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The Great War and Modern Memory 

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The disappearance of a young brother and sister leads to a frantic search which will haunt one detective for the rest of his life.


Jeremy Saulnier


Nic Pizzolatto (created by), Nic Pizzolatto





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mahershala Ali ... Detective Wayne Hays
Carmen Ejogo ... Amelia Reardon
Stephen Dorff ... Roland West
Scoot McNairy ... Tom Purcell
Ray Fisher ... Henry Hays
Jon Tenney ... Alan Jones
Josh Hopkins ... Jim Dobkins
Mamie Gummer ... Lucy Purcell
Sarah Gadon ... Elisa Montgomery
Rhys Wakefield ... Freddy Burns
Brandon Flynn ... Ryan Peters
Richard Meehan ... Frankie Boyle
Michael Greyeyes ... Brett Woodard
Phoenix Elkin ... Will Purcell
Lena McCarthy ... Julie Purcell


The disappearance of a young brother and sister leads to a frantic search which will haunt one detective for the rest of his life.

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Release Date:

13 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


TV Show Detective Hays is being interviewed for in 2015. is called "True Criminal". See more »


Detective Wayne Hays states he remembered the night of the disappearance of the children very well. He stated it was the date Steve McQueen died and there was a bright full moon. Steve McQueen died on November 7, 1980, and there was a dark, new moon on that night, not a full moon. See more »


Detective Roland West: Foxes are predatory vermin, son. Farmers, I was little, they gave you a dollar, you kill a fox.
Detective Wayne Hays: I'll give you a dollar for lettin' it go.
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Written by Exene Cervenka, John Doe
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Exciting Start To The Season
14 January 2019 | by kurtley-hSee all my reviews

Let's talk about the elephant in the room, for me, nothing will ever live up to the first season. But this was an excellent first episode of the current season.

W/o getting into too much of the story, viewers are brought into a familiar TD setting and similar feeling story, but with a different case and leads to follow. As a series staple this is once again told over different time periods. This made me feel right at home as a long time fan of the series.

The lead is an excellent actor, along with the rest of the cast, but I was quite drawn into a lot of his scenes during the episode.

I really enjoyed the characters and I found myself wanting to know more about their stories and where the series would take them, and why a certain series of events would happen.

I had no expectations as to how this episode would play out, but I am glad to say it was time spent wisely.

The setup for this season has really caught me off guard and I am very keen to see how this story unfolds.

+ HBO released two episodes at the season launch so you can binge the first two right now!

Rejoice in the fact that TD is back in 2019.

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