15 March 2012 7:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

HBO had to cancel Luck. When a third horse died early in the production of the show's second season — two others died during the making of season one — there was no other course of action. Suddenly a question that had simmered deep in the background of discussions of the series — Is it morally defensible to risk animals' lives to make art? — threatened to become the only topic of discussion, persisting for however long the show might have ultimately run. I can imagine the moral calculus that series creator David Milch, a longtime horse owner and racetrack denizen, must have gone through when news broke yesterday that a horse had suddenly reared up during what apparently was a routine walk, fell backward, hit its head, and was euthanized on a veterinarian's orders. When I visited the headquarters of Milch's production company, Red Board, a couple of summers »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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