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2 Seasons, 20 Episodes

Genre: Western / Drama / Soap

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Based on the New York Times best seller and Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel, The Son is a sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The story of Eli McCullough’s transformation from good-natured innocence to calculated violence, as he loses everything on the wild frontier, setting him on the path to building a ranching-and-oil dyna more
...sty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. The Son deftly explores how Eli’s ruthlessness and quest for power triggers consequences that span generations, as the McCulloughs rise to become one of the richest families reigning in Texas.
 
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  • The Prophecy

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    The Prophecy

    If you had a chance to learn your future, would you want to?

    Young Eli runs into a real-life fortune teller on The Son Season 1 Episode 9 and what she predicted appeared to have come true. But what will it mean for the future of the McCullough family?

    After Eli's near-death experience, he's had a change of heart about saving the ranch. He took the vision of himself as a young man as a warning and now he wants nothing to do with taking Pedro's land.

    It's hard to believe that Eli could change his mind so quickly, but it makes lots of sense after seeing what young Eli went through with Maggie Phelps.

    I'm sure young Eli had no idea that woman's fortune was going to come true, but everything she said did happen exactly the way she predicted.

    Young Eli: What's that?
    Maggie: It's an instrument of revelation.
    Young Eli: It looks like a hat with rocks in it to me.

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  • Honey Hunt

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    Honey Hunt

    Would young Eli really leave the tribe if given the opportunity?

    It's hard to believe but that seems to be the case on The Son Season 1 Episode 8 when young Eli doesn't return to the tribe after finding the herd of horses.

    Toshaway doesn't believe Charges the Enemy when the young warrior tells him he let young Eli go free in exchange for letting him have all the horses. 

    It's hard to believe Eli would just leave considering how he was ready to kill Charges the Enemy before the two of them even heard the horses.

    And remember, Charges the Enemy threw young Eli off the cliff, so for all we know, he could be seriously injured.

    I just can't believe Eli would leave Prairie Flower, Toshaway and Ingrid.

    Obviously, he's not dead, but to just take off like that? Nope. Eli wouldn't do that.

    What's most disturbing is that Toshaway didn't go out and investigate. He didn't believe what Charges the Enemy was tell...
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  • The Marriage Bond

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    The Marriage Bond

    Be still my heart.

    Both Pete and Sally finally got their wishes on The Son Season 1 Episode 7, as Sally got to stay in Austin with the kids and Pete got together with Maria.

    Everyone deserves happiness, especially Pete who is the most miserable man on the planet. Granted, his moment of happiness might be fleeting, but there has never been any doubt that his heart belonged to Maria.

    Their little bit of afternoon loving wasn't planned, it just happened at the right moment. But with the way Pete's life has been going, it wouldn't surprise me if Eli walked in on them. 

    In fact, that's what I was expecting the whole time they were doing their thing. That somehow their moment would be interrupted and destroyed.

    They love each other and should be together, but there are so many complications in their life. Who would have guessed that Maria was still married? That throws a wrench into everything. 

    It also makes...
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  • The Buffalo Hunter

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    The Buffalo Hunter

    Sometimes we don't always make the right choices.

    Charles walked down a dangerous path on The Son Season 1 Episode 6 when he allowed himself to be manipulated by Niles Gilbert.

    Young Eli also walked down a dangerous path when he made a decision that might not sit well with Toshaway (and we all know Toshaway knows what he did.)

    Pete has the opportunity to walk down a dangerous path with Maria now that Sally is in Austin with Jonas.

    And older Eli? He just might end up taking the most dangerous path of all. 

    Death, whiskey, and anger definitely don't mix. Throw in your dad scolding you in front of everyone (embarrassing!) and it becomes a deadly cocktail.

    Charles was already not in a good frame of mind after Tom Sullivan was killed on The Son Season 1 Episode 5. After the funeral, Charles was going around the house pulling bullets out of the walls and woodwork when Niles Gilbert started getting in his h...
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  • No Prisoners

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    No Prisoners

    Eli will do anything to protect his family whether they are his flesh and blood or Comanche. 

    On The Son Season 1 Episode 5 young Eli had to make a decision regarding the Comanche and in 1915 had to do everything in his power to save his family.

    In 1849 Eli had the opportunity to kill the Indians who killed his family, but once again he decided that wasn't the route he was going to take.

    He's been held captive for six months now and he feels he's more Comanche that white. He doesn't seem to harbor any ill will towards the Indians that killed his family.

    He looks to Toshaway as a father figure and his heart belongs to Prairie Flower.

    While he's accepted by the Indians somewhat, he's still on the outside looking in.  He wasn't asked to join the men who talking about the buffalo crisis, but he snuck over to the teepee and looked in as they talked.

    Charges the Enemy wanted to fight the Tonks for food and ho...
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  • Death Song

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    Death Song

    Death is all around.

    On The Son Season 1 Episode 4 Pete loses another part of himself when he and Eli put together a posse to ambush a group of seditionists.

    You have to wonder how Pete really feels about being a McCullough. He seems more burdened by the fact of his heritage than anything else.

    Even if it's unasked, he does what he thinks his father wants him to do. He's a broken spirit.

    When Sally asked him not to go with the posse, he told her he had no choice. He's "his son" and he has to do things whether he likes them or not.

    But is that really true?

    As we found out later, Eli wanted Pete to marry Sally even though he was involved with Maria Garcia at the time. Pete did what his father asked without question. But, Eli told him he could have said no.

    Eli probably wouldn't have been happy, but I'm betting he would have respected Pete a lot more than he does. Now, it seems like he tolerates...
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  • Second Empire

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    Second Empire

    When you don't get what you want, just scalp 'em.

    Eli showed his dark side on The Son Season 1 Episode 3, but it was only in his mind. Yet, we can't help but wonder, if he could, would he have done it?

    The meeting with the bankers didn't go as expected as the bankers weren't impressed with the McCullough Ranch financials. What the main banker guy really wanted was just to meet the famous Eli McCullough and buy him a steak dinner.

    He knew way ahead of time that he was going to invest in land that more than likely did not have oil under it.

    Quite understandably, Eli was upset as it seemed like a complete waste of his time. He didn't appreciate the banker's admiration and could care less about enjoying a good steak on someone else's tab.

    If he could have gotten away with it, he would have done exactly what he fantasized in his mind. And then probably killed anyone else that got in his way.

    Things don't seem to b...
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