AMC+ announced the renewal of Dark Winds today. The series is the third show on television to feature a Native cast with a Native writing team. The season one premiere drew 2.2 million viewers, becoming the number five cable drama premiere of the current television season. According to Deadline, season two will have six episodes.
“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.” – Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks. “
Based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series, Dark Winds follows Navajo Tribal police, Lt. Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon) and deputy Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon) as they investigate crimes on the reservation. Season one, based on the book Listening Woman, is set in the 1971 on the Navajo reservation near Monument Valley in Arizona. The 12 book series was written by Tony Hillerman and there are three more books focused on Leaphorn.
Dark Winds stars Zahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, and Jessica Matten. McClarnon executive produces with Robert Redford, George R.R. Martin, Chris Eyre, Tina Elmo, Vince Gerardis, and Vince Calandra. Eyre also serves as showrunner. Executive proder Graham Roland leads the all Native writing room.
Dark Winds airs Sunday nights on AMC. You can watch episodes early on AMC+.