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The most recent episode of Longmire, "Dog Soldier," was probably my favorite of the series thus far. This episode focused more explicitly on the. Sail by. AWOLNATION. or in a relationship isn't hinted at. Matthius is an off-screen character. We're introduced to a new corrupt Indian. Is he the president of the tribe?.
Guess who took Ridges' body in the season finale? To begin with, the Ferg is something of a joke in the sheriff's office; Walt hired him mostly as a favor to his father. However, while he is not much of a street cop, the later seasons do show him to be a canny investigator. Walt's beat-up Ford Bronco starkly contrasts with his deputies' brand-new patrol vehicles and firmly establishes his "old school" status.
Like Walt himself, the Bronco is old, but tough. It gets wrecked in the pilot episode, but is still drivable, so Walt continues to drive it. The next few episodes show the Bronco in between multiple visits to the body shopslightly more repaired each time, until it's good as new ish again. The Ferg drives a blue Pontiac Trans Am.
For longer-range gunfights, he has a Winchester '94 in his Bronco. Walt is a good detective, but a rubbish sheriff, and as he spends less time keeping his workmates in the loop, he risks losing his job. His predecessor was one too. A man starts out by simply buying an illegally manufactured natural remedy for his sick wife. When he cannot afford more he resorts to poaching elk to make it himself. However, he ends up killing a witness and then frames another poacher for the crime.
When that fails he adds attempted murder of a police officer to the list when he attacks Walt with a hunting knife. The remedy is primarily All-Natural Snake Oil and he was simply deluding himself into thinking it helped. Connally tried to do.
First he made it look like his son committed suicide. After it is told to him that it was a murder he tries to make it look like it was Nighthorse and then try to make it Walter was going rogue to get him. Then when Longmire confronted him, he tried to frame Longmire for killing him but then killed himself rather than let him take him to a hospital.
Read about the details here. However, the series was rescued by Netflix  and wound up going six seasons, and ended on its own terms. Something happened in Philadelphia that caused Vic to relocate to Wyoming. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She blew the whistle on a fellow cop who was involved in corruption. This caused the corrupt cop to kill himself. His partner retaliated against Vic by stalking her. Said partner was also her superior with whom she was carrying on an affair.
Walt and Henry are the masters, and Vic is a skilled understudy. Lampshaded in the season two premiere. A group of armed prisoners escape into the mountains and Walt goes after them alone in the middle of a snow storm. The other characters start wondering if Walt is trying to get himself killed.
When Walt starts to hallucinate, one of his hallucinations accuses him of this which means that he is actually thinking that dying up on the mountain might be a solution to his problems. Department of Child Disservices: Joseph Nighthorse accuses the DCF of being this in "Dog Soldiers" and accuses them of profiting off taking Cheyenne children from perfectly fine homes and he's rightthough it also turns out that the "Dog Soldier" who's been abducting them back is Nighthorse himself.
Branch is a not-so-nice one. To prove that David Ridges isn't dead, he's pulled himself out of a peyote-induced stupor and returns to the job before he's truly ready, but before long he's abducting a local peyote dealer and dosing him with his own product, circumventing protocol and asking friends to perjure themselves, conducting his own forensic test without Walt's knowledge, and more recently ignoring Cady's search for her mom's killer and snooping into Vic's personal laptop to prove himself right.
Longmire only drinks Rainier brand beer. It becomes important when he crashes his truck and scatters empty beer cans all over the accident scene. He is accused of drinking too much and drinking and driving. He explains that he picks up litter and points out that none of the cans are his brand. Subverted in "Of Children and Travelers.
Almost every non-white character will spout something about how all the problems are because of white people. Or fall back on Sins Of The Father towards white people who aren't racist. Though the Cheyenne certainly have some legitimate long-standing grievances.
Detective Fales assumes this about Walt for no particular reason other than that he's a small-town sheriff with a cowboy hat. Ed Gorski has a serious vendetta against Vic for turning his partner in and cutting off their affair. Jacob Nighthorse and Barlow Connally will cheerfully screw each other over in any way they can, no matter how minor.
Subverted a bit when it's revealed Barlow and Nighthorse work together regularly, and that he's also been doing business with Nighthorse's shell companies in return.
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Doesn't make him like Nighthorse any better, though. Branch is convinced that David Ridges did this before shooting him. Season 3 episode "Harvest" reveals that this is true. Cady, midway through Season 2, loses her job at the law firm, and ends up working at Henry's bar much to Walt's disapproval. Poor Hector is scalped, shot, and seconds from death when Longmire and his deputies find him.
In the pilot Walt sees an owl outside his window in broad daylight as he's making coffee. Later, a stuffed one appears in the background of a scene when he's talking to Dan Estes, who turns out to be the killer.
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Hand Waved simply with "I read. Lucian Connally, who fires off shotguns in nursing homes and snarks at anyone and everyone available, is a poet. Walt claims to be doing this so he can check if the mark left by the prod matches the marks he found on the victim, but Henry suspects he is doing it to punish himself.
After some provocation, Henry obliges. Jacob Nighthorse seems to have eaten a generous slice of this pie by the end of Season 4. When he discovers that Malachi has been using his casino to launder money, greatly jeopardizing everything he has worked for, he realizes that everything they have said about the man is true.
He sits down with Cady and tells her how all he ever wanted was to help his people. So he tells her that her client has his job back, back pay, paid vacation, and he wants to hire her so his people have good legal council. Jacob Nighthorse, full stop. He will happily talk up his heritage when it suits his purposes, but will also cheerfully discard it if it gets in the way of his business enterprises. For example, his paying for Cheyenne graves to be defiled so he can build his casino.
He gives Longmire a long rant about corruption in small town police departments, yet he himself is revealed to have suppressed evidence pointing to Henry's innocence, as well as to have screwed over a fellow cop, all for the sake of getting a promotion. One Indian spouts how he hoped all of the white people would leave.
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After being told that Nighthorse's Casino will do the opposite, he states that's fine as long as they bring money. Some Indians as well. They constantly blame all their problems on white people, but do little to do anything to better their own lives. In fact one episode where one of them did better in his life and came back to help them, they called him a traitor and assaulted him.
This only applies to some of the Indians on the show. Others are shown to be honest, hard-working folks who've been dealt a lousy hand in life.
Walt delivers some fish to a bad guy at one point. On one level, it's to make good for interrupting the bad guy's Mook 's fishing trip. On another level, it's, as they say, a Sicilian message. Longmire is able to fire his rifle and hit the driver of a moving SUV that is a fair distance from him and driving over very bumpy terrain.
Just hitting the car would have been a very good shot. Somewhat justified in that he takes his time and uses proper marksmanship technique instead of just jamming the rifle into his shoulder and firing. A murder suspect incriminates himself when he claims that Longmire has no jurisdiction because the murder occurred on the reservation. However, the official story is that the murder occurred just outside the reservation.
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Only Longmire, the tribal police chief and the actual murderer know where the real crime scene is. Vic is hit with a Tranquilizer Dart meant for a bear and she stays on her feet and talking for quite some time before becoming incoherent and losing consciousness. She is taken to the hospital where she spends some time recovering from the effects.
Walt realizes that if the dart was really meant for a bear, the dose would have killed her. The shooter shot her on purpose but did not want to kill her. Detective Fales from Denver. He's investigating Walt and Henry for the murder of the crackhead who killed Walt's wife. This bites him in the ass big time when Longmire discovers Fales suppressed evidence that would link David Ridges to said crackhead, and gives it to his daughter, allowing the charges against Henry to be dropped.
Season 5's arc is partially devoted to investigating how Walt's misplaced obsession with Jacob Nighthorse is interfering with his ability to be a good sheriff. Detective Fales distrusts Walt because of his own experience growing up in a small Southern town that had a corrupt sheriff who abused his power. A white security guard tries to insult Henry by calling him "kemosabe". Henry points out that the Indian was called Tonto and Kemosabe was the white guy's nickname.
In "The Cancer", Branch interrogates some teenagers by confiscating the case of beer they had bought illegally and starting to empty each can on to the ground till they tell him what he wants to know. Jacob Nighthorse and Barlow Connally, the latter to the point where Branch finds it actively humiliating. Jerkass Has a Point: Nighthorse, at least, turns out to be dead on about Cheyenne children being taken by the DCF for a profit.
Matthias the tribal police chief to a lesser degree, but he slowly gets over it as Walt demonstrates respect for his jurisdiction and helps him root out problems. Branch's shooting and self-propelled crusade to find the supposed-dead shooter has turned him into one, to the point where he tells Cady that she should forget who killed her mom and focus on his problems.
Cady, your mom's dead. The sheriff's department and the reservation's tribal police really don't get along at all. Must have something to do with Longmire arresting the previous tribal police chiefwho was running a protection racket on the Rez.
Things are so bad that he has to sneak onto the reservation at night in the back of a pickup truck just so he can speak with a witness who lives there.
Both Longmire and the tribal police hate to get the feds involved. When Longmire's investigation leads him to a neighboring county, the county's sheriff is not happy that Longmire did not check in with him before interrogating a resident. Then when Henry independently follows the trail to the same location, the sheriff thinks Walt is responsible. Inverted when the tribal police are nice to them and ask for his help.
Longmire and Vic suspect that they are about to be set up for something bad. They are proven right when Longmire discovers that the tribal police chief moved a dead body just outside the reservation border so Longmire is the one who has to investigate a politically sensitive murder that could scuttle his chances at re-election and is also a proverbial hot potato for the Tribal Police.
Vic punches an FBI agent when he refuses to send a helicopter to search for Walt who is alone on a mountain looking for escaped prisoners. She is then booted off the investigation and barred from the room.
Oddly enough, the tribal police seem to get along well with the Denver police, but that may only be because they're investigating Walt. Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the series finale, when Walt tells Vic that he's retiring because he wants to end things on a high note instead of staying around too long like Lucian did.
Henry has taken up Hector's mantle in Season 4. Activist Jacob Nighthorse is both understandably outraged and quick to exploit the situation for political purpose. Cody, the biological father of one of the missing children, is similarly furious. Henry Standing Bear is equally firm in his resolve, but more diplomatic and measured in his approach. The episode is quite remarkable for its depiction of Native American anger.
In Longmire, that anger is depicted as a completely legitimate response to what is taking place. The episode also puts Henry and Walt in conflict with one another, as each has a constituency that claims his loyalty as much as their friendship demands their loyalty to one another.
Ultimately, the two are not that far apart in their beliefs, although it takes them a little while to get to that point—and requires Walt to choose to put justice before enforcing the law. Various flashbacks to an incident that took place in Colorado that are interspersed throughout the episode and throughout the series thus far, including some scarring that Walt has been questioned about but refused to explain suggest that this is not the first time that Walt has chosen to step outside the law for the sake of justice.
On a side note, the Longmire crew seems to have found at least some of the missing tripods. Maybe New Mexico has outlawed the use of tripods in its forests and state parks?