Deadwood - The Bosses

What makes a good boss? To start with, they must be decisive. No one wants to be burning daylight while awaiting a decision, and often a bad decision is better than no decision.

Decisiveness shows up in spiritual portraits as Green and Red. The spiritual portraits of the bosses in Deadwood on this page all share a lot of Green, representing their preference for making logical decisions.

Seth Bullock and his colleague and friend Sol Star can be emotional (Red) at times, while Al Swearengen has an eye for strategy and the big picture (Blue). Cy Tolliver is all about the realities of business while George Hearst is overcome by greed.

If you were a boss, what type of boss would you be?

Writing really good stories explaining how the spiritual portraits of fictional characters reflect the characters' personalities is time-consuming. I'd rather just turn out images and let people figure them out on their own.

The Deadwood Experiment

In building a site like this, the following questions come to mind:

  1. Are the explanatory stories provided necessary or even helpful?
  2. Can fans of a show with an ensemble cast appreciate the images — and see the relationships between the characters — without explanatory stories?
  3. Would it be better — maybe in some cases, at least — to write a single article about all of the portraits in a single show, and post it on social media? This could certainly be easier and might even be more informative than writing a separate story for each character.

For the time being, these spiritual portraits of Deadwood characters are presented without stories. If you are familiar with the show and know a bit about Jungian Psychological Types, you should be able to see how the characters with similar temperaments have similar portraits.

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Seth Bullock

Town Sheriff and Hardware Store Owner

Seth Bullock's spiritual portrait shows he is extremely decisive (Green and Red) and pragmatic (Yellow). Click on the image to see a full-size version! .... [More] [Less]

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Sol Star

Hardware Store Owner

Sol Star's spiritual portrait shows he pragmatic (Yellow) and extremely decisive (Green and Red). Click on the image to see a full-size version! .... [More] [Less]

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Al Swearengen

Owner of the Gem

Al Swearengen's spiritual portrait shows he is logical (Green) and comfortable with theories and abstractions (Blue). Click on the image to see a full-size version! .... [More] [Less]

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Cy Tolliver

Owner of the Bella Union Saloon

Cy Tolliver's spiritual portrait shows he is extremely pragmatic (Yellow) and logical (Green) - with virtually no feelings (Red). Click on the image to see a full-size version! .... [More] [Less]

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George Hearst

Wealthy Interloper and Sociopath

George Hearst's spiritual portrait shows he is extremely logical (Green) and mostly interested in facts (Yellow). Overwhelmed by greed, he has become a sociopath - a quality that is not visible in this type of spiritual portrait. Click on the image to see a full-size version! .... [More] [Less]

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