What Rustin Cohle's fate could have been if only... 

Apparently, a lot of people were a bit less than thrilled with the somber, naturalistic finale to the first season of HBO's breakout hit True Detective. In an interview with HitFix's Alan Sepinwall, the show's creator Nic Pizzolatto hinted at several alternative endings that were ultimately scrapped. Granted, there's no way to be certain about this, but I'm certain that these are those alternative endings:

1. The Enemy Within Ending. Cohle follows a cloaked figure through the dilapidated ruins of the lost city of Carcosa, located deep within the swamps of Louisiana. After chasing the swaying yellow robe around turns and down darkened stairwells, he finally finds it trapped in a dead end corridor. Approaching cautiously, he reaches out a tenuous hand to pull away the cloak. Beneath the fabric, he finds a mirror. In it, he sees his own reflection. He drops to his knees and shouts out "NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!" Slow dissolve to the swampy landscape. Credits.