Cool theory. Nothing like that had even crossed my mind to be honest. Although, not that I presume to know the inner workings of Nic Pizzolato's writing, I just feel he has an inherent aversion to what we'd call a "plot twist" of that kind. His style seems much more grounded and speculative. Not that anyone should pay any heed, because this is coming from the guy that thought the ol' non-lethal rounds trick "wasn't True Detective
Anyway, seeing as we are halfway in, it seems like an opportune time to share some theories. Mine's kind of two-pronged. Going by Pizzolatto's since retracted "secret occult history of the US transportation system"
statement, I still think there will be elements of that in play. As such, in the vein of things like the General Motors streetcar conspiracy
, I reckon Caspere's death is the result of action from some elusive group or company who are trying to sabotage the light rail initiative he and Semyon and many others were working towards. However, this isn't the story our detectives will unfold. It will only every be alluded to as something sinister at work in the world.
The second plot we've been set on - and the one the series will focus on - is the secretive, hedonistic sex cult born out of the post-New Age religion crap the mayor, the psychiatrist (Was his name Pitlor? Yeah, I think he's the Birdman) and a bunch of others are obviously involved in. The photograph Ani's dad showed of the aforementioned characters when they were younger will probably be our guys. If you get a chance to rewatch the episode, take note of the especially sinister, older looking figure at the back whose face is cast in shadow. This will tie into the missing girls and possibly even some human trafficking stuff. Caspere was deep in this as well, which would explain why the mayor et al are trying to cover it up as quickly as possible. Caspere's death will never be truly solved but our protagonists will uncover something huge, unearthed as a direct consequence of their investigations, which is where their redemption and resolution will come from.