What is about this story that attracted so many viewers? The historic accuracy of the story? The exceptional writing? Kevin Costner?
Nancy Dubac, president of The History Channel as well as executive producer of Hatfields & McCoys believes the attraction goes even deeper. “One of the things that was overwhelming when I first read the script was that there wasn’t a good guy and a bad guy,” she says. “The nuances are fascinating.”
I agree with Ms. Dubac. The show is not about black and white, good guys or bad guys. At the end of the 6-hour miniseries I was left with the haunting conclusion that they're all bad guys... and maybe there's something in the DNA of Hatfields and McCoys that's in my own DNA as well.
Here are 5 ways to know if I could belong to the Hatfields & McCoys, no matter how I pronounce my last name.
1. Believe that principles are more important than people. Judge Valentine 'Wall' Hatfield makes the observation that he can't believe this whole feud started over a pig. The stolen swine was the reason given, but the trust between the two families had already deteriorated by the time the hog thief was brought to court. Am I more concerned about my rights than I am about my relationships? On a hillside 2,000 years ago Jesus taught us that we should "settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court." (Matthew 5:25)