Warning: There are spoilers for “True Detective” up through episode 7 in this article.
After “True Detective’s” reveal of the Yellow King in episode 7, “After You’ve Gone,” viewers quickly realized that they had met this evil man before. Back in episode 3, Cohle had a conversation with the man on the lawnmower before being called away. In that episode the man had a beard, which would explain why both fans and Cohle didn’t notice his facial “spaghetti man” scars.
Though many might have missed the Yellow King in his first appearance, the creators of “True Detective” very much wanted him to be noticed. As one Reddit user points out, the scene where the Yellow King is first introduced actually has a sign that says “notice king.”
In the actual scene (above) it’s easy to miss, but the camera lingers long enough to show that the shot was intentional. Celeb fanboy Patton Oswalt also shared the image, which blew his mind as well.
The season finale of “True Detective” airs Sunday, March 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.