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If You Have Ghosts 

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In 1980, all hell breaks loose at the home of Woodard, while in the present, Wayne and Roland reconnect after Wayne makes a discovery.


Nic Pizzolatto


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mahershala Ali ... Wayne Hays
Carmen Ejogo ... Amelia Reardon
Stephen Dorff ... Roland West
Scoot McNairy ... Tom Purcell
Ray Fisher ... Henry Hays
Brett Cullen ... Gerald Kindt
Jon Tenney ... Alan Jones
Sarah Gadon ... Elisa Montgomery
Scott Shepherd ... Harris James
Michael Greyeyes ... Brett Woodard
Brian Oerly ... Eddie
Myk Watford ... Detective Morelli
David Stanbra ... Detective Segar
Bill Kelly ... Detective Hobbs
Tim Griffin ... Special Agent Burt Diller


In 1980, all hell breaks loose at the home of Woodard, while in the present, Wayne and Roland reconnect after Wayne makes a discovery.

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Release Date:

1 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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When Wayne is at Elisa's place, the iMac she was working on is visible in the background as they speak. You can see she was editing video on Adobe Premiere Pro. See more »


It's revealed that the person convicted of the Purcell kidnapping and murder is Brett Woodard. However, since Woodard was killed by Wayne, he could not have been brought to trial, let alone convicted. Police investigations will sometimes continue after a suspect is deceased, particularly in high profile crimes where the public might have an interest in knowing what happened. However, once a suspect is dead, no prosecution is possible. See more »


References Perry Mason (1957) See more »


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Written and Performed by Warren Zevon
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Exquisite portrayals of heartache and disappointment
5 February 2019 | by disambiguatorSee all my reviews

This episode was incredible! If the last 10 minutes of THIS episode doesn't earn the show an Emmy award for the 2019 season, then there will TRULY be no justice.

So good was that final scene, I completely forgot that I was watching a scripted drama, as I sat there riveted and moved with tears streaming down my cheeks. It was amazing to see these two wonderful actors go toe-to-toe in what was probably one of the most brilliantly acted, and emotionally powerful scenes of any show I've seen this year...Especially Stephen Dorff's performance. And, it was obvious that Steven Dorff and Merhashala Ali were emotionally moved as well, because they both continued to shed real tears throughout the scene, up until the point "Roland" made the joke about "senior incontinence"...Hell, I had to laugh at myself when I "laugh-cried" at the joke, and am STILL teary-eyed even now, as I write this. lol

I am certain there were tears and applause all around at the end of the scene's filming. Also, the chemistry between the two actors is amazing, and I hope we have another opportunity to see these two paired again, because It would truly be a crime (please pardon the pun) if we didn't.

Kudos to the actors, writers, and all involved, because this is what good story-telling is all about.

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