THE SON

Sea­son 1 AMC (*140) 21:00 & 21:50 Episodes 1 & 2

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Pierce Bros­nan stars as the pa­tri­arch of a Texas oil dy­nasty in this new West­ern.

The Son Sea­son 1 Wed­nes­days (from 3 May) AMC (*140) 21:00 and 21:50

Pierce Bros­nan (James Bond in 1997 ac­tion flick To­mor­row Never Dies) has traded tuxe­dos and his Ir­ish ac­cent for dirty britches and a Texas twist as Eli Mc­Cul­lough in Westernset ac­tion se­ries The Son (2017- cur­rent). It’s based on the 2013 novel of the same name by exec pro­ducer Philipp Meyer and fol­lows the im­pact fa­thers and sons have on each other, even though ab­sence. “I know what it is like to bring up sons and it can be an ar­du­ous road,” says 63-year- old Pierce. “My fa­therly in­stincts are my own. They re­late back to no one, be­cause there was no one.” [His fa­ther aban­doned the fam­ily when Pierce was born]

THE FA­THER AS THE SON

The se­ries starts with teen Eli (Ja­cob Lofland) and his fam­ily am­bushed by Co­manche In­di­ans – their dad isn’t there and Eli is the only one left alive. Fast­for­ward 50-ish years and he’s now a cat­tle baron in Texas who’s try­ing to get into the oil in­dus­try. Busi­ness isn’t Eli’s only headache though – be­tween Mex­i­can neigh­bours who could be sab­o­tag­ing him and the threat of cross-bor­der war, Eli must deal with his heir Pete (Henry Gar­rett), who isn’t sure that Eli’s way of do­ing things – beat­ing sabo­teurs and cut­ting off their ears to find out why they blew up his oil rig – is the right way.

GROW­ING PAINS

The present-day drama is mixed with flash­backs to Eli’s tor­ture at the hands of Amer­i­can In­di­ans. Be­tween beat­ings from the women in the tribe who are skin­ning pelts with Eli, there’s also a mo­ment of ro­mance when an In­dian maiden slips into his tent one night in episode 2. But at least Eli has a saviour – his tribal chief kid­nap­per Tosh­away (Zahn McClarnon) adopts him af­ter the teen stands up to a beat­ing and he’s ac­cepted into the tribe.

Pierce Bros­nan is swap­ping cat­tle ranches for oil wells in The Son.

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