“Dark Winds” has been renewed for Season 3 at AMC, Variety has learned.
The news comes after the second season wrapped up on AMC and AMC+ on Sept. 3. It is also one of the AMC series currently being featured on Max. Season 3 is expected to debut in early 2025.
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“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,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks. “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.”
“Dark Winds” is based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman. McClarnon stars as Joe Leaphorn, with Kiowa Gordon playing Jim Chee. The cast also includes Jessica Matten, Deanna Allison, and Elva Guerra as well as guest stars Jeri Ryan, Nicholas Logan, A. Martinez, and Joseph Runningfox.
The official description of Season 2 states “Lt. Joe Leaphorn (McClarnon) reunites with Jim Chee (Gordon), his former deputy turned private eye, when their separate cases bring them together in pursuit of the same suspect. They find themselves in the high desert of Navajo Country, chasing a killer who’s turned his sights on them to protect a secret that rips open old wounds and challenges Leaphorn’s moral and professional code. With the help of Sgt. Manuelito (Matten) and Valencia County Sheriff Gordo Sena, Leaphorn and Chee must thwart their would-be assassin and restore balance not only to their own lives, but to the reservation that depends on them.”
The series was created by Graham Roland. John Wirth serves as showrunner. The series is executive produced by Roland, Wirth, McClarnon, Robert Redford, George R.R. Martin, Anne Hillerman, Chris Eyre, Vince Gerardis, and Tina Elmo.
Season 2 averaged 1.7 million viewers per episode in the Nielsen Live+3 ratings. In addition, more than 90 percent of the production team on both sides of the camera for season two were Indigenous.
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