Television review: The final season of Longmire

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Television review: The final season of Longmire

By John Ruberry

The Net­flix neo-​western Long­mire has rid­den into the sun­set after six years. The final sea­son started stream­ing on the net­work nine days ago and the results should please its fans. I enjoyed it.

My Da Tech Guy review of the first five sea­sons of is here.

Walt Long­mire (Robert Tay­lor), a wid­ower, is a sher­iff in the fic­tional county of Absaroka in Wyoming. He and his three deputies patrol an area that is larger than Delaware. While Walt, an old-​school law­man who knows the dif­fer­ence between right-​and-​wrong and who rarely crosses the eth­i­cal line, at first glance appears to be an anachro­nism, he still has the smarts and the brawn to set things straight.

If you haven’t watched Long­mire but think you might, I sug­gest you skip the next para­graph as there are some series spoilers.

At the end of Sea­son Five, Walt’s per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life are in sham­bles. The smar­tass mayor of Durant (Eric Lane) wants Long­mire to resign, and he gets in a bru­tal knock-​down bar fight with his best friend who has turned into a vig­i­lante, Henry Stand­ing Bear (Lou Dia­mond Phillips). Henry’s sit­u­a­tion gets worse after he is kid­napped by cor­rupt for­mer Bureau of Indian Affairs police chief Malachi Strand (Gra­ham Greene) and his goons. Walt faces a wrong­ful death law­suit from the estate of a busi­ness­man who also hap­pened to be the father of one of his deputies and the brother of Longmire’s pre­de­ces­sor as sher­iff. (Hey, not many peo­ple live in Absaroka County.) Walt’s most trusted deputy Vic­to­ria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sack­hoff) is preg­nant – no one knows who the father is. And the Native Amer­i­can casino in Absaroka, run by the com­pro­mised Jacob Nighthorse (A Mar­tinez), is fos­ter­ing the crime Walt pre­dicted would result, although I’m pretty sure that he didn’t expect Irish mob­sters from Boston being part of it. Walt’s daugh­ter, Cady (Cas­sidy Free­man) is run­ning a free legal aid clinic on the Cheyenne reser­va­tion, but she’s being paid by Nighthorse.

Sea­son Six kicks off a new story thread about a ser­ial bank rob­ber known as “Cow­boy Bill.” A stereo­typ­i­cal blog­ger – who is bearded, over­weight, and shoves iPhones into people’s faces while gar­ner­ing minus­cule traf­fic on his site, causes another headache for Walt when he reports that the sher­iff “ambled in” to the robbed bank long after Cow­boy Bill made off with his loot. Of course that infu­ri­ates the mayor. As for this blog­ger, I’m thin, clean-​shaven, I own a cam­corder, and I have many more hits daily on my blog than that other guy has received in the life of his blog. Da Tech Guy of course crushes the traf­fic of that fic­tional blogger’s site too.

Any­way…

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The law­ful death law­suit against Walt begins. Cady con­tin­ues to face dif­fi­culty strik­ing an equi­lib­rium between the law, her ethics, Native Amer­i­can cul­ture, and Nighthorse. As for the casino oper­a­tor, his jug­gling act becomes even more dif­fi­cult, as it does for Walt’s pal Henry. And we learn that the Irish mob doesn’t take “no” for an answer from a Wyoming sheriff.

The series ends with a sur­prise twist, one that is sat­is­fac­tory too.

The first three sea­sons of Long­mire ran on A&E, and while the rat­ings and the crit­i­cal response were favor­able, the net­work can­celled the show because the demo­graph­ics favored older view­ers. A&E is run by dopes. Thank you Net­flix for res­cu­ing the program.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

The Netflix neo-western Longmire has ridden into the sunset after six years. The final season started streaming on the network nine days ago and the results should please its fans. I enjoyed it.

My Da Tech Guy review of the first five seasons of is here.

Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), a widower, is a sheriff in the fictional county of Absaroka in Wyoming. He and his three deputies patrol an area that is larger than Delaware. While Walt, an old-school lawman who knows the difference between right-and-wrong and who rarely crosses the ethical line, at first glance appears to be an anachronism, he still has the smarts and the brawn to set things straight.

If you haven’t watched Longmire but think you might, I suggest you skip the next paragraph as there are some series spoilers.

At the end of Season Five, Walt’s personal and professional life are in shambles. The smartass mayor of Durant (Eric Lane) wants Longmire to resign, and he gets in a brutal knock-down bar fight with his best friend who has turned into a vigilante, Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips). Henry’s situation gets worse after he is kidnapped by corrupt former Bureau of Indian Affairs police chief Malachi Strand (Graham Greene) and his goons. Walt faces a wrongful death lawsuit from the estate of a businessman who also happened to be the father of one of his deputies and the brother of Longmire’s predecessor as sheriff. (Hey, not many people live in Absaroka County.) Walt’s most trusted deputy Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) is pregnant–no one knows who the father is. And the Native American casino in Absaroka, run by the compromised Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez), is fostering the crime Walt predicted would result, although I’m pretty sure that he didn’t expect Irish mobsters from Boston being part of it. Walt’s daughter, Cady (Cassidy Freeman) is running a free legal aid clinic on the Cheyenne reservation, but she’s being paid by Nighthorse.

Season Six kicks off a new story thread about a serial bank robber known as “Cowboy Bill.” A stereotypical blogger–who is bearded, overweight, and shoves iPhones into people’s faces while garnering minuscule traffic on his site, causes another headache for Walt when he reports that the sheriff  “ambled in” to the robbed bank long after Cowboy Bill made off with his loot. Of course that infuriates the mayor. As for this blogger, I’m thin, clean-shaven, I own a camcorder, and I have many more hits daily on my blog than that other guy has received in the life of his blog. Da Tech Guy of course crushes the traffic of that fictional blogger’s site too.

Anyway…

John “Lee” Ruberry of Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent Seven

The lawful death lawsuit against Walt begins. Cady continues to face difficulty striking an equilibrium between the law, her ethics, Native American culture, and Nighthorse. As for the casino operator, his juggling act becomes even more difficult, as it does for Walt’s pal Henry. And we learn that the Irish mob doesn’t take “no” for an answer from a Wyoming sheriff.

The series ends with a surprise twist, one that is satisfactory too.

The first three seasons of Longmire ran on A&E, and while the ratings and the critical response were favorable, the network cancelled the show because the demographics favored older viewers. A&E is run by dopes. Thank you Netflix for rescuing the program.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.