Renewed Or Cancelled?
If you’re a fan of Dark Winds, the psychological thriller series that has recently been a hit with critics, you will understandably want to know if there will be a second season.
The series, which is based on the novels by Tony Hillerman, has received extensive coverage on our site, beginning with this Episode 1 review and Ending Explained. We enjoyed the show and are as eager as you may be for season 2.
But will there be a Dark Winds: Season 2? Here’s what we know.
What is Dark Winds about?
The series is set in 1971 on a remote outpost near Monument Valley. It follows two Navajo police officers, Lt. Joe Leaphorn and his deputy Jim Chee, as they investigate a double murder case that challenges their spiritual beliefs.
This first season closely followed Hillerman’s The Listening Woman (with elements of People of Darkness) so if you have read the author’s works, you will have an understanding of how the story plays out.
For more on Dark Winds and the events of Season 1, check out the recaps that can be found on our website.
Will Dark Winds get a Season 2?
Dark Winds, which debuted on AMC+, will be back for a second season. This comes as little surprise as, according to Deadline, it was the No. 1 new series launch in AMC+ history.
The season premiere drew in 2.2 million viewers and viewing figures have been consistently high ever since. As such, a second season was never really in any doubt.
As quoted in the Deadline article, Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, had this to say about the show:
“We can’t wait to share the rest of this thrill ride of a first season with the fans and follow Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee into a second season on AMC and AMC+ next year. Overwhelming gratitude to our entire production team and a special thanks to executive producers Robert Redford, George R.R. Martin, Chris Eyre and of course Zahn McClarnon (who plays Joe Leaphorn), who also leads the cast and brings humanity, authority and the wisdom of richly lived experiences to everything he does.”
As you will have gathered from this quote, Season 2 is set to launch next year so you won’t have too long to wait if you’re keen to see the next instalment of the series.
What will Dark Winds Season 2 be about?
In the finale of the first season, the armoured car robbery case was wrapped up. The episode featured a tense stand-off between Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon) and the two robbers who were hiding money and hostages in a cave. We won’t reveal any of the episode’s twists and turns in case you haven’t seen it yet but the biggest question is this: how will the finale impact Season 2?
At this stage, we have no idea. But according to series creator Graham Roland, Season 2 will be based on a specific Hillerman novel. As for which one, we don’t know but according to Roland in this article in Variety, the book has already been chosen.
How many episodes will be in Season 2?
It has been confirmed that Season 2 will have six episodes, as was the case in the first season. Once again, the series will air on AMC and AMC+ in the US but there is no confirmed news of a UK release for this noirish crime show.
Who will be in Dark Winds Season 2?
This was the main cast for Season 1:
Zahn McClarnon – Joe Leaphorn
Kiowa Gordon – Jim Chee
Noah Emmerich – Whitover
Jessica Matten – Bernadette Manuelito.
Rainn Wilson – Devoted Dan.
Deanna Allison – Emma (Leaphorn’s wife)
As to who will be in Season 2, we do not know. However, you can expect to see most if not all of the main cast members return for the second season.
That’s all we know for now. But if you’re looking forward to Dark Winds: Season 2, bookmark our website for more information, reviews, and recaps of Season 2 when it eventually launches.