AMC wants more Dark Winds. Consisting of six episodes, the freshman season of the psychological thriller series debuted earlier this month. Just two episodes into the run, the network has put in the order for a second season, clearly happy with the viewership and how fans have been responding to the show. Per Variety, AMC Studios’ president of entertainment, Dan McDermott, confirmed he renewal with this official statement.
“This once-in-a-lifetime creative team and cast have delivered something truly special with Dark Winds. 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 also leads the cast and brings humanity, authority and the wisdom of richly lived experiences to everything he does.”
Dark Winds is based on the original Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman, and the live-action adaptation has been in gestation for over three decades. Graham Roland created the series for AMC and also serves as an executive producer. Its cast includes Zahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, Jessica Matten, Deanna Allison, Rainn Wilson, Elva Guerra, Jeremiah Bitsui, Eugene Brave Rock, and Noah Emmerich.
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You can read the official logline for the series below.
On a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation in 1971, Lt. Joe Leaphorn of the Tribal Police and new Deputy Jim Chee are besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes; together, the two men face the trauma of their pasts as they search for clues.
Dark Winds Brings Native Representation to Television
In an interview with The AU Review, Zahn McClarnon spoke about his part in the series. He is happy with the representation that Dark Winds brings to television and feels that it’s getting to be a great time overall for Native representation in fiction.
“I’ve been doing this for quite a few decades now, and I think it’s a unique time for Native representation in TV and film,” he said. “I’m excited that I’m a part of this time. I’m glad that I stuck it out for the last 30 years. It wasn’t like this (when I started out). It’s slowly been changing, but I think we’re in a unique time. We got a long ways to go! But we have great shows like Reservation Dogs and Rutherford Falls and now Dark Winds that are slowly pushing that door open more and more so we have control over our own narrative.”
He added, “Chris Eyre, who’s one of the EP’s, who’s Native, along with George R.R. Martin, was very specific in hiring an all Native writing room. We had a non-Native showrunner at the time, but we had Graham Roland, who’s Native, write the pilot. It was very important for the team that we brought in Native voices to recontextualise Tony Hillerman’s perspective on the Navajo culture in his books.”
Dark Winds airs Sundays on AMC.