Twelve minutes. That’s how long it took Warner Bros’ Peter Roth to track down Netflix’s Cindy Holland to find Longmire a new home after A&E axed the series before its fourth season.
Canceled nearly a year ago, the modern-day western had already been streaming on Netflix before the service came to the rescue. “I always believed we weren’t finished,” star Robert Taylor told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Tuesday.
On the plus side, the move to Netflix has also afforded the series more creative freedom. “The stories feel more complete and more complex because we’re allowed to keep everything we envisioned in the beginning in the episodes,” executive producer Hunt Baldwin said.
The upcoming season, which explores second chances, picks up moments after the finale, in which Walt Longmire (Taylor) found out who was behind his wife’s murder. Succumbing to his darker impulses, Walt takes off in pursuit of the killer with one thing on his mind: Murder. “Now that Walt thinks he knows who his wife’s killer is, how does he go on?” executive producer Greer Shephard says.
We’ll find out whether Walt can be stopped before he makes a fatal mistake—along with the fate of Branch (Bailey Chase)— when Longmire’s 10-episode fourth season debuts Thursday, Sept. 10 on Netflix.