Buy it Now: Longmire Season 5
Tensions run high and loyalties are tested in Longmire’s fifth season. Not only does this new run of 10 episodes pick things up moments after we left off in Season 4 — dealing with the chaotic aftermath of both Walt and Dr. Donna getting shot at in his own home — but the season as a whole gives us our most flawed and stubborn Walt Longmire to date as a stockpile of stressers work to splinter our hero even further from his friends and family.
Season 5 stumbles a bit right toward the end, and gives us a few episodes that could have been pared down in length, but it wonderfully dabbles in shades of gray when it came to characters we may have previously perceived as villains. It’s been a steady climb to get here and now the show’s confident enough to really embrace Walt’s flaws as a stubborn lawman who, perhaps, was born in the wrong century.Though Longmire still will occasionally dabble in case-of-the-episode crime solving, it’s more firmly fixed now on building up its characters and embracing serialization and Season 5 is the show’s most character-focused season so far.
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The performances, and pacing, are — as you’d expect — superb. Though I will say that I’m not the biggest fan of episodes, due to Netflix’s lack of time restraints, lasting ten or twenty minutes longer than they probably should. That aside, Robert Taylor does his finest work this year as the continually humbled sheriff while the supporting cast — including Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Cassidy Freeman — dazzle in their own complex, unique arcs.
This year, however, thanks to a prying investigation into Barlow Connally’s murder, a heroin operation invading his county, and the return of Hector-signed vigilantism, Walt starts to crumble and crack a bit – becoming more and more like the caricature his enemies see. So can Walt set himself straight before those who seek his destruction triumph in their efforts? Can he unbury himself before it’s too late? That’s the tense through-line here and it works to create the show’s most character-driven season to date.
Best part of this show is the complicated relationship with the local Indian Reservation and Casino. Some great stuff between Walt and Nighthorse and of course Mathias and Standing Bear. Besides the regulars, it also showcases some great native actors like Graham Greene, Irene Bedard, Tantoo Cardinal to name a few. There’s nothing like it on TV.
This season left me with very mixed feelings. Mainly with how heavily it leaned away from mystery and toward soap opera. I’m all for some drama but we got nothing but character drama this season. I enjoyed watching it, I guess, but I hope next season gives us takes it down a couple of notches. Maybe work in a bit more of the fun stuff.