Since that last episode–ending on a bit of a cliffhanger with the amoral businessman George Hearst moving in and making life miserable for the flesh-peddlers and panhandlers of the territory–rumors of a feature film finale have circled. Now, after 13 years, the
It’s unclear whether the movie will pick up exactly where the series ended, despite several of the actors looking demonstrably older than they were a decade and a half ago, but since Gerald McRaney who played Hearst in season three is shown, and the real Hearst left Deadwood in 1879, only a few years after arriving, I’m going to bet it’s just a direct continuation.
It’s unfathomably nice to see Ian McShane‘s Al Swearengen again, and especially to hear his mellifluous vocalizing. It’s equally nice to see Timothy Olyphant still rocking a moustache and unflinching sense of justice as Seth Bullock. Their rivalry-turned-reluctant-partnership was one of the best aspects of the series, and to hear Seth ask “What’s the move, Al?” after all this time is surprisingly exhilarating.
The movie is written by creator Milch and directed by Daniel Minahan who directed four episodes of the
It’ll be good to return to the old town. A sanctuary of debauchery and dreams.