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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Dark Winds will continue, Season Three

final scene in Season 2

TVLine readers gave Season 2 a rare average grade of “A+.” 

Dark Winds EP Says We Haven’t ‘Hit Our Stride’ Yet

By Matt Webb Mitovich |

Dark Winds wrapped up its six-episode sophomore run, with a finale now streaming on AMC+ and airing Sunday night on AMC proper.

Should fans of the period crime drama look forward to a Season 3?

We won’t get into specific Season 2 finale spoilers here, but the episode “Hózhó náhásdlii (Beauty Is Restored)” left viewers with a good amount of closure.  There was resolution to the Blond Man/B.J. Vines arc, Joe and Emma sought much-needed “balance” for their household, and at least three characters made career decisions.

Executive producer Chris Eyre, who directed this season’s first two episodes and then the finale, believes there many more tales to tell — and hopes Dark Winds gets to tell them.

“I don’t feel like we’ve hit our stride with this series,” Eyre told TVLine when asked about Dark Winds‘ future. (Dark Winds scored its Season 2 renewal just two weeks into its freshman run; AMC has no Season 3 updates at this time.)

“There are 18 [Leaphorn & Chee] books by Tony Hillerman and there are five by Anne Hillerman,” Eyre noted, “so there’s enough detective/Navajo police drama” to continue bringing to the small screen.

Of note, Eyre’s experience with the source material dates back to directing Skinwalkers: The Navajo Mysteries, a series of PBS Mystery movies based on Hillerman novels.


Executive Producer Chris Eyre (left) on set with Zahn McClarnon and Jessica Matten

“Somebody at my gym mentioned this to me, that ‘I just want to see what happens to the characters now,'” Eyre related.  Following a showrunner change for Season 2, “It feels like we’ve gotten the show on its feet.  And now that it’s on its feet I want to know what happens to the characters, too.

“I think that their evolution could be a long time coming — and a great journey,” the EP avowed.

UPDATE

Dark Winds has been renewed for a third season on AMC and AMC+, TVLine has learned. The good news comes just weeks after the acclaimed drama released its Season 2 finale.

Season 3 is targeting an “early 2025” premiere date, we hear.  A confirmed episode count was not yet available, though the first two seasons spanned six each.

Based on the Leaphorn & Chee series of novels by Tony Hillerman, Dark Winds was created for television by Graham Roland, with John Wirth (Hell of Wheels) serving as Season 2’s showrunner.  Other executive producers include star Zahn McClarnon, Robert Redford, George R.R. Martin, Anne Hillerman, Chris Eyre, Vince Gerardis and Tina Elmo.

Though the aforementioned finale, titled “Hózhó náhásdlii (Beauty Is Restored),” left viewers with a good amount of closure, EP Chris Eyre — who directed Season 2’s first two episodes and then the finale — believes there are many more tales to tell.

“I don’t feel like we’ve hit our stride with this series,” Eyre told TVLine. “There are 18 [Leaphorn & Chee] books by Tony Hillerman and there are five by Anne Hillerman, so there’s enough detective/Navajo police drama” to continue bringing to the small screen.

TVLine readers gave Season 2 a rare average grade of “A+.”

Dark Winds Season 2 was a Top 10 cable drama this season (averaging 1.7 million viewers in Live+3 ratings), and it also delivered significant acquisition gains vs. Season 1 on AMC+.

Also of note, more than 90% of the production team on both sides of the camera for Season 2 were Indigenous.

 ‘Leaphorn & Chee’ Novels

“We started this journey with very high hopes for this series, given the remarkable source material and extraordinary creative team behind it, and it has delivered on every level,” Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, said in a statement. “From the beloved novels, to an incredibly collaborative producing team that includes Robert Redford, George R. R. Martin, showrunner John Wirth and star Zahn McClarnon, to the entire cast and crew, there is so much storytelling yet to come in this universe. Thanks to the fans for embracing this series and the critics for celebrating and shining a light on it.”

 

 

Show EP Chris Eyre is an adoptee like many of us... last I heard he is living in New Mexico. http://www.visionmakermedia.org/bios/chris-eyre

Trace  (p.s. I REALLY LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!! See it!)

 

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