After watching the a full season of the Sopranos and the premiere of Deadwood, I think that if Al Swearagen was lived in modern day new Jersey he'd have the entire Soprano family eating out of the palm of his hand. Every mobster in the Soprano's seems to hamstring himself by his emotions, and that constant threat makes the characters both human and captivating. What shocked me last night was Al's complete and utter surrender of the most basic emotion (ie. fear) to calculation in the conclusion of last night's episode. I always knew he was a manipulative SOB, but the gall it takes to put yourself in such a vulnerable position added a new level to a character that I thought always put self preservation in front of everything.