In the season finale, we got a lot of answers while still being a little bit left in the dark.

 In a ghost story like “True Detective: Night Country,” explaining once-inexplicable events is both mundane and difficult.

 It is more unsettling to envision a supernatural force converting fearful scientists into an Arctic “corpsicle” than to read that a vigilante band of Indigenous women took justice into their own hands.

 This is the risk Issa López has taken all season by mixing procedural components with opaque symbolism, hidden traumas, and haunting hallucinations.

  It must crash to earth to address Danvers and Navarro's practical problems.

 This flawed but captivating climax lets López have her cake and eat it, too. 

 The whodunit killings of Annie K. and the scientists have clear solutions, but she won't sell out this area's spiritual and psychological disquiet.

  Night Country” has always been strongest in its depiction of Ennis, Alaska, as humanity's northernmost outpost, a border town to oblivion.

 Werner Herzog's insane penguin in “Encounters at the End of the World” is one of several characters who are close to departing, notably in the conclusion.

 As Danvers and Navarro enter the ice cave system during a storm that rivals Ennis, the main disclosures begin before the credits.

 López refuses to give up the uncanniness that's so crucial to the intrigue: Navarro leaves via a shallow crevice on their route through the caves, believing she “hears” Annie leading her.

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