Dark Winds Season 2 Ending Explained: Who’s Behind the Bombings?

The Dark Winds season 2 finale brings Joe Leaphorn to the brink. Here’s how it all goes down.

Zahn McClarnon as Joe Leaphorn - Dark Winds _ Season 2, Episode 5
Photo: Michael Moriatis | AMC

This article contains spoilers for DARK WINDS season 2.

The acclaimed AMC+ neo-noir series Dark Winds, created by Graham Roland and based on the Leaphorn & Chee novel series by Tony Hillerman, has just wrapped its second season. Going deeper, darker, and more violent than its inaugural season, Dark Winds places protagonist Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon) on a more personal and grueling gauntlet that leads him to journey through his own heart of darkness. This isn’t to say that the second season is an introspective story, the season kicks off with a literal bang, but it does strike particularly closer to home for Leaphorn.

Drawing elements from Hillerman’s 1980 novel People of Darkness, the second season starts out with its two leads investigating different cases before inevitably bringing them back together. Introducing a new set of supporting characters, including a genuinely menacing antagonist in Colton Wolf (Nicholas Logan), things are deadlier than ever around the Navajo reservation. Here’s how Dark Winds Season 2 unfolds and ends, with the departure of at least one major character and a surprisingly lethal turn for Leaphorn before the credits roll.

The Story So Far…

Dark Winds takes place on a Navajo reservation in Arizona during the 1970s – no cell phones, internet, or GPS use towards solving crimes and getting out of mortal danger. Joe Leaphorn leads the local tribal law enforcement, including his trusty partner Bernadette Manuelito (Jessica Matten). Joe lives with his wife Emma (Deanna Allison), with the couple having lost their son several years prior, killed in what appeared to be an accidental explosion at a local oil drilling site.


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