Dark Winds is an American criminal drama and psychological thriller Television Series created by Graham Roland. It is based on Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn & Chee novel series. It previously aired on AMC and AMC+ in June 2022. The first season had six Dark Winds Gets Renewed After Season 2 episodes, and due to its overwhelming success and popularity, the series was renewed for a second season with six more episodes and released in July 2023. The series got renewed for a third season in September 2023.
Synopsis: This television show is set in 1971 and narrated the story of Lieutenant Joe Lephorn, the commander of the Tribal police, who is facing numerous problems when he comes across a string of interconnected crimes. He begins investigating those murders on a remote Navajo Nation outpost near Monument Valley with his new deputy Jim Chee, but finds himself uncovering secret wounds from his past in search of the truth. Together, the two men embark on this journey in search of the truth, navigating life's challenges while attempting to avoid their past until it comes back to haunt them.
Cast and Characters: Dark Winds cast includes Zahn McClarnon as Joe Leaphorn, Kiowa Gordon as Jim Chee, Jessica Matten as Bernadette Manuelito, Deanna Allison as Emma Leaphorn, Rainn Wilson as Dan, Elva Guerra as Sally Growing Thunder and last but not the least Nicholas Logan as Colton Wolf. Here is a very concise character guide for you:
Elva Guerra as Sally Growing Thunder
Elva Guerra plays the role of a character called Sally Growing Thunder who happens to be a young pregnant woman under the care of the Leaphorns. Her character is the most vulnerable after going through many life struggles but is also a brave one as she shows resilience and resourcefulness,while navigating the life she has, on her own.
Rainn Wilson as Dan Devoted Dan DeMarco
Wilson plays the role of Devoted Dan, who uses his charming personality to sell used cars. Dan however is known to be of lustful nature and continuously engages in illegal side hustles that put him under the radar of Leaphorn and Chee. His character is indeed a complex one.
Deanna Allison as Emma Leaphorn
Emma Leaphorn is a healthcare worker and is the wife of Joe Leaphorn. She is a very strong, independent woman who always supports her husband.
Eugene Brave Rock As Frank Nakai
Eugene Brave Rock plays the role of Frank Nakai. His character is a member of the militant, extremist environmental group known as the Buffalo Society. Along with his partner Hoski, the two challenge Leaphorn and Chee as they are also the leaders of this extremist group with a criminal past.
Jeremiah Bitsui As Hoski
Hoski is the second leader who owns the Buffalo Society, a group that encourages crime and terrorism. Along with his partner Nakai, they both are two of the suspects in a double murder case that Leaphorn and Chee are trying to solve.
Noah Emmerich as Leland Whitover: In Dark Winds, Emmerich plays the role of an FBI agent named Whitover. The main twist involves him hiding his intentions from Leaphorn. Whitover is not a loyal accomplice to Leaphorn as he works with the terrorist organisation Buffalo Society along with Hoski by helping him get a pilot. He is a central antagonist working behind the scenes.Emmerich has also won a Critics' Choice Television Award for 'Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series' for his role in the 2019 drama The Americans.
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As Colton Wolf
Nicholas Logan joined the second season of Dark Winds. He played the role of Colton Wolf who is a cold-hearted assassin hiding a secret with him which Leaphorn wants to find out. Logan is an American actor best known for his roles in I Care a Lot, The Best of Enemies, The Organ Trail, and Instant Family. Unfortunately, even though everyone loved his character, Logan only appeared in two episodes of the second season so far, but plays a vital role in the story's development.
Jeri Ryan As Rosemary Vines
Actor Jeri Ryan is an icon in the sci-fi community. fRyan also joined Dark Winds in the second season, she was featured in two episodes where she plays the role of a character called Rosemary Vines. Her character is involved mainly with Jim Chee and being a helping hand with his work.