List of Longmire episodes

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Longmire is a crime drama series that premiered on A&E on June 3, 2012. The series is based on the Longmire mystery novels written by best-selling author Craig Johnson, and follows Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), the sheriff of (fictional) Absaroka County, Wyoming, as he returns to work following the death of his wife.

On August 28, 2014, the show was cancelled after 33 episodes and its third season.[1]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release dateBlu-ray release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4Region A
110June 3, 2012 (2012-06-03)August 12, 2012 (2012-08-12)May 28, 2013 (2013-05-28)[2]TBAOctober 16, 2013 (2013-10-16)[3]May 27, 2014 (2014-05-27)[4]
213May 27, 2013 (2013-05-27)August 26, 2013 (2013-08-26)May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)[5]N/AJune 25, 2014 (2014-06-25)[6]
310June 2, 2014 (2014-06-02)August 4, 2014 (2014-08-04)TBATBATBATBA

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

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11"Pilot"Christopher ChulackJohn Coveny & Hunt BaldwinJune 3, 2012 (2012-06-03)4.15[7]
Sheriff Walt Longmire has mourned the death of his wife for a year. He has delegated most police duties to deputies Branch Connaly (Bailey Chase) and "The Ferg" (Adam Bartley). Longmire's adult daughter Cady (Cassidy Freeman) is concerned about her father—particularly his excessive beer drinking and messy housekeeping; symptoms of Walt's refusing to move on in life after the death of his wife, Cady's mother. Victoria "Vic" Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) is a transplanted Philadelphia homicide detective who arrived in Wyoming six months prior and is now one of Walt's deputies, and Walt’s longtime friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) assists with any dealings with the local Indian reservation. The sheriff's office investigates a murder linked to a missing Indian girl and a mobile brothel. In the episode's opening scenes, Walt can be seen taking a shower. Scars are evident on his back. He approaches a wooden tea box in the kitchen, but opts for coffee. At the end of the episode, Walt can be seen with the box by his side. His wife's ashes are contained within.
22"The Dark Road"Michael UppendahlSarah Nicole JonesJune 10, 2012 (2012-06-10)4.10[8]

A woman's body is found on the outskirts of Absaroka County. The only clues to her mysterious death are single dollar bills scattered nearby and her body glitter. Walt and Vic surmise that the victim was an exotic dancer. In the victim's pocket, they find a drawing of a tree with unrecognizable writing underneath it. The investigation (which includes Vic's performing a partial striptease at the club where the victim allegedly worked, in order to have a suspect identified) leads the team to learn the woman was a Mennonite. The victim's brother had accidentally killed her while trying to urge her back into the Mennonite community. Outside the investigation, Walt suspects that daughter Cady is secretly dating someone, and that particular someone is shown to be Branch.

Flashbacks in the episode: Walt has his back stitched up, with Henry in attendance, and cautions him not to tell Cady about it.
33"A Damn Shame"Christopher ChulackHunt Baldwin & John CovenyJune 17, 2012 (2012-06-17)3.52[9]
A tragic barn fire originally appears as suicide attempt to the sheriff's office, but further investigation reveals the victim faked his own death. The barn owner was hiding from the mob. This news disrupts the department as Walt is the only one who knows the case's background. The Ferg mistakenly leads the mob to the farmer's family and later turns in his badge to Walt, who refuses to take it.
44"The Cancer"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonDaniel C. ConnollyJune 24, 2012 (2012-06-24)3.78[10]
A fisherman discovers two bodies wrapped and tied together in the river. The sheriff's office investigates and learns that one victim was a local Cheyenne boy and the other was a member of a Mexican drug cartel. The cartel was growing marijuana on reservation land, but Walt discovers that, in this case, a park ranger had been growing the marijuana. The ranger shot the cartel member, who had shot the Cheyenne boy. He then disposed of the bodies in such a way as to make it appear as if the cartel killed both victims. It is also revealed that Walt's wife had earlier died of cancer.
55"Dog Soldier"Alex GravesTony TostJuly 1, 2012 (2012-07-01)3.27[12]

This episode is based on actual events.[11] In the opening scene a figure brutally beats a man, and then picks up teeth off the ground. Walt investigates the disappearance of a Cheyenne boy from his foster home. To start the investigation, Walt visits the missing boy's Cheyenne parents, who say a social service wrongfully took their son from them and placed him in a foster home. Two other boys go missing from a group home. One of Walt's deputies, Vic, tells Walt that all the missing children were removed from their Cheyenne homes after the same anonymous caller on the Cheyenne reservation reported abuse and drug use. All the boys turn up at Henry's bar. One of the boys tells Walt they were taken by a "dog soldier" with a scar under one eye. Walt believes the children are describing Hector, a Cheyenne tough guy. The police find the dead body of the man who ran the group home for a child services agency, and the boss of the child services agency says the manager of the group home had called her to tell her he was scared of a Cheyenne man with a scar under his eye. Hector shows up at Walt's home to tell Walt he didn't kill the manager of the group home. Walt says he believes him, but that he can't let Hector go. After a fight, Walt manages to arrest Hector. Walt figures out that the lady that runs the child services agency killed the group home manager after a dispute over stealing government money earmarked for foster families that adopt Native American children. Walt confronts the child services manager, and tells her that he can't protect her from Hector unless she confesses. Walt lets Hector go and all the previously missing children return to their homes on the reservation. The last scene shows Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez as a developer of the casino that is set to open on the Cheyenne reservation) dressed as a dog soldier and holding the teeth from the opening scene up to the sky.

Flashbacks in the episode: Walt gets a letter from the Denver Police Department and we see him driving on a rainy night on a highway. Later, he again looks at the envelope and, with an unscarred back, stares at himself in a mirror in a motel bathroom. He then puts his sheriff's badge in a safe and tucks a gun into the back of his jeans. In the present, he burns the Denver Police Department letter.
66"The Worst Kind of Hunter"Peter WellerHunt Baldwin & John CovenyJuly 8, 2012 (2012-07-08)4.06[13]

While investigating a bear attack that killed a convicted murderer who was granted early parole due to prison overcrowding, Walt finds evidence that someone baited the bear into attacking the victim. Meanwhile, Branch's uncle Lucian Connally (Peter Weller), the retired former Sheriff, lands in jail after firing a shotgun in his retirement home, and obliquely aids in the case. Walt finds himself calling in favors to get the home to allow Lucian back in. It is also revealed that Vic is married, a secret to most people despite Vic's six months plus residence in the county; and it is not a happy one.

Flashbacks in this episode: When cautiously approaching a suspected meth house where the victim's borrowed truck is parked, Walt sees the front door standing agape and flashes back to an incident when he kicked a door in, gun drawn.
77"8 Seconds"Christopher ChulackTony TostJuly 15, 2012 (2012-07-15)4.45[14]
Vic is having passionate sex with her husband when she receives a phone call advising Walt needs assistance at the Red Pony. Upon her arrival, Henry directs her to Walt, who is drinking heavily at the end of the bar. She offers him a ride home, when they get a disturbance call. They find Chris Sublette beaten unconscious at his house and a painting has been taken. It is revealed that both Sublette and his wife were cheating on each other. A rodeo veterinarian is thought to be cheating with Mrs. Sublette, and his entire family is questioned when their vehicle is spotted after the painting is recovered. The man's wife admits to asking her son follow him to Sublette's house. The son expected to see his father with Mrs. Sublette, but attacks Chris when he sees him having sex with his father. Barlow Connally (Gerald McRaney) learns that Walt had been drunk at the crime scene and asks Branch to use that against him in the election. Branch refuses, saying that Walt was technically off duty at the time, had solved the crime, and recovered the painting.
88"An Incredibly Beautiful Thing"J. Michael MuroDaniel C. ConnollyJuly 22, 2012 (2012-07-22)4.54[15]

Walt finds a store owner's dead body after being called about a disheveled barefoot woman arriving there. Walt finds a hidden camera in the store, which leads his team to find that the store owner had written down a partial license plate number. They also do a screen capture of the woman, which they give to the press. The woman's parents arrive at Walt's office to say she had disappeared a few years ago. Henry and The Ferg are asked to track the woman from the store and they discover an abandoned baby in a rabbit pen. Walt stakes out where the baby was found and captures another woman who later reveals that she and the missing woman belong to a cult. The license plate number is tracked to a drilling site in the next county, where Henry has found a hole in the fence the woman had escaped through and where it is discovered the cult's leader works. The team arrive at the man's house to find him surrounded by a dozen empty beds. He confesses to killing the store owner because the man "was going to take her from them". During transport, he talks in code, which Longmire translates to learn the cult has been left in the path of an oncoming train to be killed should their accompanying poison not work. The train is stopped and the women are saved by Walt and his team.

Flashbacks in this episode: When Walt asks Henry about his tracking skills, Henry flashes back to when he followed Walt to Denver, Colorado.
99"Dogs, Horses, and Indians"Steve RobinSarah Nicole JonesAugust 5, 2012 (2012-08-05)3.96[16]

The president of the local Cheyenne nation is found shot to death in his car just off the reservation. The investigation reveals that the man had planned legislation to limit certain heritage percentages within the nation, in order for an increased share of the future casino's profits. An even bigger cover-up is discovered when the murderer claims he committed the crime on reservation land. The body had been later moved by someone else. Meanwhile, Walt finally learns that his daughter Cady and Branch had recently dated. This does not dissuade Branch from pursuing the election.

Flashbacks in this episode: Walt is seen leaving the Denver police department and fighting in the meth house.
1010"Unfinished Business"Nelson McCormickHunt Baldwin & John CovenyAugust 12, 2012 (2012-08-12)4.34[17]
Two teenaged boys, out of four previously found not guilty in a sexual assault trial, are found dead from being shot with arrows. A symbol is drawn on both victims. Another boy's father confesses to the murders but cannot draw the symbol when asked. Walt suspects the father is protecting the son, the actual murderer. He finds the teen prepared to shoot the remaining boy. While confessing to the two murders, the boy admits to being forced to commit the previous sexual assault at gunpoint by the remaining teen. Both are arrested for their respective crimes. Meanwhile, Detective Fales (Charles S. Dutton) from Denver gets the runaround from Walt and talks to Cady about her mother's death. Cady is shocked to learn her mother was murdered, as Walt had told her she died of cancer. She is furious with Walt, who was only trying to protect her inner peace, even if it damages his relationship with her. Walt and Fales finally talk. He is told they found the man, who is suspected of killing his wife, buried in a shallow grave. Walt is asked if he traveled to Denver and killed the man. He simply replies, "No".

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

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111"Unquiet Mind"Michael OfferHunt Baldwin & John CovenyMay 27, 2013 (2013-05-27)4.31[18]
In preparing for a transport, serial killer Wayne Durell (Dan Hildebrand) and other prisoners escape the FBI into the mountains of Absaroka County. Before his arrest, Durell had murdered at least eight Native Americans, one of which is a young boy Walt promised to find, to harvest their organs and sell on the black market. Walt decides to track Durell on foot in a snowstorm. In town, Vic tangles with the FBI agent in charge (Noam Jenkins), who seems to not care about Walt's welfare. Meanwhile, Branch and Henry set out on horseback after Walt. During the pursuit, Walt has hallucinations of several people helping him in their own ways — the young murder victim, Henry, Cady and Detective Fales. He eventually finds Durell and both fight. Durell dies in the cold, but Branch and Henry arrive before Walt succumbs.
122"Carcasses"Lodge KerriganTony TostJune 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)3.75[19]
Holly Whitish (Heather Kafka) finds a dead man's (Patrick Robert Smith) body in her compost pile. The coroner's report shows he ate turducken before he died, leading Walt and his team to a truck stop on the county line. There, they uncover a prostitution ring, and prostitute Delila (Allie MacDonald) tells Walt that the dead man smelled of tar. A local road crew foreman (Chris Ranney) identifies the man as Ross Lanton. Meanwhile, after seeing Cady's mail piled up and having no contact with her, Branch visits Henry's bar to ask if he has heard from her, which he hasn't. A drunken Holly appears and admits to knowing Lanton. She tells Walt that Lanton raped her 20 years ago and God has answered her prayers to kill him. After Delila's pimp is arrested, she describes the car that Lanton got into the night he died. Ferg finds the weapon that killed Lanton at Holly's place. On a hunch, Walt questions Holly's 20-year-old son (Devon Graye), who drives a car like the one described. In front of his mother, the son admits to learning Lanton was his father, getting a job to work with him, and killing him when he sees that he still has no respect for women. Finally, Walt calls Cady, but her phone is at her house while she arrives in Denver and asks to speak to Detective Fales.
133"Death Came in Like Thunder"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonSarah Nicole JonesJune 10, 2013 (2013-06-10)3.57[20]
Basque shepherd Marco Vayas is found dead on his woodland property. He had been poisoned by hemlock that Walt finds in a well. Marco's brothers learn that he was about to sell his land to a lumber company that Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez) represents. Walt and Vic find a brother trying to drown his wife. Walt must sort out who poisoned Marco. He dupes the wife into thinking that hemlock was also in that well. She confesses to the murder because she thought Marco was going to sell his property, resulting in less income for the family. Meanwhile in Denver, Cady learns from Fales the details about how her mother was murdered and that the killer was also killed. When asked how Walt has dealt with his wife's death, she mentions that Walt might confide in Henry. Walt receives a call that Henry is now on Fales' list. Henry implies to Walt that he killed the murderer because Walt was unable. They share a drink as a silent vow to protect Henry's secret, as well as Walt's original intent.
144"The Road to Hell"Daniel SackheimDaniel C. ConnollyJune 17, 2013 (2013-06-17)3.32[21]
A highway patrolman finds a shot-up tractor-trailer rig; its cattle trailer and driver, Cooper James (Stephen Sullivan), are missing. R.J. Watts (William Earl Brown), a detective with the livestock bureau, is called in. Later that night, a bound James strolls up to Walt at a roadside checkpoint. He tells Walt and Watts that he was assaulted by four masked men with automatic weapons, his trailer was hijacked, and he was released later. Watts suspects a cattle rustler, Bobby Dunwood, organized the heist, but the fact that Dunwood is still in prison presents a pretty solid alibi. Vic drops James off at his car at the truck depot, but learns he never made it home. She and Walt find him dead, hanging in a trailer parked at the depot the next morning. Soon, some of the missing cattle stroll into town bearing animal rights activism signs, but Watts thinks it's a red herring. While discussing past cases with Watts, Walt hears that most of the people Watts has arrested are now out of jail, and Dunwood will soon join the ranks. Watts arranges an early furlough for Dunwood so he and Walt can follow him. But it turns out, the cattle owner's son (Matt Angel) and his college activist girlfriend are responsible for the livestock theft. Walt tells Watts to end Dunwood's furlough and return him to prison, but Watts has other plans. He discovered James was in on the cattle theft and killed him, and he decides to end his own life and tries to take Dunwood with him by crashing his car. Meanwhile, Vic receives a mysterious bouquet of flowers at work. A card reads "Happy Anniversary," but her wedding anniversary is months away. At home, she tells her husband: "They found me."
155"Party's Over"Peter WellerHunt Baldwin & John CovenyJune 24, 2013 (2013-06-24)3.21[22]
Teenager Tanya Dove is found shot dead in an alley stairwell. Vic searches the girl's body to find a house key and a partial pill. This sets Walt's team off on an investigation into prescription drug theft, which leads them to a pharmacist who had supplied a list of hydrocodone buyers to a group of thugs. The mother of Dove's boyfriend, Barbara Bollman (Gabrielle Carteris), is on the list. Walt goes to their house and tests the key, which unlocks the door. He finds evidence of a recent shooting and prepares to take the boyfriend in for questioning. The mother then confesses to shooting Dove after thinking she was a burglar when the girl had attempted to steal Barbara's pills. Meanwhile, Cady returns home. She is not forthcoming with Walt nor Branch about why she left, but she does mention being in Denver to both. She tells Walt that he was correct about how she would feel, once she knew the truth about her mother's death.
166"Tell It Slant"J. Michael MuroTony TostJuly 1, 2013 (2013-07-01)3.49[23]
After Aaron Two Rivers (Gary Farmer), a self-proclaimed Cheyenne contrary warrior, rides backwards on a horse past Walt's house with a cryptic message for the Sheriff, Walt expects to find a dead body. Soon his team stumbles across two: the remains of a Cheyenne grave on Barlow Connally's golf course development, and the murder of the town psychic, "Cassandra." As Branch struggles to keep the peace between his father, Barlow (Gerald McRaney), and secret campaign financer, Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez), Walt discovers "Cassandra" is none other than Cynthia Two Rivers, Aaron's sister. It seems Cassandra's clients have been duped by the "Psychic," who tapes her sessions and does extensive research and background checks on her clients to glean information about them. As Vic uncovers Cassandra's secrets, Walt and Branch face off in an election debate, but are soon interrupted by a drunk Aaron Two Rivers. Eventually Walt realizes he must play Aaron's game of contrary statements and role reversal in order to get Aaron to confess to his sister's murder. Although Aaron was the true psychic with "thunder dreams," his sister was the only person who believed him, and when she threatened to cut him off financially and called him a paranoid schizophrenic, Aaron snapped. At the psychic's residence, Vic finds a box with "Longmire" written on it and gives it to Walt. He opens it with Cady to find a tape of Martha Longmire's visit to Cassandra, who tells Martha that she will not die from terminal cancer. When Martha asks what will become of Walt, Cady turns off the tape before the answer is given.
177"Sound and Fury"James HaymanDaniel C. ConnollyJuly 8, 2013 (2013-07-08)3.55[24]
At the Red Pony, Henry overhears Bill Norquist (Rhys Coiro) discussing plans to have his wife Diane (Andrea Roth) killed. Henry offers to kill her, hoping to prevent it by telling Walt. Norquist is questioned but denies it. While Walt and Branch keep an eye on Diane, a South Dakota detective calls, saying Bill has been found dead in a boxcar at a train yard. A graffiti zipper is found painted in the boxcar, and then on a building nearby Bill's workplace in Durant. Henry gets a mysterious call saying Norquist was killed because he reneged on the contract to kill Diane, and Henry is the next target for going to the police. He is later taken hostage by Zip, a gutter punk, who's discovered people pay more to save their own lives than to have someone killed. Zip coerces Henry into giving him a ride out of town, but Walt arrives and rescues Henry by shooting Zip. Meanwhile, Vic has an unnerving encounter with Ed Gorski (Lee Tergesen), a retired cop who Vic used to work with in Philadelphia. He claims to be on a road trip with his wife and just had to see what she was up to. He invites her to have a drink with him and she reluctantly accepts. They discuss another Philadelphia cop's suicide and the subsequent internal affairs investigation. Gorski claims he wants to make amends with Vic for the way he treated her during the investigation, but Vic isn't so sure. She later calls the campground where he claimed he was staying and is told no one matching Gorski is registered there. Initially she suspects Gorski is behind Bill Norquist's death, but after the real killer is revealed, she worries about the true reason for Gorski's visit.
188"The Great Spirit"Christopher ChulackSarah Nicole JonesJuly 15, 2013 (2013-07-15)3.39[25]
Migrant farm foreman Titus Griffin has been killed, shot through the neck and dragged behind a wild rodeo horse. Titus had staged the rodeo in order to improve the morale of Beltro Farms's workers, who were illegal immigrants. The company had bought up local farms and promised the illegals a new life in the United States, when it actually separated their families and forced them to work without documentation. Cal Weston's (Jay Paulson) family property was one of the farms that was bought. Titus had moved into the Weston farm house. Cal chose to work with Beltro, but was never made foreman. Titus gave all the proceeds from the rodeo to the illegals and none to Cal, who shot him in retaliation and tied him to the horse. Meanwhile, Detective Fales visits Henry to ask why he went twice to Denver as Walt had, following his wife's death. Henry claims it was to visit an elderly friend, Ada Black Kettle (Francine Williams). In actuality, Walt, bleeding from his back, had shown up at Henry's motel room door. Henry took Walt to Ada, who stitched him up. After Fales's visit, Henry goes to Ada to warn her that Fales may visit her. She comforts him, by reminding him of the legend of the Great Spirit and the First Warrior. He recalls it as the Warrior thanking the Great Spirit for blessing him, but is told that payment should be him fighting for the "brothers" he finds in life. As Henry tells the legend, Walt attempts to set the wild horse free, but the horse returns to him.
199"Tuscan Red"Michael RymerTony TostJuly 29, 2013 (2013-07-29)3.51[26]
Ethan Lone Elk's body is found in his brother Dolan's (Eric Schweig) burned-out home on the Cheyenne reservation. The town's medical examiner (Kenneth Choi) informs Walt and Vic that Ethan died from alcohol poisoning and had been covered with red paint. Dolan tells them Ethan was employed at Jacob Nighthorse's casino. His wife Lauren (Sharon Brathwaite-Sanders) also works at the casino. Walt and Vic go there, expecting to talk to the Cheyenne wife, but discover she is African-American. Lauren explains that Ethan being a human resource manager and married to a non-Cheyenne woman caused a lot of stress for them. She adds that Ethan never drank alcohol. Walt talks to Dolan's neighbor, Grady Littlefoot (Raoul Trujillo), who had failed Ethan's pre-employment drug test and recently painted his car red. Walt suggests Grady forced Ethan to drink excessively, put his body in Dolan's home, and torched it. Grady claims he did it out of spite, because Ethan seemed to forget his heritage. Meanwhile, Cady tells Branch that she is not emotionally ready to be in a relationship. However, after both get drunk at the Red Pony and spend the night together, she soberingly tells him why — her father and boyfriend were in an election debate and her mother had been murdered. Branch tells Walt that he knows about the murder and Walt's involvement. Out of concern for Cady, Branch will not use the information to help himself in the election.
2010"Election Day"J. Michael MuroHunt Baldwin & John CovenyAugust 5, 2013 (2013-08-05)3.86[27]
On Election Day, Vic arrives at the scene of a car accident to find Cady critically injured. She had been hit while fixing a flat tire on a car at the side of a road. The other car is abandoned. The investigation leads Walt to Bob Barnes's (John Bishop) trailer, where he arrests Bob's son Billy (Arron Shiver) who was also injured in the accident. Billy confesses to texting while driving intoxicated and accidentally hitting Cady. Bob pleads for Walt to arrest him instead of his son, who was coming to the Red Pony to pick up his drunk father. After losing the election, Branch checks out the car that Cady was tending. He learns the flat tire had a puncture of unknown origin, but on the side and not in the tread. Walt asks Henry to prepare a Sun Dance ceremony for him, because their actions in Denver must be answered and made right. Henry obliges.
2111"Natural Order"Daniel SackheimSarah Nicole JonesAugust 12, 2013 (2013-08-12)3.60[28]
As Walt completes his ceremony, Cady regains consciousness in the hospital. Walt and Vic investigate the death of game warden Connor Redding, found stabbed to death near a decapitated and eviscerated elk corpse. Omar (Louis Herthum) studies the elk and suggests it was harvested to make velvetine, which is used from medicinal purposes. At first, a global poaching ring is suspected, but Walt discovers local taxidermist Lee Rosky (Jim Beaver) killed Connor, who caught Lee poaching out of season. Rosky's wife was in the last stages of cancer and her traditional medicines were not helping. Meanwhile, after being reassured by Henry that Walt does not hold grudges, Branch decides not to quit his job. He continues looking over the car that Cady was injured while fixing its flat tire. He finds a fingerprint near the tire. The puncture was deliberately done by someone employed by Jacob Nighthorse, who, when confronted with this information, tells Branch that he needs to let go of the past and look to the future.
2212"A Good Death is Hard to Find"Kari SkoglandTony TostAugust 19, 2013 (2013-08-19)4.12[29]
A safe deposit box gets delivered to the office. Inside it is a severed finger. Branch tells Walt that the bank was instructed to deliver the box to the sheriff upon the death of its owner, James Notley, arrested for armed robbery in 1989 by Branch's uncle Lucien. Notley had been stabbed to death in prison, two weeks before his release. Prison records show that only two people had visited before his death — his girlfriend Connie Mallery (Robyn Lively) and Lucien. Lucien explains Notley's 1989 robbery of valuable dinosaur bones, and that Notley had all his fingers when he last saw him. Hank (Cory Tucker), a prison guard, finds a note in Notley's cell, implicating Riley Manning (Brad Carter), his partner to whom the finger actually belongs. Manning admits to cutting off his own finger to prove his loyalty to Notley, but adds that the note was probably a setup from Connie. Walt finds Connie at home with Hank and both suggest the other's involvement in Notley's death. Connie pretended to be fearful of Notley's release and Hank had him killed. Meanwhile, Vic finds evidence which leads her to believe Ed Gorski is stalking her. She tells Walt about reporting Gorski's partner Bobby for corruption, triggering an investigation that led Bobby to commit suicide. Gorski blamed Vic for Bobby's death. He began stalking her at work, which she couldn't prove, so she moved to Wyoming with her husband to protect herself. Henry later tells Walt that Vic asked about hiring a mercenary named Hector to scare someone. Walt visits Ed at his motel room and tells him the story of Achilles seeking revenge on a friend's enemy in the Iliad. Ed asks how the enemy could've prevented it and Walt suggests by leaving town.
2313"Bad Medicine"Michael OfferHunt Baldwin & John CovenyAugust 26, 2013 (2013-08-26)4.42[30]
Ed Gorski is hospitalized after being severely beaten. He accuses Walt, after the recent Achilles threat. Vic hopes to appease him by asking him to name her as his assailant. To save Vic's career, Walt convinces Hector to turn himself in for the assault. Because Detective Fales and his team arrive in town with search warrants, Walt drives Hector to the neighboring county. Henry intercepts him, telling Walt he had hired Hector to kill Miller Beck, the man who murdered Walt's wife. Hector, however, claims he merely assaulted Beck and took his teeth, which he gave to Henry. Those teeth are found at the Red Pony and Henry is arrested. Walt suspects someone else killed Beck, possibly the person who hired him to kill Walt's wife. Meanwhile, Gorski checks out of the hospital without pressing charges but leaves Vic another threatening note. She tells Walt that Gorski has left town, but she sits at home, armed and staring at the door. On the reservation, Branch goes to investigate David Ridges for sabotaging Cady's car on election day. He learns Ridges has committed suicide and Jacob Nighthorse burned the body in a ceremony. Nighthorse warns Branch not to collect samples to confirm it is Ridges, as the pyre is on sacred ground. Branch attempts to collect anyway and gets shot by someone he describes to Walt as a "dead man," remembering someone approaching him wearing a Dog Soldier head-dress and their body coated in ash.

Season 3 (2014)[edit]

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241"The White Warrior"Christopher ChulackHunt Baldwin & John CovenyJune 2, 2014 (2014-06-02)3.86[31]
After stitching Branch up with fishing wire, Walt drops him off at the reservation clinic. He then forces Mathias, who is transporting Henry to Denver, to pull over. Henry has refused his rights and intends to take the blame for Miller Beck's death. Walt vows to get Henry a lawyer. Back at the station, Vic confronts Walt, who explains about his wife's death and Branch being shot. A peyote-laced crow feather is pulled from Branch's wound. Walt believes it caused Branch to hallucinate seeing a dead David Ridges attack him. However, Branch stands firm in his decision, even after Walt runs a DNA test on the ashes Branch collected, which proves the ashes belong to Ridges. Meanwhile, Walt sends Vic to pick up Hector, Henry's only witness, at a neighboring county sheriff's office. She arrives to learn Hector has escaped.
252"Of Children and Travelers"J. Michael MuroTony TostJune 9, 2014 (2014-06-09)3.60[32]
Walt and Vic investigate the murder of Polina, a young Russian teen whose adoptive parents traded her away to a couple they met online. This exposes a network of child trafficking, leading Vic and Walt to pose as parents of a troubled child. They learn Polina was simply trying to protect her younger adopted sister and was killed for it. Meanwhile, Branch returns to work but remains fixated on who shot him. Henry gets abused in prison by fellow natives, led by former reservation sheriff Malachi (Graham Greene), for his friendship with Walt. Malachi wants Walt to vouch for him at his upcoming parole hearing, in exchange for Henry's future welfare. Cady becomes Henry's public defender after firing the inept one assigned to his case.
263"Miss Cheyenne"James HaymanSarah Nicole JonesJune 16, 2014 (2014-06-16)3.58[33]
While Walt fills in for Henry as a judge in the Miss Cheyenne Nation contest, Vic asks his help with the murder of a doctor found stabbed to death in a barn. Walt questions the doctor's father to learn his other son was also killed. Both sons died in the same manner. The team investigates the father to discover he used sterilization techniques on Cheyenne women, under the guise of routine surgeries. One of those women was a contest judge who sought revenge for her sterilization by killing the sons. Meanwhile, Cady and Henry attend his bail hearing, even though she is not a trial lawyer and the judge has a bias against the Cheyenne. She must ask the Cheyenne people to vouch for Henry and finds a mother who Henry helped two years ago. The judge grants Henry's bail, albeit a million dollars, and Branch writes a check for bail bond, out of respect for Cady. Walt meets Henry at the prison gate, vowing to not have him return there.
274"In the Pines"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonHunt Baldwin & John CovenyJune 23, 2014 (2014-06-23)3.51[34]
The team investigates the suffocating death of a wilderness guide. Meanwhile, Vic's husband, Sean, shows Walt a picture given to him of her and Walt entering a motel room together. What bothers Sean the most about it was Ed Gorski sent it with a strange number written on the back. Vic tells Walt that the number was that of Ed's Philadelphia apartment in which they used to have sex. Elsewhere, Branch conducts an experiment by clipping his hair and dripping his blood on an animal carcass and setting it on fire. His DNA from the ashes proves David Ridges could've done the same, is still alive, and assaulted him. Branch abducts a peyote dealer from the reservation for future questioning. Also, Walt posts pictures on his office wall of all the people who might harbor a grudge enough to have killed his wife.
285"Wanted Man"Peter WellerTony TostJune 30, 2014 (2014-06-30)3.23[35]
With only a reported stolen chicken to investigate, Walt puts Vic in charge while he enlists Lucian's help in sorting out the suspects list in his wife's case. Meanwhile, Branch and his friend question the peyote dealer and release him on the reservation. The abduction is reported, and Vic questions Branch's friend, who mentions Branch's name. All three cases merge when the chicken thief is revealed to be the missing Hector. He is found scalped and shot. Before he dies, he identifies his attacker when Branch shows him David Ridges' picture. Also, even though Walt testifies against Malachi at his parole hearing, he is released and makes his presence known to Henry, as it is revealed that Henry assisted Walt in Malachi's arrest.
296"Reports of My Death"Christopher ChulackSarah Nicole JonesJuly 7, 2014 (2014-07-07)3.38[36]
Walt investigates the death of a vagrant who has identification belonging to Welles Van Blarcom, heir to a family fortune. The man's family hasn't seen him in 30 years. Another man (Parker Stevenson) walks into the sheriff's office and claims that he is the missing heir. Walt and Ferg must sort out who is whom amidst a media frenzy, as well as why Welles left his family. Meanwhile, Vic accompanies Branch into the wilderness to stake out a cave in which David Ridges might be hiding. They also discuss Branch's questioning of the peyote dealer. Henry jumps bail to spy on his girlfriend, Deena, learning she is being blackmailed by Malachi to protect him. Cady wonders if this ties into her mother's murder.
307"Population 25"Michael OfferHunt Baldwin & John CovenyJuly 14, 2014 (2014-07-14)3.58[37]
Vic and husband Sean take a romantic drive to Wyoming, when a bear in the road causes them to crash. She goes to get help, and both are abducted by survivalists led by Chance Gilbert (Peter Stormare), who holds a grudge against Walt for killing his brother years ago. This also puts Gilbert on the suspect list for the murder of Walt's wife. Vic and Sean are tortured, and it is revealed she cares more for Walt than him. Meanwhile, Ed Gorski ultimately helps Walt find them, and Branch looks for clues in their house, under the guise to see what she knows about his quest to find David Ridges.
318"Harvest"J. Michael MuroTony TostJuly 21, 2014 (2014-07-21)3.33[38]
Ferg calls Walt from a prison detail when a severed foot is found on a roadside. Walt has the crew to search for the rest of the body, and a farmer, missing a foot, is found shot to death in a nearby barn. His death, his life insurance policy, and the owner of the farm are investigated. Meanwhile, Sean asks Vic to make a choice between him and their marriage or Walt and her job. The choice becomes even more difficult, once Branch admits to breaking into her home and reading a computer document she wrote to Walt about him. He then accompanies Cady to a Denver bar, only she leaves once knowing he is there to find David Ridges. She relates the trip to Vic, who then prints the letter to give to Walt.
329"Counting Coup"T.J. ScottSarah Nicole JonesJuly 28, 2014 (2014-07-28)3.43[39]
David Ridges and Branch face off, only Branch cannot shoot him. Ridges escapes but leaves behind his car and cell phone. Since no one believes him at the office, Branch attacks Vic when she argues with him. He is jailed until his father, Barlow, collects him and tries to calm him down at home, but Branch later escapes. Walt arrests Nighthorse when Ridges' phone shows they were in contact over the past several weeks. Nighthorse makes a deal with Walt by providing details dating back to Ridges sabotaging Cady's car and his faked suicide. Walt releases Nighthorse when Ridges contacts him again. Branch learns Ridges' location, but Walt arrives first. Ridges, dressed as a dog soldier, attacks Walt, who fatally stabs him. Meanwhile, Henry sets fire to the bar to get information out of Malachi. Also, Vic is served divorce papers.
3310"Ashes to Ashes"Michael OfferHunt Baldwin & John CovenyAugust 4, 2014 (2014-08-04)3.68[40]
Walt stops to give a stranded Branch a ride, after showing him Ridges' body in the back of his truck. They take it to a coroner, and Branch is then suspended. He is asked by Barlow to work in the family business. Branch agrees, but, suspicious, looks into the company's dealing with Nighthorse. Meanwhile, Cady learns that Detective Fales' initial search warrant for the Red Pony was for feathers, which Ridges has been known to leave in his victims. Walt and Henry dig up Miller Beck's body to find a feather in the throat of Walt's wife's killer. This and other evidence frees Henry. However, after Walt scatters his wife's ashes, he prepares to go after Nighthorse, believing him to still be involved. While trap shooting, Branch and Barlow discuss Nighthorse. Barlow admits to paying him to send Ridges to Denver the week that Walt's wife was killed, in the pursuit of having Branch replace Walt as sheriff. Branch expresses grim disapproval and holds his shotgun at the ready. Barlow distracts Branch and readies his own gun, then a gunshot is heard by Walt.

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