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The Son (TV series)

The Son is an American western drama television series based on the 2013
book of the same name by Philipp Meyer. The show was created and The Son
developed by Meyer, Brian McGreevy, and Lee Shipman.[1] A 10-episode
season premiered on AMC on April 8, 2017.[2]

On May 12, 2017, the series was renewed for a second season.[3]

Official title card

Contents Genre Western
Based on The Son
by Philipp Meyer
Developed by Philipp Meyer
External links Lee Shipman
Brian McGreevy

Starring Pierce Brosnan

Cast Henry Garrett

Pierce Brosnan as Eli McCullough, a Texas cattle baron who takes an Zahn McClarnon
interest in the oil industry
Jess Weixler

Jacob Lofland as young Eli (known to the Comanche as Tiehteti Paola Nez
Taiboo "Pathetic White Boy"[4]) Elizabeth Frances

Henry Garrett as Pete McCullough, Eli's youngest son Sydney Lucas

Zahn McClarnon as Toshaway, a Comanche tribal chief who views Composer(s) Nathan Barr
young Eli as a son after capturing him
Jess Weixler as Sally McCullough, Pete's wife Country of United States
Paola Nez as Mara Garca, Pete's childhood friend who becomes origin
complicit in some of the escalating violence in South Texas
Original English
Elizabeth Frances as Prairie Flower
Sydney Lucas as Jeannie McCullough, Eli's granddaughter and Pete's
daughter, who becomes a key figure in the family business No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production Production
Originally, Sam Neill was set to play the main character of the series, but Executive Michael Connolly
left due to personal reasons. Pierce Brosnan was cast to replace him.[5] The producer(s) Tom Lesinski
production of the series started in June 2016.[6]
Jenna Santoianni
Tom Harper
Kevin Murphy
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The first season has received mixed reviews. On review aggregator website Philipp Meyer
Rotten Tomatoes the series has an approval rating of 54% based on 24 Brian McGreevy
reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The site's critical consensus
Lee Shipman
reads, "The Son's epic narrative and strong central performance are
crippled by sluggish pacing, hasty direction, and superficial execution."[7] Location(s) Texas
On Metacritic, the series has a score of 57 out of 100, based 21 critics, Cinematography George Steel
indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8] Editor(s) Josh Beal
Debby Germino
Episodes Jon Koslowsky

Camera setup Single-camera

Running time 4249 minutes
Production Sonar Entertainment
company(s) El Jefe
Five & Dime

Distributor AMC Studios

Original network AMC
Original release April 8, 2017
External links
Website www.amc.com
/shows/the-son (htt

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Original air
No. Title Directed by Teleplay by viewers
"First Son of Philipp Meyer, Brian McGreevy and Lee
1 Tom Harper April 8, 2017 1.92[9]
Texas" Shipman
In 1849, young Eli McCullough and his brother, Martin, are taken captive by Comanches; the remaining family
members are killed. Blaming Eli for his family's deaths, Martin becomes defiant with his captors and is killed in front of
Eli. In 1915, Eli and his son Pete prepare for Eli's birthday party, while contending with cattle thieves and saboteurs of
their burgeoning oil business.

2 "The Plum Tree" Kevin Dowling Daniel C. Connolly April 8, 2017 1.92[9]
In 1849, Eli's attempt to escape the Comanche camp is thwarted, and, after being punished, he becomes the
Comanches' slave. In 1915, Eli and Pete debate over their captive, Cesar, whom they caught fleeing a sabotaged oil
rig. Eli tortures Cesar, believed to also be linked to the thefts. Pete later escorts Cesar to a river to release him into
Mexico. However, Cesar attacks Pete, forcing him to kill Cesar and secretly bury him.

3 Kevin Dowling Kevin Murphy & Cami DeLavigne April 15, 2017 1.55[10]
In 1915, Eli and oldest son Phineas meet with potential investor William Philpott, who declines due to Eli's shaky
finances and the unlikelihood of finding oil in the Rio Grande Valley. Back home, Pete experiences guilt over Cesar's
death. In Mexico, Cesar's father-in-law, Pedro Garca, supplies the rebel, Aniceto Pizaa, despite future backlash from
the McCulloughs. In 1849, young Eli begins training as a Comanche warrior but causes trouble when he publicly flirts
with Prairie Flower, who is being wooed by another.

4 "Death Song" Smith Henderson & Philipp Meyer April 22, 2017 1.39[11]
In 1849, young Eli must help a severely wounded Comanche back to camp, while evading Texas Rangers on patrol. In
1915, Mara Garca warns Pete that something bad is going to happen. He and Eli inform the Rangers of the Mexican
rebels' plan to derail a train. Eli is told to form a posse. They find tools to be used in the derailment and wait for the
rebels to return. Pete captures their female scout and releases her after the rebels retreat, but is forced to kill her when
she fires at one of his men. Eli assures him that her death was necessary, however, Pete surmises that a border war is

5 "No Prisoners" Brian McGreevy & Lee Shipman April 29, 2017 1.21[12]
In 1849, the Comanches sneak up on a Tonkawa camp only to find it deserted, ravaged by smallpox. Eli is ordered to
gather their horses and what supplies that he can. While doing so, he finds a survivor who specifies items to take, so
that the Comanche will also become diseased. Eli refuses. In 1915, the McCulloughs' notoriety from the ambush has
consequences, when their homestead is attacked. Both Marie and Jeannie seek help, and it arrives with Pedro's men
fending off the rebels. Eli sees oil on Jeannie's horse and asks what route she traveled.

"The Buffalo
6 Jeremy Webb Julia Ruchman May 6, 2017 1.30[13]
Young Eli finds a group of white hunters skinning some buffalo. He tells them that he recently escaped a Comanche
camp, and the hunters vow to protect him, but Eli is merely a distraction for a Comanche raid. The lead hunter and a
girl are taken captive. The hunter is later tortured, and Eli secretly puts him out of his misery. In 1915, Charles
McCullough learns that Ramon, a farmhand, might have led the rebels there for the attack. Ramon is hanged in front of
a remorseful Charles. Eli and Jeannie search for and find the oil seep, but it is in the Garcas' territory.

7 "Marriage Bond" Jeremy Webb Kevin Murphy & Julia Ruchman May 13, 2017 1.17[14]
Upon learning of Ramon's death, Eli suggests to Pete that Charles leave the ranch. Pete takes Charles and Jeannie to
the McCullough home in Austin. Charles admits his complicity, but adds that he didn't expect Ramon would be hanged.
Pete tells Sally that he cannot rise above his family's violent tendencies and suggests the children remain in Austin. A
troubled Mara visits him, and they have sex. In 1850, Eli tries to help Ingrid, the captive girl, who wishes to die, but
Prairie Flower warns him to stay away from her. While hunting, Eli is approached by Charges the Enemy, who is
courting Flower. Charges threatens the two of them before knocking Eli off a cliff.

John David
8 "Honey Hunt" Daniel C. Connolly May 20, 2017 1.26[15]

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Charges returns to camp without Eli, stating that Eli escaped during the hunt. Flower wishes to search for Eli, but
Toshaway informs her that her father accepted Charges' dowry and the wedding will soon happen. She sneaks off to
search for Eli, but Charges stops her by saying all supplies will be cut off from her family if she continues. She relents
and they marry. In 1915, Pete and Mara plan for a future, once they are free from their respective spouses. Eli and
Phineas attend a party for a judge, whom Phineas manages to bribe to help secure the oil seep on the Garca property.
Alone, Eli is approached by the daughter of an Apache who followed him after Eli slaughtered a village in 1881. Eli
states that her people killed his wife and son, and she shoots him. He envisions his younger self helping him die but
Phineas saves him.

9 "The Prophecy" Tom Vaughan Julia Ruchman June 3, 2017 1.06[16]

Young Eli, with his injured leg, finds a settler named Maggie at her camp. She nurses him back to health, but her
solitude all these years after leaving her group seems to have affected her mind. However, she tells his fortune,
mentioning his long life and having three sons. When he later learns of her plan to turn him in for a reward, he escapes
as she curses his sons' legacy. In 1915, Eli tells Phineas that his injury was a sign and calls off the bribe and oil
scheme, at the risk of losing the ranch. Eli later finds a saloon burning; Phineas admits to it, only because Eli secretly
wanted to frame Pedro Garca. Pete finds a jar of oil in Jeannie's room and questions Eli, who reveals the truth of trying
to get rid of Pedro. Pete leaves the ranch.

Philipp Meyer, Brian McGreevy, & Kevin

10 "Scalps" Tom Vaughan June 10, 2017 1.16[17]
With the rumor that Pedro Garca's men were seen running from the saloon fire, Eli declares war and rallies an angry
mob. Pete arrives at the Garca home to warn them. He suggests fleeing, but Pedro declines and prepares his men.
Pete assists them and fires upon his father's army. Many casualties occur on both sides; all of the Garcas are killed,
except Mara who flees with Pete as seen by Phineas. When Eli relates the battle to his family, Sally asks about Pete.
Alone, Phineas tells her the truth. The McCulloughs are later granted the Garca property. In 1850, Eli returns to the
Comanche camp seeking revenge on Charges. Toshaway asks the elders for compensation, and they give him four
horses; he also gives Eli a pistol of his own. Eli still pines for Flower. Later, on a hunt, the Comanches are attacked by
Texas Rangers. Charges is shot, but Eli prevents a Ranger from scalping Charges who dies from his wounds. Eli then
scalps the Ranger. Both eras mirror each other, as Young Eli and Toshaway watch many settlers cross below them and
Jeannie and her grandfather look over their newly acquired land.

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External links
Official website (http://www.amc.com/shows/the-son)
The Son (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3839822/) on IMDb
The Son (http://www.tvguide.com/detail/tv-show.aspx?tvobjectid=895132) at TV Guide

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