“Part 2” delves deeper into the bone-chilling mystery of the Corpsicle, unraveling both the literal and figurative layers of this frozen enigma. True Detective: Night Country’s main mystery revolves around the frozen scientists who, before becoming the Corpsicle, had already undergone harrowing experiences such as frostbitten corneas, ruptured eardrums, and even chewed-off limbs.
In the latest episode, Chief Liz Danvers (played by Jodie Foster) and her officers engage in an Ellie Sattler-esque excavation, attempting to free the frozen scientists from their icy prison. A mishap during this process leads to an unintentional amputation, revealing that not all Corpsicle members are lifeless.
One survivor, alive but in need of further medical attention, is placed in a medically-induced coma, complicating Danvers’ quest for answers about their mysterious activities at the Tsalal research station.
To uncover the truth, Danvers seeks information from a geologist at the local high school, revealing that the scientists were attempting to sequence the DNA of an extinct microorganism with potential applications in stopping cellular decay. The plot thickens as Danvers faces jurisdictional challenges from Captain Ted Connelly (Christopher Eccleston), who sent her to Ennis, Alaska in the first place.
An unexpected problem arises: where to thaw the frozen bodies? The solution involves an ice-skating rink, with Liz navigating the complications of getting permission from its owner, who happens to be a past romantic partner.
The visual spectacle unfolds as the massive block of frozen flesh is transported through town to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick.”
Meanwhile, character Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis) discusses intriguing details at Rose Aguineau’s (Fiona Shaw) residence, including visions, the mysterious spiral symbol, and a connection to Annie Masu Kowtok. Navarro eventually approaches Danvers, proposing collaboration on the Annie-meets-Corpsicle case.
Despite initial resistance, Danvers investigates the spiral symbol, leading to the discovery of a connection between Annie and the tattooed researcher. Credit card statements and a tattoo parlor reveal that the two were in a relationship, shedding light on the mystery surrounding Annie’s death.
Navarro also makes progress at Qavvik’s tavern, uncovering the researcher’s identity through a bar fight and tracing him to an abandoned trailer filled with animal bones, drawings, dolls, and a shrine to Annie. The intricate web of connections and revelations intensifies the intrigue surrounding True Detective: Night Country.