It is always upsetting when a good show is cancelled, and there were a lot of fans of the A&E show, Longmire, before it was discontinued during Season 3. Fortunately, it was given new life on Netflix with Season 4, and it is really only a matter of time before we hear of Longmire Season 5 Release Date and Renewal.
According to an interview with Paste Magazine, the stars of the show want to keep going. Considering that Season 4 on Netflix ended with a real tease to a Season 5, surely the actors knew that another season was in the cards, even though there hasn't been any official word as far as Netflix is concerned.
Adam Bartley, who plays "The Ferg" has stated that the "move to Netflix made the most sense". He also said: "Now, we can kind of do whatever we want with the time. It's an open platform. Netflix is so great about how they promote their shows and put them out for Golden Globes and Emmys. With our show, we make movies every episode so it's a big undertaking. Netflix was the right suitor financially and in every way."
In fact, the move to go to Netflix was a way to save a show that was cancelled, even though it was A&E's most-watched original scripted series. It used to be that cancellation was the absolute end of a series, but most shows today have a running story throughout the entire series. If the show's story isn't wrapped up before it gets renewed, then it leaves the viewers wanting for more.
Fortunately, the age we live in is full of chatrooms, Facebook fan sites, and other ways for the general public to communicate to network executives that a show is worth seeing again. Family Guy got a renewed life after Fox realized that reruns of it were getting better ratings than the new material on during that time slot, and Netflix could deliver an entire season of Longmire rather than the usual weekly episodes.
It is a different way to view a program, and one would think that with all the hype about Longmire Season 4, there would be news of the imminent renewal for Longmire Season 5. The issue is that new season has really only been available for two weeks. Sure, the diehard fans are going to binge-watch it as soon as they can, but there are others that honestly just don't have the time. This isn't like network TV, where the company puts out a show and then checks how many viewings it had when it first went live.
It is possible that even those who want to watch it haven't got around to watching it, and there is no way to gauge that. Some might be watching one episode a week, and if metrics was taken now, there would be no way to tell if someone just watched two episodes and just gave up, or is planning on watching it again when they have the time.
Yes, it may take a while before Longmire Season 5 gets officially green-lit, but there are too many fans of it that are positive about it, so a bet on a renewal is easily a safe bet at this point.