being killed. The unspoken implication is that the higher ups scapegoated Bezzerides and Velcoro.


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* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Mayor Chessani uses Yiddish words on a noticeable number of occasions.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Hays figures out that Julie Purcell is still alive and happily married with a child, however his dementia strikes ''just'' as he's pulling up to her house to confront her. Even so, everything else in his life (besides the aforementioned dementia) is good, he has rekindled his friendship with Roland and his children are both doing well.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Hays figures out that Julie Purcell is still alive and happily married with a child, however his dementia strikes ''just'' as he's pulling up to her house to confront her. Even so, everything else in his life (besides the aforementioned dementia) is good, he has rekindled his friendship with Roland and his children are both doing well. Henry also seems to be aware that the address is significant.]]



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Following from Season 1's ambiguous Lovecraftian Horror, 2015 Hays possibly causes a door in 1990 to swing open when he hallucinates the decades old memory. Or the door randomly swung open as they sometimes do.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Following from Season 1's ambiguous Lovecraftian Horror, 2015 Hays repeatedly influences past events when he has dementia-related hallucinations. Younger Hays stares at where 2010s' Hays will be, and looks discomfited. At one point the elder Hays possibly causes a door in 1990 to swing open when he hallucinates the decades old memory. Or the door randomly swung open as they sometimes do.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Hays figures out that Julie Purcell is still alive and happily married with a child, however his dementia strikes ''just'' as he's pulling up to her house to confront her. Even so, everything else in his life (besides the aforementioned dementia) is good, he has rekindled his friendship with Roland and his children are both doing well.]]



* DarkIsEvil: Implied by the Goth teenagers, though it remains to be seen how "evil" they are.



* HesJustHiding: [[spoiler:Julie]]. Although how or why remains to be seen.

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* HesJustHiding: [[spoiler:Julie]]. Although how or why remains [[spoiler:It turns out Julie is alive and in the wind. She escaped her kidnappers, but due to be seen.years of being fed lithium, her memory is all fragmented and she has forgotten who her father is (leading to her calling the police in anger when her father appears on TV telling her to come home, which eventually leads to his death). She ended up at a convent where she is recognized by a childhood friend, and the convent helps her restart her life while lying and saying that she had died of HIV. In 2015, she is happily living with said childhood friend and their daughter.]]


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* RedHerring: With the StealthSequel reveal, viewers would expect that Julie Purcell's kidnapping and her brother's death must be related to something rather sinister with many high level cover ups. [[spoiler:It turns out Julie's kidnappers weren't a pedophile ring at all, simply a powerful family with a mentally fragile woman who thought Julie must be her daughter after her real daughter died tragically. And the Attorney General who always seems interested in shutting down the case as soon as possible isn't (presumably) in cahoots with the Hoyts, he simply is a grandstanding politician who wants to look good for the press at the cost of a case being closed prematurely.]]


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* ShaggyDogStory: To an extent. [[spoiler:Hays and Roland's investigations continually end in unsatisfying ways, culminating with them learning that Julie Purcell died at a convent years before 2015 from HIV, meaning they were too late after decades of agonizing. However, Hays realizes after putting two and two together about the man he met at the convent and his daughter (who was named after Julie's mother), he realizes the convent must have faked Julie's death to help her start over fresh. Just when he figures out where she lives and drives there, his dementia flares up and he completely forgets why he is there, even talking to Julie without realizing who she is. He calls his son to come pick him up and leaves, not ever remembering why he went. At the very least, the audience gets to know that Julie made a happy new life for herself.]]

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* ArcSymbol: Letters and the written word in general, possibly pertaining to the season's theme of memory. The season's intro song is "Death Letter". Wayne and Roland find some notes written to the kids. A letter is sent to the Purcell's [[spoiler: by Lucy]] telling them not to worry. Wayne reads Amelia's book to gain insight on the mystery. [[spoiler: Tom Purcell's suicide is faked by dumping his body with a forged suicide note]].

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* RedSkiesCrossover: In Season 3, the woman who is interviewing Wayne Hays brings up of what Rust Cohle and Martin Hart did during Season 1, and suggests that the Purcell case has some connections to it. Wayne shoots the idea down however.

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* StealthSequel: It is revealed that season 3's story is in the same continuity as season 1, when Rust and Marty's exploits in 2012 are brought up as being similar in nature to Hays and Roland's case. Specifically [[spoiler:little children being kidnapped with said kidnappings being covered up by people in power, possibly being connected to pedophile rings.]]

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