Deadwood: season 3 (2006)

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Deadwood's final season ends with a frustrating lack of closure, but that ambiguous final note doesn't detract from an outstanding series that ranks among the best the genre has to offer.

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Critic Ratings: 38

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Episodes

Air date: Jun 11, 2006

As the third season opens, Bullock and Swearengen begin to realize their common interests with the powerful George Hearst in town.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2006

As the elections loom, Hearst gets violent with Swearengen and Alma's pregnancy complications worsen.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2006

Several newcomers arrive in camp as Hearst continues to wield his power without reservation.

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Air date: Jul 2, 2006

As the bank opens for business, Hearst furthers his machinations against Tolliver and Swearengen.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2011

Dority's simmering feud with an imposing rival finally comes to a boil; Langrishe lays the groundwork for the new theater; Tolliver learns surprising news about Leon's latest customer; Steve's stubborn streak doesn't subside with his purchase of the livery.

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Air date: Jul 16, 2006

Aunt Lou's son visits with news from Liberia and a business proposal for Hearst. Meanwhile, Bullock and Swearengen weigh their options regarding Hearst, and Tolliver learns of Alma's addiction.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2006

Bullock makes a proposal for dealing with Hearst. Meanwhile, the Doc's health is in decline.

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Air date: Jul 30, 2006

When Wyatt Earp turns up in Deadwood under mysterious circumstances, Hearst teams with Tolliver to protect his interests.

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Air date: Aug 6, 2006

As the camp joins for a talent show, Commissioner Jarry returns with a proposal for Hearst.

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Air date: Aug 13, 2006

Hearst's men strike against Alma. Meanwhile, Joanie and Jane find solace with one another.

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Season three sees the town's first elections and the hope for a new dawn in Deadwood. However, the founders face their toughest battle when an unexpected threat strikes.

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Critic Reviews for Deadwood season 3

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (23)

Ian McShane's Swearengen, who anchors the Old West drama Deadwood the same way James Gandolfini's Tony anchors "The Sopranos," goes into the show's third season embodying all the qualities viewers used to love in Tony.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Deadwood is a terribly, terribly hard show to love. But apparently there are some people who still do.

Feb 18, 2020 | Full Review…
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The terrifically bold series never shies from violence while rewarding viewers with resonant story lines and a terrific populace of characters, some more historically based than others.

Feb 18, 2020 | Full Review…

The injustice of a premature ending is dwarfed by the simple fact that a program this literate could win a devoted following in the era of Fear Factor and My Fair Brady.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Oh, my goodness. Deadwood might be dirty, depraved, and dangerous, but it's never dull.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Deadwood is that rarest of all rare birds, a great television show -- so much better than most television, that it's scarcely recognizable as a television show at all.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite being only three seasons long, this is one of the most sprawling series ever put on the small screen. It's a tale of greed, betrayal and all that classical good stuff.

Feb 19, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

What makes Deadwood different from earlier revisions is that it not only that it blurs the lines of right and wrong, good and evil, but erases them entirely.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Latecomers to this series, wanting to know what all the fuss is about, should just soak up the richest and most poetic dialogue ever to grace a TV show.

Feb 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Like most TV shows, it's shot well enough, and there are some incredible technicians behind the camera... But it's the language of the show that made it so beloved, and why it's one of the greats.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

It's an upsetting way for such a wonderful series to end, but looking back on Deadwood as a whole is a reminder of how wonderful the show was and how much it has to offer to old and new viewers alike... even if we all wish there was more of it to see.

Jun 11, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It's hard to imagine "Deadwood" with a different cast because the current cast makes up one of TV's best ensembles.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deadwood: season 3

  • Sep 30, 2020
    it the beginning at was edgy and ruff which was awesome. It made you feel like what it would be like to be on the wild wild west where there were no rules. But over time it lost that feel. The biggest issue for me was SPEAK PLAIN ENGLISH NOT PROSE!!! I mean at the end going out to dinner was "would you like to partake in evening sustenance." I sounded more like you were in downtown Abby than Deadwood North Dakota at the turn in 1870. The thing was almost the entire cast spoke in prose. Season one was f you you f'en f turning it do you not dare to rile me you would not like me when my persona is changed and I will be most challenging to interact with when that occurs. But still was entertaining , just don't watch it with the captions on and a dictionary ,ruins the mood.
  • Aug 28, 2020
    Timothy Olyphant acting was awesome and I really liked him. I watched "Justified" series also after watching all 3 season. Really worthy. I do not know why HBO cancelling series like this and replaced it with some horseshit. "Deadwood- The movie" to be watched after watching all three seasons of deadwood. So Do not miss this awesome series.
  • Dec 16, 2019
    Another well acted and well written season of Deadwood, but definitely the weaker of the 3 seasons. Al Swearengen was pushed to the side in favor of the big bad George Hearst, often relegating him to watching the action of the show from the porch of the Gem Saloon. I felt that Trixie got far too much screen time and just became incredibly annoying to watch, and this season built her up into too much of an alpha to where it became hard to believe she would ever have become a prostitute and forced lover to Al in the first place. There were a couple moments where it felt like the show backed itself into a corner where it already established that the characters normally don't think twice about killing people they don't like, but they wanted to make George Hearst a lingering villain so they just didn't kill him when anyone could have easily done so. I felt like the tension between Bullock and Mrs. Ellsworth never came to any kind of conclusion, almost like the show just didn't know what to do with that storyline. I liked that Jane and Joanie Stubbs got to hook up, and that actually felt like a nice ending for them. Doc Cochrane getting sick this season seemed like an interesting path, but didn't really end up doing anything for the character. Overall, I just felt like this season was just an unsatisfying continuation of the previous season's storylines that were expected to conclude in another season that never came.
  • Nov 22, 2019
    I personally think Deadwood doesn't fall short a pure art piece. One reason is the expensively written characters, every character is a world on its own, woven in extensive details rendering the viewer eager for their next appearance on the scene. Another is the uniquely splendid directing (won a Emmy for outstanding single-camera series), the gritty and agreeable performances, and the Shakespearean dialogues which factors to the ultra-grittiness of the show. David Milch created a show that entertains and amazes at every scene, and succeeded in depicting the life in the old west more than anyone. He told a story of violence and terror, of love and hope, of people who held to their promises and oaths, who bound their friendships on trust, and of those who killed, tortured for the realization of their dreams; to make a business and achieve a fortune. Although it didn't had the chance to get to a satisfactory ending, this show is like an abstract painting, one may mistakenly underrate it, except if one has the sight for art. In the last scene of the final season, Al Swarengen is cleaning the floor from a blood stain, saying what sounds like a wrap up for the whole story : "Wants me to tell him something pretty!"
  • Aug 17, 2019
    Brian cox is incredible in this show.
  • Aug 13, 2019
    Solo como por terminar la historia, el personaje que adaptaron de George Hearst dañó todo.
  • Jun 22, 2019
    Season 3 was an astounding disappointment... it betrayed the characters and sunk the show like a torpedo so far as I am concerned. Ghastly.
  • Jun 02, 2019
    I love this show, pet peeve it is full of misinformation or lies about people who really lived, it is worth it to look them up, it is really a great story about real interesting people who we should try to remember as they really were
  • Feb 24, 2019
    What an absolute shame that the series had to end just like that. It sucks that it ends with Hearst winning every single thing. It also sucks that we didn't get the two 2 hour movies that were rumoured to be in the works at HBO. And it sucks that we never got a theatrical release of Deadwood. This was such a good show that had so much still to tell/resolve. How does the camp move on with the Pinkertons running the show, and Hearst owning all the gold claims, and Hearst starting a newspaper to spread his propaganda in response to the Pioneer, etc. It's a tough pill to swallow but swallow it they must... Hearst made sure of that. The plot lines and execution of the story was incredible in season 3. Milch really did a spectacular job of creating a town with so many different moving parts that functioned so well as a whole. Here's to hoping that someone will come to their senses and give Milch the opportunity to wrap up his gem of a series in a befitting manner like it deserves.
  • Feb 19, 2019
    Bad ending to an otherwise great show.

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