overall this was a very good series. unfortunately they didn’t know it was going to end after three seasons so the ending is less than impressive. it’s got a bit of “man who shot liberty valance” flavor to it with swearengen cleaning the blood of a murdered prostitute off the floor and saying to himself “he (johnny) wanted me to tell him something sweet.” the prostitute (who was liked by johnny) was murdered to protect another prostitute. we’d rather not think about our history being soaked in blood, we’d rather think that the ones we like are dying for a good cause or dying without pain (which johnny asks about). instead, though, they’re dying out of convenience or because they weren’t important enough. nothing real glamorous about it.
season three isn’t quite as good as season two. they brought in a couple characters that didn’t do a whole lot and that took away time from the characters i liked to see.
swearengen is a classic character who is summarized well by one of his men: “when he’s not lying to you, al’s the most honest guy you’ll meet.”