Becoming one of the most-watched original series on A&E in 2012 is a testament to the acceptance of the brilliance of the series Longmire. An American Western crime drama television series, Longmire premiered on June 3, 2012, on the A&E network.
Two years later, the network announced that it was going to cancel the show. This would have allowed fans to miss their favorite Longmire characters, but streaming giant, Netflix picked it up from the fourth season till its final season.
Even after becoming A&E’s highest-rated original drama series, the network still couldn’t come up with the resources to continue the series. However, you can get all the episodes from season four till seven on Netflix.
Longmire characters comprise of seasoned actors, thus, the high-grade delivery of their performances. The series is based on the Walt Longmire series of novels by best-seller Craig Johnson. It revolves around the main character, Walt Longmire, a dry-witted sheriff in fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming. His friends, family, staff all join hands together to help investigate crimes in his County.
Walt Longmire played by Australian Robert Taylor is the sheriff of Absaroka County. He faces crimes with the intent to solve, bringing the culprits to justice. His friend, Henry Standing Bear played by Lou Diamond Phillips is his go-to for advice.
The series shows Longmire’s dealing with people who had an addiction to gambling at the Casino, issues of jurisdictional authority, and other petty issues of Native American life.
Season One Plot
This season revolves around Cady, Walt’s daughter played by Cassidy Freeman who seeks to find answers to the death of her mother. Worried about the mental health of her father who has refused to let go of her mother’s death, Cady tries to be there for her father.
While Walt prepares for re-election, he handed over his duties to Branch Connally (Bailey Chase) who had other ideas to usurp Longmire. Cady finds out her mother was murdered leaving her in rude shock, contrary to what her father told her.
Season Two Plot
Cady finds out the details of her mother’s murder. Henry, a close friend of Walt Longmire admits that he killed Longmire’s wife murderer after Walt couldn’t bring himself to do it. Later, Henry confessed that he didn’t actually kill Walt’s murderer with his hand, but hired Hector to kill Miller Beck.
A twist happens when Hector played by Jeffrey De Serrano, says he didn’t kill the murderer but only took his teeth. Cady is involved in an accident that is more than what it looks like on the surface.
Season Three Plot
This season revolves around Branch who is hell-bent to find out who shot him. He proposes a weird theory about his shooter. Walt doesn’t buy into the story.
Henry faces abuse in prison by former Cheyenne reservation police officer chief Malachi Strand who believes Henry got him into prison in the first place. Strand uses everything to stop henry from getting an attorney.
Cady, Walt’s daughter decides to represent him. He gets out and sets out to get justice for his unlawful prison detention. Walt and Henry find out that Ridges killed Miller Beck, the supposed murderer of Walt’s wife. A confrontation ensued and Walt kills Ridges.
Season Four Plot
Branch dies. Walt finds out he committed suicide. Walt, however, refuses to accept that it was just suicide after he finds earth in the shotgun shell. The sheriff suspects Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez). Later, Barlow Connally, drunk, confesses to the killing of his son, Branch.
The confession leads to Walt’s killing him after Barlow’s provocation. A rape case involving Gabriella (Julia Jones) occurs leading to investigations. Walt finds a love interest in Dr. Donna Sue Monaghan (Ally Walker).
Season Five Plot
Donna is kidnapped. Walt heavily indulges in finding out the kidnapper. Walt and Donna, who later becomes one of the mainstays of Longmire characters. Malachi and his boys kidnap Henry Standing Bear.
Season Six Plot
Henry is freed by Walt and his search team with help of the Crow medicine woman. A bank robbery occurs that required Walt’s investigations. Malachi kidnaps Henry and Jacob to force Jacob to forfeit the casino to him.
A final showdown happens between Walt and his men against Malachi. Walt kills Malachi, Henry kills Malachi’s second in command. Walt and Vic begin a relationship. He retires and persuaded his daughter to run for sheriff.
Where are the Longmire Characters now?
Members of the cast of the Netflix series have taken up roles in other series. Some have gone to star in other TV series. There are others who have won awards alongside.
Cady (Cassidy Freeman) played a key role as Tess Mercer in CW’s Superhero drama, Smallville. She was born April 22, 1982, in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents, Glynna and Lee Freeman are both attorneys. She has German, Scottish, English, Jewish, Irish German descent.
Robert Taylor, Longmire Characters Lead
The lead character, Robert Taylor has also appeared in other movies, notably as shape-shifting Agent Jones in the hugely successful blockbuster The Matrix. Taylor also played the role of Father Vincent Sheehan in Ballykissangel, a television drama. Taylor is happily married to Australian producer, Ayisha Davies and they have a daughter together.
Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips was born on February 17, 1962, to Lucita Umayam Aranas and Gerald Amon Upchurch. His father was an American of Scots-Irish, English and Welsh origins. His mother is from the Philippines and of Southeast descent.
Lou Diamond Phillips played Henry standing Bear. He is a seasoned actor and already has a Golden Globe Award nomination. He also received a Tony Award nomination for his role as King Mongkut of Siam in the Broadway play, The King and I.
Phillips is also a screenwriter. Lou married Yvonne Boismier in 2007. She is his third wife. Phillips is the recipient of several awards. All of Longmire’s characters have continued to trudge on in their careers.
While the vast majority of Longmire characters have moved on to other projects, fans of the series felt dejected after the series came to an end. The excellence of the series left fans wanting more. But as the saying goes, “to every good thing, there is an end.”