The series is based on the Philipp Meyer book of the same name. It spans three generations and 150 years of the McCullough family, tracing the transformation of Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan), the charismatic family patriarch, from good-natured innocent to calculating killer. He loses everything on the wild frontier, setting him on the path to building a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege.
In addition to Brosnan, the series stars Henry Garrett, Sydney Lucas, Carlos Bardem, Jacob Lofland, and Zahn McClarnon. Produced by AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment, “The Son” is written and executive produced by Meyer, Lee Shipman, Michael A. Connolly, Brian McGreevy and showrunner Kevin Murphy. Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni also serve as executive producers.
“‘The Son’ proudly continues our Westerns tradition at AMC, including ‘Broken Trail,’ ‘Hell on Wheels’ and decades of films from The Duke, Clint
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Loss builds resolve. At least that seems to be the main message in AMC’s latest drama The Son, in its debut episode. Opening in 1849 with a focus on a young Eli McCullough, the central protagonist who will grow into the fine form of a bearded Pierce Brosnan, we see him taking up mantle of ‘man of the house’, hunting and showing a large amount of self-assurance. However, it’s not long before his youthful belligerence, and a need to defend his home from invading Comanche, has resulted in his mother and sister being raped and killed, with his surviving brother soon being run through by a spear, leaving him as the sole surviving son.
Eli’s back story is told throughout
While he might not have the best Texas accent we've ever heard, Brosnan still delivers a powerful performance as the older Eli McCullough, who is at the center of this compelling new western drama.
The Son Season 1 Episode 1 and The Son Season 1 Episode 2 introduce us to McCullough in two separate timelines. In them, we learn how the young man who survived a Comanche Indian attack becomes a ruthless cattle baron later in life.
Jacob Lofland is just as powerful as young Eli, as the two timelines converge to give us a clear picture of a man who only wants to protect what's rightfully his.
We are first introduced to Eli as a young man hunting for food for his family while his father is out of town. The family comes under attack by Comanche Indians and his mother and sister are killed.
Even the most casual western fans know that the genre has lost quite a bit of its lustre over recent decades, at least when it comes to stories that revisit much of the same material covering the 19th Century – frontiers, Indians, cowboys, railroads, and all the usual greatest hits. More recently, the modern western has been at the forefront of cinema and well-realized through relevant epics like last year’s Hell or High Water. In the same way that film starring Jeff Bridges managed to closely inspect the fallout of race relations in West Texas, AMC’s The Son attempts to do the same during the period in between the mid-19th Century and the early 20th, mantled by a frontier on the cusp of the industrial age.
Based on the 2013 New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel by Philipp Meyer, The Son
The series is based on Philipp Meyer's 2013 novel of the same name. If focuses on Eli's life as a young boy growing up in 1849 and as an adult in 1915. It wasn't an easy road for Eli and he'll do anything to protect what he worked so hard and suffered for, no matter the consequences.
Like any television family saga, this epic western is full of drama and intrigue and should definitely be on your must-watch list. Plus, did we mention it stars Pierce Brosnan?
Take a look at the who's who on the show below, and let us know if you'll be tuning in
The two-hour premiere of The Son airs on Saturday,
Primarily focusing on two defining time periods in Eli’s life — set during 1849 and 1915 — the hour-long western incorporates at least three additional sons into the narrative. We meet Young Eli (Jacob Lofland
Read More: AMC Releases First Trailer for ‘The Son’
“Their fortune is forged in blood,” boasts the trailer to the epic Western series. Set in the Texas frontier, the action-heavy trailer depicts Pierce Brosnan as Eli McCullough, the patriarch of the McCullough dynasty (which was forged in the aforementioned blood), and his journey from innocent man to hardened killer, in his quest for power. As revealed by the many explosions, gunfire, and one possible scalping (can’t have a western with at least One scalping), the 10-episode hour-long drama aims to deliver on that tagline.
Starring alongside Brosnan are Jacob Lofland (“Justified), Henry Garrett (“Beauty and the Beast”), Paola Nunez, Carlos Bardem, Zahn McClarnon (“Fargo”), Jess Weixler,
This represents the fourth year that SXSW has recognized television, and in 2017 the Episodic category has increased from five to six picks: Besides the previously announced “American Gods,” adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green from Neil Gaiman’s book, SXSW will screen Justin Simien’s “Dear White People,” the Netflix series based on Simien’s 2014 feature film. Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here” (executive produced by Jim Carrey), TV Land’s “Nobodies” (executive produced by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone) and AMC’s “The Son” (starring Pierce Brosnan) will also make their premieres in Austin.
Also set to be screened at this year’s event: Rachael Holder’s “I Love Bekka & Lucy.”At past SXSW fests, the Episodic category has only selected shows from established networks.
The date announcement comes shortly after releasing a promo touting the appearance of Gus Fring on “Better Call Saul,” confirming that Season 3 will bring Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) into the drug lord’s orbit. The new season will pit Jimmy’s older brother Chuck against Jimmy and Kim’s (Rhea Seahorn) fledgling law firm, pushing Jimmy ever closer to his eventual transformation into Saul Goodman.
Season 2 of martial arts drama “Into the Badlands” will premiere on Sunday, Mar. 19 at 10/9c. The new season will open with Sunny (Daniel Wu) and M.K. (Aramis Knight) separated and imprisoned, far apart. M.K. is struggling to control his powers, and Sunny is determined to fight his was back into the Badlands to find his family.
New series “The Son” will have a two-hour premiere
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Based on Philipp Meyer’s acclaimed novel, the multigenerational epic will follow two concurrent time periods: One, the story of young Eli McCullough after he is kidnapped and indoctrinated into a tribe of Comanches in 1849. The other, 60 years later, when we see a grown Eli struggle to maintain his family’s cattle empire during the turbulent Bandit Wars of South Texas.
Actor Pierce Brosnan will play the role of Eli, the charismatic patriarch of the McCullough family who applies the brutal Comanche worldview to his business dealings. Born on the day Texas became an independent Republic,
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