“It cannot be overstated how great Zahn McClarnon is in this role. He is whatever a given moment needs: charismatic, dangerous, vulnerable, stoic, even funny.” – Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone

“Zahn McClarnon finally has the starring role he deserves.” – Roxana Hadadi, New York Magazine

“Zahn McClarnon is extraordinary as Joe Leaphorn … All the performances here are top notch.” – Margaret Lyons, The New York Times

“All McClarnon needs is the room to do so and he’ll make something outstanding like no other working actor today.” – Chase Hutchinson, Collider 

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 19, 2023 — AMC Networks today announced that it has renewed acclaimed drama Dark Winds for a third season, with a target premiere date in early 2025. Season two recently concluded on AMC and AMC+ and season one is currently being featured on Max as part of a two-month programming pop-up of select AMC Networks’ shows on the Warner Bros. Discovery streaming service.

The series, which has received a perfect 100 Rotten Tomatoes rating for both its first and second seasons, stars Zahn McClarnon (The Son, Westworld, Fargo), Kiowa Gordon (The Red Road, Roswell, New Mexico) and Jessica Matten (Tribal, Burden of Truth).

“We started this journey with very high hopes for this series, given the remarkable source material and extraordinary creative team behind it, and it has delivered on every level,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks. “From the beloved novels, to an incredibly collaborative producing team that includes Robert Redford, George R. R. Martin, showrunner John Wirth and star Zahn McClarnon, to the entire cast and crew, there is so much storytelling yet to come in this universe. Thanks to the fans for embracing this series and the critics for celebrating and shining a light on it.”

Dark Winds season two was a hit on AMC and AMC+, a top 10 cable drama for the current broadcast season that averaged 1.7 million viewers each week on AMC in Nielsen live+3 ratings. Season two also saw significant viewership and acquisition gains from season one on AMC+. More than 90 percent of the production team on both sides of the camera for season two were Indigenous.

In the show’s second season, Lt. Joe Leaphorn (McClarnon), reunites with Jim Chee (Gordon), his former deputy turned private eye, when their separate cases bring them together in pursuit of the same suspect. They find themselves in the high desert of Navajo Country chasing a killer who’s turned his sights on them to protect a secret that rips open old wounds and challenges Leaphorn’s moral and professional code. With the help of Sgt. Manuelito (Matten) and Valencia County Sheriff Gordo Sena, Leaphorn and Chee must thwart their would-be assassin and restore balance not only to their own lives, but to the reservation that depends on them.

Season two also sees the return of series regulars Deanna Allison (AccusedEdge of America) as Emma Leaphorn and Elva Guerra (Reservation DogsRutherford Falls) as Sally Growing Thunder. They are joined by guest stars Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: PicardBosch) as Rosemary Vines, Nicholas Logan (DopesickCreepshow) as Colton Wolf, A Martinez (LongmireDays of Our Lives) as Valencia County Sheriff Gordo Sena, and Joseph Runningfox (The PoliticianValley of the Gods) who portrays Henry Leaphorn, Lt. Joe Leaphorn’s father.

Based on the iconic Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman, Dark Winds is created by Graham Roland (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Returned, Almost Human, Fringe). John Wirth (Hell of WheelsHap and Leonard) serves as showrunner. The series is executive produced by RolandWirthMcClarnonRobert RedfordGeorge R.R. MartinAnne HillermanChris EyreVince Gerardis and Tina Elmo.

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