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1 Deleted Scene From Lawmen Bass Reeves’ Finale Failed A Crucial Character’s Ending

An intense confrontation between Jennie & the Ku Klux Klan in the Lawmen: Bass Reeves trailer never came to fruition in the season 1 finale.

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  • A deleted KKK confrontation scene in the Lawmen: Bass Reeves finale would have provided closure to Jennie’s story arc and tied up loose ends with other characters.
  •  The decision to remove the scene was made to create a more “impactful” ending that focused on the parallel experiences of Bass and Jennie revisiting their pasts.
  •  Removing the scene raises questions about the connection between the racist girl Clementine, her brother Brent, and Rachel Reeves, as well as what happened to Arthur Mayberry, potentially leaving gaps in the overall series.

One deleted scene left out of the Lawmen: Bass Reeves finale would have completely changed the ending for a crucial character in the series. The eight-part miniseries concluded with Bass Reeves (David Oyelowo) facing off against the recently discovered Mr. Sundown (Barry Pepper) in an intense Old West shootout. While Bass’ fictionalized moral and religious dilemmas were able to come full circle by the end of Lawmen: Bass Reeves, the matter of his wife Jennie’s safety against several racially charged threats on their family ranch in Van Buren, Arkansas doesn’t feel quite as complete.

The Lawmen: Bass Reeves ending featured heroic performances by Bass Reeves, Billy Crow (Forrest Goodluck), and Sherill Lynn (Dennis Quaid) as they rescued Jackson Cole from the treacherous captivity of Mr. Sundown, also known as Esua Pierce. Back at home, Jennie Reeves (Lauren E. Banks) had reconciled with her old friend Esme who had used her to connect her business associate Edwin Jones with Bass. In the Lawmen: Bass Reeves finale, Jennie is stunned to be visited by the wife of her former slave owner Rachel Reeves (Jessica Oyelowo) who returns with a sinister intention of bringing the Reeves family back to Texas in chains.

Jennie’s Deleted KKK Confrontation Scene Undermines The Series’ Climatic Build-Up

The scene was completely left out of the Lawmen: Bass Reeves finale

The Lawmen: Bass Reeves season 1 trailer features Jennie Reeves holding a gun outside her Van Buren home to a mob of apparent Ku Klux Klan members. Jennie tells the mob, “You got til the count of five to get off my land.” One of the KKK members makes a comment about her gun, saying “Lady, you got two shells in that bird-killer.” Jennie steps closer and responds, “Then I’ll just shoot you twice. Just to be safe.” It’s one of the most intense and memorable scenes in the Lawmen: Bass Reeves trailer but doesn’t end up making the final cut of the Lawmen: Bass Reeves series finale.

Throughout the later episodes of Lawmen: Bass Reevesthere had been a climatic build-up toward the climatic confrontation between the KKK and Jennie Reeves that was depicted in the trailer. After Sally Reeves tells off a racist young girl in Lawmen: Bass Reeves episode 5, who later shows up on Jennie’s doorstep in Lawmen: Bass Reeves episode 7, she finds the girl’s older brother staring at her from the edge of her property in Lawmen: Bass Reeves episode 6. This dramatic action was all building up to the KKK vs. Jennie Reeves scene from the trailer that ultimately didn’t happen in the Lawmen: Bass Reeves

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Why Lawmen: Bass Reeves Creator Chad Feehan Decided To Remove The Scene

Chad Feehan said the scene was removed to have a more “impactful” ending

The showrunner and creator of Lawmen: Bass Reeves, Chad Feehan, recently explained why the scene was deleted from the series altogether. According to TVLine, Feehan explained that “we decided that having Jennie and Bass both be revisited by ghosts of Christmas past, to use a very timely analogy, was more of an impactful and more of a mirrored image experience for the two of them.” Feehan also added, “Having Rachel revisit Jennie in the finale and having Bass visit Esau, it felt harmonious to end the show in that manner.” According to these comments, Feehan and crew didn’t envision the finale having the conflict with the KKK in addiction to the reappearance of Rachel Reeves.

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