‘Longmire’ set to begin filming final season

Lou Diamond Phillips plays Henry Standing Bear in a second season episode of ‘Longmire,’ the Northern New Mexico-filmed series that will begin shooting its sixth and final season next week. Courtesy A&E

Longmire is all set to saddle up for its sixth and final season.

The fan-favorite neo-Western series, which has called Northern New Mexico home since 2011, will begin filming in the area next Wednesday.

Netflix, which resurrected Longmire after its cable network cancellation, announced last fall that the show would return for 10 more episodes.

“We’re committed to delivering a dynamic and satisfying conclusion to our fans that rewards their longtime loyalty,” executive producers Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny and Greer Shephard said at the time.

A longtime member of the production confirmed the show will shoot in Santa Fe, Pecos, Los Alamos and Las Vegas, N.M. — locations now familiar to the show’s niche of die-hard fans.

Longmire has made its local home at Garson Studios on the campus of the Santa Fe University Art and Design.

Although set in fictional Absaroka County, Wyo., Longmire regularly features identifiable New Mexico locales. The Valles Caldera and downtown Las Vegas plaza feature prominently as the home and workplace of the eponymous sheriff, played by Robert Taylor.

The cable network A&E unceremoniously dumped Longmire in 2014 after its third season, despite the show’s status as the top-rated scripted drama in A&E’s history. Fans rallied around the show, and Netflix answered the call: Two 10-episode seasons have premiered there, the most recent last September.

Longmire centers on Walt Longmire, the no-nonsense chief law enforcement officer in a rural area beset by petty criminals and worse. Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackhoff co-star.

When Sackhoff recently tweeted about a trip to London, a fan expressed concern that she would miss the start of Longmire production in New Mexico. Sackhoff responded, “I will be there Day 1 filming. … I promise!”

Contact Tripp Stelnicki at 505-428-7626 or tstelnicki@sfnewmexican.com.

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