Longmire is riding off into the sunset. Netflix has picked up the western crime drama for a sixth and final season, the streaming service announced on Wednesday. 10 episodes have been ordered for the final season, matching the orders for both of the previous Netflix seasons.
“We are grateful to Netflix for the opportunity to compose a closing chapter for these beloved characters that inspires lasting memories”, said executive producers Greer Shephard, Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny. “Most importantly, we’re committed to delivering a dynamic and satisfying conclusion to our fans that rewards their longtime loyalty.”
The series was originally developed and produced for A&E, who cancelled Longmire at the end of its third season, despite the fact that the show still enjoyed an ardent fan base and strong ratings. Almost immediately after the cancellation, series producer Warner Horizon Television – led by WBTV division chief Peter Roth – set up a meeting with Netflix, who quickly signed on for a fourth season. Netflix has been home to the show in the U.S. ever since.
“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”, added Cindy Holland, Vice-President of Original Content for Netflix. “There has been no better team to work with on this show than Greer, Hunt and John, and their tremendous cast and crew, and we have every confidence that they will have a satisfying conclusion to this revered series.”
Based on the novels by Craig Johnson, Longmire follows Walt Longmire, the Sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. The drama series is produced by Warner Horizon Television and stars Robert Taylor (The Matrix), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Lou Diamond Phillips (Stargate: Universe), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and Adam Bartley. TCM UK continues to hold first window rights to the series in the UK as part of a long-running agreement with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.