May 28 2013 12:00pm

Longmire Episode 2.1: “Unquiet Mind”

The season 2 premiere of Longmire was both familiar and exciting, as we reunited with our favorite sheriff and deputies for an episode of high drama. Walt and a very bored Vic are transferring a dangerous serial killer, Wayne, to an FBI drop-off point when they encounter the Absaroka version of traffic…in the form of a massive buffalo in the road. The majestic (and territorial) beast is protecting the roadway for a baby white buffalo—as rare as one in ten million, as Wayne helpfully points out. In fact, he insists the sighting is actually a sign, with a meaningful look at our Sheriff. A little later, when they reach the drop-off, Wayne insists that Walt is something of a kindred spirit telling him “You hear the voices too. You have an unquiet mind.”

It’s interesting to see the show dabble once more in the mystical and supernatural themes that underscore Craig Johnson’s books. Though the books and TV show don’t always dovetail, this episode’s plot hews pretty closely to the premise of Johnson’s seventh bestselling Longmire novel, Hell is Empty. TV Walt has such a grounded, no-nonsense vibe, that it’s harder to imagine him placing stock in signs and superstitions as the book version of the character does. But it’s well done here, with enough gravitas to avoid it seeming silly or out-of-character.

In fact, this episode really showcases just how very well the showrunners John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin (who also penned this premiere episode) know each of their characters. After the drop-off, Wayne manages to stage a coup, killing FBI agents and innocents, and escaping into the mountains with most of the convicts and the pretty FBI psychiatrist, with whom Wayne has a strangely intimate bond. When Walt insists on charging into the wooded mountains after him, just as a brutal storm threatens to approach, his trusted deputies Vic, Branch, and Ferg, and his friend Henry all react in pretty much exactly the ways we’d expect. It’s all fun and satisfying, and really quite impressive for a mostly procedural show that’s only eleven episodes in.

Henry and Branch ride to the rescueOf course, lone wolf Walt will forge into a dangerous situation without backup to rectify a problem, even if it’s somewhat foolhardy behavior when you get right down to it. And naturally, Vic is upset and concerned for Walt, so she kind of hilariously and righteously rants at everybody and even punches out the FBI agent who tries to commandeer the operation from the sheriff’s office. And yes, Branch (who’s still, always, busy campaigning—now with fancy TV ads for the election) is a bit of a kiss-ass to the FBI at first. But eventually (after Vic prods him that Cady, who’s MIA, wouldn’t be too happy if he did nothing while her father died), he does the right thing… joining forces with Henry, who’s quietly formulated a plan to ride up the impenetrable mountain terrain on horseback to find his friend. Oh, and the Ferg? He’s going about his business and trying to support everyone. (His gleeful “That’s awesome!” when Vic confesses she punched the agent, was a great humorous moment in a fairly intense episode.)

It’s a great showcase for each of the major characters’ strengths (and weaknesses), and we even get a lot of fun in-character cameos. Omar, the local gun expert, pops up again to give Walt a little shelter overnight at a key point in his hike, and there’s a nice bit of deduction from our Sherlock-in-a-Stetson in that scene about who might have helped Wayne with his great escape. As the weather worsens, Walt starts hallucinating friends and enemies who alternately taunt and encourage him, including Henry, Cady, one of the young victims of Wayne, and most surprisingly, Charles S. Dutton, reprising his role as the Chicago PD officer, Detective Fales, who showed up in last season’s finale.

Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire

In addition to that ongoing mystery surrounding what culpability Walt actually has in the death of his wife’s killer, the hints that Vic might have more than boss-employee feelings for Walt continue, as she’s distraught to near tears at being helpless while he’s on the mountain. The running why-doesn’t-he-have-a-cellphone gag from season 1 also recurs with a particularly funny and triumphant outcome as Walt uses Vic’s borrowed cellphone to ultimately subdue the escaped con, after a grueling bear-wrestle of a fight. Finally, the horned owl that played such a pivotal part in the season 1 premiere and finale, and in the promos for the show, returns here, as a sign to bolster Walt’s spirit at a particularly low point. (It’s also a timely tie-in to the recent Longmire e-novella Messenger, which featured… a great horned owl.)

Vic and WaltThe slow, measured pacing the show thrived on in season 1 is exchanged for some high stakes drama in this premiere episode, but it’s nice to see that characterization wasn’t sacrificed to cram in plot. There’s a very good balance with just enough complexity to the procedural storyline to really weigh it against the emotions it evokes in the gang. No doubt, things will be a bit calmer next week as we get into a bit more about where Cady’s gone and where Branch is getting the money for those fancy TV campaign ads. With an expanded thirteen episodes this season (compared to last year’s ten), the show should have a lot more room to delve even further into each character, which will help prove how much more than a straight procedural this somewhat unpolished gem of a drama can really be.

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Gordon Bingham
1. gordonbingham
Really enjoyed this episode. Looking forward to more!!
Elizabeth Lewis
3. edlweiss1
Nice recap! Hell is Empty is definitely my fave Longmire book, and the show did pretty well in its adaptation. I did miss Virgil, but I can understand why they cut him out.
Lee Anne LeCouter
4. lalecouter
This was a solid episode, all around, especially since it brings out the realization that Walt, even though he is a good Sheriff, will still go charging into danger, regardless of whether he does have backup, as he feels like it is the honorable thing to do. Robert Taylor brings that quiet intensity to the role of Walt and you get that he wants to save everybody.

The supporting players also do a bang-up job here. Katee Sackhoff proves again that she is one of the best in TV, with a swinging of emotions from fear to anger to intensity to resignation. And she got to throw in some South Philadelphia justice with a mean right hook to the jaw of an obnoxious FBI agent. Bailey Chase continues to play Branch as if his destiny is to be Sheriff. So kissing ass is coming easy to him, even at the expense of everyone else. Lou Diamond Phillips is wonderful and brings that sense of calmness that the show really needs to float steady. And even Adam Bartley, as Ferg, gets to show his loyalty to Vic. Loved his "that's awesome!" line. I think that Vic only sent him away because she doesn't want him to see her break down.

I can't wait to see what the next ep is gonna show us because if this ep is any indication, we are in for a long, slow and painful ride through Absaroka County this season. Bring it on!
Tara Gelsomino
5. Taragel
@edlweiss1 Thanks! And yes, I thought it was pretty clever and economical that they switched out Virgil for characters a bit more near and dear to Walt, especially Cady.

@lalecouter Yeah, Lee Anne, I think the discussion between Branch and Henry about why Walt kind of careens into these dangerous situations without backup was a good one, and they were maybe both right? Walt is a self-punisher AND he thinks it's his duty. It's kind of at odds with his "do it the right way" cop beliefs to eschew backup and not wear gloves at crime scenes, but they make for interesting contradictions.

I love all the deputies (and Henry) and I love to see them interact. I thought the Vic and Ferg scene was great and wished it was longer.
Patricia Rusk
6. parrus
So glad Longmire is back. I feel right at home in this series.
Mary Hollifield
7. maryth928
I normally don't care for prisoner break tv shows, but this one was great. I especially enjoyed the Buffalo Mommy at the beginning. Love this series.
Laura Hughes
8. MittensMorgul
I'm thrilled Longmire is back on TV! I love this series!
Jeff Tufano
9. profchaos
I love this show and look forward to this season. This was such a great episode. I am not a big fan of westerns and boring procedurals but this combines both in way I have never seen so compelling. Robert Taylor is such an excellent actor the way he portrays Walt's emotional resonance. And all the other supporting characters are great fun to watch, especially Katee Sackoff. I have not read any of the books but I definitely would like to give them a try, especially if they are as good as the show.
John Hamilton
10. johnno
Looking forward to how the season plays out. I love seeing the differences from the books and how they help play on TV.
11. mosaix
I need the poster and books! Yes!
Karen Appleby
12. kkappleby
I couldn't wait for the new season to start. It's here and I'm recording all of them. Would love to win this set of books, that would be so awesome.

Melissa Darwin
13. turboterp
I came late to Longmire and now I'm hooked. Great recap!
Jeffrey Tretin
14. jtretin
Series sounds great. Thank you for the giveaway.
Walt Nickell
15. Sherrick
I had never heard of the Walt Longmire books until I stumbled upon the first season of the TV Series. The show has quickly become THE favorite in our household and we are delighted it has finally returned. I've not yet read any of the books, but I would love to do so.
erin f
17. efender1
sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)
Gary Anderson
18. gwander
A great episode. It was very much in the style of the books. As always, snow is a major "character" and Walt must battle it to survive and succeed. I watched it last night and will watch it again as soon as I finish my chores.
19. amg
Love the show and glad to see it's back. The Ferg has gotten to be one of my favorite characters, alongside Vic.
kathleen eddy
20. reddox
Craig Johnson needs to write more books--fast! i am doling out the books to make them last and i'm up to the penultimate book. When i finish the series, i guess i'll have to start over and read them all again.
Jennifer Weaver
21. jlweaver1@comcast.net
Haven't watched it yet - can't wait!!!!!! Another show with a great ensemble cast.......
Sharol Cutrell
22. sharol46
Of course the tv show isn't as good as the books. Are they ever? But the producers/directors/cast of this show have done a great job with the characters and story.

It was good to see the mysticism of the novels showing up in an episode -- the appearance of Cady was especially effective as was the boy reminding Walt that it was hypothermia. Very impressive use of Johnson's atmosphere from the books.
Lance Williams
23. rook751
My wife and I are just now getting into the series and it would be great to have the complete book series along with!!!!
Tatiana deCarillion
24. decarillion
Recorded this for watching later in the week, but I've been able to read a couple of the books, and I find them to be really good--plus, I learn tidbits of trivia from them, too!
Rebecca Boukikaz
25. RebeccaBoukikaz
Although the television series is a bit different from the written one, it generally follows the spirit of the books. I think that the mystical elements in the show are in line with the books but the Walt's no-nonsense character has been presented more in the television series. I have been pleasantly surprized with the series and am waiting for this new season.
Jackie Tweed
26. tweed524
Walt, Walt, Walt. What were you thnking? I was worried about you there for a while, thank goodness you're not dead yet.
Loved the first season & cannot wait to see what happens this season. Last nights show was awesome. The "White Buffalo" was surely Walts' totem.
Jhonne Jones
27. Peregrin
Saw the first episode of Longmire this weekend. Can't wait to catch up to the current series
amy wadhams
28. awadhams
I was introduced to the novel via the show so although I love the show I have enjoy the the books i have read as well. This episode was a great way to start off the new season and I think the characters are just fantastic. I would love to read the rest of the series but sadly my library does not have them.
Rosa Abraham
29. ravensfan
I'd love to win these books. Great show.
Darlene Reid-Rericha
30. drericha
I loved the episode, the show & the books!
Constance Norwood
32. cn1938
Poor old Longmire, how does he survive?
Beth Groundwater
33. bhgh2o
Glad to see Longmire back on TV, but I must admit that I still like reading the books best. I'd love to win the whole set. ;-)
34. KandyLee0857
So glad that this show is back on. I've missed it.
If the books are half as good as the show, it will be a wonderful read. Looking forward to getting the chance to find out.
Lisa Kaiser
35. lisakaiser
Also glad this show is back. Loved the first season and really enjoyed last night's first show of the second season. I really would like to read all the books. Walt Longmire is a great creation.
Allison Broad
36. salt
I liked the white buffalo and Lou Diamond Phillips.
37. masonmop
Great debut of second year - looking forward to the rest of the season! :)
susan beamon
38. susanbeamon
Not a big fan of westerns, which this show is in a big way, but I am enjoying the series. It reminds me a lot of the Lt. Joe Leaphorn series. Must be the empty landscapes. I would love to win the book series so I can compare them also. Loved the baby white buffalo in the show.
39. Wilma Bennett
It was marvelous to see the re-telling of HELL IS EMPTY. One of my major issues with other series that have been made out of some of my favourite authors books is just how little the series follow the books. This hasn't happened with Mr. Johnson's books although I wasn't exactly happy with the sub-plot of Walt's probable involvement in the killing of his late wife. Yes, it adds an additional dimension to the continuing storyline - and it makes logical sense within the context of both the plot and the character development. Just wasn't expecting it.
Brenda Price
41. masonmop
Great second year debut - looking forward to the rest of the season! :)
Virginia Campbell
42. VirginiaCampbell
WoW! Season 2 came on like gangbusters! All fresh & frosty, too ; )

I would love to win this library of books from talented author Craig Johnson--they belong on my keeper shelf!
Charlee Griffith
43. Possum
What lalecouter said. :-) Seriously, this was my favorite book in the series. I was a bit disappointed they didn't include Virgil and all the visions/hallucinations while wandering through the woods bit, but the story still worked beautifully.
Rob LaMaster
44. robla
Ironically, I just finished reading Hell Is Empty last week, so I enjoyed the show and the book both and the differences make both stand alone.
Great second season debut.
45. nickelsylv
Great recap! Now I'm going back to rewatch the episode to catch all the subtleties I missed last night!
Joyce Mitchell
46. JoyceLm
Thanks for the great overview of the season premiere & thanks for the chance to win.
Jerry Eaton
48. celticursa
Very pleased to read in your recap of the season 2 opener the writers adding in at least a hint of the mystical undercurrents that Craig Johnson includes in his writing.
Joanne McIntyre
49. JMcI
The opening episode did appear to be very slow, but then again "too much seemed to be happening". With all the "spirit" clues, all the "unquiet mind, i.e. flashbacks" and plodding slowly in the snow, for the only time since my beloved Longmire series began, I was wishing they would just "hurry up". That said, it won't stop me from watching each week and I will continue reading Craig's books. Truly would love to win the whole set!
Anita Yancey
51. yellowrose29
It's a great show. I would love the chance to read the books.
Joanne McIntyre
52. JMcI
Forgot to mention, Walt refuses to lose his hat, no matter the situation! My husband commented on this, deeming it "pretty silly".
Bill Mulrenin
54. billmul
Count me in! Only read a couple of the books so far.
Jane Hixon
55. starsmom
I'm new to the Longmire series on tv, but was able to catch up on all of Season 1 just in time to catch last night's episode starting Season 2, which I really enjoyed and thought was a good beginning for the new season. Some very good acting and prefect casting. Loved the white buffalo, the owl, Ferg's comment and, of course, the unflappable Henry.
Dan Stinton
56. danstinton
I'm very much conflicted as to whether I should finish reading the books first before watching Season 1. I frankly can't handle the pressure.
Linda Rodriguez
57. LindaRodriguez
So happy to see a series that keeps faith with the books it was based on!
Kathy Fannon
58. Kathy F
Love the whole white buffalo thing.
Thanks for the great opportunity.
Susan Meek
59. smeek1958
I'm sorry, but I like the books better. The TV show is good, but I'd rather read the books.
charles mitelhaus
61. lorothecat
Really enjoyed it as well as watching it. Love Walt continuing to grab his hat no matter what!
Marie-Louise Molloy
62. Wezzie
One of the best shows to hit the airwaves last season, watched last night and Walt just blows me away~also makes my heart go pitter-patter!!
Jody Darden
63. jldarden
I have read the first book in the series and recorded all season one episodes. Getting ready for a marathon! Would love the whole book series!
Mo Heedles
64. MoinNH
Love this show. Wicked happy it is back!
Pat Murphy
65. murphyp2011
So glad that the series is back. It is the highlight of my Monday night TV. Network TV is the dregs of humanity but this series brings hope that TV will be something other than reality shows. Would really like to read the rest of the series.
Doris Wahl
66. dmw100
Only recently became a convert to both the books and the series. Whoever did the casting did an excellent job for the series. Still like the books better, though.
Sue Farrell
67. Suekey12
Love this TV series---been waiting all winter for it to come again this summer.
Connie Saunders
68. cataloger
Thrilled that the new season has begun. Craig Johnson is now a very popular author at our library and this series is one of the reasons!!
Rich Lawrence
69. jelly15301
I love the series. The books on Audible are great.
70. Beachcomber49
Have all the books, but want to say Season 2 off to a fantastic start!
Stephanie Budell
71. sbudell2@unl.edu
I missed the episode, but will watch it later. Your discussion will give me an even better insight into the action.
sue brandes
72. sbrandes
I was so looking forward to the new season and it did not dissapoint. This is going to be a great season.
sue brandes
72. sbrandes
I was so looking forward to the new season and it did not dissapoint. This is going to be a great season.
nancy black
73. rojo13864
Unquiet mind! I absolutely adore series like this! Of course the Horses are the unsung stars too..lol.
Lloran Johnson
74. eldublyu
Great episode! Helps to have read the book for a better understanding of what was going on, especially w/ the spiritual aspects. Really enjoyed the episode and am looking forward to the next.
Fred Gillis
75. FredG
The mystical/spiritual side of Walt (and his dismissal of it) is why I love this series. Great cast and writing. Keep it coming!
Joyce Delaney
76. joycedelaney
I've read the entire Longmire series and would like to win this set for use by the mystery book club that I moderate.
Kathy Sales
77. ksales
This episode was very satisfying. I've read all the books (except the one that's just being released). I enjoyed this adaption of Hell is Empty. It was a great balance of the realistic and the mystical, and the characterization was right on. I hope all of this season's shows are this good.
Jane Squires
78. squiresj
Please enter me to win - jrs362 at hotmail dot com
79. Lynette
I had not read Craig's books until this series came on. Now I can't get enough.
Rosemary Simm
80. Ocalarose
Longmire is one of the best shows made for TV in a long time. The fact that it made the second season proves that there is an audience wanting to watch this series. Hope it makes a long run!!
David Vinther
82. dvinther
good show, would like to read the books too
mrwagner mrwagner
83. neonwalrus
Great series (even if Walt always has to wrap it all up by his lonesome). Mine bride and I look forward to each and every one. Thank you DT, of blessed memory, for insisting I take home Walt's er Craig's first!

Our GPS? We named her, 'Vic'. And you know why!
84. ddurance
I haven't seen Longmire yet. It looks interesting though. Great contest too!
85. bigsandwich6
I enjoy this series.
Rose Milligan
86. harnessrose
I just finished season 1 of Longmire, so I can begin the second season with my husband. I really enjoy the characters. This is an awesome giveaway. Thanks for having it. I can't wait to watch the rest of the new season.

Donna Antonio
87. Donna_A
So glad that Longmire is back. It is one of the few shows that my husband and I both enjoy.
89. tvc15
Sounds great! Guess I better read it, since I don't have a TV. (Every now and then I see how TV can make life easier - not too often.)
David aubrey
90. cymro
I discovered Longmire on Netflix and now I'm hooked! would love to read the books.
Terri Wagoner
91. countrygirl
I have waited months for this premire.. I love Walt, he is a one of a kind. When I watch Longmire I want to go out west to his country. I had no idea until today that there are books!!! I cant wait to start reading all of them. Praying for many seasons!!
Kim Akers
92. kakers
I love this show. It is so nice to see westerns making a comeback on television. And they do dovetail quite nicely with the books for a change!
Suzanne Gonneville
93. Thumbs
This is an exciting sweeps. I do like the tv series muchly.
Jean Feingold
94. dusksunset
Longmire does a great job of evolving the traditional western into a modern cop show. The character interaction, the gorgeous scenery, the chance to visit a place I could never live (way too cold!), and the clever plots all make it something I enjoy watching.
babs allen
95. babsji
Haven't read any of the books, but I did watch 1st season and liked it. I keep intending to look for them at the library, so it would be nice to win them instead. :D
Charles Fraker
96. CharlieF
I'd love to read these. Thanks for the sweepstakes!
john frost
97. jackfro
a good episode but not one of the best
Herman F Moller Jr
98. RuleOfSixes
A truly great start to Season 2, and Season 1 on DVD was released today.
Shannon Manville
99. skm5972
I think this episode should have had a two-hour premier. That way, Theo's bones could have been incorporated and the conclusive fight between Walt and his antagonist would have added more depth and made for a more satisfying ending. Ah, the compromise between books and their screen adaptations!

I love Katee as Vic, with her short temper and mean right hook! I don't think I'll ever get used to Bailey. Lou Diamond Philips is spot-on as Henry, and the icing on the cake!

As I am constrained to library books, I would LOVE to have Mr. Johnson's fine books to own. Thanks for the opportunity!
Robert Banning
100. Zombob
This show is great! Would love to try the books!!
Shannon Scott
102. shannons
This was a great first episode. Its going to be a great season. I would love to read the books.
Christine LaRue
103. LadyAnubis
The new season's first episode is waiting on the DVR at home, and I can hardly wait to press "play"! My family and I enjoyed the previous season very much. Excellent writing and top-notch performances by Taylor, Sackhoff, and LDP (et al.) have made "Longmire" one of our favorite shows. I'd love to read the source material -- the books on which the show is based! Thanks for offering this giveaway!
Joanne Mielczarski
104. jtmswim
This was a great episode - I'm so glad the show is finally back!
Linda Salmi
105. lasalmi
So happy that Longmire is back. My family was hooked from the first episode.
Elizabeth Dishman
106. edishman
Will have to get Season 1 on DVD as we don't get cable where I live. Love the books. Glad to hear series is fairly true to the books. Thanks for the recaps!!!
Barbara Hodges
107. bassetbarb
I was so looking forward to Longmire's return. But I was disappinted with the first offering. Of course I've read the book and I knew it would be different, but it seemed so disjointed.

I'm hoping things will be better next week
Susan Stokes
108. Susan
Such a Great Series..Glad it was renewed...Didn't read your recap BC I fell asleep;( Will Watch It Tonight. This is A Huge Surprise Giveaway ... Thanks CrimeIQ....
peter greene
109. shanachie
Longmire works so well on different levels. As western and as mystery it is second to none. The interaction between Walt and his daughter and his deputies make for great drama. The series and the books never disappoint.
Melissa Dials
110. Mimi
Lou Diamond Phillips, a mystery series on tv and in book form...AAAHHHHH Heaven!!
Starr Greenwell
112. greenhome
love the Longmire character - great series
Darlene Murphy
113. DarleneM
This series is the greatest with its well-written characters and calm dignity. It really stands head and shoulders above the loud, frantic cops and crimials that are the norm on TV.
Lori Myers
114. trixie42
I love this series! the characters are so real and human, unlike some other series on TV right now. I was so excited to watch the season premier last night.
115. JackieW
The buffalo standing his ground in the middle of the road was he best part of the show. Very significant. A great start to this season's shows.
116. barbiejo
dvrd this but will see tonight, great series, would love to win set of books
Sally Guillen
117. sguillen50
This would be a great set of books to win...the show has definitely gotten off to a good start.
Ray H
118. aray81
Looking forward to another great season and the new book!
Leigh Willmann
119. Luvmytxhub
Longmire is back! Can't wait to see how the rest of the season unfolds.
Thad Linson
120. thadlinson
I love the pacing of Longmire. The perfect antidote to the increasingly too-frenetic pace of other television shows.
cheryl HEAD
121. turtle55
After two years without cable I was excited to see this new series. Loved it . Loved seeing Lou Diamond Phillips. Can't wait to see more and catch up with all the past shows.
Lana Baker
123. lanalucy
I love the whole buffalo thing! My high school mascot was the buffalo, so I have a soft spot in my heart for them. I'm looking forward to keeping up with the series this season.
Kathy S. Ormerod
124. ktyomerod
Loved the episode!!! Stayed fairly close to the book...but would have loved to see Virgil in that bear skin...lol.
Laura McLendon
125. LMcLendon
I love this series. It is one of my A&E weekly favorites. I can't wait to watch the new episode that aired last night. Thank goodness for my DVR!!
127. Donald H Hornbaker
This is one of my favorite shows!! I really enjoyed this new episode and look forward to many more. I am going to also read the books and would love to win a set!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
128. shannon Baas
I would like this.
Pam Howell
129. phowell13
Great start to the season. Although I would watch Starbuck in pretty much anything.
Joseph R. Ormerod
130. ursus405
I Loved the premier, a pretty good adaptation of "Hell's Empty"!!!
Too bad no Virgil White Buffalo...with the exception of the symbolic white buffalo calf. I REALLY love Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, he truly embodies our venerable sheriff... if with a little less of a sense of humor. But that's all writing. The rest of the cast is superb as well, love Vic and The Ferg and Branch gives us someone we love to hate!!
132. J
A fantastic premire for a new season. I loved the psychological element to it all. Walt, alone, facing his choices. The spirit of Walt's convictions, not only to go after the prisoners, but his other descisions as well really defines him. Henry, ever loyal, the best of best friends, not even thinking twice about going to rescue Walt. Vic was great, she can really show such a range of emotion ( and I have to admit, her hitting the FBI guy, while perhaps not wise, was great!!).
133. CarolRae
How on earth have I missed this?? Not much of a TV viewer but usually keep on top of mysteries!! Count me in for a good read!
134. Julie D Campbell
I was surprised, and pleased, to see an episode based on one of the books. And they handled the "ghost" aspect well, seeing they had to change who the ghost was.
135. Wds
Loved the episode and can't wait for the rest of the season! I would love for an episode to be based on the book Kindness Goes Unpunished.
Mary Saputo
Holy comments, Bat Man. Did anyone NOT watch this show? I really enjoyed it and am glad it's back. So glad, also, that the OTHER channels have finally got some quality shows to watch while ABC, NBC and CBS start the inane season with shows like The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, The Mistresses (can't wait for that one). As a matter of fact, I watched The Glade and then directly into Longmire. Good for you, A&E.
CJ Barwin
137. rainey13
Last night was a good one - I've been waiting for Longmire to come back! Fell in love with the characters early on last season, and the setting is a natural draw. With so much broadcast network time devoted to mindless "reality" shows now, it's such a welcome relief to find well-produced shows like this.
Don Gentry
138. traumadon
Love the mystical things they work in, and Katee Sackhoff is hot in this role !
Joan Boose
139. joan.boose
Even as number 138, I hope you'll let me win the series. My job doesn't allow for much TV time but I make time to read when I'm on the road. I would love to have the set of books.
Robert Matheson
140. rsmatheson
What a great way to start a new season.
Maggie Bollar
141. Bluedogbooks
I can't wait to work my way through this series of books.
I just found out that the author of Longmire is from Huntington, West Virginia, and that's where I'm from, too. I would love to win the books!

Maggie Bollar
827 Plumwood Dr.
New Carlisle, OH 45344
142. Ron Roseborough
A tough, intelligent lawman with a few grey hairs. What's not to like. Count me in.
Diane Baldwin
143. bentongalen
I am so glad to finally get to watch my new favorite show on tv. Love the books and have many of the books as well as the cd's and dvd. I am happy with most of the show but miss most is the humor and would like to see Lucien come back again. Not too crazy about the Branch bits and the animosity with the Indians, in the books Walt has a very good relationship with them. But do enjoy the show and will take the bad with the good. Really love the job Misters Taylor and Phillips do with their characters, the friendship from the books comes through. Cannot wait until next week and the next book.
Judy Schooler
144. judyinkc
Started reading the Longmire series quite a while ago and was very excited to see that someone in TV land had a great idea to make it into a series. Season 2 started out great and I am sure will only get better. Would love to own the entire series.
Judy Schooler
145. judyinkc
Started reading the Longmire series quite a while ago and was very excited to see that someone in TV land had a great idea to make it into a series. Season 2 started out great and I am sure will only get better. Would love to own the entire series.
teresa sopher
146. tas58
Got off to a fine start....again.
Beth Talmage
147. wordygirl
This sounds like my kind of series. I don't know how I've missed it. Now I just have to decide whether to read the books before I watch the show.
Heather Lyba
148. hlyba714
Robert Taylor is amazing. A perfect pairing of actor and role.
Elaine Charton
149. echartonwrites
Love this series! So glad it is back. Season started with a bang! The actors are amazing. Loved it when Vic punched the FBI guy and still think Branch needs to be taken down a peg or three.
Robert Taylor is one amazing actor. Walt and Henry together are a joy to watch.
I've read all the books except the newest. Can't wait to read it. I got the books from the library so would love to win some of my own.
153. Mary Thompson
The show is new to me-sounds interesting
Mary Lauff-Thompson
154. mtl166
The show is new to me-sounds interesting
Lynn Ristau
155. Elsandra
I really enjoyed the season opener. Can't wait for next week.
lynette barfield
156. lynette
I had not read any of Craig's books before I started watching the show. Now I can't wait for more shows and books.
Karen Terry
157. bblol65
I watched the new episode Monday. It was great.
158. Izidor
Have been meaning to watch this show for a while now! Cant wait to start!
v cess
159. AbbieNormal
Started reading this series two years ago......fell in love with the whole magilla. Johnson's use of spirituality to tie this collage of characters and events together is a sweet, sweet reward to this reader and fan.....huge fan. And, while I applaud his fame and fortune, I whisper a little prayer that the stories become enriched, also. Seen an awful number of laudable series get devoured by the insatiable demands of the "boob tube". Gratitude and best wishes and prayers, Mr. Johnson!
160. Peterson
The series is as good as the books. Very glad it's back.
Phoenix Vie
161. Phoenix
I've yet to read the books, but find the series one of the best on TV. Excellent character-building, fine believable cast, thoughtful storylines. I'm looking forward to the rest of Season 2.
Kris Kaminski
162. kjkski
allways wanted to read the books! and am enjoying the show
163. linda gwiazdowski
love longmire hes such a down to earth cowboy sherrif,all the characters as a whole make for a fantastic show .always lookinf foward to the next episode
Jeff Fitzgerald
164. fitzjd
Just added the show to my Hulu queue!
vicki wurgler
165. bison61
my husband and I watch this series-love it
Ron Phillips
166. RonEarl
A very strong kick off to the season. Rewatched the first season on Netflix last week while I convolesced. Two more new episodes and I'll have my hand back. I hope.
Thomas Walker
167. twalker
This is a great show that I really enjoy. I would love to win the books!
Mike Rogers
169. Mycosyco
That single episode was better than a lot of movies I've suffered through lately. What an exciting beginning to one of my favorite shows.
Cindy ODonnell
170. cindyo219
After watching Longmire for the first time last season, my husband and I were ready to pick up and move out west. What a great show!
171. CarolK
Darn, darn, I missed this first episode. Thanks for a great recap and I'll be certain to catch the next episodes.
172. CarolK
Darn, darn, I missed this first episode. Thanks for a great recap and I'll be certain to catch the next episodes.
Julie Couture
175. julie.couture@leblibrary.com
I really like this series. Thanks for the chance to win the books.
Joseph Whiteman
176. JoeNoir
I am so glad Longmire is back. This season looks even better than last season. Plus, the DVD's were released yesterday! It would really make my summer to win these books. Thank you so much for the chance to win.
Melissa Keith
177. melly801
As usual I'm missing out. I've never seen LONGMIRE on TV. However it would please me greatly to read the books first. I'm moseying away now to find a longhorn to kiss. I think that will give me good luck. Yes, I'm in Texas. YEEEHAWWW!!!
John Monahan
178. JohnM
Watched the 1st season and then devoured the books. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the new season!
179. Irene M
I enjoy the series and I can see the characters evolving into more substance with the first episode of the new season. I'd love to read the books.
Irene Menge
180. Goldenmane
I enjoy the series and I can see the characters evolving into more
substance with the first episode of the new season. I'd love to read the
181. Katherine M.
Wow, this is a real treat of a prize! Would love to win it.
As for the season 2 starter - it was outstanding. I really like the fact that the show's writers are continuing to bring out the mysticism of the books.
Kenneth Konczal
183. kek620
This was a most interesting episode in that it showed his perseverence
184. runner
Groovy Longmire!
Amie Ward
185. Amie
I love this series, both on TV and in the books.
It's a great mystery, supernatural (indian shaman stuff) and western. What's not to like?
I would love to have this collection since the books I've read were on loan and saddly had to be returned.
Darla Cook
186. ddecember
Love the series. So glad it is back on for a second season!
Larena Hubble
187. lrhubble
I am so glad that the series is back. I enjoyed the first episode. loved the buffalo.
Andrew Kuligowski
188. KuligowskiAndrew
I did not catch the Season 2 premiere yet. Since I haven't yet read "Hell is Empty" (it's # 7, I'm only up through # 5), I may wait.

(I only have the "The Cold Dish" in my permanent collection - but it IS personalized!)
Debi Jackson
189. Debi45
I am enjoying this series so very much - and am so glad season 2 has begun. Oh, and I would love to get all the books too. Walt rocks!
Brad Cummings
190. bradbooks
Walt's back and things are getting better!
191. Rhontill
Loved the new episode we really missed the show!
Heather Martin
192. CrystalMirror
Johnson has become the Zane Gray of the modern west.
Chi Shannon
193. anastasiafall
I love this show! I didn't realze it was based on novels tho! They would be awesome to read :) Thanks for the super cool giveaway!
Margit Curtright
194. margitc
I hope my dvr is still remembering to record this series!
Anne Marie
195. amjones1
I'm a reader rather then a watcher. I found this book difficult to follow, with the hallucinations confusing me as much as him. I'm anticipating that the show will be clearer, if for no other reason than the time restrictions involved in a TV episode.
Chris Hamilton
199. ChrisHamilton
Dig the series and enjoyed the episode, but isn't Charles Dutton's character froom Denver, rather than Chicago? Also, perhaps I missed something, but they were about the have Snowmageddon, then Walt's running around in a couple inches of snow with no snow on the trees. Was there something about the storm changing direction that I missed?

I liked Bailey Chase in Saving Grace so it's a little hard to see him the way he is here. Robert Taylor seems perfect.
Rosemary Krejsa
200. grandpa5
The premier was very compelling. It's nice to have such great character development. I'm ready for the next episode.
201. BookLady
Both my husband and I enjoyed the first season of Longmire, but I must admit that we haven't read any of the books. Would love to read them, and winning them in this sweepstakes would be the perfect way to get started!
Maureen Duncan
202. maureens_tv
The season opener was great! A country gal who loves crime stories,this series hits the spot for me.The whole cast are all wonderful and liking the full cast is an important issue with me.The flashbacks for Walt are a important part of show,giving us a inside view of his character and history.After Walt fell in that freezing water I froze just watching him move on.I would be thrilled to own the books and thanks for a chance to do so.So glad this unique and clever show is back!
Peter Salisbury
203. Tuckerpete
Glad the show is back. This episode was a little more bloody then I like and wish the election would be over. I hope registering doesn't get me on any SPAM list! Thanks.
Jess Ferguson
204. jess
Just discovered Longmire, the series. Gonna have fun catching up!
Mary Moretti
205. MaryM
I really enjoyed Unquiet Mind,the pacing was great, they didn't give the game away before the ending. Great characters, everyone I've spoken with who's a fan all say the same thing, they find it refreshing to see real people types, as opposed to the standard shiny, happy Hollywood types. It's been quite a while since I've liked a tv series as much as I do Longmire. I'm a new fan, still can't understand how I missed the first season.. but I made up for it watching last year's episodes on netflix. I'm looking forward to reading Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series.
Mary Lou Walsh
206. CapeDiva
Counted the months, then days, to the premier of the second season. The 1st season Pilot hooked me instantly and then I fell in love with the book series and raced through all 8. While doing genealogy research digging through old family photos recently, I discovered I was conceived in Johnson (Absaroka) County while my parents were vacationing. I guess that explains my instant addiction to the series.
Katie Anne
207. jojobo
This is awesome. So many just awful shows on the TV - We almost gave up last year and cancelled the cable - Then Longmire aired and we were hooked and kept the cable. Loved the new episode this week!!
208. randomw
Glad Longmire's back with a longer season...
Linda Calloway
210. lindac5985
Love the show and excited about the new season!
Jen Upton-Grayson
211. uptonjennifer
I love the Longmire series! I've read all the books - can't wait for Serpants Tooth to be released! The 1st episode back -really should have been 2 hours - so much good stuff from the book was left out.
212. Sandm1n
I'm still having a problem accepting the plot point that a Chicago police officer is so concerned over the death of a drug dealer he keeps pursuing Walt. In real life, I doubt anyone, even the police, would be too upset. Is there more to the story? It has me wondering now.
Macy Cullinan
213. Gilligan
I have read all the books and absoluetly love them! They are fantastic! I haven't had time to watch the TV show yet, but as soon as my son leaves for college, I will have my very own Walt Longmire DVD marathon! I would so LOVE to have the complete set of his books!
Shannon Howshar
214. showsha5
What a great season opener, so excited that the show is back and with more episodes this year!! Yay!
216. Tim Ward
Just watched the first episode, like it so far.
217. boycelll
This episode left me cold, glad I was not up in the mountains.
Wendi Morris
218. lwmorris
LOVE the show! A strong start to the season. Excellent!
Anita Parish
219. amp013
I've been waiting for Longmire to return and I was not disappointed. Great show!
Cheryl Greenleaf
220. cgreenleaf
Sounds like a great series!

Thank you for this giveaway.
John OBrien
221. meiobrien
Very happy to see a new Longmire book and the return of the series, which has some fine actors.
snow dog
223. snowdogmom
Longmire is my favorite show and the season 2 opener did not disappoint although I think it could have been a 2 part episode. Not sure if those that haven't read Hell is Empty would have fully understood the episode. It wasn't clear what happened to the wounded FBI agent in the end. Robert Taylor is perfect in this part as is the rest of the cast. They did a superb job of casting.
Helen Lento
224. islandsnoopy
Longmire is a wonderful show. Excellent writing, cast and crew. I'd love to win the books. Glad Longmire is back for season 2!
Kent Johnson
225. kentmj3
Absolutely love Hell is Empty and I can't wait to get caught up on the show and watch this episode of Longmire.
pat foster
227. srvfan
i thought they were not renewing this show since it took so long to come back. i am so glad i was wrong.
Chris Irvin
228. Clirvin
I need to catch up on season 1 ASAP.
Brenda Tucker
229. rango3
I'm so glad the series is back - I love it!
Jaime Hypes
230. twistingthelens
I love the show, and would really like a chance to read the books behind the series.
Heather Cowley
231. choochoo
My mother would FREAK if I won this for her! Crossing everything!
tom coady
232. tcodee
It was a good episode, but the books are much better
Cory Skalisky
233. ceeslaz
Love the premier and absolutely love the show. More. More. More.
Sarah Hale
234. galphin
Can't wait to catch up on S2 when I'm stateside again.
Bob Keck
235. ky2here
I'll be playing catch up - until now I was unaware of both the books and the TV series. Please help me catch up!
236. CherylMc
good, good, good
238. letessha
This will be great.
Daniel Morrell
239. godan
missed it sounds like a fun one
240. Teresa Crosswhite
Great tv series.
kathy pease
242. klp1965
Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
Tim Stephens
243. gohanxavier
I loved the books and I was apprehensive about the TV show... but bravo... looking forward to this season...
Shirley Zolenski
247. daveshir2005
I would love to win this. Thanks

David Kidle
252. airforceguy82
The show itself is fantastic, the books are the icing on the cake!
Laurie Emerson
255. laura57
I love this series The acting is amazing and the show just gets better and better. I have to admit that I have not read any books, but if they are as good as the series, I know that they are a must read!
Sarah McKee
256. sam_oh52@hotmail.com
I haven't seen this series but it sounds interesting.
Beverly Metcalf
257. brmetcalf
One of my favorite shows. Thanks for having this contest.
Buddy Garrett
258. garrettsambo
I haven't seen the series but it sounds interesting. Thanks.
259. star95011
i would love to win
261. Gianna
Thanks for the giveaway!
Wanda Banks
262. marialuisa
I want more...thank you for the giveaway!
Wanda Banks
262. marialuisa
I want more...thank you for the giveaway!
Brian Eason
263. brianpiero
Thanks for the giveaway…great tv adaptation, we would love to win !
barbara stenby
264. wikichoco
Watched most of LongMire last season would love the book series to go along with it. Catching up on DVR right now!
265. cookster77
I love good ole western stories, sounds like an interesting series
Johanna Bouchard
268. JMB89
Never seen it, but it sounds great!
269. headnclouds
So loving this series! Haven't read the books yet but I'd love to.
Edward Vandenberg
270. Crunch57
This looks like a good show. I have not seen it yet.
Allison Brennan
271. Allison_Brennan
Great recap. I loved this episode -- you're absolutely right on that it was a great snapshot of character and everyone played their part pitch perfect.
Elise Foss
272. elisefoss
I just put this show in my Netflix queue! I can't wait to start watching it.
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