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'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto (Still) Isn't a Fan of the 'Night Country'

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The finale of True Detective: Night Country premiered this past Sunday—and series creator Nic Pizzolatto is not happy with it. After the episode aired, Pizzolatto reposted criticism from viewers who called the episode a “hot mess” and “some of the sloppiest writing.” Though Pizzolatto created True Detective, he was not involved in the making of Night Country and hasn’t been a fan of the show’s direction.

Despite the critiques, True Detective: Night Country has been the most-watched season of the franchise, according to Deadline. Throughout the season, the Internet has been ablaze with theories, predictions, and debates. Now that the season has wrapped up, professional boxer-turned-actress Kali Reis has come to its defense. After hearing about Pizzolatto’s complaints, Reis shared a post from a fan and wrote, “That’s a damn shame…but hey, I guess ‘if you don’t have anything good to share, shit on others’ is the new wave lol.”

For those catching up, Reis and Jodie Foster starred in Night Country, which centers around a group of scientists who mysteriously freeze to death in the remote town of Ennis, Alaska. Seemingly supernatural events all over Ennis complicate the investigation, especially as connections to a previous cold case and season 1's disturbing cult start to emerge. Notably, Night Country is the first season of True Detective without Pizzolatto's involvement. Though he retains an executive-producer credit, writer and director Issa López is season 4's showrunner. The season debuted to positive reviews, following season 3's mixed reception. Still, Pizzolatto wasn't having it.

"I certainly did not have any input on this story or anything else," he commented on Instagram back in January. "Can’t blame me." When one Instagram user mentioned Night Country's extension of season 1's lore—mentioning the Tuttle family specifically—Pizzolatto wrote, "Haha. So stupid." The True Detective creator deleted his replies following backlash from fans, but a Reddit user took a screenshot of the comments and posted it to r/TrueDetective.

López responded to Pizzolatto's remarks during a January interview with Vulture, where she said, "I believe that every storyteller has a very specific, peculiar, and unique relation to the stories they create, and whatever his reactions are, he’s entitled to them." Lopez added that she wrote Night Country "with profound love for the work he made and love for the people that loved it."

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