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5.0 out of 5 stars For Those Left Hanging..., April 3, 2009
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This review is from: Deadwood: The Complete Series (DVD)
...and bummed by the loose ends, don't worry. It all turns out well. As a lifelong South Dakotan and a history major I can tell you it all ends well. Yes, George Hearst did fix the election and steal the office of Sheriff away from Seth Bullock. Bullock had been a U.S. congressman from Montana before coming to Deadwood, though, and had friends in Washington. When they found out that Hearst had fixed the sheriff's race, they appointed Seth Bullock U.S. Marshall for the Dakota Territory. That gave him authority over all law enforcement in the area, canceling out Hearst's move. Bullock would meet a young Teddy Roosevelt in the Dakotas and they became lifelong friends. Bullock even led the inaugural parade when Roosevelt became President of the United States.
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2009 12:57:25 PM PST
My partner (a lifelong South Dakotan) and I watched the series very recently. I am having withdrawals, but I must say that I thought that the last episode tied things up as well as they could have been tied up. Swearingen's last line kind of said it all. "He wants me to tell him something pretty". Well, the series wasn't pretty, nor would the ending have been wrapped up neatly in a Cinderella ending. The real Al Swearingen (who was totally evil) met a bad end, the Gem burned down, and so on. We enjoyed references to Spearfish and Belle Fourche, in particular, as those are our stompin' grounds, along with Seth Bullock's locale!

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 4:12:38 PM PST
Thank you both for the insightful facts of that history.

Posted on Dec 11, 2010 11:15:15 AM PST
NS says:
That's a fascinating piece of information that sheds a little light on where the series may have ultimately been heading. I just wish we could have seen it all unfold. I look forward to seeing Dustin Hoffman (and hopefully a few Deadwood cast-members) in David Milch and Michael Mann's new HBO series Luck.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 11:47:48 AM PST
DaniDarko says:
Thanks for that historical update...very interesting.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2012 7:35:31 AM PDT
bkhage01 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 10:32:52 AM PDT
"It all ends well" wasn't a clue for you that spoilers were probably on the way? :P

That said, none of that has anything but minor tangential relation to the actual series; he's talking about actual US History. Most of that stuff isn't even in the show, or even alluded to; it happens long after. So consider yourself un-spoiled and ready to watch this amazing series.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 8:03:33 PM PDT
mdn61 says:
As another poster has pointed out, I didn't spoil anything. I'm referring to actual United States history--and where Milch could have taken the series, had it not been canceled. Okay, Chief?

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 10:51:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2012 10:58:36 AM PDT
Doncha love being called Chief? BTW we are planning a trip to that part of the country later this summer...any off the beaten path places you can suggest?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2012 12:31:15 AM PDT
mdn61 says:
Take all the scenic highways through the Black Hills, for sure. 16, 385, and 87. They are also referred to as Iron Mountain Road and Needles Highway. Driving through Badlands National Park is a must, too!

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 1:45:15 PM PST
Primotenore says:
Nice factoids.
Thanks!
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