A couple of hard-edged veteran cops are driving down a desolate Louisiana road after investigating a grisly crime scene in HBO’s new Sunday-night drama, “True Detective.”
They have been partners for three months but have spoken little about their personal lives.
“Ask you something?” the older detective (Woody Harrelson) says. “You a Christian, yeah?”
“No,” his partner (Matthew McConaughey) replies, looking out the passenger-side window at the barren landscape.
After a pause and another question, the older man circles back to religion. “So, if you’re not a Christian, what do you believe?”
“I believe people shouldn’t talk about this [expletive] at work,” his...