Deadwood: Tell Him Something Pretty (season finale)
(S03E12) Maybe I sit alone with this belief, but I was royally disappointed with this finale. This entire season has been building up to this episode. It was supposed to be a magnificent explosion with guns a blazing as Bullock and Swearengen delivered Deadwood from the clutches of Hearst and his Pinkerton pistoleros. There was none of that. For the most part it was calm. It's clear that this finale was written with a full-length fourth season in mind and I only hope now that the remaining four hours of this wonderful series can do it the justice it deserves.
Following Trixie's attempt on his life, Hearst has requested that Al take care of her. Hearst wants to see a body before he leaves camp, as it will surely put his mind at ease. That and the assurance that his purchased votes are placing his selections in office. They seem to be working. Harry Manning beat Bullock by over 800 votes in Sturgis. So Seth probably won't be sheriff much longer assuming Hearst's influence makes it's way through the entire county.
The entire episode, we were only left with two real questions though. Will Swearengen kill Trixie and will a giant gunfight between Hearst's men and Al's men break out? The answer was no to both. Al slit the throat of one of his whores (she looked very much like Trixie) and Hearst bought it when he saw the body. After that he left town. Granted, it was tense. The Pinktertons on one side of the town square. Hawkeye's men and Wu's chinks on the other side. Guns were drawn all around, but no shots were fired as Hearst rode off in his carriage. I thought it was pretty anti-climactic.
Elsewhere, Cy seems to finally have gone nuts now that Hearst has screwed him and he no longer plays a role in the day to day affairs of the camp. He went as far as insulting Joanie's new preferences and then he mortally wounded Leon.
At one point we were led to believe that Langrishe might take care of Hearst himself. He feared that the imminent fight might cause the postponement of the theater opening. That never happened and it left a sour taste in my mouth about the whole Jack Langrishe storyline. I feel like his character could have been left out and it wouldn't have affected this season all that much.
I love that Al still talks to that Indian head in the cedar box. It's like he's going to confession every time they "speak."
E.B. walking out onto Hearst's makeshift balcony and standing tall? Might have been the funniest moment of the season.
Was it just me, or did anyone else think that Tom and Harry's fire engine should have come in a bigger box?
But that was about it. Hearst certainly left an impact, but I was really hoping for a bigger exit. Hopefully we'll see him back when the series (sort of) returns.