‘Dark Winds’ EP Teases ‘Nothing Is As It Seems’ in AMC Crime Drama

Zahn McClarnon in Dark Winds
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Robert Redford, an überfan of Tony Hillerman’s iconic crime novels featuring Navajo Tribal police officers Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, teams with fellow executive producer George R.R. Martin and a predominantly Native American writers’ room and cast for Dark Winds, his most ambitious Hillerman adaptation yet.

Dark Winds Zahn McClarnon

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Based primarily on Listening Woman, the twisty psychological thriller opens in 1971 with two violent crimes: a bank heist in Gallup, New Mexico, and a double murder on the nearby reservation.

Investigating both are seasoned Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon) and instinctual Sgt. Bernadette Manuelito (Jessica Matten), joined by prickly Chee (Kiowa Gordon), a new recruit with a secret agenda.

Expect condescension and interference from FBI supervisor Whitover (The AmericansNoah Emmerich) as the cases inevitably intertwine. Though it appears “the bank robbery is a ‘white crime,’ and the other an ‘Indian crime,’” warns EP and director Chris Eyre, “nothing is as it seems.”

Dark Winds, Series Premiere, Sunday, June 12, 9/8c, AMC