After airing its first three seasons on A&E, Longmire was canceled by the cable network, only to be resurrected by Netflix. With Season 4 set to debut September 10 on the streaming service, stars Robert Taylor (Sheriff Walt Longmire) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Henry Standing) revealed new details about this upcoming season, and the prospects of getting renewed for a fifth season on Netflix. Here's what Lou Diamond Phillips had to say in an interview with Collider, when asked how this season is different from the first three seasons.
"What our writers - specifically Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny and Greer Shephard - have done is they've taken a thread and stretched it out over multiple episodes. In some cases, especially with the death of Walt's wife, Martha, they have continued to twist it and turn it and keep it compelling and interesting. So, certain threads are going to come to their conclusion in Season 4 of Longmire, but like everything else, there are going to be repercussions and ripples from actions and reactions that are going to play out and present new storylines and new issues."
The Longmire cast also includes Cassidy Freeman, who returns as Longmire's daughter Cady. Robert Taylor revealed that this new season on Netflix will be "very interesting" for Cady, although he wouldn't divulge too many specific details. Here's what the actor had to say about his on-screen daughter.
"It's a very interesting season for Cassidy Freeman's character. It's so hard not to give stuff away. She's branching off more. She has a lot of challenges and a lot of dilemmas. Opportunities arise in odd places for her, this season."
Lou Diamond Phillips also revealed some of the new characters being introduced this season, which he calls a "very Native-centric season." We'll have to wait and see what stories will be told in this 10-episode season, but the actor teased a few of these plot lines while revealing new and returning guest stars. Here's what he had to say below.
"I'm thrilled because it's a very Native-centric season. Graham Greene is back. A Martinez, Zahn McClarnon and Irene Bedard will be on. We also introduce a storyline that involves my friend Julia Jones, who I adore. She was in the Twilight series of films, and she is amazing. I have a wonderful arc with her that also involves Tantoo Cardinal, who I also absolutely adore and who I think is probably one of the pillars of the Native American acting community, along with Graham Greene."
Several shows that Netflix have resurrected were done so solely to air one final season, such as The Killing and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. However, the stars of Longmire believe that the fourth season will not be the last. Here's what Robert Taylor had to say about the prospect of a fifth season.
"There are some very dramatic developments in Season 4. If something is resolved, perhaps the manner that it's resolved might blow something else apart. There's a lot of big stuff going on. It's very hard to talk about it without giving anything away, but there's a lot of stuff going on. All will be explained pretty quickly."