Much of this episode takes place in a train yard, which means the crew had to contend with all the usual challenges of shooting a television show with the added funs of enormous, and weirdly silent, train cars. Director of Photography Cameron Duncan describes some of the steps they took to make sure everyone was safe.
"We had tons of restrictions due to safety. It was a live rail yard in ABQ, so there was lots of activity. Some of the cars get pushed to link up with other cars. Weirdly, they are silent when they roll on the tracks without an engine. So we all had to be very careful. Everyone had to wear safety vests, which almost made it impossible to distinguish each other. It was literally a sea of neon yellow people."
There isn't exactly a sea of neon people in this shot. This is more of a puddle. But you get the idea.
In this episode, we get to hear Henry's trademark phone greeting, "It is a beautiful day at the Red Pony and continual soirée" more than once as the team tries to trace the killer's phone number. Did you know that's a line taken straight from the novels by Craig Johnson?
Night time is the right time to get sweet shots of the Red Pony Bar and Grill.
The Red Pony is an obvious gathering place for bikers to hang out and show off their rides. The bike featured in this episode is a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail and, boy, does it look pretty.
That's one good looking means of conveyance.
The scene where Henry crashes his truck to prevent Zip from escaping is yet another example of the awesome stunt work that happens on Longmire. DP Cameron Duncan says that, beyond the obvious challenge of slamming a vehicle into a ditch, they had other obstacles to overcome on that particular shoot.
"We literally got the last piece of coverage as the sun was rising. Nothing gets the crew to work in overdrive as a setting sun or rising sun."
Here, B Camera Operator Phil Pfeiffer (left) and Transportation Captain Scott Clark (right) pretend they don't mind that the sun is coming up.
Lee Tergesen guest stars in this episode as Vic's creepy former co-worker, Ed Gorski. You may know him best from his intense and gritty performance in HBO's Oz, in which he played poor, poor Tobias Beecher, but did you know he also played the overly-huggy headbanger, Terry, in Wayne's World? Because he did. And it was excellent. Mr. Tergesen also has a special A&E connection. His brother, Chris Tergesen, is the Music Supervisor on The Glades.
Official Longmire nickname time! Lee, you are now the Terg.
This episode features a slow motion ending that is 100% Grade A Longmire as Walt takes out the trash. DP Cameron Duncan talks about the process of getting that shot, and the price he has paid for his art.
Poor Zip has no idea what's about to happen. Henry does.
"We shot that sequence at 60fps. It was also the first time that we had full load blanks on the set, since I was shot in the arm by a blank on the first episode. So, as one can imagine, extra care was taken in photographing that sequence. Jim, the director, and I were very pleased with the outcome. And more importantly, nobody was shot."
Production notes courtesy of Cameron Duncan, Randy Moore, and Emily Thomas.