Dark Winds Season 3: Is it renewed or canceled?

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How often do we feel that we should also become detectives in someone’s life? To probe and find the truth, to be on the edge till the secrets are uncovered? Investigation and thrillers, especially involving detectives and police, is an interesting sight to watch because it resonates with the psychology and desires of humans. The need to be curious and probe is what makes them interesting.

While crime thrillers have been in existence since time immemorial, capturing a perfect investigative thriller is what many directors failed to do. However, with time, this genre has developed to the extent that there are certain shows and movies that are going out of the box and experimenting to come up with new branches and methods to portray the same genre in various ways.

Today, we have serial killer movies, shows, as well as shows about white-collar crimes, along with shows that revolve around drug cartels, and all of them have strong characters as detectives who are not just struggling in the professional space but have their own personal turmoils.

One such show that captures the vintage retro as well as gives it the investigative thriller twist is Dark Winds, with an overwhelming response on Rotten Tomatoes of 100% as well as 7.6 on 10 IMDb Rating. It is a psychological thriller and crime drama written from the lens of contemporary times but based on a time long ago.

It sees the Western noir concept from a closer lens and defines what a true thriller should look like today. Now that season 2 has come up with its finale, and fans are going gaga over it, viewers are curious to know if there is going to be a season three, and if yes, has it been official yet? What did the makers have to say on this? Is Dark Winds Season 3 renewed or canceled? Here is all we know so far.

Has Dark Winds Season 3 been canceled?

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No. The show has not been canceled, but there is no official update or announcement too on the renewal. However, the Producer, Mr. Chris Eyre, hinted in season 3 that “We’ve gotten the show on its feet” in his interview with TVLine. He also said that there are many books, and so the show is still on the “stride”. He says, “In the case of the books, that’s a group effort to decide which books we’re going to follow and how to follow them. And then John is the one who really makes the final decision as the showrunner on how to do that. We started with ‘Listening Woman’ and ‘People of Darkness.’ Hopefully, we’ll get a third season, there’s enough source material. I think Tony wrote 18 books. And his daughter, Anne Hillerman, is continuing the series, and she has about five books, I think. So there’s 23 novels to cull from.”

Expected Release Date of Dark Winds Season 3 :

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The show is still not official. Only AMC Network can decide its future, which seems bleak due to the writer’s strike and the actor’s protest. Even though season 2 was announced while season 1 was underway, keeping such unfortunate happenings in mind, delays can be expected, and no release would happen before fall of 2024.

Expected Cast of Dark Winds Season 3 :

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While the makers are not sure if the show will return and are giving us mixed signals, we are anticipating a cast based on season 2. We can expect to see;

  • Zahn McClarnon as Joe Leaphorn
  • Kiowa Gordon as Jim Chee
  • Jessica Matten as Bernadette Manuelito
  • Deanna Allison as Emma
  • Rainn Wilson as Devoted Dan
  • Elva Guerra as Sally Growing Thunder
  • Jeremiah Bitsui as Hoski
  • Eugene Brave Rock as Frank Nakai
  • Noah Emmerich as Whitover
  • Rob Tepper as Pete Samuels

Expected Plot of Dark Winds Season 3 :

Dark Winds S02 E06 Season Finale Sneak Peek | 'Times Change, Things Don't'

With no official synopsis to comment on the same, it will carry on from the finale of season 2, whose trailer is attached here. As per the last episode, Leaphorn and Chee find evidence that links the cases, but justice is said easier than served. In the process, we see how Manuelito prepares for a life change. Post this, we do not know how the show shall proceed. Those who know the novels can connect the dots better.

Recap of Dark Winds season 1 and 2:

Dark Winds Season 1 Trailer | Rotten Tomatoes TV

The first season follows a heist in 1971 New Mexico. However, things unfold as more crimes add on, from simply executed white-collar crime to cold-blooded murders. The detectives get on a journey to unfold all aspects, taking some tough challenges on their way. They even get juvenile suspects to question. In the second season, a detective and a private investigator come together when two different crimes lead to the same suspect. What happens when the mind games begin? Fast-paced with 11 episodes across both seasons, it brings in the touch of the retro cowboy era but also adds the contemporary element of thrill.

Where to watch Dark Winds Season 3?

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The show can be officially streamed with a subscription;

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • AMC Network Official Site

One recommendation if you are a fan of detective thrillers:

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The Chestnut Man (Netflix)

With a 7.7 IMDb rating, the official synopsis reads, “A figurine made of chestnuts is found at the scene of a grisly murder; from this creepy clue, two detectives hunt for a killer linked to a politician’s missing child.”