The Complete Sixth and Final Season review by Bobby Blakey
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One of my favorite and underrated shows is Longmire that ran for three seasons on A&E. Sadly the show was cancelled and we were left hanging. Thankfully the show was picked up by Netflix and ran another three seasons. Now you can bring the final chapter home with Longmire: The Sixth and Final Season.
Season Six finds Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), his deputies Vic Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) and The Ferg (Adam Bartley), his best friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips), and daughter Cady (Cassidy Freeman) facing the biggest personal and professional crises of their lives. Walt’s job and home are under threat by a powerful, unscrupulous lawyer. Vic must decide what to do about her secret pregnancy. Ferg struggles to balance a new relationship with his commitment to his job. Cady is torn between her loyalties to her father and Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez). Henry’s life is in danger with an old nemesis bent on revenge. With their world in turmoil, Walt and everyone he cares about must ultimately face the most difficult decision of their lives: Is it time to pack it in? Or will they fight to the end?
Much like every previous season of this modern western this season continues to intrigue with every episode. As the show has progressed it continued to be about a lot more than just Longmire’s journey, but also about every other character in the show. They each have such strong arcs that affect not only them, but those around them all wrapped up in the perfect show. This season kept the focus more on the ongoing story arc instead of the case of the week element that made it all the more intriguing. The cast continues to shine with Robert Taylor bringing that rugged look and attitude to Longmire that still has a hint of vulnerability. To make his character all the stronger are his relationships with both Lou Diamond Phillips Standing Bear and Katee Sackhoff’s Vic.
Everyone here has great chemistry and it shines through on screen making for some great moments with them all. While this isn’t an action heavy show there are some moments each episode that are well executed by all involved. The
Wyoming setting continues to be as big a part of the show as any of the characters. It’s wide open landscapes makes the show feel so much bigger and is a visual treat to the eye. I have always loved the dual societies this show inhabits on both sides of the Indian Reservation. The ongoing struggle between them both to solve similar issues makes for an interesting dynamic for the show. This dynamic is bigger than ever as both good and bad from both sides of the fence are still wreaking havoc on all involved. This season expanded on the new challenges for Vic that will have a lasting effect on the character while still keeping her in on the police side of it all. The real story here is the direction they have taken Longmire. He has continued to change after the fourth season’s shooting and it continues to resonate throughout the entire season.
This is still one of my favorite shows out there and continues to get better. Sadly this season brought it to a close, but did a good job at wrapping things up and letting the characters ride off into the sunset despite not always being that uplifting of an ending. This release includes all 10 episodes of the fifth season that you can bring home available now on DVD and Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.