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Cochran diagnoses Al with kidney stones and performs a draining procedure. Swearengen eventually passes the stones, but has a small stroke in the process. Francis Wolcott, a geologist working for George Hearst, arrives in Deadwood and soon makes his presence felt at the Chez Amis. Wolcott has paid for transportation of most of the prostitutes, in order to cater to his selective tastes. Cy Tolliver learns of Wolcott's sexual proclivities and baits him, resulting in Wolcott murdering Carrie and Doris, two of Joanie Stubb's prostitutes.

When Maddie attempts to extort money from Wolcott, he kills her too. Cy Tolliver has the bodies removed and pardons Wolcott. Joanie sends the remaining girls away so that they will be safe from Wolcott.

Joanie confides in Charlie Utter regarding the murders, extracting a promise that he never repeat the information. Alma fires Miss Isringhausen, Sophia's tutor. Isringhausen turns to Silas Adams under the pretext of fear for her life at the hands of the Widow Garret, and they embark upon a relationship. Isringhausen convinces Adams to allow her to meet with Swearengen. At the meeting, she admits to being an agent of the Pinkertons under the employ of Brom Garret's family, who instructed Isringhausen to frame Alma for soliciting Swearengen to murder her husband.

Swearengen agrees to play along, but later reveals to Garret that he intends to blackmail Isringhausen due to his hatred for the Pinkerton agency. Samuel Fields, "The Nigger General", returns to camp.

He tries to enlist Hostetler in his schemes. Bullock is forced to rescue him from an angry mob headed by Steve, a virulently racist drunk.

Later, Hostetler catches a drunken Steve in the livery stable masturbating on Bullock's horse in revenge. Fields and Hostetler manage to coerce Steve into signing a written confession of bestiality. The admission will be publicized should Steve make any trouble for either of the livery workers in the future. Hugo Jarry, a Yankton commissioner , tries to persuade Swearengen and Tolliver that Deadwood should become part of Dakota territory rather than Montana.

He ends up siding with Swearengen. Wolcott's agent Lee burns the bodies of captive Chinese prostitutes who have died from malnourishment while under his control. Wu is enraged and requests Swearengen's help to stop Lee. Because Lee is employed by Wolcott, who is in turn employed by George Hearst, Swearengen refuses any help until after negotiations over the town's future have been resolved. Wu escapes Swearengen's house arrest at The Gem, but Johnny Burns stops him from exacting his revenge on Lee or being killed himself.

William Bullock is trampled by a horse that escapes during a failed gelding and dies several hours after.

His funeral is attended by many of Deadwood's citizens and the service is conducted by former card sharp Andy Cramed, who has returned to Deadwood an ordained minister. George Hearst arrives in Deadwood and when he learns of the murders committed by Wolcott, confronts and fires him. Hearst purchases the Grand Central hotel from E. The shamed Wolcott hangs himself. Tolliver claims to be in possession of a letter of confession in which Wolcott states that Hearst was aware of his murderous ways, yet continued his employment.

Al Swearengen negotiates with George Hearst on behalf of Mr. Wu, and they agree that Wu can regain his status if his people prove to be better workers than those of the "San Francisco cocksucker" Lee. Wu and Swearengen's henchmen plan vengeance in Deadwood's Chinatown. The operation is successful and Wu slits the throat of his rival. After much dealing and double-dealing on the part of Swearengen and Silas Adams, the official papers confirming Deadwood's annexation into Yankton territory are signed by Bullock and Swearengen with Hugo Jarry present.

Andy Cramed stabs Tolliver outside the Bella Union. Season three begins six weeks after the events of season 2, government and law, as well as the interests of powerful commercial entities, begin to enter the town as Deadwood prepares itself for entry into Dakota Territory. Hearst has several of his own Cornish miners murdered when they attempt to unionize. Angered that Hearst had someone killed in the Gem, Al cancels the election debates in an attempt to reassert his position in the camp.

To teach Al a lesson and force him to help Hearst buy Alma's claim, Hearst has his lead henchman Captain Turner restrain Al, then chops off one of his fingers. Over Ellsworth's strong objections, Alma meets with Hearst to discuss buying her claim. Hearst becomes furious when she offers him a merely non-controlling interest and behaves menacingly towards Alma, but then allows her to leave without following through on his implied threat of rape.

Tolliver slowly recovers after being stabbed and gets back on his feet. Hearst knows Cy is lying about having a letter from Wolcott but decides to employ Cy to help deal with the members of the camp.

Traveling actor Jack Langrishe arrives in Deadwood with his theatre troupe. He is an old friend of Swearengen's and eventually buys the former Chez Amis from Joannie Stubbs on condition that he build a new school house for the camp's children.

Bullock mediates between them, eventually getting Hostetler to agree to sell the Livery to Steve. Steve's ranting, racial slurs and impugning of Hostetler's honor finally drive the latter over the edge and he shoots himself. Another miner is killed. Alma is once again using dope. Leon confesses to Cy that he is Alma's supplier. Cy relays this news to Hearst but Hearst is still angry from his encounter with Bullock and believes that if Tolliver had told him this useful news beforehand he might not have provoked the sheriff.

A furious Tolliver tells Leon to do nothing, but Leon, afraid of being implicated in Alma's murder, has already cut her off. Suspecting that Alma's return to drugs is due to her unhappiness at being married to a man she doesn't love, Ellsworth moves out of their house.

They later agree to separate and Alma is able to stop taking the laudanum. Hearst brings a large force of Pinkertons to the camp and encourages them to stir up trouble. Swearengen holds a meeting to decide what to do about Hearst. The town leaders are unable to decide on any direct action, other than to publish a letter from Bullock to the wife of one of the murdered miners that subtly highlights Hearst's callousness.

Hearst has Merrick beaten for publishing it. Alma is shot at in the street. Swearengen takes her into the Gem and orders Dan to kidnap and restrain Ellsworth. Al guesses, correctly, that Hearst ordered the shooting, in an attempt to provoke then kill Ellsworth when he comes to Alma's aid.

Hearst sends his second, the same man that beat Merrick and possibly also shot at Alma, to negotiate with Swearengen; Al kills him after extracting information. The town unites to protect Alma as she returns to work at the bank. Hearst has Ellsworth assassinated in his tent at Alma's mine. Trixie shoots Hearst in revenge for Ellsworth's death but fails to kill him.

Fearing for her and Sofia's lives and unwilling to make the camp responsible for her protection, Alma sells her claim to Hearst to avoid further bloodshed. Bullock receives discouraging news about the county election returns in his race for sheriff against Harry Manning, all the while knowing Hearst may have manipulated the results using Federal soldiers brought in to vote for his handpicked candidate elsewhere in the county. Hearst demands that the whore who shot him be executed.

Swearengen and Wu gather a militia in case a war breaks out. Al murders the prostitute Jen, despite Johnny's objections, in the hope of passing her corpse off as Trixie and placating Hearst. The ruse works and Hearst leaves Deadwood, giving over control of "all his other-than-mining interests" to Tolliver.

Tolliver points a gun at Hearst from his balcony and wants to shoot him but instead watches as Bullock sees a smirking Hearst out of the camp. Enraged that Hearst is cutting him off, Tolliver takes his frustrations out on Leon by stabbing him in the femoral artery. Johnny and Al speak briefly of Jen's death, before Al returns to scrubbing her bloodstain.

From its debut, Deadwood drew attention for its extensive profanity. It is a deliberate anachronism on the part of the creator with a twofold intent.

Milch explained in several interviews that the characters were originally intended to use period slang and swear words. Such words, however, were based heavily on the time's deep religious roots and tended to be more blasphemous than scatological. Instead of being shockingly crude in keeping with the tone of a frontier mining camp , the results sounded comical. As Geoffrey Nunberg put it "… if you put words like 'goldarn' into the mouths of the characters on Deadwood , they'd all wind up sounding like Yosemite Sam.

Instead, it was decided that the show would use current profanity in order for the words to have the same impact on modern audiences as the blasphemous ones did back in the s. In early episodes, the character of Mr. Wu excessively uses "cocksucker," his favorite derogatory term for those whom he dislikes.

Wu is also fond of the Cantonese derogatory term " gweilo " which he applies to the camp's white males. The other intent in regard to the frequency of the swearing was to signal to the audience the lawlessness of the camp in much the same way that the original inhabitants used it to show that they were living outside the bounds of "civil society. The issue of the authenticity of Deadwood' s dialogue has even been alluded to in the show itself. Early in the second season, E. Farnum has fleeced Mr.

The word " fuck " is said 43 times in the first hour of the show. Deadwood received almost universal praise from critics over the course of its three-year run.

On Metacritic , the first season had an 80 out of score sampled from 26 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". The praise generally centered on the strength of the writing and Milch's unique style of dialogue. In the first season, magnificent bastard Al Swearengen Ian McShane came off as a villain; this year, his inevitably doomed campaign to save the lawless town from annexation by the United States and exploitation by robber barons served as a brilliant allegory for the evolution of American capitalism.

On May 13, , HBO confirmed it had opted not to pick up the options of the actors, which were set to expire on June 11, This meant that a fourth season with the current cast as it stood was unlikely, though HBO had stressed that the show was not cancelled and talks regarding its future were continuing.

The chances of the show returning with its current lineup of cast and crew were limited. On June 5, , HBO and creator David Milch agreed to make two two-hour television films in place of a fourth season, after Milch declined a short-order of six episodes. This was because in the show's original format, each season portrayed two weeks in the life of Deadwood, with each episode representing one day.

The final two-hour format would release these time restraints and allow for a broader narrative to finish off the series. Actor Ian McShane claimed in an interview on October 1, , that the show's sets were due to be dismantled and that the movies would not be made; [22] however, he was referring to the show-related set pieces, i.

Earl Brown commented a day later that they considered the series to be over. I still nourish the hope that we're going to get to do a little more work in that area. We got really close about a year ago. If they don't deliver [a finished product], blame them. It would be nice to see all of the old gang again.

On July 20, , Robin Weigert in an interview with the Los Angeles Times said that a Deadwood film would likely be filmed in the fall of A lot of [actors] have signed on. Earl Brown gave his thoughts on the final draft of the script saying, "in the course of those two hours, my emotions ricocheted in every fucking direction: The Maestro has topped himself.

The structure is essentially the same as the first version I read a year and a half ago, but the complexities of the relationships, the emotional peaks and depths, are all sharpened to a razor fine edge. Production on the film is set to begin on October 5, , according to Brown. All three seasons are available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Complete Series was released on December 9, Unfortunately for the network, Netflix topped that total with nominations, marking the first time in 18 years that HBO isn't the most-nominated TV entity. In third place, for context, is NBC's 78 nominations.

It's yet another signal that the streaming behemoth is a power-player like no other. Though Netflix only won out by just four nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards, that's all it took to topple the longtime defending champion when it comes to amassing awards-seeking acclaim. And it's pretty interesting the ways the facts play out, too, with the numbers going in HBO's favor when accounting for shows garnering over five nominations each. It looks like Netflix's extremely dense annual programming slate just generally had more shows available to pick up nominations.

For instance, HBO had three of the top ten most nominated shows, with Game of Thrones beating all else with 22, Westworld earning 21, and freshman comedy Barry getting Next up was Last Week Tonight with John Oliver , which landed nine noms, and it was followed by Silicon Valley with seven, and Fahrenheit with five.

Those six shows earned a total of 77 nominations between them. Meanwhile, Netflix's highest ranking show is The Crown , which tied Barry with 13 nominations.

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