The last season of ‘Longmire’ begins on Netflix in November

Deadline Hollywood recently reported that the sixth and final season of “Longmire” is due to drop on Netflix on November 17. The season sees Walt Longmire, the long-serving and dedicated Wyoming sheriff played by Robert Taylor, wondering if he has been at his job too long. However, before he hangs up his badge and gun, he has to find his old friend Henry Standing Bear, played by Lou Diamond Philips. Henry has been kidnapped by the former Cheyenne reservation police chief Malachi Strand, played by Graham Greene. If Longmire does not find and rescue Henry, his life expectancy is not very long.

“Longmire” is a contemporary western set in the fictional Absaroka County in Wyoming and is based on a series of mystery novels by Craig Johnson. Walt Longmire has to deal with relations and competing jurisdictions at the nearby Cheyenne reservation. He is aided in his law enforcement endeavors by his deputy, Victoria Moretti, played by Katee Sackhoff, most famous for her role in the revival of “Battlestar Galactica.”  Moretti used to be a big-city police detective in Philadelphia who had to move west after an incident with a superior officer. Henry Standing Bear is a close personal friend who provides some needed insights to the sheriff into the modern Native American problems and culture.

“Longmire” is such a contemporary western that a Wall Street Journal critic noted that were it not for modern technology, such as cell phones and automobiles, the series could have been set over a hundred years ago. The show has been noted for its glorious western landscapes and its complicated, well drawn characters.

The lead actor, Robert Taylor, is not the more famous American actor who appeared in movies between the 1930s and the 1960s, including “Quo Vadis” and “Ivanhoe,” and died in 1969. “Longmire’s” Robert Taylor was born in Australia in 1963 and has appeared in numerous films and TV shows since the late 1980s. The character in “Longmire” is Taylor’s most famous American role.

The show spent its first three seasons on the A&E Channel before it was cancelled. Fans were outraged because the series was one of the most popular ones to air on that network. They mounted a vigorous save the show campaign. Eventually, “Longmire” was rescued by Netflix, which will have aired three more seasons before the series concludes.