Cruel twist behind hit series
It was the story that never got an ending.
It's been nearly 13 years since the cult series Deadwood finished on an abrupt note after three seasons.
Despite scores of fans, several Emmy nominations and it's pretty epic tag of "one of the greatest shows in TV history", HBO pulled the plug on it out of nowhere before it was renewed for another season.
It haunted TV writer David Milch who always promised a dramatic conclusion to the story he created and brought to life in 2004.
Now Milch - and fans of Deadwood - finally have answers.
Deadwood: The Movie is dropping on Foxtel today, and is set 10 years after the events of the series.
Here is the full rundown:
"Deadwood: The Movie is set 10 years after a bloody altercation in which the ruthless industrialist George Hearst was wounded by Al Swearengen's favourite prostitute, Trixie - and Hearst, now a California senator, returns to Deadwood to celebrate South Dakota's emergent statehood. While Hearst's unwelcome presence rankles Swearengen, the strongman's grip has been loosened by declining health, years of drinking and general apathy. Largely cooped up in the Gem Saloon's upper floors on Doc Cochran's orders, Swearengen occasionally talks town strategy with Seth Bullock,Deadwood's longtime Marshall. Today, Bullock, who's now the father of three and still husband to Martha, hates Hearst even more than Swearengen."
The original show was set in the Dakota Territory in the 1870s. The town of Deadwood had been at the centre of the Black Hills gold rush, one of the last of its kind in the lower forty-eight.
But it's the man behind the stories that has enticed many.
Milch is considered one of the most inventive writers of all time, known for his unpredictable plots and wild dialogue, but his checkered history has often made more headlines than his shows.
The now 74-year-old four time Emmy winner pocketed more than $100 million for his work on Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and Deadwood.
His copious wealth fuelled his disastrous gambling problem, and he lost almost all of his money.
A lawsuit filed in 2015 in Los Angeles Superior Court suggested Milch lost $25 million after gambling on horses and football over the course of only 11 years, while it was also revealed he had more than $17 million in debts. The suit was settled outside court.
He and his wife since 1982, Rita Milch, agreed to a payment plan with the IRS, selling their homes at a value of more than $10 million, while Rita reportedly had to sell most of her jewellery and art.
That same year the suit was filed, Milch was given a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, though this was not public knowledge at the time.
Milch had a fairly traumatic upbringing.
He was the son of a gastrointestinal surgeon who later killed himself. Ever year the pair would go to the races in Saratoga, where Milch's dad would give him money to bet but reprimand him for being a "degenerate gambler".
Milch has also claimed several times he was molested when he was a teenager by a local man.
He became a drug addict until he met his wife Rita in college. She encouraged him to go to rehab before they wed.
They rode the highs of being lucrative Hollywood A-listers; but the pair now live a far more modest life in a small rental in Santa Monica.
Milch, who is in the middle stage of Alzheimer's, has trouble doing everyday tasks, remembering things from the past, suffers confusion and lapsed social interaction.
Journalist Mark Singer, who recently wrote a story for The New Yorker, said: "The Milch I observed 15 years ago during the making of Deadwood was gregarious, physically strong and prone to riveting discursive detours. During our recent time together, he spoke slowly and deliberately and moved accordingly."
Despite his deteriorating health, Milch was given the green light in 2016 to write a script for Deadwood: The Movie, which he submitted the following year. Pretty remarkable for a man battling Alzheimer's.
When Deadwood: The Movie began filming last year, fans knew something was up when HBO crew said Milch would be on set "to watch, not interfere". It was revealed in April he had Alzheimer's.
After the movie is done, Milch has said he will keep writing "because that's what he does".
And does he ever. Deadwood: The Movie has garnered rave early reviews among critics, with some dubbing it a "motherf***ing masterpiece".