Technically, you don’t have to watch all three seasons of HBO’s “Deadwood,” the legendary, canceled-too-soon series from singular television visionary David Milch before viewing this year’s towering TV movie that served as a final chapter in a narrative that deserved a proper ending.
But you’re not the kind of monster who reads the end of a book first, are you? Of course not. With just 36 hour-longish episodes – all available to stream on HBO GO and HBO NOW, along with the movie – you could binge the entirety of the series over a long weekend. Or make it a leisurely viewing and spread your watch over an entire week! (We joke, you could definitely take your time and watch the series over a reasonable amount of time, you just won’t want to.)
And if our word isn’t enough for you, here are a few alluring anecdotes IndieWire exclusively got from the returning cast about the original series, the new movie, and working with each other to encourage you to make “Deadwood” your viewing destination this summer.