|Name:||Rustin Spencer Cohle|
Crash (by Iron Crusaders)
United States of America
|Children:||with Claire Cohle:|
Sofia Cohle (d.)
|Played by:||Matthew McConaughey|
|First episode:||"The Long Bright Dark"|
|Last episode:||"Form and Void"|
|Appears in:||1 season, 8 episodes|
- "In the beginning, there was only dark. You ask me, the light's winning."
- ―Rust Cohle to Martin Hart
Rust is a talented but troubled detective, dedicated to his work and renowned for his ability to get confessions from criminals. He carries an unusually large ledger which he uses to keep notes and sketches of crime scenes, earning him the nickname "The Tax Man" from his colleagues.
Rust is aloof; at one point his partner Martin Hart says that he "wasn't big on talking except when you wanted him to shut up." He seems to prefer living by himself and it doesn't appear that he has ever been able to sustain a relationship for longer than a few years. Rust is not prone to material desires and his apartment is bare, with only a simple bed and books on various sex crimes. He suffers from insomnia, which may partially be a consequence of his past drug use. Later in life we see him to be a degenerate alcoholic.
Rust shows disappointment and anger at Marty when he cheats on his wife. He visits Marty's house to "mow his lawn" when he is away. He enjoys eating dinner with Marty's family and talking with Marty's wife, Maggie Hart.
Born in Texas, Rust and his family moved to Alaska when he was young, where he grew up. He went on to marry a woman named Claire. The two had a daughter, who was killed in a vehicular accident that led to Cohle's divorce and addiction to alcohol.
Cohle was partnered with Martin Hart in 1995. The two worked various cases, mostly revolving around the Yellow King cases together until 2002, when Cohle had an affair with Martin's wife. The two had a falling out and wouldn't speak again until 2012.
The two reconnected due to Rust's continuing pursuit of the Yellow King case. The two make their way to Errol Childress, a vile and big part of the case. Rust and Martin pursued Childress and were both wounded, but Rust managed to kill him with a shot to the head.
After healing up at the hospital, the two left, with Rust informing Martin of his near-death experiences and him feeling a connection to his dead daughter. Rust received a new faith in life and managed to be optimistic about the future.
Behind the ScenesEdit
|"The Long Bright Dark"||"Seeing Things"||"The Locked Room"||"Who Goes There"||"The Secret Fate of All Life"|
|"Haunted Houses"||"After You've Gone"||"Form and Void"|