Episode PremiereAugust 12, 2012
Show Period2012 - 2014
Production CompanyThe Shephard/Robin Company, Warner Horizon TV
Cast and Crew
ScreenwriterHunt Baldwin, John Coveny
- Robert Taylor as Sheriff Walt Longmire
- Bailey Chase
- Cassidy Freeman as Cady Longmire
- Katee Sackhoff as Victoria Moretti
- Lou Diamond Phillips
- Adam Bartley
A shiny teapot hums on the stove. Sheriff Walt Longmire is asleep on his couch, fully dressed. The teapot lets out a shrill whistle and he opens his eyes to see Lizzie Ambrose poke her perky blonde head out of the kitchen. Even groggy she is radiant in the morning light. Lizzie inquires if he'd like some tea. She is holding the wooden tea box Walt uses to store his late wife's ashes. Walt leaps off the couch shouting, "No tea! Coffee!" He grabs the tea box and carefully places it back on the shelf, urging Lizzie to trust him; she doesn't want that tea. Lizzie laughs nervously. What a nut. Okay, sure, they'll have coffee. She watches Walt fumble with his French press: was it a bad idea for her to stay over last night? It feels weird. Like high school, but without the sex. Does Walt want her to leave? Walt shakes his head no. Does she want to go? With a hopeful smile, Lizzie says no. They're both adults, right? They share a laugh, but are immediately interrupted by the sound of tires on the gravel outside. Walt hurries to the door.
Shoeless, Walt leaps off his half-constructed porch just as Deputy Victoria "Vic" Morretti gets out of her truck. She gapes at the majestic purple mountains and tree studded plains stretching for miles around Walt's house. Does Walt own all this? Walt responds with a question: what is she doing here? Vic explains that the Ferg got Walt's Bronco fixed up, so she's going to give him a ride back when he drops it off. Walt gives her the bum's rush with a hurried thank you for dropping by, but it's too late. Vic spots Lizzie's expensive SUV and asks who it belongs to. Walt fibs that he rented it, but Lizzie steps out on the porch, and he's busted. Vic's jaw drops. The saccharine sweet greeting between the two women could curdle milk. Lizzie offers Vic a cup of coffee as if she owns the place.
The Ferg pulls up in Walt's Bronco and proudly launches into a rundown of the buffing, painting, and dent removal he performed until he spots Lizzie on Walt's porch and lapses into silence. What the f***? Lizzie giggles and goes to get two mugs. Walt turns on his employees. If they've got anything to say, he suggests they think twice. The phone rings inside the house and Walt's head whips around in horror.
Inside the house, Walt's late wife's voice rings out from the answering machine, stopping Lizzie in her tracks. Walt rushes in and grabs the phone, but the damage is done. Lizzie gives Walt a long look, then carries coffee out for Vic and The Ferg. On the phone is Deputy Branch Connally, who tells Walt not to hang up on him; this is about work. He would have called someone else, but he couldn't find anyone.
Up in the mountains at a ski lodge, a chair lift hangs empty in the sunshine. Branch greets Walt as he arrives with Vic and the Ferg, and shows them the crime scene. The body of a young man sits upright in the chair lift with an arrow sticking out of his chest. Vic pulls on her gloves, asking if it's a "bow and arrow" arrow. Branch confirms it is, with a graphite shaft and broadhead tip. It pierced the body and buried itself in the back of the chair, effectively pinning the victim in place. The Ferg notices a strange symbol in red ink drawn on the dead teen's forehead. Vic rubs it with her finger. Sharpie - that's not coming off. She finds a bit of marijuana near the body, but no ID. Branch declares they don't need ID; Walt knows who it is. Flash back to:
A courtroom where the dead boy, Greg Morris, is one of four teenagers standing with their heads bowed, listening to a verdict read by a jury foreman. Greg, Richard Stark, Jake Lennox, and Paul Carter are all found not guilty of sexual assault. At the prosecution table, a Cheyenne teenage girl with an angelic face turns to look at her family and Walt. They look stunned and horrified. Her mother is crying. Walt's expression is bleak. This is bad.
Back in the present, Branch wonders if the murder is related to the trial. Walt doesn't want to jump to conclusions. The trial was over a year ago, this could be a lot of things. The tension between the two thickens with every word. Branch needles Walt. Doesn't he think it's a little odd that the murder weapon is a bow and arrow, and there's an Indian symbol drawn on the victim's face? Walt finds it odd, but it doesn't prove anything. Walt coolly lectures Branch; they need to do their work before forming an opinion. Branch scowls as Walt sends him to inform Greg's family of his death. Considering his position during the trial, Walt doesn't think they would want to hear that kind of news from him. Branch agrees. Walt assigns Vic and the Ferg to tape off the crime scene and scour it for clues to determine if the killer is an amateur or a pro. Meanwhile, Walt is heading out to the Rez. Vic hollers after Walt as he heads for his truck. Who is this kid? She still has NO idea what the hell is going on!
On the Rez, Walt crosses a dusty yard to a small adobe house. Ayasha, the Cheyenne girl from the trial, answers the door, and lights up when she sees Walt. She thought he might never visit again. Has he been busy catching bad guys? She is a child in a woman's body. Walt returns her warm smile and asks to see her grandmother. Ayasha's older brother, Viho, appears and snarls at Walt that she's asleep. The anger rolls off of him in waves. Walt politely requests that Viho wake her so he can to talk to the whole family.
Back at the ski lodge, the Ferg and Vic are unwinding yellow crime scene tape around a the perimeter. The Ferg fills Vic in on the case. Ayasha, who has developmental problems brought on by fetal alcohol syndrome, said that four high school boys, including their murder victim, raped her, but they all went free. Vic surmises that this must be a revenge killing. The Ferg agrees that a lot of people on the Rez are still very angry.
Viho is clearly one of them. He glares at Walt as he informs Ayasha's grandmother, Elsie, that Greg Morris was found dead. Viho quips sarcastically, one down, three to go! Elsie tells him to show some respect, but Viho knows Walt is there because he thinks Viho is the killer. Walt denies it. He doesn't think anything yet, but he has a job to do. Viho sneers that he hopes Walt will do his job better this time.
Up at the ski lodge, Vic wonders if Walt screwed up the trial. The Ferg defends Walt: he did everything he could, even though his wife was going through chemo. The Ferg and Vic unfurl a ball of string tied to the chair lift, tracing the trajectory of the arrow back towards a cluster of trees. The Ferg adds that the four boys were from rich families, so they had a good lawyer, and Vic guesses, correctly, that Ayasha was considered an unreliable witness. The boys didn't even get probation.
At Ayasha's house, Walt asks Viho where he was last night. Viho claims he was at home, but Elsie works nights so she can't verify it. Viho spits out that Walt could ask Ayasha, but she's not a credible witness. Ayasha beams at Walt her sweet, vacant smile.
Holding the string taut, Vic and the Ferg arrive at a group of trees facing the chair lift where the body was found. Vic spots an empty gum packet on the ground. The Ferg sniffs it and notices that it's still minty. This must be where the shooter was waiting. Now they need to measure the distance from that spot to the chair.
Walt's good-as-new Bronco pulls up outside the Sheriff's station in the small town of Durant, and Walt gets out and heads towards the office. He stops to pick up a cigarette butt and toss it in the trash. An African-American man in a snappy suit stops him on the street inquiring if he's the Sheriff. The man looks worried. He just got into town about an hour ago and he's got a question: where are all the black people? Walt gropes for a reply. The man claps his hands and cracks up laughing. He's just messing with Walt! He introduces himself as Detective Fales from the Denver PD. He's been trying to talk to Walt for months with no luck, so he decided to drive down to Wyoming to meet face-to-face. Walt starts walking towards his office. It's a bad day. Detective Fales offers to stay overnight, but he insists that Walt meet with him tomorrow. Now he is dead serious. As Walt opens the station door, Detective Fales drops a bombshell: they found the man who killed Walt's wife. Walt's eyes are hidden in the shadow of his hat. It took them long enough. Detective Fales watches Walt go into the building; he is no longer smiling.
At an archery range beneath the Big Horn mountains, Walt uses Vic's cell phone to leave a message for Henry warning him that the Denver detective is here. They need to talk. Walt rejoins Vic and Omar, the slick bearded weapons expert who is demonstrating bows and arrows. FWAP! Omar's arrow hits a bullseye from his recurve bow at 180 feet per second. When Omar learns the arrow used in the murder went all the way through the victim's body, he surmises the killer used a compound bow with arrow speeds up to 300 feet per second. Walt wonders how good a shot would the killer have to be to nail the target from 30 yards away with a bow like that. Omar suggests that "Vicky" should try and recreate the shot. Vic lifts the compound bow, hissing that's the last time he'll ever call her that. The thick strings are hard to pull back at first, but Vic is strong and her arrow nearly hits the bullseye. Omar says that's the beauty of a compound bow; it's a great equalizer. Even a girl can make that shot. Vic shoots him a look that could kill. Walt realizes anyone could be the murderer.
As Walt and Vic return to the Sheriff's station, Ruby, the dispatcher, barrages Walt with messages. His daughter Cady called twice, Henry called once, and Detective Fales of the Denver PD stopped by. Vic asks about Detective Fales, but Walt is focused on Branch. Did he inform Greg's parents about his death? Branch followed orders, and also brought back photos of Greg's car. It was vandalized with a spray painting of the same red symbol found on Greg's forehead. Branch's parents believe Viho Roundstone is to blame. Ever since the trial, he's been harassing them with phone calls and threats. Branch thinks they should bring Viho in. Walt is incredulous. Arrest Viho on the suspicions of Greg's parents? Not a chance. Branch vehemently disagrees, saying that the other boys are in danger! Walt retorts that Branch's objection is "noted," and turns his back on him. Branch clenches his square jaw. Son of a b****!
Later, in a luxurious living room, Walt informs Jake Lennox, one of the four defendants at the rape trial, and his parents that Greg Morris' body was found. Jake's father is stunned. Is Walt screwing with them? Walt wishes that were the case. He asks if Jake knows why Greg would have been up at the ski basin. Jake admits they used to party up there, and lots of kids still do. Walt asks if Jake was up there last night. The handsome boy turns snooty. He doesn't like Walt's tone. He just lost a friend and Walt is acting like it's his fault. Walt locks eyes with Jake. He remembers that Jake and his friends were very tight. No one made a move without talking to him. The boy drops his eyes.
In another stylish home, Rich Stark, a pale teen dressed in black, squirms on a leather couch. Walt is freaking him out. Rich's dad, Warren, sits next to him, his hulking frame hunched with worry. Does Walt have any leads? Walt explains they're pursuing them all, but it would help if Rich could shed some light on what Greg was doing at the ski basin. His eyes darting to his father, Rich claims he wouldn't know as he was home studying last night. Warren asks if this has something to do with the trial. Walt plays dumb, asking what he means.
In yet another upscale home, Paul Carter's dad explodes, and Walt knows damn well why. The Indians. They might be coming for them. His son was found innocent, but the victim's brother has been harassing them. Paul's weasly face twists with annoyance. A few months ago his car was spray painted with an Indian symbol. Walt's eyes narrow; why didn't he report it? Paul's father jumps in, saying that they didn't think Walt would do anything. Now will he arrest that Indian? Walt is torn.
THWAP! A dart buries itself near the bullseye on a target at The Red Pony bar. Walt throws another while confiding to Henry Standing Bear that the Denver detective says they found "him." Henry frowns; how did they know it was the right guy? Walt didn't ask. Henry reproaches his friend: a normal person in Walt's situation would have asked the detective for every bit of information he has. Walt quips that there's nothing normal about his situation. Henry insists that Walt shouldn't draw attention to himself by acting oddly. A shadow crosses Walt's face. For an instant he is not the Sheriff, just a man in trouble. Should he be worried? Henry reassures him that no he should not be, but Walt must stop avoiding the detective, and Cady! She told him what's going on. Henry wishes Walt had shared these things with him directly. The wall is up again as Walt tells Henry that it's not his concern. His old friend chuckles; what a rich inner life Walt must have! He should share it with someone. Walt counters that he's got bigger problems. He's being pressured to arrest Viho Roundstone for the Greg Morris murder based on circumstantial evidence. Henry warns him against it, pointing out that if circumstantial evidence has become grounds for arrest, that detective might have to take Walt back to Denver. The bar phone rings. It's Ruby for Walt.
Within minutes, Walt is speeding down the highway chasing Branch's car. Clutching the radio, he orders Branch to pick up. Where does he think he's going?
In slick shades, his hat tilted low, Branch is as fierce and furious as Walt. He's going to the Rez to arrest Viho. It's the right thing to do.
Walt orders Branch to pull over; he's tired of arguing with him. Branch says he's tired of arguing with Walt, too. He pulls over anyway. Walt's Bronco squeals to a stop behind him.
The Sheriff and his Deputy face off in the glare of the afternoon sun. Branch tells Walt that if he had done his job better in the first place, those boys would have been convicted and they wouldn't be in this mess. Walt throws down the gauntlet. Branch wants his job? Then fight him for it. One punch. If Branch knocks him over, he'll retire tomorrow. Branch declares it's the best idea Walt ever had.
They unbuckle their gun belts and lay them aside. It's man-to-man now; no stinkin' badges. Walt dares Branch to throw his best shot: he doubts Branch can even knock him off balance. Lightning fast Branch swings, but Walt ducks and clocks Branch in the jaw, knocking him flat on his ass. Walt stands over Branch and offers his hand, proffering that experience isn't something you can buy. It takes time. He suggests that Branch slow down, but Branch is tired of waiting. Instead of grabbing Walt's hand, he leaps up and tackles him to the ground. The two roll across the highway hammering at each other until Vic's truck screeches to a halt in front of them. She jumps out and pulls them apart, yelling that she should arrest them both for public stupidity! Branch wipes blood from his mouth shouting that he's got new info on Viho. He works at a hunting store where a compound bow and some arrows went missing last month. Vic wants to know if they're done debating, because an arrow just harpooned another kid. The angry trio stomp back to their separate cars.
A giant drive-in movie screen stands like a surreal window on the Wyoming sky. Paul Carter lies dead in the dirt below, pierced by an arrow, a red symbol drawn on his forehead. The Ferg takes pictures of the body, while Vic traces its trajectory. Rich Stark is huddled by his car explaining to Walt that it could have been him. Paul texted him to come out here and talk about what's going on, but when Rich arrived, Paul was already dead. Rich was so scared he hid in his car and called 911. He looks up at Walt like a terrified little boy; the shooter is going to kill them all, isn't he?
Walt assigns Branch to go see Jake Lennox and find out why he didn't show up at the drive-in. Jake is the leader of the pack, maybe he thought one of them was going to start talking. Branch wonders why it matters. They were acquitted, so they can't be re-tried for the rape. Walt points out that someone could still file a civil suit. If one of the boys flipped, that could cost the Lennox family a lot of money. Branch's busted lip curls and he doesn't budge. How many of these kids have to die before they arrest Viho?
At the entrance to the Rez, an angry crowd has gathered. Walt and Vic pull up, get out of their cars, and face the group. There is a stony silence. Everyone knows what Walt is there to do.
The crowd follows Walt and Vic to the Roundstone house where Viho is already waiting outside to be arrested. Vic hands Elsie a search warrant as Walt steers Viho away. Suddenly, Ayasha bursts from the house and grabs Viho's arm wailing. Why is Walt taking her brother? Walt tries to explain that he needs to talk to him about something important, but Ayasha cries that Walt can talk to him here. Vic and Elsie comfort the sobbing girl as Walt leads Viho away.
At the Sheriff's station, Viho sits in a cell and accuses Walt of "arresting himself an Indian" for his upcoming election. Walt replies that he'd be very happy if Viho could convince him that he has nothing to do with the murders, but Ayasha gives him a strong motive. Viho reveals that Ayasha is pregnant. Walt is stunned. Viho tells him that, ever since the rape, Ayasha has had messed up ideas about sex. He's worried about leaving his grandmother to take care of both Ayasha and the baby. Walt asks Viho to explain why the same symbol he spray-painted on the dead boys' cars was drawn on their foreheads, but Viho just laughs. Why should he explain anything? Walt won't believe him anyway.
Branch returns to the station and smiles smugly when he sees Viho locked up. Walt asks him what he learned about Jake. Why didn't he go to the movie theater like Rich and Paul? Branch tells him that Jake's parents wouldn't let him out of the house. He hasn't been to school or his job since the first murder. Henry storms in, clearly unhappy that Walt has brought Viho in, but not charged him with anything. He asks if Walt has an eyewitness or a murder weapon bearing Viho's prints. Walt doesn't answer, instead asking Henry to identify the symbol spray-painted on Roger's car. It's an owl, the Cheyenne messenger of death. Walt asks Henry why that same owl showed up on the victims' foreheads. Henry suggests it could have been done to throw suspicion on Viho. Henry turns to Viho and warns him not to say another word to the sheriff or anyone else until he has a lawyer. Walt calls Henry into his office.
A shrill teenage voice shouts she's going to kill that white b****! There is a near-riot in progress at Durant high school where a white teenager, Faith Dewitt, is being roughed up by two Native American students, and screamed at by the enraged crowd. A hand painted sign bears the chilling slogan: "Two down - two to go!" An elderly teacher tries to break up the riot, but the mob is out of control and closing in on Faith.
Suddenly, the Ferg pushes through the crowd and a voice pierces the cacophony, hollering "HEEEEYYYYY!" until the room falls silent. It's Vic, standing on top of a desk. She warns the students that whoever is still standing there by the time she counts to three will get detention, and whoever is still there by five will go to jail. The room empties out instantly. Vic jumps down and hurries after Faith. Turning on the charm, Vic makes sure the girl is alright and asks to speak with her for a minute.
In an empty classroom, Faith informs Walt, Vic, and the Ferg that the girls hate her because she dated Rich Stark before learning he raped the Indian girl. She just moved here from Seattle and Rich seemed sweet, but when she found out what he did she broke up with him. Rich cried and claimed he didn't want to rape the girl, and that his friends made him do it, but Faith was disgusted and never wanted him to touch her again. Walt is curious about a patch on Faith's knapsack showing an archer. Faith explains she was in an archery club at her old high school. She uses a compound bow that she lent to Rich while teaching him how to shoot before they broke up. Faith would like to get her bow back, but doesn't want to talk to him. Walt does want to talk to Rich, in a big way.
Walt and Vic arrive at the Stark residence. Walt signals to Vic to go around to the back while he knocks on the front door.
Behind the house, Vic follows a sloping path to a woodpile and stops short. There are two large phone books on top of the stacked wood, covered with holes. Target practice.
Rich opens the front door, turning pale when he sees Walt. Has there been another murder? Did they get Jake? Walt's voice is low and dangerous. Rich would know, given his hobby. Rich pleads ignorance, but Walt lets him know that Faith told them about his interest in archery. Rich denies that Faith left her bow with him, but Vic appears holding the phone books. How does Rich explain these?
Later at the Sheriff's station, Lizzie Ambrose comes in to visit Walt. Vic cuts her off at the pass, saying that Walt is in his office with a murder suspect. Not a good time to chat. Lizzie pulls out an elegantly wrapped gift from behind her back. She just wanted to give Walt a little surprise, would Vic see that he gets it? Vic stares at the gift, then steps close to Lizzie so that the Ferg and Viho won't overhear. It's blonde to blonde. What are Lizzie's intentions? Walt has a lot on his mind and Vic doesn't want him to get hurt. Lizzie laughs, surprised. She and Walt aren't rushing into anything. Their evening was G-rated, though Lizzie was hoping for more of an R-rated kind of night. Lizzie fires right back: what are Vic's intentions? She chose a career dominated by men and doesn't wear a wedding ring. Vic spits back that since Lizzie isn't a cop she wouldn't know that wedding rings can't be worn on duty because, if she has to punch someone - Vic brandishes her fist in Lizzie's face to illustrate - the ring would do damage. Lizzie confesses that her ex-husband didn't wear his ring a lot. But he wasn't a cop. She backs off, again asking Vic to please make sure Walt gets the present. The minute Lizzie is out of sight, Vic drops the gift into her bottom desk drawer and slams it shut.
In Walt's office, Rich blames everything on Walt. He stood up in the courtroom and called Rich and his friends "rapists." Even though they weren't guilty, that's how everyone will always think of them. That's why that Cheyenne guy is killing them. Walt replies that most of the evidence points at Rich. The boy is indignant. Why would he kill his friends? Walt points out that maybe they're not his friends. Walt thinks Rich blames them for everything that's happened, and as for Faith breaking up with him. Rich declares he's had "enough of this s***" and rises to go, but Walt orders him to sit back down. What did he do with the bow? Faith said that he kept it. Rich insists that she's lying, trying to trash him like Walt is doing. Rich trembles, nearly in tears. Why does Walt hate him and think he's such a bad person? Walt's eyes are cold as stone. Because Ayasha told him so. Does Rich remember Ayasha? Because she remembers him. Rich's face crumples.
The next day, Jake Lennox stares down at his sandwich while his dad, Alfred, holds up the Durant newspaper. The headline reads: MULTIPLE SUSPECTS HELD IN BOW MURDERS. Jake's dad can't believe Rich Stark has been in their house! What happened to him? Jake can't take it. He stands abruptly and brings his plate into the kitchen. His mother calls after him, worried. SMASH! An arrow crashes through the window, missing Jake's head by an inch. Holy s***! Alfred yells at him to get down. Through the window, Jake sees a man in camouflage fatigues running towards the woods clutching a bow, his father in hot pursuit.
Alfred chases the would-be assailant, firing his handgun. Shots chip trees, dirt flies, then with a loud grunt of pain the man collapses, face down. Alfred points his gun at the back of the man's head and demands that he look at him or he'll kill him. The man rolls over: it's Rich's dad, Warren Stark!
In Walt's office, Warren offers to waive all his rights and confess to everything if Walt will release Rich. Walt admits he's already released the boy, and Viho Roundstone as well. Warren slowly and clearly confesses to the murders. His son is a good kid. He never would have raped that girl if his friends hadn't made him do it. They're bullies, rotten to the core. Then they swaggered around town like they own the place while Rich was broken. He even tried to kill himself with pills. After the suicide attempt, Warren started monitoring Rich's emails. Warren arranged to meet Greg at the ski basin where he knew the boys hung out; then he killed him and drew the symbol on his forehead. Walt's eyes narrow; Warren is very calm about all this for someone who murdered two kids. Rich's dad replies that it's surprising how revenge can bring tremendous peace. Something doesn't smell right to Walt.
That night, Walt pulls up to his cabin to find a ghostly figure huddled on his porch. It's his daughter, Cady. Her eyes are red and puffy from crying. Walt freezes, managing to utter the usual, "Hey Punk," but it falls flat. Cady's voice is hollow. Why does Walt treat her like this? Walt apologizes, he didn't mean to avoid her, he just needed time to get his head around what's going on with her and Branch. But that's not what Cady meant. Detective Fales came by her house looking for Walt, and to talk about her mother's death. Walt slumps. Oh s***. Cady's face is a portrait of grief and rage. How could he? Suddenly she flies at Walt in a fury, clawing and slapping until she crumples on the porch her head in her hands. Walt can barely speak. He always wanted to tell her but he couldn't. Cady spits back that he can't talk about anything! Shutting her out for not telling him about Branch, and the whole time not telling her that her mother was murdered. The whole year has been a lie. She had a right to know! Walt agrees, but it was her mother's wish not to tell her. She wanted to be remembered as a wife and mother, not as a murder victim. Death is always hard, but murder doesn't just create sadness. It destroys people. Cady has Walt's blood. The case would have consumed her; infected her; taken over her whole life. Walt only wanted to protect her from the pain. He's her father. That's his job.
Cady stands, her eyes ice cold. She will relieve Walt of that burden. She brushes past him and gets in her car. Walt walks in front of the car to block her path. Pinned by the headlights, Walt calls out to Cady that she can never relieve him of that burden! She stares at her father from the darkness of her car. She's got nothing left. Cady slams the car into gear and speeds around Walt, leaving him in the dark. His voice is ragged as he says it again, "You'll never relieve me of that burden."
A car pulls into a dark parking lot and Jake Lennox gets out. He heads for the restaurant, but he is not alone. His stalker moves up on him fast as Jake whirls around with a terrified gasp.
Walt bursts into the Sheriff's station asking Branch, Vic, and the Ferg what the hell is going on. Branch explains that Jake Lennox's dad called him at home. Jake is missing! Vic elaborates: once Warren Stark confessed, Jake's mom and dad decided he could resume his normal life. He left for work, but he never showed up. Branch gloats that he had to tell Jake's parents that Walt released Viho, and they're pretty pissed. Walt glares at Branch then turns to Warren Stark, locked in the jail cell. Walt grabs a pad of paper and a pen and shoves them through the bars, telling Warren to draw the symbol he claims to have drawn on his victims' foreheads after shooting them. Warren stares at Walt like a deer in the headlights. He can't remember, exactly. Walt digs; can't remember? Or never knew because Rich never described it to him? Walt's voice softens. He can understand a father trying to protect his child, but if Warren really wants to protect Rich he'll tell Walt where to find him. Warren slumps; he truly doesn't know. Walt turns to his team. It's Rich. They've got to find him. He sends Branch to Rich's house, Vic to the ski basin, and the Ferg to the drive-in. Walt is headed for the other place the boys used to go to hang out.
Jake Lennox is tied to a tree in an isolated part of the woods, pleading that he'll do or say whatever Rich wants. His face is bruised and bleeding. Rich picks up the compound bow. There's nothing left to do. They thought they got away with it, but everyone knows. This is the spot that changed everything. Jake begs him to cut it out, but Rich cuts him off commanding him to scream "Stop! No! Stop!" just like Ayasha did. Flashback to:
Ayasha pinned down on her back under a dark sky in these same woods. Rough hands push up her skirt while she screams and screams...
Rich screams at Jake to SAY IT! Jake begrudgingly complies. Rich loads an arrow and pulls back the drawstring of the bow, ready to fire. Jake loses it and hollers for help at the top of his lungs. Rich reminds him that no one can hear him. That was the point of bringing Ayasha all the way up here, remember? She could scream her head off and no one would hear her. Rich is ready to let the arrow fly when a cool voice commands him to drop the weapon.
It's Walt speaking from the shadows. He has his gun trained on Rich. Jake thanks God for the Sheriff, but Walt tells him not to thank anyone just yet. All Rich has to do is release the arrow and Jake is dead. Again, Walt orders Rich to put down the weapon, but Rich insists he's saving everyone the trouble of another trial. He'll confess to killing Greg and Paul. He did it, not his dad. And now he has to finish it. Walt's voice softens. He knows Rich believes the only way to be at peace is through death. He used to think that himself. But there is another way to peace: truth. Rich scoffs, still aiming the arrow at Jake. Truth? The truth is they lied last year, but didn't get punished. Rich confesses loud and clear; he raped Ayasha! Walt's eyes are as dark as the night around them. Rich sobs. He didn't want to - Jake made him - but he still did it. Walt's expression shifts. How did Jake "make" him do it? Rich croaks that Jake held a gun to his head. Flashback to:
Jake pointing a gun at the back of Rich's head, and then moving it to Rich's back, pushing him down onto Ayasha as she screams.
Rich cries out in torment. Why didn't he just let Jake shoot him? Jake shouts that Rich is crazy, but Walt ignores him. He promises Rich that if he'll put down the weapon, he'll make sure Jake is put away. Jake can't be tried again for what he did to Ayasha, but he can be put away for what he did to Rich. Using the threat of violence to make someone do something they don't want to do is kidnapping. Jake will get his punishment, and so will Rich. That's what he wants, isn't it?
It is. Rich finally lowers the bow and Walt grabs it. Jake nearly faints with relief as Walt cuts him free, and then slaps handcuffs on him. Jake can't believe it. He's being arrested? Through tears, Rich apologizes to Walt, to Ayasha, and to Viho. Walt assures him it's going to be alright. Rich knows it will be. He whips out a gun from the back of his pants and presses it to his temple. POW! In a flash Walt shoots Rich in the shoulder and he drops to the ground, whimpering, gun falling from his hand. Why did Walt stop him? The answer comes from a cold place. If Rich is dead, who will testify against Jake?
A few days later, Walt's face is on the cover of the Durant newspaper with the headline: SHERIFF LONGMIRE SOLVES BOW MURDERS. Branch folds the paper and drops it into a trashcan. A receptionist enters the sun-drenched hallway to let Branch know Jacob Nighthorse will be with him in a minute. Branch sits with his cowboy hat in his hands. He stares at a Native American ceremonial headdress on display. His expression is grim and determined.
At the Sheriff's station Vic sits at her desk twirling her wedding ring with an expression of mourning. Finally, she puts it on. She opens the drawer with the present Lizzie brought for Walt. What should she do?
Walt enters the Red Pony and winds through the crowd to the table where Detective Fales is waiting. Fales greets Walt with a warm hello, tinged with irony. He congratulates Walt on bringing in the boys. It sounds like a crazy case! Henry serves the detective a chili cheeseburger declaring it's supremacy to anything Colorado has to offer. There are Rainier beers on the table, too, but Henry assures Walt that he told Fales nothing. Walt compliments the detective on doing his homework. Fales tells Walt he's an interesting man because he obsessively harassed the detective assigned to solving his wife's murder every day for a month, then suddenly... nothing. When Detective Fales tried to reach Walt, he got no response. Then when Fales visited with Cady, it turned out Walt never told her about the stabbing. With every word, Walt's eyes grow colder and darker. He tells Fales that everyone processes grief their own way. Walt asks about the man they found. The detective describes him as a white male meth head in his mid-30s. He had a knife with Walt's wife's DNA on it, so he was probably the one who stabbed her. Walt's face reveals nothing. Fales continues; there's one more thing about this guy: he's dead. Ended up with a broken neck, buried in a shallow grave. So here's the question; did Walt drive down to Denver last year to hunt down and kill the man who stabbed his wife? Walt stares at Fales for a long time, his expression unfathomable, before responding: no.