Title: Counting coup, or striking an enemy, was the highest honor earned by warriors of the Great Plains. Showing courage in the process of war was more important than killing for individual status. Counting coup involved risking one's life in charging the enemy on foot or horseback to get close enough to touch or strike him. Reference: University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Encyclopedia of the Great Plains.
Discrepancy: Ferg makes reference to Vic leaving Walt at 11,000 feet. The tree line, or point at which trees aren't capable of growing, in Wyoming is around 10,000 feet so the scene shouldn't have had any trees in it. The mountain scenes were filmed in the New Mexico Red River Valley at about 11,000 feet. This area's tree line is around 13,000 feet thus the tree filled scenes.
After a lot of discussion as to whether the production team would shoot the rodeo scenes at an actual rodeo, or create a rodeo themselves, the decision was made to make their own rodeo from scratch. Directory of Photoraphy Cameron Duncan stated, "Our stunt coordinator Chris Howell and animal trainer Cody Smith did an amazing job in recreating the rodeo. Howell is a former bronc rider, so this episode was tailor made for him. That shooting day was the one day that spooked the production the most because we had so many elements; background players, animals, stunts, etc. In the end the crew and department keys came prepared and we killed it. I'm recalling the stunt man for Shawn Hatosy was able to land in the same spot once he was bucked from the bronco."
For the shoots at the Sublette home, the crew used a combination of art that actually belonged to the homeowners, and pieces brought in by production designer Robb Wilson King. In order to keep things tidy, the crew was required to wear "booties" while working in the home. Director of Photography Cameron Duncan said, "It was like shooting in a modern art museum; a bit nerve-racking."
The strip club for Vic's scene was full of mirrors which helped give the shot depth. But three cameras shooting simultaneously plus mirrors everywhere meant production had to be sure a crew member wasn't caught in the shot. Everyone on set not meant to be seen was wearing black to make them "invisible". The scene was shot at night so the bright light seen when Longmire enters the club isn't sunlight but a humungous light.
The scene where Walt's Bronco flipped involved two Bronco's, one with a stunt man who drove into a fence and off the road and one that was built on a pulley system mounted on a sled. Robert Taylor (Longmire) was harnessed into the Bronco while director of photography Cameron Duncan sat in an apple box at the very back. There were four cameras working: one look one looking down on Taylor from the driver's window, one mounted on the fender, another mounted inside the vehicle just over his shoulder, and Duncan operated another handheld camera to create the illusion that the Bronco had rolled onto its side. Taylor, Duncan and stunt coordinator Chris Howell rode the Bronco sled for 50-70 yards down an incline. The entire setup stirred up a lot of dust which a cloud of smoke inside the vehicle.
At the beginning of the episode when Walt drives up to meet Vic you see a herd of elk race across the road in front of Walt's Bronco. The elk weren't incidental, first assistant director O'Mahoney hiked a quarter mile into the woods to find a herd of elk. As the truck drove down the road, the assistant director located the herd and spooked them toward the road. So a combination of good timing and good luck got the herd and the Bronco in the right place at the right time to get it all in one shot.