Netflix grants 'Longmire' a sixth and final season
Good news for Longmire fans: You're getting another season and closure.
Netflix announced Wednesday that it's renewing the mystery series for a sixth and final season, which will consist of 10 episodes and is scheduled for 2017.
The streaming service rescued the acclaimed drama in November 2014 after its cancellation by A&E after three seasons. Although Longmire was the cable network's most-watched original scripted series, had a dedicated fan base and averaged more than 3 million viewers in its final season there, A&E executives reportedly feared the show's audience was too old to appeal to advertisers.
The renewal news comes a month after the premiere of the show's fifth season on Sept. 23.
The drama, which films in New Mexico, is named for widowed Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire. Played by Robert Taylor, he is the focal character from author Craig Johnson's book series, the Walt Longmire Mysteries. The TV adaptation also stars Katee Sackhoff as his deputy, Victoria "Vic" Moretti, and Lou Diamond Phillips as Longmire's best friend, Henry Standing Bear.
"We are grateful to Netflix for the opportunity to compose a closing chapter for these beloved characters that inspires lasting memories. Most importantly, we’re committed to delivering a dynamic and satisfying conclusion to our fans that rewards their longtime loyalty,” said executive producers Greer Shephard, Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny in a statement.
“We are proud to be the home of the Longmire series, as so many viewers over the last few seasons have watched and been captivated by Walt’s journey," noted Cindy Holland, Netflix VP of original content.