Ed “Big Ears” BywaterPlayed by Chris Mulkey
A horse-thief by trade and a killer by nature, Big Ears Bywater—so nicknamed because he can hear a horse 20 miles distant—is just the kind of man to avoid on the trail. Though he’s done time up in Montana, the minute he’s released, he’s aiming more for vengeance than a clean start. He’s not the kind of man to set up a home, but he does have ties to Cariboo, Idaho and two women there: Nola Johns and Big Rump Kate. While Nola may have somehow touched his hard heart, Kate’s the one who can bankroll him.