A&E’s contemporary Western mystery series Longmire concludes its third season tonight at 10pm (EST) / 9pm (CST). Set in present-day Wyoming, the show is based on the popular novel series of the same name by Wyoming resident, Craig Johnson. Lead character Sheriff Walt Longmire is played by Robert Taylor and he is backed by a strong ensemble cast that includes Lou Diamond Phillips, Katee Sackhoff, Bailey Chase, Adam Bartley, and Cassidy Freeman. Johnson is himself a former law enforcement officer and is a creative consultant for the A&E show. Johnson’s friend, Marcus Red Thunder, the inspiration for the Cheyenne character Henry Standing Bear (played by Lou Diamond Phillips), is also a series advisor.
The approach of Longmire’s first two seasons was to combine larger character-driven narrative arcs with stand-alone mysteries that would be resolved each episode. Contemporary issues explored in the show have included Indigenous territorial rights, fracking, and animal activism. In the current season, there have been 3 episodes of the 9 thus far that have focused specifically upon the stories of the characters.
Prior to tonight’s season finale, Season 3 of Longmire has averaged 3.5 million viewers to date. The show had the highest premiere ever for an original drama on A&E when it debuted in 2012. Further official information about the series can be found at Longmire.
UPDATE (August 6, 2014): The Season 3 finale of Longmire garnered 3.68 million viewers.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)