‘Warrior’: Inside the ‘Hateful Eight’-Inspired Episode That Pits Kung-Fu Fighters Against Gunslinging Outlaws

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Warrior” Season 1, Episode 5, “The Blood and the Shit.”]Cinemax’s new Western action drama “Warrior” is adding to the renaissance of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” Not only has his 2015 film been recut as a limited series for Netflix, but it also inspired the May 3 episode of “Warrior,” in which disparate groups of people become embroiled in a violent saloon shootout during a stagecoach stopover.The episode marks a departure for “Warrior,” which is set in the 19th century Tong Wars in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Directed by Kevin Tancharoen (“The Flash”) and written by Kenneth Lin (“House of Cards”), the episode’s concept came from showrunner Jonathan Tropper, who wanted to “open up the world” of the series at its midway point.“When Jonathan and I first spoke … we talked about a lot of Bruce Lee movies, but also just pulp films,” said Tancharoen.

“Lots of Tarantino, a little [Robert] Rodriguez here and there.

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