Originally Posted by John dhein
All I can say is what I remember from when it was happening, and what I remember i what I said above. What gets said on DVD commentaries is well after the fact.
I remember W. Earl Brown saying that he and other cast members were very surprised and disappointed that it ended the way it did.
I do, sort of, buy the whole expense excuse. Mainly because for accuracy they would have needed to burn down and re-build almost all of Deadwood.
I don't know that anyone will ever know what really happened with 'Deadwood'. There are lots of theories, whether it was HBO who pulled the plug and why they did it, or whether Milch just got tired of doing it. It's hard to believe he would have traded in another season of 'Deadwood' for 'John from Cincinnati'. Disclaimer:
I'm one of the 37 people who actually liked JfC and wanted it to continue. But not at the expense of another season of a transcendent show like 'Deadwood'.
What I figured they would do (before it got canned) was to combine the two fires that happened in the real Deadwood, make that the third season finale and call it quits after that. They were going to have to strike the sets anyway, why not just burn them down instead and get it all on film?
That seemed logical to me since the sideplot regarding the town's new "fire engine" seemed to be building to something like that.