Processing the TRUE DETECTIVE Season Two finale - I thought it was excellent. The naysayers that have been dumping on this season since Episode One can all kiss my ass. I'll go one step further - I slightly preferred Season Two to Season One because I felt the detective story (the word "detective" is in the title) was much more complex and interesting and was at times a straight noir which Southern California is well suited as a location for.
The identity of the murderer(s) was as I thought but that turned out to be of little importance as their main contribution was starting the ball rolling in exposing the corruption and the guilty parties by dumping Ben Caspere's body in a public place.
I thought the fate of Frank Semyon was the best scene in the whole season. I wish Walter White at the end of BREAKING BAD had gone out in a similar way. Speaking of BB, I half expected Tuco to get out of the car when they came to the desert LOL. The four leads were all good but Vince Vaughn as Semyon was a big step forward in his career. I'd always written off Vaughn as a lightweight star of film comedies but there were many times in this season where he was intense, philosophical, scary, honorable.....Really well thought out performance.
Overall, the resolution fit nicely, loose ends wrapped up, and the writers didn't fall victim to the need to give everyone a Disney ending.
I also wanted to suggest an alternate ending.... What if the killer was Ani? We know Ani was molested as a child, she disappeared for four days which she can't remember. She recalled the molester's face in episode 6 after consuming drugs. He took her somewhere. What if Caspere as well as, Chessani and others watched or participated in her molestation and she somehow remembered this earlier and had a psychotic break - killing Caspere in a graphic personal way but not remembering it afterwards? The stealing of the hard rive and the burning of the car and the shooting of Velcoro could have been connected to the corruption plotline , not Ani who was not responsible for those actions.