A look at all the real-life incidents that inspired the plot of ‘True Detective: Night Country’

ENNIS, ALASKA: “True Detective: Night Country,” the fourth season of the popular anthology detective series, takes a bold leap into the supernatural, surpassing the chilling intrigue of its first season.

Starring Kali Reis and Jodie Foster, the final season may seem fictional to many. However, it is inspired by real events.

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The first episode of “True Detective” premiered on January 14, 2024 on HBO and left fans intrigued with elements of mystery.

What is the plot of “True Detective: Night Country”?

Chief Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) and her former partner Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis) reunite to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the crew of the Tsalal Arctic Research Station.

As the duo dig deeper into the case, they discover a connection to an old, gruesome unsolved murder of indigenous activist Annie Kowtok.

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“True Detective: Night Country” is inspired by several events

Although “True Detective: Night Country” is not entirely based on a particular incident, it draws inspiration from several incidents that have occurred in the past.

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Above all, it highlights the criminality and prejudice that indigenous women face in the United States and Canada.

Second, some bizarre real-life stories that Issa Lopez read as a child inspired the petrifying plot of “True Detective” Season 4.

The mysterious abandonment of Marie Céleste

One such story dates back to 1872, involving the mysterious abandonment of the Mary Celeste, a ship found intact and its crew missing. The ship set sail from New York to Italy with 11 people on board, including a two-year-old child.

A few weeks later, a British ship encountered the Mary Celeste near Portugal and found it abandoned in the middle of nowhere. The ship was not damaged. Six months’ worth of food was still intact and a lifeboat was missing.

Over the years, several conspiracy theories have been put forward, but no one yet knows what happened on this ship.

While the show’s abandonment plot is inspired by this event, there is another incident that appears to have inspired the mysterious disappearance and mutilation.

The horrors of the Dyatlov Pass incident

In 1959, in the cold Ural Mountains, nine Soviet hikers died in disturbing circumstances. Their bodies were found missing certain parts, including eyes, eyebrows and a tongue.

The pilot episode of “True Detective: Night Country” echoes the Dyatlov Pass incident as Danvers and his colleagues discover a woman’s tongue at the abandoned research station. The chilling discoveries continue as the missing men are found frozen, huddled together and naked.

“True Detective: Night Country” promises to deliver a captivating blend of supernatural intrigue with true crime inspiration and harsh commentary on social issues.

As the season unfolds, viewers can expect a gripping narrative that blends elements of mystery, horror, and social relevance.

New episodes of “True Detective: Night Country” air every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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