SPOILER ALERT: Stop right here if you don't want to know how HBO's "True Detective" ended on Sunday.

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For eight straight weeks, a lot of people have spent a lot of time dissecting and analyzing and theorizing during the run of HBO's phenomenal crime series "True Detective."

But during Sunday night's tense, suspenseful and superb finale, as Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) closed in on a psycho serial killer, it became more about emotional oomph than intellectual probing.

As one fan tweeted shortly after the show aired on the East Coast, he "Didn't expect to cry at the end of 'True Detective.'"

For the record: Rust and Marty got their man. He's Errol William Childress, son of Billy Lee Childress. The guy with the scars on his face. The "Spaghetti Monster." They tracked him down deep in bayou country, in a ramshackle house that looked like something straight out of "Hoarders" -- where he lived (and had sex with) a woman later identified as a half sister. In one room of the house was a dead elderly man tied to a bed with his mouth sewn shut.

The apprehension didn't come easy. After tracking Childress through what looked to be a dark, ominous brier patch filled with skulls and other scary sights, Rust was stabbed in the gut by the perp and Marty took a hatchet to the chest. Just as Childress prepared to finish off Marty, Rust shot him in the head from behind.

Both Marty and Rust survived the ordeal, though Rust briefly fell into a coma. A TV news report informed us that the police linked Childress to dozens of missing persons cases and the Dora Lange murder. Still, Rust wasn't fully satisfied because any alleged connections to Senator Tuttle's family have been "discredited."

"We didn't get them all," Rust says from his hospital bed.

"But we got ours," Marty replies.

The final moments of the episode had touches of humor (the two detectives playfully flipping each other off), but they were dominated by some heavy soul-searching.

As Marty wheels Rust out of the hospital, Rust reveals that he thinks he should have died ("I shouldn't even f---ing be here," he says). And he talks of there being a "moment in the dark" where he "knew my daughter was waiting for me. I could feel her. I was part of everything I ever loved."

But, in the end, the light was greater than the dark, and this show will continue to haunt our dreams for a very long time.

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So what did you think of the "True Detective" finale? Did it live up to your expectations? Or were you disappointed? Can you envision another TV crime series as mesmerizing as this one?

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