There are any number of shows that you can say were 'cancelled too early' but I don't know of many that could make that claim as well as Deadwood. By making the series more realistic and true to the period and location were it took place HBO's Deadwood could have reinvented the TV western.
There were no black hats or white hats in the series, instead there was a great tapestry of grey areas, compromises and choosing the lesser of evils. When the show ended, after just 3 seasons it ended on an odd note.
In most serialized series and movie trilogies there is a point (usually half to two-thrids of the way through) where things are incredibly dark and there seems little hope of things getting better and then things slowly start turning around for the big finish. Deadwood finished in its darkest place and somehow, with this series, that was acceptable.
We were promised follow up. There were going to be movies to wrap things up and tie up loose ends, but those never materialized.
Today, to mark the 10th anniversary of the series premiere, Matt Zoller Seitz of RogerEbert.com published a 30 minute video essay on the series - “A Lie Agreed Upon”
A LIE AGREED UPON: DAVID MILCH'S DEADWOOD from RogerEbert.com on Vimeo.
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