‘Longmire’ Lives, Fans Rejoice As Netflix Signs Season Four Return

Longmire fans’ dedication to saving the show has paid off. I’ve learned that Netflix, following several weeks of negotiations, has closed a deal for a 10-episode fourth season of the drama series to premiere in 2015 in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Netflix LogoThe news comes less than three months after Longmire‘s surprise cancellation by A&E after three seasons. It triggered one of the biggest outpourings of fan support ever for an axed TV series. The cast members, led by Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff, have all made their deals for Season 4. That doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone will return — Season 3 ended in a cliffhanger, with characters’ lives in the balance, and I hear an exit is likely. More about the plot of Season 4 in a moment.

Following the cancellation by A&E, Longmire producer Warner Horizon launched efforts to find a new home for the series. It put together a detailed pitch highlighting the show’s performance and fan following, as well as a road map for Season 4. The company cast a wide net, though Netflix and Amazon were identified as primary targets from the get-go, with Netflix considered the most logical destination for the series; the service already has the rights to the previous seasons as part of its multi-series streaming deal with Warner Bros.

Image (1) longmire__130827224348.jpeg for post 572696Based on the mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson, Longmire, is a contemporary crime thriller that stars Taylor as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, along with Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley. Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin serve as executive producers. The series, from the Shephard/Robin Co. in association with Warner Horizon, eyes a tentative March production start date.

“When Warner Horizon Television came to us with the idea for a new season of Longmire, we were intrigued because the series is so unique, and consistently great,”  said Cindy Holland, Netflix VP of Original Content. “We are thrilled to help continue Walt Longmire’s story for his large and passionate following.”

Netflix similarly rescued another cancelled cable drama, The Killing. It commissioned a final season of the mystery series on top of the existing seasons it had rights to.

LongmireSeason four of Longmire picks up moments after season three’s explosive finale. Walt Longmire (Taylor), having found out who was behind the murder of his wife, succumbs to his darker impulses and takes off in pursuit of the killer with revenge on his mind. Meanwhile, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), the deputy who Walt fired for erratic, violent behavior, believes he has already figured out who the real culprit is. During his confrontation with this suspected killer, a gun goes off. Fans will find out what happened, and whether Walt can be stopped before he makes a fatal choice.

Longmire was A&E’s most-watched original scripted series, averaging 5.6 million viewers in Season 3, a slight dip from Season 2’s nearly 6 million average with a much weaker lead-in. Despite its large audience, A&E insiders argued that the show was not profitable because advertisers, who pay a premium to reach younger audiences, undervalue older-skewing shows like Longmire. That’s not an issue for subscription-based services like Netflix.

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  1. Sheldon W.on Nov 19, 2014 3:36 pm

    WOO-HOO! That is all.

    • on Nov 19, 2014 3:52 pm

      Agree!! WOO_HOO

      • on Nov 20, 2014 2:38 pm

        I agree .. Whooooooo hooooooo …

  2. Lensthemanon Nov 19, 2014 3:42 pm


  3. Katieon Nov 19, 2014 3:43 pm

    Yes!!! I can’t wait for the season to start. I am glad Netflix got the show – we would be paying an annual fee to Amazon and a fee, per episode, to watch the show! I am also glad there is nothing else on A&E for them to cancel – certainly will not watch A&E any time soon!

    • Anne Del Belloon Nov 19, 2014 4:15 pm

      I agree. Let A&E know how we feel now!!

    • MattRon Nov 19, 2014 5:00 pm

      That’s not how original content works on Amazon Prime.

      • Katieon Nov 20, 2014 4:19 am

        Explain, Matt – that is the way it was defined to me. Answers, answers!

        • Tim Grimmon Nov 20, 2014 2:06 pm

          Shows that are available under Amazon Prime don’t require additional fees. Only content not available under Amazon Prime but available on Amazon Instant Video require pay-per-view fees. For example, recently released movies. All of Amazon’s original programming is offered as part of Amazon Prime.

          • Katieon Nov 21, 2014 5:25 am

            Thanks, Matt – I did not understand what friends were telling me – I will have to investigate Amazon Prime!

          • Katieon Nov 21, 2014 5:27 am

            I mean – thanks, Tim!

  4. Maryannon Nov 19, 2014 3:45 pm

    Hurray! I know a LOT of people would subscribe to Netflix just to get Longmire. This is a great move for Netflix, and I hope there will be many seasons to come!

    • on Nov 20, 2014 7:20 am

      And subscribe I will!

  5. on Nov 19, 2014 3:46 pm


  6. alanon Nov 19, 2014 3:47 pm

    Great news but what about the UK getting to see it?

    • Rebaon Nov 21, 2014 2:10 pm

      Try EZTV Torrents on line, they have other Netflix originals like Hemlock Grove, etc., the shows usually become available a couple hours after airing in the U.S…

      • Kyle Dollahiteon Dec 18, 2014 2:08 pm

        Stop Stealing, Jerk!

  7. Kenon Nov 19, 2014 3:51 pm

    Boy Howdy!!

  8. Denise Monroeon Nov 19, 2014 3:51 pm


  9. Jinjeonon Nov 19, 2014 3:51 pm

    Old people everywhere, rejoice! And order Netflix :-P

    • Anne Del Belloon Nov 19, 2014 4:16 pm

      :) :) :)

    • Bruce Redfieldon Nov 19, 2014 5:52 pm

      The oldest actor on Longmire of the regulars is Lou Diamond Phillips at 52. So can we give the old people comments a rest. It’s a fantastic show set in a beautiful landscape.

      • mysfiton Nov 19, 2014 6:24 pm

        The old people comment has to with the fact that A&E cancelled Longmire because the audience for it was too old, according to them

        • Cheryl J. Rabornon Nov 25, 2014 11:58 am

          A & E seems to be moving toward a different type of audience. They are bringing back the Gottis and have shows that are of a far different quality than in times past. I used to watch 80% of their shows. During the present time Longmire was the last show I watched on that network. Now I watch nothing there. Quality is sorely lacking in their current programming.

          • on Dec 5, 2014 6:07 pm

            Agree completely. A & E not worth watching

      • John Burnson Nov 19, 2014 7:13 pm

        He was referring to the fact that the reason for the ratings was do to older audiences, not the actors on the show.
        In fact it was because the audience was not in the ’18-34′ year old age bracket that the show was cancelled by A&E in the first place.
        It could be in part because Walt is a thinking man’s cop, and there was little gunplay, who seemed to only draw his weapon when it was needed.

        • bounderon Nov 19, 2014 9:31 pm

          The thing that makes sense about Netflix and “Longmire” is that it’s much more in line with the British crime shows like “Peaky Blinders” or “The Fall” or “Happy Valley” that they’ve picked up or similar programs like “Luther” or “Wallander” that people have discovered on there.

          • BarbWireon Nov 20, 2014 8:36 am

            Those are all terrific shows in my opinion so Longmire should be a good fit at Netflix.

        • Tanner Anderson Nov 21, 2014 1:20 pm

          The problem with the current rating system is that it only counts TV viewings. More and more of the 18-34 demo are watching via alternate means, and so are very under-represented in the ratings.

        • Anna Won Nov 28, 2014 10:35 pm

          Oh well…I’m 24 and I’m watching it! ;)

    • Tony Peña (@oldhickorytony)on Nov 20, 2014 4:34 am

      I am I am :) :)

  10. A Guyon Nov 19, 2014 3:52 pm


  11. on Nov 19, 2014 3:55 pm


  12. on Nov 19, 2014 3:56 pm

    I dont have Netflix & i cant get it either.

    • on Nov 19, 2014 5:37 pm

      They’ve released other original shows on dvd so they probably will with this too

    • on Nov 19, 2014 7:40 pm

      Yes, you can!

    • on Nov 19, 2014 11:55 pm

      Netflix can be had with any internet connection

    • Katieon Nov 20, 2014 4:19 am

      Why not?

    • on Nov 20, 2014 4:57 am

      Or find a fend that does and introduce them to it.

  13. Robert Dispensaon Nov 19, 2014 3:57 pm

    It’s been a long road for the Longmire Posse. Longmire is a quality show with great actors. YEE HAW and BOY HOWDY

    • Saraon Nov 19, 2014 8:59 pm

      Love u Netflix !!!!! Thank u!!! Love Longmire even more!!!!!!

    • Lily Jean Sobottaon Dec 3, 2014 6:08 pm

      YES, Good Plot, Great Actors,….Great…WooHooo!!!!!

  14. Will Hansenon Nov 19, 2014 4:00 pm


  15. on Nov 19, 2014 4:03 pm

    Really Glad to hear about Longmire! Guess i just don’t Understand A&E, Definately Not the 1st time they have made a seemingly Goofy Decision on a Hit Series!
    Thank You NETFLIX!!!!!!

  16. bounderon Nov 19, 2014 4:07 pm

    I love the rabid enthusiasm here but can’t help envisioning Sheriff Walt just sitting there in his truck, expressionless, all, “Yep.”

    • Lasarianon Nov 20, 2014 4:47 am

      Even Robert Taylor’s been very laid back and cool about it, just like Walt ;)

  17. orangemanon Nov 19, 2014 4:09 pm


  18. rp1964on Nov 19, 2014 4:10 pm

    Thank you Netflix! Thank you, thank you, thank you…,

  19. Tammy Thompsonon Nov 19, 2014 4:10 pm

    Yessss!!!! Best news I’ve heard today! Hopefully it will do so well that Netflix will keep it on for many more seasons, but we’re grateful for closure to the Branch storyline regardless!! A&E can go suck a duck, me and my disposable income won’t be watching anything on that network again.

  20. on Nov 19, 2014 4:11 pm

    Woo Hoo!! #LongLiveLongmire!

  21. Anne Del Belloon Nov 19, 2014 4:14 pm

    Fantastic news for Longmire fans!!!! What a great job behind the scenes with the production crew and those in negotiations with NetFlix!!!!!!! Longmire fans will follow the show to the new home for Walt, Henry, Vic, Branch and The Ferg!!!!!!

  22. Kara Thraceon Nov 19, 2014 4:16 pm

    Reblogged this on Katee Sackhoff Fan Blog.

  23. Marcia Bon Nov 19, 2014 4:18 pm

    Yes. Best news I have had in long time. Netflix is awesome.

  24. Amy Dodsonon Nov 19, 2014 4:18 pm

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Netflix for picking up Longmire. You won’t regret it – it’s truly a well-written story with excellent actors and production team.

  25. Kevinon Nov 19, 2014 4:21 pm

    Come on Netflix, keep Dallas going too!

    • Margaret Ruddon Nov 20, 2014 6:14 pm

      Yes …Netflix ….do the same for DALLAS …..please

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