Dark Winds Season 2 Confirmed By AMC
After a highly successful series premiere, AMC announces the crime thriller TV series Dark Winds starring Zahn McClarnon is being renewed for season 2. The series is based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman and follows Lt. Joe Leaphorn of the Tribal Police, played by McClarnon, as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. It is executive produced by Hollywood icon Robert Redford and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. The show’s premiere reached 2.2M viewers on AMC for its June 12 launch in Live+3 ratings, which made it the No. 5 cable drama premiere of the current season. It also has a very rare 100% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Per Deadline, AMC and streaming platform AMC+ have ordered Dark Winds season 2, and announcing the show will return for another six-episode run next year. Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, was quoted as saying, “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.” According to the network, Dark Winds is the No. 1 new series launch in AMC+ history. The series also stars Kiowa Gordon as deputy Jim Chee, along with actors Jessica Matten, Deanna Allison, The Office‘s Rainn Wilson, and others.
The show’s star has previously been lauded by critics and fans for his performances, such as in the Westworld season 2 episode “Kiksuya.” He played the villainous character of Crow Daddy in The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep, and appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series Hawkeye as Echo’s father. Dark Winds has garnered acclaim for its portrayal of Native people on television, and new season 1 episodes are currently being released every Sunday on AMC. With many stories still left to tell from the original books, fans can expect to see much more of their favorite characters in the next season.