LONGMIRE: OLD SCHOOL VS. NEW SCHOOL WYOMING

One of the interesting threads – and tensions –in A&E’s contemporary Western crime series Longmire is the relationship between Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) and his deputy, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase). Longmire is now in its second season and three interwoven aspects of that contentious relationship – first introduced in Season One – are now developing further.  Drawn from the Craig Johnson novel series of the same name, the series debuted in 2012 and currently holds the distinction of being A&E’s highest original series premiere to date.

Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire

The first component of the tension is that Branch is publicly seeking to replace Walt – Connally is running against Longmire in the upcoming election for Sheriff of (the fictional) Wyoming county of Absaroka. Connected to that public challenge is the fact that Connally secretly dated Walt’s daughter, Cady (Cassidy Freeman), for six months. Cady ended the relationship despite Branch stating he would quit the race for sheriff in order to remain with her.

Bailey Chase as Branch Connally

Thirdly, Connally feels – and is backed by his father (played by Gerald McRaney) – that it is now time for his generational approach to law enforcement. Connally outwardly teases Longmire about his resistance to such technology as cell phones but such joking appears to represent a very real difference toward solving crimes. Longmire – representing “old school” Wyoming – is more instinctual while “new school’ Wyoming – as represented by Branch – is more procedural. That said, there have been moments during the series in which Connally has acknowledged that he could still learn more from Walt. This A&E-produced clip examines the relationship further (note: some mature themes):

The next episode – the 4th of Season Two – airs on A&E on Monday, June 17th at 10pm EST/9pm CST. In the upcoming episode, Longmire and deputies look for cattle thieves when both cattle and their driver go missing and deputy Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) alarmed by an apparent stalker.

Further information about the series can be found at this official A&E link: Longmire

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell) 

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