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Dark Winds On AMC: I’m Going To Explode With Joy

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BY July 13, 2021

I’ve been a fan of Zahn McClarnon since I saw him in Fargo season 2. And since then, he’s been one of the highlights, if not the highlight, of everything I’ve seen with him. When he’s given the chance to carry the story, as in the incredible Westworld episode “Kiksuya,” he proves why he should be a bigger star. You’ll get a chance to see for yourself when he appears on Hawkeye later this year. But I’ll be looking forward to seeing him on Dark Winds on AMC.

AMC Just Ordered Dark Winds to Series

Based on the Tony Hillerman Leaphorn & Chee books, Dark Winds will follow two Navajo police officers (the aforementioned Leaphorn and Chee) in the ’70s as they investigate a double murder in the Southwest. According to Deadline, the case “…forces them to challenge their own spiritual beliefs and come to terms with the trauma of their pasts.”

Zahn McClarnon will be playing Joe Leaphorn, while Kiowa Gordon will play Jim Chee. McClarnon, of course, was just in The Forever Purge. He also just completed the film The Last Manhunt with Martin Sensmeier and Mainei Kinimaka. In addition, he’ll be appearing on Reservation Dogs.

dark winds amc Gordon (uh, on the left) in Blood Quantum, image via Prospector Films, Elevation Pictures, and Shudder

And don’t get me wrong–Kiowa Gordon is also great in everything he’s in. You might know him best for his role in that fairytale involving wolves. However, he’s also been on shows like The Red Road and movies like Blood Quantum. Most recently, you might have seen him on Roswell, New Mexico.

And I know what you’re thinking: Wow, Salome, a show with two Native leads? Pretty awesome, actually. You’re right, but don’t stop there! The creator and executive producer, Graham Roland, is also Indigenous. And they have an entirely Native writers room.

*roundhouse kicks through a wall*

There Are Big Names Behind the Scenes

While Roland is producing the show, the producer credits also include some folks with which you might be familiar. There are people like George R.R. Martin, who also had a show based on his books, apparently. In addition, Robert Redford is a producer.

Redford, of course, has some experience with the material. A fan of the Hillerman novels, he produced 1991’s adaptation The Dark Wind, which Errol Morris directed. Redford’s late son James also wrote the 2002 adaptation Skinwalkers for the PBS Mystery! series. Chris Eyre directed that film, and will direct the pilot for Dark Winds. He’s also an executive producer.

dark winds amc Wes Studi and Adam Beach in Skinwalkers, image via PBS

Meanwhile, I’m going to combust. A Native-created show about a murder mystery that’s also written by and starring Natives? Please, I must take to my fainting couch now.

While I’m reposin’, please share your thoughts on our social media or in these comments.

featured image (of Zahn McClarnon on Barkskins) via National Geographic

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at salome@comicyears.com.

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