The dream that Deadwood fans have dreamed since the HBO series’ somewhat surprising 2006 cancellation is not about to come true anytime soon. But there’s a slim chance it might eventually. Maybe. Earlier today, actor Garret Dillahunt, who played two characters on the show, prompted much talk with a series of tweets in which he claimed to have some knowledge that at long last, HBO might be revisiting the battle of wills between Seth Bullock and Al Swearengen. To wit:
How credible? How is credibility judged? Your guess is as good as ours, but Dillahunt followed this up with, basically, a plea to HBO to make it come true:
We have to admit he’s got a point there. Deadwood, a critical darling that never achieved ratings high enough to fully justify the high expense recreating 1870s-80s South Dakota, ended on one of the bleakest cliffhangers in recent television history. After cancellation, HBO offered creator David Milch a short, 6-episode final season, which he declined, and the two agreed on a couple of two-hour movies to resolve the storyline. In the years since, those plans fizzled, with HBO eventually admitting the odds were 50/50 and the cast going on to other projects.
But with Ian McShane returning to HBO in the next season of Game of Thrones, and Timothy Olyphant’s schedule a little more wide open with the conclusion of Justified, the stars are at least a little more aligned.
Perhaps. When asked, HBO tersely downplayed the certainty of any Deadwood reunion. “In reference to Garret Dillahunt’s tweet regarding the rumored Deadwood movie, there have only been very preliminary conversations,” HBO said in a statement.