For the past 8 years, Deadwood fans have been pining for a revival of the series like a pug hungry for bacon.
The rumour mill has been churning ever since the series was dropped after three seasons in 2006, leaving the acclaimed series with an unsatisfactorily hashed ending.
Since then, series creator David Milch has been throwing his energies into some unsuccessful ventures, from Luck, which lasted a single season, to his aborted pilot The Money, a tale about horse racing starring Dustin Hoffman.
But the stars of Deadwood - and Milch himself - haven't given up on the possibility of Deadwood returning to HBO to wrap up those loose ends.
On the Emmy red carpet this year, actress Kim Dickens (who played saloon hostess turned brothel owner Joanie Stubbs on the show) said she was pining for one last season:
You know what, join the club, because we all feel sort of heartbroken for it, and for David. He’s the true creative genius behind it, and he knew he needed four seasons, that’s it. He had a perfect wrapping it up place. You know, I’ve spoken to him about it, and I think he harbors a hope and he’s always open to the possibility.
Although admittedly we're hearing it third hand, things have changed at HBO since Deadwood - historical dramas like Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones have pushed the envelope and made serious money.
With that in mind, the field is open for Milch to return to the frame. Here's hoping!