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Dark Winds season 3 release date speculation, cast, plot, and news

We adore Zahn McClarnon's thriller, which is among AMC's best TV series. So, here's everything we know about the Dark Winds season 3 release date and more.

Dark Winds season 3 release date: Detective Leaphorn with cowboy backdrop

What is the Dark Winds season 3 release date, and what else do we know about the return of the crime series? The second season of Dark Winds went out with a bang, but AMC is already looking ahead to more after an amazing spike in viewership.

Since premiering in 2022, Dark Winds has been a total hidden gem and is secretly one of the best TV series for neo-noir fans. Largely based on the Leaphorn and Chee novels, we’ve followed two Navajo police officers investigating crimes in the 1970s. It’s the perfect treat if you’re after a new gritty crime series. So, what’s going on with season 3 of one of the best Westerns?

Dark Winds season 3 release date speculation

Dark Winds season 3 will be released in 2025, and the series will most likely run between June and July. 

Late-Spring early-Summer seems to suit the Dark Winds release schedule, and this is when the first two seasons of the show have both dropped.

As for the year, we know that it’s arriving in 2025 because this was confirmed by AMC when it announced that Dark Winds had been renewed for another season on September 19, 2023.

Unfortunately, the 2025 release date means that fans will have their longest wait yet between seasons. However, we’re certain our patience will be rewarded with another brilliant season.

Dark Winds season 3 release date: Jeri Ryan as Rosemary Vines

Who’s in the Dark Winds season 3 cast?

There are some names we know will certainly be back for season 3 of Dark Winds, like Zahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, and Jessica Matten as Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, and Bernadette Manuelito.

That central trio is going to be back no matter what, as will Deanna Allison as Emma Leaphorn. However, with no officially confirmed Dark Winds season 3 cast list, it’s much harder to figure out which of the supporting characters will be back for another trip.

Could guest stars from season 2, like Star Trek veteran Jeri Ryan, be back once again? She seemed to leave the town for good, but the plot could bring her back into the fold.

Dark Winds season 3 release date: Emma Leaphorn in hospital

Similarly, there’s Elva Guerra as Sally Growing Thunder. She also left town to raise her baby as an independent mother, and it looks like she’s departed the show for good. Meanwhile, season 2 newcomer Nicholas Logan, who starred as Colton Wolf, certainly won’t be back following on from the death of his character.

So, while we’re confident about a few names when it comes to the supporting cast, we’re just going to have to wait for official announcements. Those announcements should confirm some new characters, too.

Here’s the expected Dark Winds season 3 cast list:

  • Zahn McClarnon as Joe Leaphorn
  • Kiowa Gordon as Jim Chee
  • Jessica Matten as Bernadette Manuelito
  • Deanna Allison as Emma Leaphorn
  • Elva Guerra as Sally Growing Thunder
  • Nicholas Logan as Colton Wolf
  • Natalie Benally as Natalie Bluehouse
  • Dez Baa’ as Helen Atcitty
  • Ryan Begay as Guy Atcitty
  • Jeri Ryan as Rosemary Vines
  • A Martinez as Sheriff Gordo Sena
  • Jacqueline Byers as Mary Landon

Dark Winds season 3 release date: Jessica Matten as Bernadette Manuelito

What will happen in the Dark Winds season 3 plot?

The biggest changes that Dark Winds season 3 could explore is how Bernadette adapts to her new job as a border patrol officer, as well as Joe’s revenge from the season 2 finale.

If we were to guess, some criminal mystery will see Bernadette reconnect with Leaphorn and Chee, and the trio will work together again in order to untangle another dark dilemma.

We also have a steer on the plot from the Leaphorn and Chee novels. The first two seasons were each an adaptation of the novels Listening Woman and People of Darkness, respectively. The next book in the series is titled The Dark Wind (the inspiration for the name of the series) and follows Jim Chee’s investigation of a drug-smuggling plane crash.

That could be brought in as a primary plot point, or the team behind the series might instead look to another of the novels for story inspiration.

Dark Winds season 3 release date: Detective Leaphorn

Is there a trailer for Dark Winds season 3?

There likely won’t be a trailer for Dark Winds season 3 until 2025, because that’s when it releases

Prior to that, though, some first images (and plenty of new information) should start to be released as the third season films. We expect to see some material by the end of 2024, whatever form it may take.

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Where can I watch Dark Winds season 3?

Dark Winds airs on AMC and can also be found on the streaming service AMC Plus, which shouldn’t change for season 3.

Season 3 will be the same. So be sure to head there for all the latest on the series. In the meantime, there are plenty of other shows for you to watch right now. On Netflix, there is Top Boy, and on Amazon Prime, you can watch The Killing for more of the best thriller series.

Dark Winds season 3 release date: Leaphorn and Chee riding horses

How many episodes will be in Dark Winds season 3?

Like the first two seasons, we’re expecting Dark Winds season 3 to be made up of a solid six episodes unless we hear otherwise.

This has become the norm for the show, and it really suits it. That’s everything we know so far. But, as more info releases, we’ll be back with some big updates to keep you up to date.

Until then, if you want more Western-inspired fun, see what’s going on with Yellowstone season 5 part 2. Or, swap to the land of film and see all the new movies that are coming out this year, as well as the status of Kevin Costner’s Horizon release date and our list of the best movies of all time.