This isn’t exactly exclusive to “Longmire,” as many other cop dramas explore similar themes, but given the small nature of the Absaroka County Sheriff’s Department, the lack of proper anger management is striking. While Walt is usually pretty good at suppressing his own temper, there are several instances where he simply loses his composure. Whether it’s fighting his best friend in the open field, bemoaning his own deputy in the middle of the street, or knocking over his desk, Walt gets kind of creepy when he lets go.
Unfortunately, most problems in leadership carry over to those who follow him, and that certainly goes for the rest of Walt’s team as well. But of all of Walt’s deputies, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase) is the most furious, especially towards a Cheneyne man named David Ridges (David Midthunder), who nearly killed him on the field. Branch’s anger at Ridges extends beyond the job and forces Walt to accept his badge, and Branch nearly loses his mind. Unfortunately, Branch ends up doing more damage as a free agent.
Likewise, others like Vic Moretti, Zach Heflin (Barry Sloane), and “Ferg” Ferguson (Adam Bartley) are also struggling with their own anger issues, resulting in either a conversation with Walt, a pink note, or a loss of a relationship. The anger issues don’t go without consequences, which is probably a blessing considering everyone in that department seems to be struggling.