Last night I watched the final episode of the first season of "True Detective" (I'm slow getting around to some things) and noticed that the creators of the program designed Matthew McConaughey's character to repress his emotions through the entire series, until the last scene, when he finally loses control and cries. The creators – and I'm counting Mr. McConaughey as chief among them – build the tension in the character to nearly unbearable levels, never allowing him to release it through tears or even rage, waiting until the character rises from the dead at the very end, having faced both evil and the void. They do not allow the character any easy tears. When he cries at the end, those tears are hard fought, and lead to catharsis for the character. "True Detective" is one of the best crime dramas I've watched in any form, and a great example of how to sustain tension in a character by repressing emotion, rather than venting it.