True Detective is HBO’s new crime drama which premiered Sunday night. Our recap breaks down the events of season 1, episode 1 “The Long Bright Dark.”

True Detective season 1 is the story of two Louisiana detectives played by Woody Harrelson (Hart, who describes himself as a “regular dude with a big ass dick”) and Matthew McConaughey (Cohle – more on him later) who investigate the wicked murder of a woman in a sugar cane field in 1995. Prior to this case, the two have been working together for three months. The story throughout the season is framed by their retelling of the investigation to two cops in 2012. They bring them back in for questioning because some of their files were ruined during Hurricane Rita (September 2005).

The episode kicks off with video tape of the commencement of the interviews with the detectives in 2012. The new investigators want to hear Hart talk about Cohle, who they’ve heard is a strange guy. Indeed: When we first see Cohle for his interview (they’re conducted separately), he’s insisting on smoking in the office. He later asks for a break so he can go get some beer.

Hart points out to the new investigators that one of Cohle’s odder points was his giant notebook that earned him the nickname “the taxman.” Hart describes his partner as a smart, quiet man who lives alone in an empty apartment with a mattress on the floor. Adding to the obscurity, Cohle is not religious but has a cross hung up over his bed. He says he uses it as a form of meditation. Later in the episode we learn that Hart specifically requested Cohle stay with him on the case.

We flashback to 1995 when they arrive at the crime scene where Dora Lange’s body resides. The woman has had antlers taped to her head, her body is naked, there’s a symbol on her back, and she’s bent forward towards a tree. A strange object which we later find out is referred to as a “devil’s nest” is also there. A cop at the scene thinks the symbols are satanic. Cohle’s inspection of the woman is very detailed. He thinks she was a prostitute, amongst other specifics. Hart doesn’t like all of the assumptions Cohle is making and thinks he’s being prejudice. In a weird departure from the topic at hand, Hart invites Cohle to dinner with his family.

Cohle shows up to the dinner – which he put off for as long as possible – drunk with a bouquet of flowers in his hand. It’s an awkward family dinner where Cohle is asked by one of Hart’s kids if he’s ever shot a gun (yes).

true-detective-recap-season-1 Cohle heads out to a bar to ask some prostitutes who may know who the woman was, even though she hasn’t been identified yet. He asks them if anyone’s been missing lately, and they don’t offer any helpful leads other than a suggestion to speak to someone else. He also asks one of the ladies for some downers because – here’s another thing that’s strange about him – he doesn’t sleep.

Arriving home for the night, Hart ends up sleeping on the couch and barely has any time to talk to his wife Maggie when she wakes him the following morning. She’s missed him for a couple days, she tells him, but there’s no time for reminiscing because he’s got to get straight back to work. It’s an early sign of a relationship that’s falling apart.

At the coroner’s office we learn more about the body. She had LSD and crystal meth in her system and was drugged, bound, and tortured.

With still no solid leads in sight, the media starts describing the attack as one done by a cult, which lights a fire under the entire police force to keep digging for answers.

Shortly thereafter Hart and Cole interview a priest of a church attended by a missing person’s family several years ago. The priest brings up a case where two dead cats were found hanging. They also show the priest one of the objects they found at the crime scene which he describes as a devil’s nest.

Out at a house they choose to investigate because of some small connections to the case, Cohle heads into the backyard to look around and finds another one of the “devil’s nests.” The way the scene was shot, it seems like his gut led him to the backyard.

We jump to modern day, and Cohle is shown by police a new crime scene with a woman tied up. It looks similar to the one he investigated in 1995. They want to know how this could’ve happened again when Cohle and Hart caught their guy back in ’95.

“You better start asking the right fucking questions,” Cohle tells the cops. The episode ends there.

The mystery of Cohle

Forget the crime… one of the most compelling aspects of this show is Cohle. In this episode we learned that his daughter died years prior, and the 1995 murder was discovered on her birthday. Hart describes him as “smart, aloof, and doesn’t care about making friends.” Towards the end of the episode Hart reveals that their friendship ended in 2002 and they haven’t stayed in touch, but we don’t know why.

To make matters more complicated, the 2012 detectives seemed interested in Cohle’s backstory when speaking to Hart when it was irrelevant to the crime, and Harrelson’s character was suspicious of those questions.

Will you stick with ‘True Detective’?

Hypable screened the first three episodes of the season and we were very pleased with where the story heads. Though slow moving, the characters are gripping and the tension between Cohle and Hart is very compelling. Many questions are laid out in the first couple of episodes, and episode 3 concludes on a cliffhanger that suggests there will be an important payoff in episode 4.

Robbie Reyes met an unexpected fate in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×08, and the cast and crew weigh in on what’s next for Ghost Rider.

Robbie’s decision to take out Eli Morrow in an act of self-sacrifice has left fans (and characters) wondering if Ghost Rider still has a future on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon were classically noncommittal — but their answer definitely gives fans something to think about.

“We get the sense that some of these otherworldly elements might be coming from this other place, wherever that may be,” Whedon says, citing Doctor Strange’s Dark Dimension.

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Robbie Reyes met an unexpected fate in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×08, and the cast and crew weigh in on what’s next for Ghost Rider.

Robbie’s decision to take out Eli Morrow in an act of self-sacrifice has left fans (and characters) wondering if Ghost Rider still has a future on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon were classically noncommittal — but their answer definitely gives fans something to think about.

“We get the sense that some of these otherworldly elements might be coming from this other place, wherever that may be,” Whedon says, citing Doctor Strange’s Dark Dimension.

“We do get the sense that things can come from there, things live there. [Robbie has] been dragged to that place, wherever that is. What happens to him there or where that goes is a ‘wait and see.'”

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Tancharoen adds that, though Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will move into a new “pod” of story when the show returns in January, “That doesn’t mean that [Robbie] is gone.”

“Or that he will not be involved at some point,” Whedon says. “But it will definitely have a different feel.”

As for Gabriel Luna, the actor who brought Robbie and Ghost Rider to blazing life is optimistic about his character’s future.

“I’m not too worried about it being finite at this point,” he tells EW.

After all, he and Robbie still have a few loose ends to tie up. “My car is still parked on the cargo bay on the Zephyr, so I have to come back for that,” Luna says. “I’m not going to leave her in the hands of these jokers.”

And though his character was left on an emphatic question mark, Luna appreciates the culmination of Robbie’s story.

“He makes a really great heroic choice, and he makes it while in a form that usually has all the power,” he says. “So that’s really, really cool. I’m really excited to see how that plays out. It’s a first for us, in terms of story, actually seeing a decision being made while Robbie isn’t Robbie. That is pretty special.”

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Luna is also looking forward to seeing the impact of Robbie’s apparent disappearance on Daisy Johnson.

“She seems to lose a lot of people,” he observes. “Even though we just met, we built this understanding between each other because of similarities in our lives, and we leave her in a moment of questioning and of hoping that this isn’t the end for Robbie.”

And the actor, like Daisy, and like all good constituents of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has faith in a certain former Director.

“Agent Phil Coulson comes in and drops knowledge like a clumsy librarian, as he tends to do, and lifts her spirits and says to her, ‘I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of him,'” Luna says. “So that’s a good sign for everyone who loves the Ghost Rider.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Jan. 10, 2017.

What do you think of Ghost Rider’s fate on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’?

The biggest online retailer in the world has revealed the best-selling books of 2016, showing what Americans dived into most over the past year.

Can you guess? Can you guess the #1 best-selling book of 2016?

We’ll give you another second to think about it.

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The biggest online retailer in the world has revealed the best-selling books of 2016, showing what Americans dived into most over the past year.

Can you guess? Can you guess the #1 best-selling book of 2016?

We’ll give you another second to think about it.

Yes, duh, it’s Harry Potter eight (or at least the book marketed to be the “eighth story”), The Cursed Child. The script book that some people want to burn at the stake is the top selling book of 2016. Amazon says Cursed Child is the first script book to make one of their year-end Top 20 lists.

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Adult novels mostly eat up the list’s top 20 spots, with the exception being the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel. Take a look:

Best-selling books of 2016

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
3. The Whistler by John Grisham
4. The Last Mile (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci
5. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
6. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
7. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
8. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
9. The Black Widow: Book 16 of Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
11. 15th Affair (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
12. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
13. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
14. Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne
15. The Wrong Side of Goodbye: A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly
16. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines
17. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
18. One with You: Book 5 of A Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
19. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
20. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

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Meanwhile, the kids and teens best-selling books list shows a variety of favorites we’ve loved here on Hypable this year, including new entries from Rick Riordan, Kiera Cass, and Cassandra Clare. In addition, two more Harry Potter books (the Fantastic Beasts script book and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition) join Cursed Child.

Best-selling kids books of 2016

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1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
3. The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
5. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
6. The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 2) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
8. The Crown (The Selection) by Kiera Cass
9. Empire of Storms: Book 5 of Throne Of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
10. Lady Midnight: Book 1 of The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
11. Take Heart, My Child: A Mother’s Dream by Ainsley Earhardt and Kathryn Cristaldi
12. Glass Sword (Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard
13. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
14. A Court of Mist and Fury: Book 2 of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
15. Gravity Falls: Journal 3 by Alex Hirsch and Rob Renzetti
16. Calamity (The Reckoners) by Brandon Sanderson
17. Give Please a Chance by Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson
18. Pax by Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen
19. The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
20. Broken Prince: Book 2 of The Royals Series by Erin Watt

Cursed Child was Amazon’s top-selling book overall, the top-selling Kids & Teens book, the most wished for book, and the most gifted book. Damn.

A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

Dakota Johnson continues to bring a fun vibe to Ana Steele, playing the awkward lines with self awareness better than Kristen Stewart ever did as Bella in Twilight. “Have dinner with me,” Christian begs. “Okay fine, I will have dinner with you, because I’m… hungry,” Ana replies. The line could come off corny if executed poorly, but Dakota has a strong hold on playing this character for fun.

Tickets for Fifty Shades Darker are now on sale. Check out a new poster for the movie below:

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The Fifty Shades Darker synopsis reads, “When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.”

The movie hits theaters this Valentine’s Day. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden, and is directed by James Foley.