7 Differences Between the ‘Longmire’ Books and TV Series (PHOTOS)

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While the series is a drama, the books do have more humor in them, especially from Walt.

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Walt’s wife’s death

While in both cases, his wife had cancer, on the show, she was murdered.

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Books from Walt’s POV

The books are written in the first person, so everything we know comes from his perspective. That obviously wasn’t the case with the show.

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Cady’s location

On the TV series, Cady, Walt’s daughter, is based in Wyoming. However, in the books, she lived in Philadelphia, but moved to Cheyenne.

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Body count

In the books, the county only had five murders in 24 years. The series hit double digits in the first season.

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Character differences

As tends to happen with adaptations to the screen, not everything about the characters remains the same. For example, some characters were added for the show.

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Walt and Vic’s relationship

Their relationship is done quite differently in the books than on the show, and fans will remember that it took until the end of the series to see them together.

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We may not have news about any continuation of Longmire on the screen (whether in a potential movie or revival), but fans can still find ways to enjoy these characters.

The series is based on Craig Johnson’s series of mystery novels, and if you decide to check them out, you’re in for the long haul: there are 15 of them, plus short stories. And while the television series adapted quite a bit from the books, there are enough differences that you might feel like you’re getting a new story.

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