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The Gem Staff



Johnny Burns
"Al... I have hoped for this conversation ever since you give me that Indian head to hide."
Played By: Sean Bridgers

John "Johnny" Burns is a worker at the Gem Saloon and one of Al's lackeys. His main jobs are tending bar, cleaning, and hauling corpses to Wu's pigsty. Young and ambitious, Johnny is also not too bright, leading Al to continually abuse him verbally and physically.

  • Hidden Depths: Johnny is a bit dim, but he can decipher Wu's drawings when even Al can't, and was teaching Jen to read.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When he asks Wu "Why don't ya learn to talk[sic] AMERICAN?!"
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Johnny might be a lackey of Al, but he's far from a cold-blooded killer and is friendly to just about everyone.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's a henchman for Al, but he never kills anyone and the one time he almost shoots someone, he feels terrible.
  • Terrible Trio: With Dan and Silas.


Silas Adams
"Is there any fucking chance you and me don’t end up in blood?"
Played By: Titus Welliver

Silas Adams, also known as "the bagman from Yankton", who comes to camp to collect bribe money for Magistrate Clagget. Swearengen hires Adams to join his operation, as he is smarter than Al's other lackeys, paying him to slice Clagget's throat for extorting money from Swearengen. Adams serves Swearengen as his contact in Yankton to bring him news of the territorial changes, as well as relying on his legal counsel when dealing with Commissioner Jarry and his election proposals. He also serves as middleman between Hearst and Swearengen.

  • Badass Beard: He sports muttonchips in the first season, but grows a beard in the second season to settle into his signature look for the show.
  • Co-Dragons: With Dan Dority, for Al.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Al quickly notes Adams' adeptness at handing out snark.
    Al: Over time, your quickness with a cocky rejoinder must have gotten you many punches in the face.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Silas looks completely different in the first season, sporting muttonchops, short hair and a top hat. In the second season, he grows his hair long, grows a beard, and typically goes hatless.
  • Evil Genius: Adams is easily the smartest of Al's henchmen, and as such Al trusts him with matters that require a more cunning mind than Dan or Johnny.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Not that Al is bumbling in any way, but Silas is the smartest and most sensible of the three henchmen.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: When he's not cutting throats on behalf of Al, Adams is a genial enough fellow.
  • Not So Stoic: Adams remains cool and collected much of the time, but when he loses his temper, he can fly into a violent rage.
  • Terrible Trio: With Dan and Johnny.
  • The Rival: Dan views him as this. Silas knows it, but doesn't reciprocate.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He's nowhere to be seen after the Time Skip, and it's never explained what happened to him. Welliver was unable to return for the film due to scheduling conflicts.


Jewel Caulfield
"Say I'm as nimble as a forest creature."
Played By: Geri Jewell

Jewel is the disabled cleaning woman at the Gem, Al Swearengen's saloon and brothel. Jewel often uses her job in the Gem to "overhear" what is really going on. Coffee and most of the meals from the Gem kitchen are prepared by her. Al makes a public show of barely tolerating her, often publicly referring to her as "the gimp" or complaining about her noisily dragging her stiff leg. Jewel responds with a cheerful, mocking disrespect Al would tolerate from no one else.





"I don't like it either. When they hold you down."
Played By: Ashley Kizer

Dolly is a prostitute at the Gem Saloon. Swearengen begins a relationship with her after Trixie leaves his employ. Although he doesn't harbor the same affection for her as Trixie, Swearengen confides his innermost vulnerabilities with Dolly.

  • BBW: Full figured, particularly in contrast to Trixie.
  • The Confidant: For Al. But he becomes angry if she ever tries to reply to his confessions.
  • Fiery Redhead: Completely averted. She's one of the only redheads in town, and is probably the most placid character on the show.



Played By: Jennifer Lutheran

Another prostitute at the Gem. She is closer to Johnny, who teaches her to read.


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