Screenrealm‘s Zoom interview about Dark Winds:
Due to technical difficulties, we have not been able to post the video of our conversation with Dark Winds stars Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon, which was recorded shortly before they and we got the good word that their series would be back for a second season. But don’t fret: While we’ve been preparing to enjoy the Season One Finale, which will air at 9 pm ET Sunday on AMC, we procured a transcription of an audio recording. So we’re able to offer some highlights, edited for brevity and continuity.
And for the benefit of those who tuned in late, and haven’t yet caught up with the first five episodes of this excellent mystery-drama based on Tony Hillerman’s popular Leaphorn and Chee novels, here’s how AMC initially described the show:
“Set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, Dark Winds follows Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (McClarnon) of the Tribal Police as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. The closer he digs to the truth, the more he exposes the wounds of his past. He is joined on this journey by his new deputy, Jim Chee (Gordon). Chee, too, has old scores to settle from his youth on the reservation. Together, the two men battle the forces of evil, each other, and their own personal demons on the path to salvation.”
Cowboys & Indians: Do you think we might soon being seeing you guys on recruiting posters for the Navajo Police?
Kiowa Gordon: [Laughs] Oh, man. I don’t know about that. That’d be funny — like a 70’s style poster.
C&I: Did you shoot all six Season One episodes in sequence?
Zahn McClarnon: Oh, no.
Kiowa: Yeah, it was all out of sequence.