If you're not at least putting some thought into the question, "Who is the Yellow King?," it means you haven't watched a single episode of True Detective, because there's just no way you could've started watching and just dropped off. It's the best show on TV right now--the one in which the guy who just won one that big Oscar plays the main character. It's highly addictive, with quality acting and incredible writing. So I'll be nice and give you a "spoiler" warning, because I'm about to offer my theory of who will emerge as the central bad guy on Sunday's season finale. Spoiler alert...
I'll start with this: it's only kind of a spoiler alert. I'm only making a prediction. I don't have any more information than someone else who's watched the show and combed the internet for clues. I can't really spoil the ending because I obviously don't really know it. But here's what I think, based on what I've seen. Until last night, I'd boiled it down to either Maggie's dad or the minister played by Clarke Peters--the guy who played Lester on The Wire. However, I discovered that one of these guys can't be our guy. At this point, I hope you're caught up; I'm going in.
All those hints that Marty's daughter saw or experienced some type of sex act during her childhood had to start somewhere, and they say it's usually a close, trusted person, so you don't have to suspend your disbelief to see how Maggie's dad, "Jake Herbert," could be the culprit. He's rich, he looks creepy, he's been introduced to us without much other context, and he has access. Him being right next to Marty during a walk and snarky little pow-wow in the backyard would go a long way in explaining the foreshadowing statement Marty gave to the interrogating state police about not taking a hint: "The solution was right under my nose, but I was paying attention to the wrong clues..."
But Jake didn't show up until near the end of the second episode. TD's creator is quoted as saying "So, wild speculations aside, we showed the killer’s face in Episode 1." Also, "There’s enough fragmentary history in Episode 7 that, like Hemingway’s iceberg, what is obscured can be discerned by what is visible."
After watching a couple episodes again and thinking it over--with all due respect to Clarke Peters--I'm going to keep it gangster/Wire, and say I think it's Lester the Minister (sorry CP--they haven't told us your real name). Here's why.
At this point who knows. I'm really just trying to be able to say "I called it!," in the ridiculously unlikely event that Lester the Minister is actually the Yellow King. True Detective has been a spectacular show. It deserves a spectacular ending. I'd love to say I told you so on Sunday night.
**Now, I do have another theory: this is an ongoing cult, and the "Yellow King" changes. Maybe it was Reggie LeDoux for a time, and one/some of the Tuttle family, etc. And now it's the "Green-Eared Spaghetti Monster. But then again, it could still be Lester the Minister. I'm telling you--it's him!!!
UPDATE: OK, I was a little bit off. I still think he was the mastermind of it all. They didn't catch everybody!!
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