The second season debut of A&E’s acclaimed Western mystery series Longmire had 4.3 million viewers tune in for its May 27th episode. This marks a season-start increase from the 4.1 million that viewed the series premiere in 2012. That 2012 premiere itself remains A&E’s highest original series launch ever.

Drawn from the popular Craig Johnson series of the same name, Walt Longmire (played by Robert Taylor) is a present-day Wyoming sheriff in the fictional county of Absaroka. The ensemble cast includes Lou Diamond Phillips as Henry Standing Bear, a Cheyenne man who is Longmire’s best friend, and Katee Sackhoff, Bailey Chase and Adam Bartley as Longmire’s deputies. Cassidy Freeman plays Cady, Longmire’s daughter, who is an attorney.

Longmire Cast – L to R: Taylor, Sackhoff, Bartley, Chase, Freeman, Phillips    

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The first episode of Season Two also coincided with the May 28th launch of the first season on DVD. Longmire: The Complete First Season is a 2-disc set that includes all 10 episodes of Season 1, unaired scenes, a gallery of photos and a making-of-the-series documentary entitled The Slow Burn: Shooting Longmire. The show averaged 4 million viewers per episode during its first season.

In the following A&E-produced clip, the cast of Longmire discusses its sophomore season (note: some mature scenes and language):

The next episode of Longmire airs Monday, June 3rd at 10pm EST/9pm CST on A&E.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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