JUSTIFIED Recap – “Restitution”

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And another season of Justified has come and gone.  The show has always been adept at juggling multiple storylines, but this was the first season where the plots felt a bit disjointed.  While the season started uncharacteristically gloomy and many of the stories dragged (how long did it take Boyd to move his drugs outta Mexico?), the past three weeks have been fantastic as they drove home the season’s recurring theme of family ruination.  Now we close with “Restitution,” a finale that puts a cap on many of these story lines and sets us up for one barnburner of a final season.  More on this week’s Justified after the break.

Showrunner Graham Yost Talks JUSTIFIED, Finishing out Season Five, Looking Ahead to the Final Season, Post-Series Plans, and More

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Based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard and developed for television by showrunner Graham Yost, the FX drama series Justified is wrapping up its fifth season and looking ahead to its sixth and final season. As things wind down, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) finally faces off with Darryl Crowe Jr. (Michael Rapaport), and the fate of Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) and his love for Ava (Joelle Carter) are still unresolved.

During this recent interview to discuss the events of this season and to look ahead at what viewers can expect from the show’s final season, executive producer Graham Yost talked about why they decided to end the show in six seasons, how they’ll raise the bar in the final season, approaching the last two seasons as one big story, the time frame for Season 6, doing fewer stand-alone episodes, the pressure in delivering that final moment, how people will be disappointed, no matter what they do to end the series, whether there might ever be a Justified movie, and that he’s already thought about what he’d like to do once the show is done.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Damon Herriman Talks JUSTIFIED, Viewer Sympathy for Dewey Crowe, Vince Gilligan’s BATTLE CREEK, Russell Crowe’s THE WATER DIVINER, and More

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Based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard and developed for television by showrunner Graham Yost, the FX drama series Justified is wrapping up its fifth season and looking ahead to its sixth and final season.  As things wind down, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) finally faces off with Darryl Crowe Jr. (Michael Rapaport), and the fate of Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) and his love for Ava (Joelle Carter) are still unresolved.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider to discuss the events of Season 5, Aussie actor Damon Herriman talked about how much fun it was to expand his character this season, how much more worried he was that he wouldn’t make it to the end alive, why viewers have grown to feel sympathy for Dewey Crowe, what Dewey’s perfect world would look like, what he did to prepare for this role, what it’s been like to work with such a talented cast of actors, and how awesome it would be if Dewey was one of the last men standing, when all was said and done, at the end of Season 6.  He also talked about his roles in the upcoming TV series Battle Creek, from Vince Gilligan, David Shore and Bryan Singer, in which he plays a detective, and Starz’s Flesh and Bone, which is set around the world of ballet dancers, as well as being a part of Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner.  Check out our Damon Herriman after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

JUSTIFIED Recap: “Starvation”

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Heading into its season finale, Justified picked up a lot of steam with “Starvation.”  The pressure is at a boiling point for nearly every character: from Raylan and Boyd, on down to Jimmy and Mike.  To make matters worse, the Mexicans are in town, turning the heat up under Duffy’s ass.  This episode really saw all the major characters at their most desperate, making for one solidly entertaining 45 minutes of television.  More on this week’s episode of Justified after the jump.

JUSTIFIED Recap: “The Toll”

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Some of the complaints (including my own) revolving around this season of Justified have to do with Raylan taking the hypothetical backseat to Boyd’s sluggish heroin shipment, Ava’s dour prison story line, and the Crowe’s family feud.  He’s been there to crack wise and deliver his ever reliable comic relief, but what he’s lacked in season 5 is drive – some incentive to get him to do more than hope to be transferred.  Well “The Toll” certainly gave him a powerful goal to strive for.  And it happened to be one that Raylan is damn good at achieving.  More on this episode of Justified after the jump.

JUSTIFIED Recap: “Weight”

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Season five of Justified is now in its home stretch.  With only three episodes left, there are still some elements to interlace if we’re to look back on this as a cohesive season.  “Weight” contained some big moments, including the loss of two great supporting characters and a visit to one of Harlan’s sleaziest rogues who we haven’t seen since season 3.  More on this episode of Justfied after the jump.

Michael Rapaport Talks JUSTIFIED, His Favorite Darryl/Boyd Moment, Accepting the Character’s Fate, and More

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Based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard and developed for television by showrunner Graham Yost, the FX drama series Justified is currently nearing the end of Season 5, which is also its penultimate season now that its been announced that the series will be ending with six seasons.  This season, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) has had to face the deadly and dangerous Crowe family while Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) struggles to free his imprisoned fiancée Ava (Joelle Carter), as his Dixie mafia partner Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) grows increasingly impatient with him.

During this recent interview to promote his arc on the show this season, actor Michael Rapaport, who plays Darryl Crowe Jr., talked about how much fun it’s been to be a part of this show, what originally drew him to the role, how Darryl turns a blind eye to his family, much to his own detriment, what he’s enjoyed most about playing this character, the biggest challenges, working with Walton Goggins, his favorite Darryl and Boyd moment, why he’s cool with it, if Darryl doesn’t make it through the end of the season, what drives him as an actor, and the projects he’s been involved with that mean the most to him.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

JUSTIFIED Recap: “Wrong Roads”

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Season 5 of Justified has so far been the least cohesive.  It’s still been good, even great at times, but the show always works best when the individual story lines click together, something this season hasn’t been too keen on.  Until now.  “Wrong Roads” brought the show’s current lineup of riff raff together for 53 minutes of standoffs and revelations.  While Raylan still seems peripheral to the major story, he did get one ugly look in the hypothetical mirror.  More on “Wrong Roads” after the jump.

JUSTIFIED Recap: “Whistle Past the Graveyard”

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Justified has two of the strongest leads on television today in Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins.  The show is always better when these two are together, but they’re each solid enough to carry separate stories.  Which is great, because their paths still haven’t converged in season 5.  Instead, Boyd is still trying to get outta Mexico with his drugs and Raylan got a standalone story that revealed some interesting truths about Wendy and Kendal Crowe.  More thoughts on “Whistle Past the Graveyard” after the jump.

JUSTIFIED Recap: “Raw Deal”

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Now that much of the Justified‘s encumbering characters have been shaved away (Lee Paxton, Mooney, Mara), season five has been able to focus on more engaging aspects of the story.  And while the writers have always been great at juggling multiple storylines, this season feels the most disjointed so far.  Particularly on Raylan’s side of town, where this week seemed to be a disconnected one-off story.  I guess Raylan needed something to do while Boyd and the Crowes headed south of the border.  We’re now seven episodes deep and it’s still blurry how all these plots are going to collide.  More on the entertaining as hell “Raw Deal” after the break. 

JUSTIFIED Recap: “Kill the Messenger”

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After the bloodbath that was “Shot All to Hell,” this week’s “Kill the Messenger” moved around the pieces of Justified even more on the playing field of Harlan.  A lot of side characters and superfluous plots were washed away last week (in blood), so this episode took the folks that were left over and saw them forming unlikely alliances and making revelations, then sweeping them under the carpet for the time being.  And one story line that’s felt like deadweight the entire season inches closer towards being more interesting.  More of my thoughts on “Kill the Messenger” after the jump.

JUSTIFIED Recap: “Shot All to Hell”

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“Shot All to Hell” is an appropriate title for this episode, huh?  This one was absolutely ruthless from start to finish, with a lot of plays stuffed into 45 minutes.  In particular, many violent plays that disposed of some folks who were proving to be major players so far this season.  For those that were left alive, the proverbial shit has hit the fan.  Especially on the Crowder side of town.  And while things started to look up for Raylan, he finished the episode by making one bold, unexpected move that puts him on the chopping block.  This was one damn impressive outing in Harlan.  More of my thoughts on Justified’s “Shot All to Hell” after the jump.

Showrunner Graham Yost Talks JUSTIFIED Season 5, the Elmore Leonard Legacy, Setting Up the Final Season, and More

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Based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard and developed for television by showrunner Graham Yost, the FX drama series Justified is back for Season 5, which is also its penultimate season, now that its been announced that it will be ending with six seasons.  This season, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) must confront the deadly and dangerous Crowe family while Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) struggles to free his imprisoned fiancée Ava (Joelle Carter), as he partners with the Dixie mafia’s Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns).

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Graham Yost talked about living up to the legacy of Elmore Leonard, what fans can expect from the remainder of this season, how they set up Season 5 to lead into the sixth and final season, why now was the right time to explore the Crowe family, that things will come to a head between Raylan and Daryl Crowe (Michael Rapaport), where things are headed with Boyd and Ava, and what it’s been like to have Timothy Olyphant as a collaborator, throughout the run of the series.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

JUSTIFIED Recap: “Over the Mountain”

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Now that’s what I’m talking about.  “Over the Mountain” laced together all of the elements introduced in the previous three episodes, which means Raylan finally had some real work to do.  Did he find the time to have a romp in the sack with his new blonde?  Of course he did, but he also made himself useful as an actual lawman.  Justified is at its finest when juggling multiple storylines, then having them collide headfirst.  “Over the Mountain” delivered on that and more.  Hit the jump for my thoughts on the episode.

Walton Goggins Talks JUSTIFIED, Where Season 5 Is Heading, Boyd’s Ending, William Monahan’s MOJAVE, and More

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Based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard and developed for television by showrunner Graham Yost, the FX drama series Justified is back for Season 5, which is also its penultimate season now that its been announced that it will be ending with six seasons.  This season, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) must confront the deadly and dangerous Crowe family while Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) struggles to free his imprisoned fiancée Ava (Joelle Carter), as he partners with the Dixie mafia’s Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns).

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Walton Goggins talked about being motivated to do justice to the work of the late Elmore Leonard, how everything is moving towards a conclusion now, why everything is unraveling all at once for Boyd, what affect not sacrificing himself for Ava might have, that he’s been talking to Graham Yost about Boyd’s final outcome since Season 2, and where things are headed during the rest of this season.  He also talked about what sounds like a crazy role as an entertainment lawyer in William Monahan’s upcoming feature film Mojave, starring Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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