The second TV season of “Longmire” premiered last night Monday May 27, 2013 at 10/9 p.m. on the A&E cable network. The episode is called, “Unquiet Mind” & it opened with Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) & Vic Moretti (Kattee Sackhoff) escorting a serial Native American killer up north. They run into a buffalo on the highway who rams their truck. They wait for a baby ‘White’ buffalo to cross the road. The prisoner tells Walt that it is a “sign” of things to come. (White buffalo’s are said to be born one every one million years). The prisoner tells a federal agent he buried a native boy on a hill near by. We see flashbacks of the prisoner approaching an innocent native kid whose dead body is found on that hill.
According to the official website of “Longmire” the synopsis is right here – “It is based on the ‘Walt Longmire Mystery Novels’ by best-selling author Craig Johnson – returns for its second season with more murder, secrets and betrayals from Absaroka County, Wyoming. The new season finds reluctant hero Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) back in the saddle after coming to terms with the devastating loss of his wife and dedicated to serving his community.”
Those flashbacks have been constant throughout the first TV season as we follow Walt Longmire investigate local homicides. What do those flashbacks mean? Are they native visions? Is Walt living too close to the spiritual forces of a native tribe near Absaroka County? The prisoner tells Walt that he too hears those spiritual voices. (In the novels, Walt is helped in some way spiritually which is not fully explained. He believes though that something is watching over him).
Federal agents meet Walt & Vic with their prisoner. They all stop at a diner & as Walt drives off in the winter snow. The prisoners kill the cook, several agents & take a hostage. Walt goes after the prisoners on foot in a snow blizzard. Vic escorts a caught prisoner back to Absaroka. Other federal agents appear & take over the investigation. Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) is seen talking to Walt in the snow, but he isn’t really there.
Branch Connally (Bailey Chase) is running for county sheriff & he cooperates with the FBI. He also finds that Henry has saddled up two horses to go find Walt on his own. Branch goes with him. Walt finds a log cabin where another prisoner has been killed. He also discovers a female hostage who Walt believes helped the lead prisoner escape. She has fallen in love with the serial killer & will not tell Walt where he could be going. Walt moves forward the next morning through the cold bitter snowfall.
Does Walt Longmire catch up with the serial killer? Will he freeze to death? Does he still see visions of people who aren’t there?