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Life's a Mystery 

The arrival of a dangerous stranger stirs up old feelings in Cullen and puts his family at risk. The Swede faces consequences at Fort Smith.


David Straiton


Joe Gayton (creator), Tony Gayton (creator) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anson Mount ... Cullen Bohannon
Colm Meaney ... Thomas 'Doc' Durant
Christopher Heyerdahl ... The Swede
Robin McLeavy ... Eva
Phil Burke ... Mickey McGinnes
Dohn Norwood ... Psalms
MacKenzie Porter ... Naomi Bohannon
Jake Weber ... John Campbell
Jonathan Scarfe ... Sydney Snow
Gregg Henry ... Brigham Young
James Shanklin ... Aaron Hatch
Billy Wickman ... Heckard
Peter Benson ... Marshal Jessup
Roger LeBlanc Roger LeBlanc ... Wallace Beers
Gabriel Cross Gabriel Cross ... Conductor


The arrival of a dangerous stranger stirs up old feelings in Cullen and puts his family at risk. The Swede faces consequences at Fort Smith.

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Drama | Western


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30 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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This is the first time the audience learns that Cullen Bohannon held the rank of colonel in the confederate army. See more »


Naomi Bohannon: Part of you wishes you were ridin' with him.
Cullen Bohannan: Sidney spoke true about that train last night. Sick and wounded, killed 'em all. The doctors too. I can't make sense of it. Can't. We was tired of losin' the war. Men like Sidney, they like to think we won somethin' that day. Me, I just... all I remember is, after it was over, how hot my gun was. Smelled like blood and honeysuckle. So when we talk about Sidney, yeah, I ain't no better than him.
Naomi Bohannon: No, that's your mistake.
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Wonderful episode for a wonderful western TV series
16 January 2018 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

I am so proud and amazed to have purchased this TV show, unfortunately not wide shown in France. The typical series material, with many characters entering and getting out. Here in this episode you have a newcomer, a kind of Brad Pitt like character who happens to be very charismatic although being a ruthless and smiling killer. Don't miss the opening seqience, just before the opening crédits. You will think about Sam Peckinpah and his notorious slow motion gunfights.

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