Outside, everything is chaos. Spooked horses run every which way. Men scatter and shout in confusion. Cullen finally comes out of his tent. The Swede is yelling for everyone to fall back. A cart full of powder kegs is on fire. Black powder from a busted keg is pooling on the ground. Weasel, who was already down one ear and probably now afflicted with killer tinnitus in the other, doesn't hear the Swede's warning. There's another explosion. A broken wagon wheel pins Weasel to the ground. He looks up and sees Cullen standing over him. "Oh, shit!" Heh. Cullen tells him to shut up and lifts the wheel up just enough for Weasel to free his shattered leg. "Ow, my leg, my leg!" Cullen grabs his arm and leads him away from the fire, saying, "Quit your crying, madam!" See, Cullen's not so bad when he's not moping.
Everyone bands together to put out the scattered fires, passing buckets of water down the line. Elam and a few others move corpses out of the way. Lily helps some of the working ladies tend to the injured. Cullen tries to split a man's arm, but he's short a hand. Lily comes over and puts pressure on a bleeding vein like Cullen tells her. "I gotta go," he says. "Stay with him." Before he goes, he stops a moment to stare at her, and she stares up at him. They'll probably be doin' it before the season ends. Cullen snaps out of it and starts shouting directions to his men. Hey, what do you know? It only took a series of explosions and a few dead people to get him to finally act like a boss.
The episode suffered from a lack of action now that Lily's not wandering the plains. Even Cullen's shootout seemed a bit plodding. But that's not the only kind of action I'm talking about. Like The Walking Dead before it, it too often feels sedentary and bogged down in overly talky scenes. How can it lack a sense of suspense and imminent danger? Maybe the Swede can figure that one out while he's figuring out Cullen Bohannon.
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