All told, the sequence clocks in at around six minutes. Fukunaga and the crew ran through the whole thing seven times while the cameras were rolling. The director built in possible edit points if two takes had to be combined to make the perfect version of the shot, but anyone who is wondering should know that the sequence everyone saw in the episode is, in fact, a true single take and one of the great achievements of filmmaking for television - True Detective: How Did They Pull Off That Final Shot?
Reminiscent of the tracking shot towards the end of Children of Men. One of the coolest, if not the coolest sequence I’ve seen on Television. Well its not TV…its HBO.
The consensus among the upper echelon of TV critics—I’m talkin’ Nussbaum and Holmes, I’m talkin’ Van Der Werff, yo—seems to be that the Breaking Bad finale fell short. More specifically, the argument has been that it offered too much closure, that Walt found redemption way too…
My boy Zack Mast speaks out against the Anti-Closure critics. Good stuff.