One of the most shocking chapters of the real-life Bass Reeves saga will not be included in Taylor Sheridan's latest series, . The Paramount+ series stars David Oyelowo as the legendary Old West lawman who was famous for his unfaltering moral fiber and his impressive arrest record during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Reeves was named one of the first black Deputy U.S. Marshalls in American history, but his list of accomplishments only begins with that accolade. He was also credited with having never gotten injured while patrolling the territories of modern-day Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas.
briefly references one of Jennie and Bass Reeves' new children, Bennie. In the episode,Jennie is pregnant and suggests the name "Bennie" to Bass in honor of her grandfather, who she endearingly considers a wild and uncontrollable person. She tells Bass that since their latest child has been very restless during pregnancy they might want to name him Bennie in honor of Jennie's grandfather if the child is a boy. Jennie or Bass didn't know at the time that their new son's heightened activity would be an early indication of his eventual violent transgressions.
is expected to chronicle the real-life lawman between 1862 and 1877. If anything, the series will only depict the birth of Bass and Jennie's son Bennie within its eight episodes. Bennie would eventually become the most notorious of their ten children after he killed his wife. Reeves made a point of it to pursue Bennie within the full extent of the law regardless of the fact that he was one of his children. This true anecdote of Bass Reeves's law enforcement career indicates how formidable his allegiance was to his exceptional moral code and the law of the United States.
Jennie Reeves passed away in 1896 and was not alive to witness the tragic pursuit of Bennie on a federal murder charge by her husband, Bass.Bennie reportedly murdered his wife Castella Brown on June 7, 1902 after finding out that she had allegedly committed adultery. Castella was a full member of the Creek Nation and was regarded as a beautiful woman. She had reportedly been unapologetic about her infidelity, which sent Bennie into a violent rage and resulted in him shooting her fatally. Bennie made an official statement following his arrest in which he confessed to shooting and murdering his wife.
Reeves was successful in bringing his son Bennie to justice in the eyes of United States law , proving that there was zero tolerance for exceptions even for family members of famous lawmen. While some may view Bass Reeves' pursuit of his own son as somewhat over the top and unnecessary in his demonstration of allegiance to law and order, his efforts can also be regarded as selfless and honorable in his refusal to bend the law to suit his or Bennie's personal will. Based on his depiction in , the legendary lawman certainly did not want to arrest his son but was given no choice since he had a reputation to uphold and a greater duty to society at large.
Bass lived to see his son Bennie go to prison on February 13th, 1903 but passed away four years before his release. Considering the potential for compelling drama in the real-life story of Bennie and Bass Reeves, it is interesting that Sheridan, Oyelowo, and creator Chad Feehan ultimately decided against including that part of the story. It is certainly possible that could be renewed for a second season and will eventually portray that tale in the series. However, with a timeline that ends in 1877, Ben Reeves' arrest will not be covered in the first eight episodes.
The limited timeline ofas it currently stands means that it will likely not chronicle many of the thousands of arrests that the real-life Bass Reeves conducted during his esteemed career. Other than the arrest and conviction of Ben Reeves, many of Bass's most famous arrests occurred in the 1880s and beyond, including those of the notorious outlaws Belle Starr and Tom Story. With reportedly being the first season of an anthology series that depicts several real-life historical lawmen throughout American history, it's uncertain whether the tragic tale of Bennie Reeves will be portrayed at all in the Paramount+ series.