True Detective – S04E05 – Part 5 | Transcript

Julia's ashes start a probe into Silver Sky's dark deeds, leading to protests, violence, and a deadly confrontation, testing loyalties and justice
True Detective - S04E05 - Part 5

True Detective
Season 4 Episode 5
Episode Title: 
Original release date: February 9, 2024 (HBO and Max)

Plot summary: Julia’s cremation on December 31 sets off a chain of events, with her ashes being delivered to Navarro (Kali Reis) in an urn. This somber beginning leads Danvers (Jodie Foster) and Navarro into a complex narrative that unfolds around a mysterious cave accident reported by Otis (Klaus Tange). Their investigation points them toward the shady dealings of Silver Sky mining, pulling in various individuals from the community into a narrative filled with deceit and conflict. As tensions rise, a protest against Silver Sky turns violent, directly involving Navarro, who steps in to protect Leah, only to find herself and Leah entangled in a deeper conflict. The investigation reveals Silver Sky’s involvement in unethical activities, leading to a tense confrontation with the company’s executives. This confrontation escalates into violence when Danvers and Navarro uncover attempts to silence anyone too close to the truth, culminating in a deadly encounter at Danvers’ home. This encounter leaves them facing moral dilemmas and the real costs of their pursuit for justice. As they prepare to return to the caves, they leave behind a scene staged to protect Peter, highlighting the complex web of loyalties and the lengths they will go to uncover the truth.

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(embers sizzling)

(somber music playing)

(machine whirring)

(singers humming)


Here she is, hon.

Evangeline: Thanks for lettin’ me stay close.

Absolutely, just please don’t tell anyone.

Sign here.

Be careful. It’s hot.

(“bury a friend” by Billie Eilish playing)

♪ What do you want from me? ♪

♪ Why don’t you run from me? ♪

♪ What are you wondering? ♪

♪ What do you know? ♪

♪ Why aren’t you scared of me? ♪

♪ Why do you care for me? ♪

♪ When we all fall asleep, where do we go? ♪

♪ Come here ♪

♪ Say it, spit it out ♪

♪ What is it exactly you’re payin’? ♪

♪ Is the amount cleanin’ you out ♪

♪ Am I satisfactory? ♪

♪ Today, I’m thinkin’ about ♪

♪ The things that are deadly ♪

♪ The way I’m drinkin’ you down ♪

♪ Like I wanna drown, like I wanna end me ♪

♪ Step on the glass ♪

♪ Staple your tongue, ahh ♪

♪ Bury a friend, try to wake up, ahh ♪

♪ Cannibal class, killin’ the son, ahh ♪

♪ Bury a friend, I wanna end me ♪

♪ I wanna end me ♪

♪ I wanna, I wanna, I wanna ♪

♪ Why aren’t you scared of me? ♪

♪ Why do you care for me? ♪

♪ When we all fall asleep, where do we go? ♪

♪ I wanna end me ♪

♪ End me ♪

Alma: The doctor says we have to limit contact to 10 minutes. He’s still in withdrawal, so go easy on him, okay?

Liz: Alright.

Liz: Did you know Clark from before? Otis? Did you know him?

Otis: No… I knew about Tsalal, but I didn’t know the men there.

Liz: What did he want with you?

Otis: He was asking how I survived my injuries. (sniffles)

Liz: And how did you?

Otis: Fuck, man. Does it really look to you like I did? (grunts)

Liz: Alright… where is Clark now?

Otis: I don’t know.

Liz: Uh, you said you said that he was he was goin’ back to the Night Country.

Otis: I did?

Liz: Yeah, at the dredge. What did that mean?

Otis: I don’t know. He was crazy as shit, man.

Liz: Alright, what else did he say?

Otis: “She’s awake.”

Holden: “She’s awake.”

Otis: Said that a bunch of times. He said, “I have to hide. She’s out there.” (groans) Creepy motherfucker.

Liz: Alright. Let’s talk about back then. What happened on the day of your injuries?

Otis: (sighs) Shit was 30 years ago. What does it matter?

Liz: It matters. Tell me.

Otis: There was a cave-in. Men died trapped in the ice. We ran out for help, but there was a blizzard. I heard…

(quiet, ominous music playing)

Liz: Otis?

Otis: Somethin’ screaming, howling. The other men started following the sound. I tried to go after them and then nothin’.

Liz: Nothin’. Wh-What does that mean?

Otis: I woke up in the hospital. My eyes were burned, my ears, all gone to shit.

Liz: Alright. Alright. So… This the cave system you were mapping?

Otis: Mm.

Liz: Can you point to where the entrance is?

Otis: (grunts) It’s right at the end of Bear Creek. Here, but you can’t go on your own. The caves collapse. That ice is like crawling on thin glass.

Liz: Yeah, well, you’re gonna take us there.

Otis: I can’t like this.

Liz: You’re gonna be better in a few days.

Otis: That’s not what I’m saying. You can help me get well.

Liz: I can’t get you heroin, you know that.

Otis: Your time’s up.

Liz: (sighs)

Liz: (grunts) Found the entrance. You sure you’re up for this?

Evangeline: Yeah.

Liz: You wanna talk about it?

Evangeline: No.

Liz: Alright.

Peter: What’s this?

Kayla: That’s your bag. Please don’t come back tonight.

Peter: Wh… No. Hold, Kayla, you can’t…

Kayla: Please, just go.

Peter: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, Kayla? You can’t just kick me out, Kayla. This is my fuckin’ family too!

(door slams)

Evangeline: So this cave is on Silver Sky property?

Liz: Yeah. They own the entire region.

Evangeline: How’s Leah?

Liz: Eh, she’s got a girlfriend.

Evangeline: So? I’ve had a bunch of those.

Liz: Yeah, I guess. Girlfriend thing is okay. It’s just… Lee’s turned into one of these crazy radicals splashin’ that black paint all over the place.

Evangeline: They’re not crazy. It’s the fucking water. It’s poisoning people.

Liz: I know, alright? I know. (sighs)

(light drum music playing)

(soft throat singing)

(crowd chattering)

(light music playing)

(music fades out)

Evangeline: Is this it?

Liz: Oh, it, (sighs) it looks like somebody blew the entryway shut.

Evangeline: Because of course they fuckin’ did. Fuck!

Liz: Hey.

Evangeline: Fuck this shit!

Liz: (sighs)

(melancholy guitar music playing)


(dogs barking)

(Hank singing) ♪ There is no love ♪

♪ None lost, none found ♪

♪ There is no God ♪

♪ No hallowed ground ♪

♪ You are forever bound to lose ♪

♪ So what’s the use? ♪

(protestors chanting)

crowd (chants): We were here before, gonna stay when you’re gone! We were here before, gonna stay…

♪ There is no king ♪

…gonna stay when you’re gone!

(chant repeats)

♪ He won’t be crowned ♪

We were here before, gonna stay when you’re gone!

♪ There is no star ♪

♪ She’s fallin’ down ♪

♪ You are forever bound… ♪

All (chanting): Land back, water back!

♪ So what’s the use ♪

(chants) We were here before, gonna stay when you’re gone!

We were here before, gonna stay when you’re gone!

We were here before.

♪ There is no place ♪

(siren wailing)

(police radio chatter)

♪ To get unwound ♪

♪ You will not sing ♪

♪ You lost your sound ♪


♪ You are forever bound ♪

♪ To lose ♪

(protestor shouting)

♪ So what’s ♪

Land back, water back!

♪ The use? ♪

(music intensifies)

(song ends)

(dogs barking)

(phone buzzing)

Hank: Hello.

Peter: Hey, Dad.

Hank (over phone): Hey.

Peter: Hey, uh what, uh, what are you doin’?

Hank: Uh, just doin’ some work on my truck. What’s, what’s goin’ on?

Peter: Um… Kayla (sighs) she thinks we need a little time apart.

Hank: Oh.

Peter: And, uh… I was wondering, if it’s not too much trouble could I, could I crash with you?

Hank: Oh, uh… yeah. It ain’t exactly the Radisson, but come on over.

Peter (over phone): Okay… great. Probably, like, five minutes away.

Hank: Okay.

Peter: Okay.

(call ends)

(phone beeps)

(siren wailing)

(crowd chanting)

Crowd (chanting): Land back, water back!

(intense music playing)

Evangeline: Hey, hey, hey! Move! Let him go! Let him go now! Move back! Get down! Move! Move! Hey, no! Break it up!



(ominous music playing)

(singers vocalizing)

(voices whispering)

(muffled chanting)

(bottle clanks)

Crowd: Land back, water back!

(Leah yells)

Willson: Get over here, you fuckin’ bitch!


Get off of me, you fuckin’ pig!


(Leah yells, grunts)


(tense music playing)

Sheri! Sheri!


Willson: Stay back!


Evangeline: Hey! She’s a fucking kid!

Evangeline: You okay?

Protestor: Fuck the police!

What the fuck, Navarro?!


(crowd cheering)

Liz: Come on, Ted, it was a protest. What do you want from me?

Ted (over phone): Kate’s fuckin’ furious and wants answers.

Liz: Well, why me? (scoffs) I-It’s not even our jurisdiction. It’s the Troopers’ job.

Ted: She wants you there.

(phone beeping)

Ted: You’re the Chief of Police, for Christ’s sakes.

Liz: Fine. I’ll go to her office.

Ted: I’ll see you there.

Liz: Wait. You’re gonna be there?

(phone beeping)

Liz: What the fuck is goin’ on, Ted?

Ted: Just fuckin’ be there.

Liz: Fine.

(phone beeps)

Liz: Navarro.

Evangeline (over phone): Well, I got some shit news for you.

Liz: Really?

Evangeline: ‘Cause I fuckin’ will.

Liz: Alright.

(door opens)

Leah: What’d she say?

Evangeline: How’s your head?

Leah: Fine. Stopped bleeding.

Evangeline: That’s a shame. Put on your seat belt. What the fuck were you doing there?

Leah: What the fuck were you doing there? I mean, whose side are you on? Liz, I get it, but you know the shit that’s happening in this town. What were you thinking?

Evangeline: Jesus Christ, I’m actually feelin’ for Danvers right now.

Leah: Just take me home.

Evangeline: You’re not going home.

Leah: What are you talking about?

Evangeline: She wants me to take you in.

Leah: Are you fucking kidding me? Fucking pigs. All of you.

Liz: Hey.

Peter: Hey, I was looking for you.

Liz: Did you know that Leah was goin’ to that protest?

Peter: No, no, no. Is she okay?

Liz: ‘Cause if you’re covering for her…

Peter: No, no, I’m… I’m not, I’m not…

Liz: …swear to God.

Peter: I’m not in the house. Kayla kicked me out.

Liz: Oh. Wow, that’s that’s, that’s hard. You need a place to stay or…?

Peter: No… No, movin’ in with you would basically fast track me to a divorce, so.

Liz: (sighs)

Peter: It’s not all bad, though. Here… take a look at this.

Liz: What’s this?

Peter: That is the thing you’ve been lookin’ for.

Leah: Liz?

Liz: Don’t look. Nope.

Peter: What’s goin’ on?

Leah: Coop?

Officer Cooper: Yeah?

Leah: Book me, will you?

Officer Cooper: Yes, ma’am.

Peter: Seriously?

Liz: Hey, what am I lookin’ at?

Peter: The LLC that paid the grants that fund the station…

Liz: Yeah.

Peter: I followed their tax returns, and they trace back to Tuttle United. You remember them?

Liz: Uh, yeah, the palm oil, video games, cruise lines.

Peter: Yeah, and four deals in Canada and two in China with Norbank Securities, which is a founding partner of…

Liz: (scoffs) Silver Sky Mining. (Chuckles) This is evidence. That means… the mine bankrolls Tsalal, and then Tsalal pushes out bogus pollution numbers for ’em.

Peter: It’s definitely possible.

Liz: Oh, wow. Hey, sorry about the divorce.

Peter: It’s not a divorce, Chief.

Liz: Whatever.

Peter: (sighs)

Leah: You know I hate Pepsi, Prior.

Peter: Yeah, well, the machine was out of Mountain Dew, so.

Leah: Fine.

Peter: You okay?

Leah: Yeah. Thanks.

Peter: What about Sheri? She okay?

Leah: Fuck Sheri.

Peter: Fuck Sheri? Why?

Leah: Heard you got kicked out.

Peter: You knew?

Leah: She couldn’t stop crying, Prior. You’re an asshole. … Ya know, she told me about when she first fell in love with you. She saw you play.

Peter: Senior year? Finals?

Leah: No, this game you lost. You fell on your ass. And then…

Peter: Huey Larson scored?

Leah: Mm-hmm. She said that everyone gave you so much shit and you just had this stupid, idiot smile on your face. And then she found out that Huey’s dad had had a stroke. You fell on purpose, didn’t you?

Peter: No.

Leah: She just misses that guy, Prior. Don’t let Liz ruin that guy, okay? She’s not good with people she cares about.

(door opens)

Evangeline: You’re not really keepin’ her in there, are you?

Liz: She needs to get how vulnerable she’s makin’ herself.

Evangeline: (sighs) I mean, come on, Liz. She’s just young. She’s trying to do the right thing.

Liz: No, she’s not. She’s just doin’ it to piss me off. You know what? Don’t come tellin’ me how to handle my shit. You know how many phone calls I had to field about you kickin’ the shit out of another Trooper today?

Evangeline: That asshole hit Leah.

Liz: Yeah, he’s fuckin’ suspended. (sighs) Are you okay? Mm, not okay.

Evangeline: Where are you goin’?

Liz: I’m goin’ to meet Kate McKittrick and Connelly about the protests.

Evangeline: Wait, what? Why? That’s the Troopers’ job.

Liz: Exactly. Ya know what? I’m kinda glad that I’m goin’ over there ’cause I have somethin’ I wanna discuss with her. Look at that. You’re gonna like it.

(tense music playing)

(throat singing)

Hi. Can I take you to the…

Liz: I’m good, thanks. (coughs)

(quiet chatter)

Kate: Liz… thanks for comin’.

Liz: Uh, yeah. So, first of all, uh, we all know that, uh, the mess at the protests, that’s on Troopers running a shitty outfit. Not on APF, it’s not on me. (sighs) So, as long as we’re here…

Kate: As long as we’re here… shall we? … So, this came from our security cameras up north. It’s 9:15 this mornin’, during the lead-up to the riot.

Liz: (sighs)

Kate: Why are you and Trooper Navarro in a remote section of Silver Sky land? … It’s just a question, Liz.

Liz: It’s police business. Has to do with the Tsalal investigation.

Kate: On Silver Sky property. What led you to that location?

Liz: Well… we got some intel about the area. There’s an abandoned cave, and, uh, we located an engineer who had some information about, uh, Raymond Clark, the missing scientist.

Kate: Who’s the engineer?

Liz: Otis Heiss.

Kate: Well, um, the good news for you and Mr. Heiss is that it turns out this isn’t a murder case after all.

Liz: Wait, what do you mean? What does she mean?

Ted: Forensics came back. It was a weather event. “Slab avalanche.” They’re sudden and can move at 100 miles an hour.

Liz: An avalanche? Come on.

Ted: (inhales) It was the last sunset before the long night. Theory is they went outside to watch it.

Liz: What about the ears, and the eyes, and…

Ted: Ruptured eardrums and, uh, damaged soft tissue are common during a flash freeze.

Liz: Yeah, okay…

Ted: And, and fatal hypothermia causes hallucinations…

Liz; But you’re, you’re saying the official word from Anchorage is they froze to death?

Kate: Well, um, (sighs) I know it’s a relief for all of us that there’s not some killer out there on the loose.

Liz: Well, it’s convenient, isn’t it? ‘Cause the mine bankrolls Tsalal.

Kate: Well, of course. I mean, we donate to a lot of worthy research projects and Tsalal’s in our own backyard. You know what? Their work was an incredible…

Liz: Yeah, incredible work. But the funding is for an independent outfit that verifies your pollution numbers. You don’t think that’s a conflict of interest?

Kate: Well, I’ll have to look into it, but I-I don’t see what possible relation it could have with a weather event.

Liz: Ah, fuck you and your fucking weather event.

Kate: You know what? I’m gonna have to… I’m gonna leave you two alone.

Liz: Yeah. I’m-I’m sorry Bill’s such a terrible lay. You have my sympathies.

Ted: Are you out of your fucking mind?

Liz: The Annie K. Case, remember? Look, that, that location, that cave, that’s where she was killed. The two cases are linked. We’re almost there.

Ted: Three years ago, you and your partner, Evangeline Navarro, responded to a domestic violence call in Linden Village? William Wheeler, 43, white male. It was a murder-suicide, except there was no suicide, was there?

Liz: I don’t know what you’re talking…

Ted: Stop. This case is closed, Liz.

Liz: What happened to you? A woman was murdered.

Ted: Hm.

Ted: Go home to your daughter.

(light, tense music playing)

(indistinct chatter)

(wind blowing)

(ominous music playing)

(Hank grunts)

Kate: Hey, Henry.

Hank: Hey.

Kate: How’s Peter?

Hank: (scoffs) Well, kids shouldn’t be getting married that young, ya know?

Kate: Huh.

(both chuckle)

Kate: Danvers is not gonna let this go. She’s looking for the location of the Kowtok murder. (sighs) She can’t find that cave.

Hank: I don’t know what I can do about that.

Kate: The engineer. Otis Heiss. He could take her there.

Hank: You should take this to Connelly.

Kate: Connelly is a political animal. He’s weak, and he’s fuckin’ her.

Hank: (inhales) Okay, well, I did something for you. You broke your promise.

Kate: Yeah, we paid you well.

Hank: That money’s gone. You promised me Chief of Police.

Kate: Look, I couldn’t have known Danvers was gonna be exiled here. The bureaucracy was a mess. I had no control. This time, it’s different.

Hank: I’m not a killer.

Kate: I didn’t say those words. Do you understand me? I need to hear you say it.

Hank: You didn’t ask me to kill anyone.

Kate: Otis Heiss is a drug addict. Drug addicts get lost. I don’t need to know the details.

Hank: I don’t know where to find him.

Kate: So you follow Danvers. She’ll lead you to him. You do this, and the job is yours. I’m counting on ya, Henry.

(door opens, beeping)

(wind blowing)

(door closes)

(“Auld Lang Syne” playing)

(singers vocalizing)

(washer buzzes)

(voices whispering)

(eerie music plays)

(voices, music stop)

Kayla: You okay?

Evangeline: Yeah… yeah. Your grandma okay?

Kayla: Yeah, I’m just covering for her. She went to the dentist in Fairbanks.

Evangeline: What about you? Are you okay?

(knocks on window)

Qavvik: Kenny! She’s here! I found her! Come here.

(door opens)

(door bell rings)

Qavvik: Evangeline. … Kenny, tell her what you told me.

Evangeline: Tell me what?

Kenny: Well, my grandpa (sniffles) he taught me to walk away when I saw those. People would leave ’em as a warning for hunters. (Sniffles)

Evangeline: What kinda warning?

Kenny: Places where the ice would swallow them whole.

(tense music playing)

Evangeline: Underground ice caves?

Kenny: Yep. Truth is, sometimes we kids would crack the ice on purpose to go down into the caves. My grandma, she was so pissed when she found out. Said the Night Country was gonna take us.

Evangeline: I know how to get us in the caves. It’s so obvious. We just have to find the highest point on the cave maps. That’s how you get into a underground cave system.

Liz: (sighs) Navarro…

Evangeline: You find the place closest to the surface and you crack in. Otis can point it out for us, and we can just go.

Liz: Listen, l-listen, l-listen to me.

Evangeline: You listen. This is big, Liz. This connects everything. People call those caves “The Night Country.” And then…

Liz: No! It’s over.

Evangeline: What are you talkin’ about?

Liz: (sighs) Forensics came back on the Tsalal men. It was a freak weather event.

Evangeline: A what?

(Liz sighs)

Evangeline: Are you kidding?

Liz: Look, it doesn’t matter what you believe. Connelly’s shuttin’ us down.

Evangeline: Fine. Fuck Tsalal. Annie’s a whole separate case.

Liz: He knows about Wheeler.

Evangeline: What did he say?

Liz: He knows. All of it. I don’t even know how.

Evangeline: You know what? I don’t even care. If I can find where Annie died…

Liz: Wh-What do you think you’re gonna find? A signed confession on the wall?

Evangeline: A murder weapon, DNA. Anything that’s gonna help us find her.

Liz: Even if you found something, he’s gonna block it. No, you gotta stop now!

Evangeline: Stop? What are you even saying?

Liz: It ends here. Alright? It’s over.

Evangeline: No. I’m gonna go talk to Otis. He can point it out on the map…

Liz: No.

Evangeline: And he can find it for us.

Liz: You’re not gonna go to Otis because The Lighthouse isn’t gonna let you in after what you did. You just gotta… Please! You just… It’s over! Just let it go! Just let her go. (sighs) It’s time.

(light, tense music playing)

Evangeline: No. You carry her now. Like I did, all this time. You carry Annie. Every day. You’re leaving her, alone in that cave… in the dark. You.

Evangeline: She’s yours now.

(pounding on door)

Leah: Is Liz letting me go?

Evangeline: Fuck Liz.

(indistinct chatter)

Liz: (sighs)

Hank: Hey.

Peter: Hey.

Hank: What the hell was that all about?

Peter: Oh, just family stuff, ya know?

Hank: Mm, yeah.

Peter: You, uh… you need anything?

Hank: Me? No. I’m… uh… (chuckles) I, uh… I was thinking about that time when you were nine, when you were skating and you fell through the ice.

Peter: Ya know, I, um… I don’t really remember a lot of that, so.

Hank: You don’t? Oh, I do. I wake up dreaming of it sometimes. One second you were there, I turned around, and boom, you were gone, under the ice, current took ya. I had to run on ahead of ya and try to break through with a ice axe. I kept hacking until I got through, and then I pulled you out. Then, on the way to the hospital… I knew I had to keep you awake. Just keep you awake. Felt like we were driving for days. It just… I was… Family stuff, right? Fuckin’ family.

(“Warm Shadow” by Fink playing)

Liz: (sighs)

♪ What you got goin’ on ♪

♪ Behind those eyes closed, holdin’ on ♪

♪ And I don’t want another ♪

♪ Day to break ♪

(ice axe thudding)

♪ And take our, steal our ♪

Rose: Ah, there!

♪ Night away ♪

Rose: (grunting) I think that, that should do it.

(wind blowing)


Evangeline: Thanks, Rose.

Rose: Do ya want me to stay with ya? … Well, the weather’s shit, so don’t be long. They’re saying we’re getting a category four.

Evangeline: Here you go, baby girl. I thought, if you wanted to be in the ocean…

(somber music playing)

(closes urn)

(singers vocalizing)

voice (whispers): Evangeline.

(voices whispering)

voice (whispers): Listen.


(ice cracking)

(breathing heavily)

Rose: Lie down! Towards me. Lie down! Slowly. Towards me. (grunting) Take that.

(both grunting)

(heavy breathing)

Rose: You’re alright. You’re okay. What the fuck were you doing walking into the sea like that? I called you back. Didn’t ya hear me?

(singers vocalizing)

(wind blowing)

Kayla: Peter’s not here.

Liz: I’m looking for Leah.

Kayla: She doesn’t wanna talk to you.

Liz: (sighs) Please.

Liz: Lee?

Leah: What do you want?

Liz: Why are you doing this? Uh, just to mess with me?

Leah: Not everything’s about you, Liz.

(door opens)

Leah: What the fuck?

Liz: What, what… Is that bruises?

Leah: Don’t worry about it.

Liz: (sighs) You could’ve been killed.

Leah: Don’t be dramatic. It’s not like you.

Liz: I-I’m, I’m workin’ on this case…

Leah: Annie K.? Everything she fought for is still happening. Do you know how many stillbirths there were in the villages in the past three months?

Liz: I know about Aviaq Carter’s…

Leah: Nine. That’s nine moms, Liz.

Liz: (sighs) Leah, will you please just come home for New Year’s? Come home, please. … (grunts)

Leah: Liz… You know I haven’t given up on you.

(wind blowing)

(light, tense music playing)

(Liz’s car starts)

(music intensifies)

Caretaker: It’ll be another three months before we can dig any graves. So they’re stuck here. Least they keep each other company. Especially the little ones. You want me to stay?

Liz: No, I’m fine. Thanks.

(door opens, closes)

(somber music playing)

(singers vocalizing)

(music intensifies)

Peter: Hey, Chief.

Hank: Did you talk to Connelly?

(music fades out)

Liz: In my office. Bring that thing now. … Close the door. Who’d you talk to about Wheeler?

Peter: No one.

Liz: Well, Connelly knows because your father knows. What’s the password to your computer? Huh? Is it your birthday?

Peter: No.

Liz: Oh, let me guess. It’s Darwin’s. (sighs) How many times I gotta tell you? Your father only seems like an idiot. Sit… sit! … What do you think you know about Wheeler, hm? … Fine. You wanna do it differently? You make up the questions. You just had to know, right? You had to keep digging. That’s what Hank found in there. I bet he was asking you. “What do they know about the mine?” (scoffs) And then, bingo, his kid gives him a little present.

Peter: I wasn’t digging for anything.

Liz: Yeah, go. Ask me questions. Question me.

Peter: I don’t wanna do that.

Liz: Ask me questions.

Peter: No. I don’t wanna…

Liz: You wanted to know! Ask me the fucking questions! (slams table) Ask the questions, Prior!

Peter: Alright. Fine. How many times did you and Navarro visit the Wheeler household?

Liz: I’m not sure. Three.

Peter: Ten. Ten times you were there. And what was the situation on those visits to the Wheeler…

Liz: Wrong question, ask again. Ask again.

Peter: Did Wheeler ever show any signs of be…

Liz: Wrong question.

Peter: Did you think Wheeler was capable of…

Liz: Wrong question. Ask again.

Peter: Did you know Wheeler was left-handed?

Liz: No. I did not.

(light, tense music playing)

Peter: What direction are the blows in?

Liz: (sighs) Right to left. All of ’em.

Peter: This is her senior yearbook photo. You see the birthmark, right? Someone flipped every single photo in her file.

Peter: That bullet wound on his right-hand side. Everything else: The ballistics, forensics report it’s all gone in the flood.

Liz: Ask the real question, Prior. Go on.

Peter: Did you and Navarro shoot William Wheeler, and make it look like a suicide?

Liz: You see? Smart as you are you need to learn when to stop asking questions. You can’t stay at Hank’s. This is to the shack in the backyard of my house. I don’t have to see you. You don’t have to see me. Just don’t be stupid. Stupider. Take the key.

Hank: Pete?

Peter: Get the fuck away from me.

Hank: Hey! Ah.

Peter: Do not fucking touch me!

(tense music playing)

(door slams)

(dogs barking)



(“Die 4 You” by Perfume Genius playing)

♪ Limit every second left ♪

♪ ‘Til I’m off balance ♪

♪ Ooh, love ♪

♪ I’m there in spirit, ooh ♪

♪ Each and every breath I spend ♪

♪ You are collecting ♪

♪ See it through ♪

♪ I would die for you ♪

(music fades out)

Liz: Thank you.

(flips light switch)

Otis: Fuck, no! No! Mm.

Liz: Come on, you’re comin’ with me.

Otis: I’m not going anywhere.

Liz: I got you what you wanted. Alright? We’re gonna get you feeling better, and you’re gonna guide us through those caves. Come on.

Otis: Show me.

Otis: (sniffles)

(wind blowing)

Otis: Give it over.

Liz: I’m not lettin’ you get high in my truck, in public.

Otis: Then fuck you and fuck your cave.

Liz: Hey, you walk out that door and I’m sending your ass right back to jail. What’s it gonna be? … Alright.

(phone beeps)

(ring back tone)

Evangeline (over phone): Hello.

Liz: Hey. Meet me at my place. We’re goin’ to where Annie died.

Evangeline: I thought you said the case was closed.

Liz (over phone): I was wrong.

(Liz’s car starts)

(phone beeps)

Evangeline: You’re not gonna stop me?

Qavvik: (chuckles) Just… come back, okay? … Come back.

(door opens, closes)

Liz: Bathroom’s over there. Show me. Show me.

Otis: Here… off Niksik Pass. That’s the highest point.

Liz: Take it easy, and don’t leave a mess.

(door opens, closes)

Liz: (sighs)

(light, tense music playing)

(music intensifies)

(voice exhales)


Parent: Come on! Let’s go!

(music fades out)

(door slams)

Liz: Navarro?

Hank: Hey.

Liz: What are you doin’ here?

Hank: Connelly wants me to bring in the engineer.

What are you talkin’ about?

Hank: The junkie. Otis Heiss. I’m supposed to take him in.

What for?

Hank: Something about an outstanding warrant. He skipped bail in Noatak or some shit.

Why didn’t Connelly just ask me himself?

Hank: I don’t know, maybe it’s below your pay grade. Come on. You think I wanna be here on New Year’s Eve collecting some junkie?

(wipes feet)

How’d you know Otis Heiss was here?

Hank: Oh, he’s here? In the house? I-I was just wantin’ you to point me in a direction.

Yeah, I’m callin’ Connelly.

Hank: Just give him to me… Jesus Christ, Liz. Does everything have to be a fucking battle with you?

What the fuck’s going on?

Hank: You’re comin’ with me.

No, no, no, no. You’re not. Listen… Look, I don’t know what’s goin’ on, Hank, but you can still walk out that front door, and everything can still be okay.

Fuck this. I’m outta here.

Hank: Do not fucking move!

Do, do… Put the gun down, Hank.

Hank: No, I’m taking him. I’m gonna do this the way you did Wheeler.

Look, I don’t know what they have on you, but whatever it is, we can fix it. Okay? We can fix this.

Hank: You turned my kid against me. We can’t fix that, can we?

Your son loves you. He loves you. He doesn’t wanna see you do anything fucked up. Okay?

Hank: Hey!

(Liz gasps)

(Otis falls, groans)

Hank: Back up. Back up, Liz.


Hank: Stay there!

(Otis gasping)

Hank: Jesus Christ.

Peter: What’s goin’ on?

(tense music playing)

Hank: Lower your weapon, Pete.

Liz: Prior… don’t. Think about it. Think.

Peter: Dad?

Hank: We gotta get him outta here.

Liz: Prior, think. Think.

Hank: Come on. Let’s get him into my truck.

Liz: Prior, don’t. Think about it.

Hank: Come on. I need your help, son.

Liz: Prior.

Hank: Help me. You should know something. I didn’t kill Annie K. I just moved her body. Blood is blood, Peter. Remember that.

Peter: No!

(heavy breathing)

(quiet, tense music playing)

(wind whistling)

Liz (softly): It’s okay.

(“Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” cover by Clea playing)

♪ We’ll leave each other cold as ice ♪

♪ We live and die by pretty lies ♪

(Peter crying)

♪ You know it ♪

♪ We both know it ♪

♪ These silver bullet cigarettes ♪

♪ This burnin’ house, there’s nothin’ left ♪

♪ It’s smokin’ ♪

♪ We both know it ♪

♪ We got all night to fall in love ♪

♪ But just like that we fall apart ♪

♪ We’re broken, we’re broken ♪

Liz: Gonna call Connelly.

Evangeline: No, no, no, no, no.

Liz: Yeah, we gotta call him right now.

Evangeline: No, you’re not calling anybody. Listen! If you bring Connelly into this that kid’s goin’ down.

Liz: (sighs)

Evangeline: Connelly is in on this. He will bury every single one of us. No… this… this didn’t happen.

Liz: What?

Evangeline: Hank was never here. He snatched Otis, and he shot him. But when he tried to get rid of the body he had an accident. His truck will be there, but he’ll never be found.

Liz: W-We can’t fix this. It’s too big. We can’t fix it.

Evangeline: Listen, Liz, Hank was sent here to stop us from finding where Annie died. We are this close. The storm will help cover our tracks. That’s why we have to go right now.

Peter: She’s right.

Liz: We gotta clean this up.

(tense music playing)

Peter: No, I’ll clean.

Liz: No… No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Peter: No, you gotta go.

Liz: No, Pete. You can’t do that.

Peter: She can’t go into those caves alone.

Liz: I-I can’t leave you alone.

Peter: She can’t make it in those caves alone. You know that.

Evangeline: That’s your dad. Listen. You clean, you clean good. You know what to do. Then get the bodies to Rose Aguineau. Okay? Tell her I said take you to Julia. Say it!

Peter: Take me to Julia.

Peter: Please just go.

Evangeline: Move it, Liz.

Peter: This is mine.

(door slams)

(cover of “Save Tonight” by Eagle-Eye Cherry playing)

♪ Save tonight ♪

♪ And fight the break of dawn ♪

♪ Come tomorrow ♪

♪ Tomorrow I’ll be gone ♪

♪ Save tonight ♪

♪ And fight the break of dawn ♪

♪ Come tomorrow ♪

♪ Tomorrow I’ll be gone ♪

♪ Ohh ♪

♪ Ohh ♪

♪ Ohh ♪

♪ Ohh ♪

(whispers): Save tonight.

(ominous music plays)

(music fades out)


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