A camp, a town, a law­less clus­ter of crim­i­nals and out­laws. The tit­u­lar site of David Milch’s bru­tal yet beau­ti­ful Western se­ries is a char­ac­ter all by it­self. Here we present its mean streets in all their grimy glory. Welcome to fuck­ing Dead­wood.

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site of: wol­cott’s mas­sacre

Gar­ret Dil­lahunt’s sec­ond role in the show was as the deadly-twitchy Hearst agent Fran­cis Wol­cott, who vents his frus­tra­tion by Jack-the-rip­per­ing three Chez Ami pros­ti­tutes with a ra­zor. An act he stiffly, chill­ingly de­scribes as “some­thing very ex­pen­sive”.

site of: swearen­gen vs Bul­lock

The tense ri­valry be­tween law man Seth Bul­lock (Ti­mothy Olyphant) and chaos man Al Swearen­gen (Ian Mc­shane) fi­nally ex­plodes at the start of the sec­ond sea­son, when the pair brawl so fu­ri­ously, they top­ple off the bal­cony of Al’s joint, The Gem, and into the mud…

site of: wild Bill’s mur­der

Dead­wood doesn’t hang about when it comes to off­ing main char­ac­ters. Only four episodes in, Keith Car­ra­dine’s Wild Bill Hickok is shot in the back dur­ing a poker game by Jack Mccall (Gar­ret Dil­lahunt). Had to hap­pen: the law­less man of myth mak­ing way for progress and civil­i­sa­tion.

site of: Al’s kid­ney stone re­moval

In a masterclass of tele­vi­sual dis­com­fort, we watch Swearen­gen go­ing through the worst pain imag­in­able (for a man) as he passes a kid­ney stone with the help of smelling salts, and a hor­ri­ble-look­ing pokey thing shoved right up his wee hole.

site of: tol­liver’s in­ter­ro­ga­tion

As seething sa­loon owner Cy Tol­liver, Pow­ers Boothe was sadism in­car­nate — look no fur­ther than his hor­rif­i­cally bru­tal tor­ture and mur­der of two young thieves (one of whom is played by Kris­ten Bell, most def­i­nitely not in The Good Place).

site of: Calamity Jane’s his­tory les­son

Dead­wood could do light­ness and joy, too. Town ine­bri­ate Jane (Robin Weigert) cleans up and de­liv­ers a lively lec­ture to at­ten­tive schoolkids about her time scout­ing for the “puffed up” Gen­eral Custer. Al­ready her ad­ven­tures are pass­ing into his­tory.

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