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Did True Detective Just Reveal The Season 3 Killer?

This Post Contains Spoilers About True Detective Season 3, Episode 3, "The Big Never"

True Detective Season 3 is off to a brisk start after three episodes, a creative return to form that owes so much to the first season's breakout success that it might even take place in the same universe. Take Episode 3, "The Big Never," which concluded with the tease that Will Purcell's death could have some connections to the Church -- less an OMG moment than a "no duh!" for those who remember Rev. Tuttle and the Yellow King and all that jazz from Season 1. (Time is a flat circle, after all.)

But while how the Church connects with Will's death and Julie's disappearance will likely be explored in future episodes, "The Big Never" provided viewers with a few tangible suspects: an unknown man and woman who were seen around town just before the Purcells disappeared, and Brett Woodard (Michael Greyeyes), the local junk guy.

We don't know much about those two strangers, save the fact that the man is black and has a scar on his face, the woman is white and they were seen driving a brown sedan. But Brett has been a key supporting character thus far -- and has served as a mirror image of Wayne (Mahershala Ali). Both are men of color who served in Vietnam and came back to an America that didn't support them or understand their plight, and both have seen enough ish to find themselves permanently scarred.

This week, Brett didn't have much screentime, but what he did have was potent -- thanks to some deft storytelling on the part of Nic Pizzolatto and director David Sackheim. Brett was first assaulted and abused by a group of good ol' boys, all of whom thought he had something to do with Will's death. The audience sympathies were definitely firmly on Brett's side after that ugly sequence ... until he returned to his house, dug into his shed, and pulled out a heavy bag that looked just about the same size as a dead kid.

So, is Brett the killer? Would True Detective provide answers on such a big part of the mystery with five episodes to go -- especially after putting the audience squarely on Brett's side? The guess here is no, but what do you think?

Watch our recap video above and leave thoughts on who the Prime Suspect(s) of True Detective Season 3 is in the comments below.



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Baywatch on Amazon Prime Will Heat Up Your Winter

Pamela Anderson, Baywatch | Photo Credits: Amazon

For the longest time, Baywatch -- the era-defining cheesy '90s sexy lifeguard action drama -- was one of the most historically popular shows unavailable to stream. But now, in the year of the series' 30th anniversary, David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson and friends are now on Amazon Prime.

Every episode of Baywatch's original California run (no Baywatch Hawaii yet) has been remastered from its original low-budg film into high-def, so you can see all the bounces and flexes in crystal-clear clarity. Perhaps even more notably, 350 new original songs have been composed to score the iconic montages. Music clearance issues are the biggest obstacles in getting old shows on streaming platforms, so Baywatch rights-holder Fremantle figured out a way around it.

Baywatch ran from 1989 to 2001, with Season 1 on NBC and later seasons in syndication, where it became one of the most popular shows in the world. It was set in California before moving to Hawaii for its last two seasons. The plots were about the soapy relationships among the lifeguards in between beachfront emergencies, but really, the series just an excuse to look at hot people in bathing suits. Over the years, the constantly-rotating cast featured folks like Carmen Electra, Yasmine Bleeth and young Jason Momoa, but the true Baywatch icons are Pamela Anderson as C.J. Parker and executive producer David Hasselhoff as Mitch Buchannon. It got a movie reboot in 2017 starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.

Baywatch is available to stream on Amazon Prime starting Sunday, Jan. 20.



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Here's What to Stream Before Gillian Anderson Arrives on The Crown​

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19:   Gillian Anderson  attends the #SheInspiresMe Auction In Support Of Women For Women International at Sotheby's on November 19, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Gillian Anderson | Photo Credits: David M. Benett

Netflix's The Crown has found its Iron Lady.

Gillian Anderson will star as Britain's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, on the series' upcoming fourth season, The Sunday Times reports. Thatcher, who occupied the position from 1979 to 1990, was previously portrayed by Meryl Streep in 2011's The Iron Lady, and the actress went on to win her third Academy Award for the depiction. In other words, Anderson's got some big shoes to fill.

For those who aren't familiar with Anderson's acting achievements outside of her iconic role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files, we've got some good news: Anderson is totally up to the job. Here are a few period pieces and/or killer performances you can stream right now for proof of that.

Any Human Heart

This PBS Masterpiece adaptation of William Boyd's novel features Anderson as Wallis Simpson, the divorcee for whom King Edward abdicated the throne, later resulting in Queen Elizabeth II's reign. It doesn't get much more on the nose than that royal connection to The Crown.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video (for purchase)

Crooked House

This 2017 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel of the same name features Anderson as Magda Leonides, and if you had any doubt that Anderson could be cold and calculated and completely vexing (with a wig, no less!), her performance in this pic will put those concerns to rest.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video (for purchase)

Great Expectations

In this 2011 BBC mini-series, adapting Charles Dickens' classic book of the same name, Anderson stars as Miss Havisham, the wealthy wedding dress-wearing woman who gets revenge for her own broken heart by having her daughter humiliate the orphaned Pip. It's all very British and harsh and tragic, and it's a perfect atmospheric primer for her role to come.

Watch it on Amazon Prime

Bleak House

In another Dickensian turn, Anderson appears as Lady Dedlock, one of the potential beneficiaries of a grand estate who has a secret she's desperate to hide. Much like The Crown, the stakes are high for every decision these characters make, and the palace intrigue factor is on peak.

Watch it on Hulu

War & Peace

This 2016 mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel features Anderson as Anna Pavlovna, the Russian socialite whose salons become the center of many pieces of the story, as she facilitates all the politicking and matchmaking afoot for her own personal amusement.

Watch it on Hulu

The Fall

Although it has a very different feel than any of the above, this British murder-mystery series still showcases Anderson's grit, as she portrays Irish detective superintendent Stella Gibson, who relentlessly pursues a loose serial killer.

Watch it on Netflix

Sex Education

This new, ultra-bingeable Netflix series features Anderson as a therapist whose freewheeling relationship with sex inspires her son to start his own sex counseling business in the basement. It might have nothing to do with The Crown, but it's still definitely worth your time while exploring Anderson's chops.

Watch it on Netflix



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