“Wants me to tell him something pretty”
Deadwood Series Finale
So I finished S2 and S3 in the space of a week and as I knew would be the case I deeply miss the show already especially as it didn’t get a proper ending.
I am delighted that Jane and Joanie found happiness. That they developed Al into a complex character that I could root for. That Seth and Martha after the initial awkwardness built a life together. That Trixie aimed to better herself. I will always enjoy the odd friendship between Wu and Al, the wonders of Richardson and Aunt Lou, Jane and Charlie and E.B being E.B.
The Steve/Samuel storyline was fascinating really, how they became entwined with one and other, how Samuel could never leave the camp. I always enjoyed anything the Doc was involved with especially Jewel and Jane. I even grew to enjoy Dan and Johnny who became more than just Al’s henchmen, same with Silas. I was impressed by how someone as one note as Mose became good hearted.
I cried when Seth’s son died and the entire camp mourned, I cried some more when Ellsworth died because he was pure and good intentioned. I cheered when everyone danced at the Ellsworth’s wedding and performed at the amateur night. I smiled at just how much everyone cared for the children and the school.
I gasped in terror at the evilness of Wolcott and just when I thought things couldn’t get worst Hearst appeared with his own brand of sadism.
When Al and Seth started to work together against a common enemy it was great, in fact most of the town banding together against the oncoming storm really gave the show a sense of community. There were always so many reoccurring characters, new faces entrenched in life at the camp, I like a show where things look and feel real (admittedly this was based on history so there is always the sense of that)
I like to think Cy and Hearst would have got their comeuppance in the end. God knows the bastards deserved it.
I loved Deadwood, it is a complex show so many plotlines and scheming going on yet despite its cancellation it is overall rewarding and worth watching. We may never get a complete conclusion but life in Deadwood camp still goes on, just because the show ended the story of the characters didn’t.