Netflix has renewed the series for a sixth and final season.
The good news: Netflix has announced plans for a sixth season of Longmire, the modern-day western drama based on the novels by Craig Johnson. The bad news: The sixth season will be the final season.
Of course, longtime fans will recall that Longmire has cheated death before: The series was canceled in August 2014 after a three-year run on the A&E cable network, but revived three months later by the Netflix streaming service. This time, however, it looks like the show definitely is heading for the last round-up.
Indeed, the final 10-episode season — set to kick off in 2017 — reportedly will serve as a fond farewell to Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), the veteran sheriff of Absaroka County; Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff), his reliable deputy; and Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips), Walt’s closest friend.
“We are grateful to Netflix,” executive producers Greer Shephard, Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny said in a prepared statement, “for the opportunity to compose a closing chapter for these beloved characters that inspires lasting memories. Most importantly, we’re committed to delivering a dynamic and satisfying conclusion to our fans that rewards their longtime loyalty.”
“We are proud to be the home of the Longmire series,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice-president of original content, “as so many viewers over the last few seasons have watched and been captivated by Walt’s journey. There has been no better team to work with on this show than Greer, Hunt and John, and their tremendous cast and crew, and we have every confidence that they will have a satisfying conclusion to this revered series.”