Tonight, “Longmire” aired an episode that was certainly different from the average episode. It was 70 minutes long including commercials for one, and it was one of the few that featured Walt having to actually rescue one of his own rather than take on a new mystery.
The main event for this episode is the story of Vic, who was brutalized along with her husband Sean as the two tried to embark on a trip to Wyoming. Do we blame that bear on the road for ruining everything? We really want to, but this was an operation far more complicated than that.
Katee Sackhoff was brilliant throughout this, and she really had to be an emotional anchor courtesy of everything that she went through. (The same goes for Sean, especially in those interrogation / torture scenes.) This is the sort of story that changes a character, and it also tested Longmire to the limits as he had to further atone for some of his own past. That shootout at the very end of the episode was definitely that, and while we do not know who shot who, we imagine that the name of the show basically gives away that Walt lives. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t hurt, or that the captor Chance or anyone else is.
Through this, we learned that Chance didn’t actually kill Walt’s wife, so unfortunately that part of the story is not tied up at all. He’s just another horrible guy that had his own personal vendetta. In between dealing with him and then Ed, Walt is going to take a long nap in order to get his energy back.
Of course, the other ramification here is that Sean is probably going to be gone moving forward, and we don’t quite blame him. Is this the life that you would want for yourself? He may love Vic, but he also doesn’t want to die.
This was overall one of the strongest episodes of “Longmire” to date, and now, we are truly excited to see what happens from here. To think, we didn’t even spend much time at all in here talking about Branch going unhinged. Grade: A.
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