'True Detective' finale leaves fans gushing despite lingering mysteries

"True Detective" ended its critically acclaimed first season Sunday with an episode that left fans feeling more than satisfied. The criminal drama's former detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) finally caught their guy — if not everyone responsible for the heinous acts done to the many young victims.

Cohle and Hart were able to find The Scarred Man's — aka Errol Childress — den of horrors (and his aunt/girlfriend, along with his decaying father), where they engaged in a bloody showdown with the killer, nearly ending the two ex lawmen. 

And in the end, fans witnessed something that had been missing for much of the show: the real friendship between the two men. Not only that, McConaughey's fatalist revealed he had some hope in his heart: "Once, there was only dark. Ask me, the light's winning."

It was a finale that delivered some answers, but not all. Who made those little twig sculptures and the video that sent Hart and Sheriff Geraci reeling? Who was The Yellow King?

But not everyone was able to watch the conclusion of the HBO drama as it aired. So many people logged onto the network's app during the show that the app crashed. 

And without the program they were so looking forward to, fans took to social media to vent.

A spokesperson for HBO told TODAY on Monday, "Due to overwhelming interest in the season finale of 'True Detective,' HBO GO was hit with an excessive amount of traffic soon after 9 p.m. ET last night. The issue has since been rectified and the service is now back to normal."

Just in time for the "Game of Thrones" season four premiere, which returns April 6.


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