May 28, 201302:01 PMThe Telegraph
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TV Recap: Top 5 Things To Know About 'Longmire,' Season 2, Episode 1
After a prisoner transport goes awry, Walt pursues a serial killer and other escapees who have taken hostages in “Unquiet Mind,” the Season 2 premiere episode of Longmire. If you missed the action Monday evening, here are the Top 5 things you need to know before tuning in next week. But be forewarned: This recap is loaded with spoilers.
ESCAPE: Walt (Robert Taylor) and Vic (Katee Sackhoff) transport a prisoner to a roadside café smack dab in the middle of nowhere, where they’re greeted by federal agents who are transporting other prisoners. Only after they arrive does Walt tell Vic just who they’ve been traveling with: Wayne Durrell, a notorious serial killer who earned his notoriety by killing Native Americans and selling their organs on the black market. In the hope of getting a stay of execution, Durrell directs the federal agents — along with Walt and Vic — to a location in the nearby desert where he buried one of his victims: Theo Half Moon, a youngster Walt has been looking for ever since the boy disappeared years ago from the Cheyenne Reservation. Walt barely manages to restrain himself from expressing his rage in a nonverbal fashion before he and Vic head back toward Absaroka County. Unfortunately, by the time they realize they should return to the café, pronto, Durrell has freed himself from his restraints, killed most of the federal agents and café employees – and taken flight with four other prisoners and two hostages.
TRACKDOWN: It doesn’t take long for Walt and Vic to recapture one of the escapees, a convict who, truth to tell, never wanted to be near Durrell in the first place, and gladly stayed behind to serve as a distraction while Durrell and the others pressed on in a commandeered snowcat. Despite Vic’s strenuous objections, Walt orders his deputy to bring the prisoner back to Absaroka County while he continues to pursue the fugitives — without back-up. Never mind that a snowstorm is moving rapidly into the area, and that the fugitives are headed up a mountainside that would be difficult to traverse even in good weather. A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.
FLASHBACKS: Maybe it’s because of the cold, or maybe it’s because Walt has far too much on his mind. But while trudging through the snow, our hero starts to hallucinate, and proceeds to converse with folks — ranging from his good buddy Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) to the inquisitive Denver cop (Charles S. Dutton) introduced in the Season 1 finale — who aren’t there. Still, Walt remains sufficiently sentient to conduct a crafty interrogation when he makes his way to the cabin of his friend Omar (Louis Herthum). Walt arrives shortly after Omar fatally shoots one of the other escaped prisoners — thereby saving the escapee’s hostage, a waitress from the café. Except she really isn’t a hostage — Walt quickly deduces that she actually helped Durrell escape. Pressed on the subject, she admits to being what might best be described as a serial-killer groupie. And she reveals that Durrell is headed to the top of the mountain, with a federal agent still in his clutches as a hostage.
SQUABBLING: Meanwhile, back at the sheriff’s office, Vic clashes with the FBI agents who have come to Absaroka County to take command of the manhunt for Durrell (and, not incidentally, the search for Walt). Indeed, she’s so angered by what she sees as their overly cautious approach that she actually smacks one of the agents — and is unceremoniously banished from the office. Henry Standing Bear prepares to set out on horseback to search for Walt on the snow-blanketed mountainside. Branch Connally (Bailey Chase) insists on coming along for the ride. Henry questions Branch’s motives — he knows Branch is running for sheriff against Walt in the upcoming election, and figures the ambitious deputy wants to generate some good publicity for himself — but can do little else but accede to his demand.
WRAP-UP: Walt fatally shoots the last of Durrell’s fellow escapees. But while closing in on the serial killer, he trips, tumbles down the mountainside, and falls into a creek. He barely manages to save himself from a death by hypothermia by breaking into an abandoned shack, where he builds a fire — and copes with a couple more hallucinations. Specifically, he imagines a conversation with Cady (Cassidy Freeman), his estranged daughter, and with Theo Half Moon himself. Thinking about the dead youngster jump-starts Longmire’s fighting spirit — and before long, the sheriff and Durrell are duking it out in the show. By the time Henry and Branch arrive, Durrell is a frozen corpse. But what about Walt? Branch asks: “Is he dead?” Walt opens his weary eyes and replies: “Not yet.”