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WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS!

What next for True Detective?

Last night’s second episode of True Detective tried to compensate for the flat acting and boring characters by throwing in a shocking twist.

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO AVOID THE MASSIVE SPOILER WHICH LURKS BELOW – MAKE A CUP OF TEA INSTEAD – DO THE GARDENING – LEARN TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT

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**SPOILERS**

The death of a big-name actor at the end of just the second episode of the series was a bold move for the show and helped add much-needed drama to what was otherwise a dull and plodding affair.

But while viewers were no doubt shocked to see Colin Farrell’s detective Velcoro take two shotgun blasts to the chest, one of which was at very close range, they’ll be more than a little baffled when they see this leaked image from episode 3.

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Yes, it appears the seemingly dead character is alive and kicking, chatting to Rachel McAdams’ Ani Bezzerides.

Sure, he’s sporting a wraparound bandage and isn’t stood up too straight (being shot twice in the, we guess, bullet-proof vest, can sting we’ve heard), but the shocking twist that suckered viewers in so perfectly was nothing but a ruse.

Our best guess is that Vince Vaughn’s shady gangster associate of Velcoro set the whole thing up in order to deflect any suggestion that the detective is, as McAdams character put it in the last episode “compromised”.

If this leaked image isn’t a double bluff, the only thing compromised will be the viewers faith in the so far lacklustre second outing of the much-anticipated drama.