It looks like Sheriff Walt Longmire will take one final ride – again. Netflix has renewed the neo-Western crime thriller series with a niche of die hard fans for a 10-episode sixth season, which will be the show’s last.
The contemporary crime drama series, starring Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff, will premiere its final season in 2017 in the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Production is scheduled to begin in March and the show will be shot in and around Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Pecos and Las Vegas N.M., according to Eric Witt, director of the Santa Fe Film Office.
In 2014, the cable network A&E surprisingly canceled Longmire after its third season finale, despite a major cliffhanger and the series’ status as one of the most watched original shows in A&E history, second only in ratings behind the reality show Duck Dynasty.
According to Deadline, the series has been getting almost 6 million viewers per episode in A&E, though it skewed older audience and was produced by an outside studio in Warner Horizon, which probably contributed to the show’s demise at A&E.
The cable network’s decision angered the show’s loyal fans and launched one of the biggest save-the-show campaigns. Thankfully, the streaming service Netflix came to the rescue and ensured a fourth season and resolution to the show’s loose ends.
Up until today, two subsequent 10-episode seasons have premiered in the streaming service and the fifth and most recent season debuted on September 23. All 53 episodes of Longmire are available to stream on Netflix for its subscribers.
Longmire‘s pickup by Netflix illustrated the streaming service’s strategy to get original series based on the show’s strong appeal to a specific segment of the audience. With the sixth season renewal, the series will double its original three-season run on A&E.
Also, the final season announcement of the series will give executive producers Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny and Greer Shephard time to craft a conclusion of the show over ten episodes.
“We are grateful to Netflix for the opportunity to compose a closing chapter for these beloved characters that inspires lasting memories,” the executive producers said in a statement, per Santa Fe New Mexican. “Most importantly, we’re committed to delivering a dynamic and satisfying conclusion to our fans that rewards their longtime loyalty.”
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