The season two debut of “Dark Winds” will air on AMC on Sunday, July 30, 2023 at 9 p.m. EST, and it’s likely to have viewers on the edge of their seats.

The “Leaphorn & Chee” book series by Tony Hillerman serves as the basis for the crime thriller. The program covers the tales of the enigmatic crimes taking place in the area in the 1970s and is set in a town in the Navajo Nation.

Zahn McLarnon and Kiowa Gordan portray the two police officers at the center of the investigation into these crimes, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. AMC+ describes the program as a “thrilling new Southwestern Noir.”

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If you don’t have cable or are a cord-cutter, you may watch “Dark Winds” online for free on one of the following streaming services by signing up for a trial offer:

Seven-day free trial of Philo TV. This is one of the most affordable streaming services, costing just $25 a month.

Five-day free trial of Direct TV Stream.

AMC is also available on Sling TV, however there is no free trial.

Additionally, “Dark Winds” is accessible on AMC+, their streaming service.

The next few paragraphs contain spoilers for Dark Winds, an AMC/AMC+ series.

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As the second season premiere of Dark Winds came to a conclusion, a fresh case poked at a raw spot for Lt. Joe Leaphorn.

Leaphorn and Sgt. Manuelito (Zach McClarnon and Jessica Matten), who were inspecting an RV that had been parked in the desert at night, came under fire from the camper’s owner as they were hiding behind it in the season’s opening in media res scene.

An investigation and the arrival of Sheriff Gordo Sena from A Martinez are brought on by a car explosion that occurred six days earlier outside a hospital where Joe’s wife Emma was waiting on a patient.

 The victim, according to Leaphorn, was the brother of the man who had earlier warned of an explosion at the oil drilling site where Joe Jr. worked (and who later “accidentally” died as a result of the incident). Leaphorn discovers the explosion was caused by a bomb.

We join up with Jim Chee, a private eye, who after assisting a little old lady finds himself meeting with a new client, the stunning Rosemary Vines, as Joe looks for the deceased’s son, Tomas Charley. She claims that her house was recently burgled along with her husband BJ, and all she wants is the box that was taken from the safe back. She asserts that Tomas Charley was seen running away from the scene while carrying a package, and she believes the heist was “payback” for her husband cutting off (financial) links with a rez group known as People of Darkness.

Following Chee’s acquisition of a map from Tomas pointing to the Malpais where the box was transported to be used in some type of curse-breaking ritual, Leaphorn and Chee cross paths. But when Leaphorn and Chea arrive at the scene, Joe discovers a burned Navajo Rodeo buckle with Joe Jr.’s name etched on the reverse hidden beneath some singed papers.

Leaphorn said Chee, shaking, “This belonged to my son.” “Wore it the day he passed away.”

The same tall, blond man suddenly breaks the scene with a rifle shot from the frigid open that wings Chee. Chee and Leaphorn try to fight back or at least identify their attacker, but an explosion caused by a lit rag stuffed inside Joe’s truck’s petrol tank foils their strategy and leaves them stranded miles from help.

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How might even the rumor that Joe Jr.’s supposedly accidental death somehow connects to this new mystery affect Leaphorn in the five episodes to come, when they are already on the lookout for a vicious killer?

“Joe’s moral code gets challenged quite a bit throughout the season,” Dark Winds actor Zahn McClarnon said in a late-June Zoom interview with TVLine. When he discovers the truth about what actually happened to his son, “he wrestles with what justice and retribution mean.”

Even while Leaphorn makes efforts to shelter wife Emma from it, the conflict “affects his relationships around him,” McClarnon foreshadowed. This connects to one of Season 2’s major themes of “restoring balance,” according to the actor.

“Has he gone too far? You must pay attention, McClarmon remarked. “Because being a male in the 1970s was somewhat different from being a man in the present, Joe lives with a lot of guilt over his son. He feels guilty about not being able to defend his family. So picture yourself tracking down your own child’s killer. What does that individual merit? And does Joe have the chance to receive justice? The audience will need to pay attention because it’s a complicated situation.



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