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'Justified' Season 4 finale a nod to Tarantino

Executive producer wanted a closer that started big, ended small

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Apr 3, 2013 12:21PM


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Spoiler alert: This post contains plot points from the "Justified" Season 4 finale.


If the bullet-filled Season 4 finale of "Justified" felt a little familiar, there's a reason said Graham Yost, the crime drama's executive producer.


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"We found ourselves referring to Quentin Tarantino's work a lot in the last third of the season," Yost told TV Guide about the installment, which aired Tuesday night on FX. "The way 'Kill Bill' was structured, there was the big huge shootout at the club and all of the confrontations got smaller and smaller until the very end when Thurman is sitting across the table from Carradine."


"The last episode starts really big (with) Raylan and Winona versus these three thugs in the nursery," he added. "Then things got smaller and smaller until it's just Raylan and Nicky Augustine in the back of the limo. We didn't feel that we would be satisfied if Raylan just pulled a gun and shot Nicky."


Speaking of Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Winona (Natalie Zea), not only was the nursery shootout thrilling to watch but it also brought the two characters closer together in ways not even Yost imagined.


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"We've so often played Winona as cranky and upset with Raylan," Yost said. "But even though it was because of Raylan that she found herself in a nursery with a gun to her belly, he managed to dispatch those guys and eliminate the threat. There was something there. And the long kiss they gave, that wasn't necessarily planned. That's stuff that developed. But I was surprised by the emotion between them, and it really gave me a feeling that we want to see as much of Winona as we can."


Yost said fans can expect a Season 5 with a more criminally savvy Boyd (Walton Goggins) hell-bent on revenge and a cornered Ava (Joelle Carter) in jail.


"(Boyd) getting his criminal empire is not why Ava's going to jail," Yost said. "But he also is just obsessed with his loss of Ava at this point and what is he going to do about that. (And Ava) I can't imagine Ava wanting to just keep her head down. I've got a feeling that trouble will find her."


When the series returns, fans will also see a possibly promoted Raylan still riding high after finding and capturing Drew Thompson aka Shelby Parlow (Jim Beaver) and taking down Nicky Augustine (Mike O'Malley).


"He's at the top of everything," Yost said. "In this case, we just thought this was a smart way for Raylan to eliminate the threat to Winona and the baby and not lose his job as Marshal. (Raylan's) really splitting the difference between how Arlo (Raymond J. Barry) handled things and how (his mother) Frances handled things.


"Frances looked to be the conciliator and make peace and Arlo wanted to scorch earth. Raylan ends up finding that perhaps he exists somewhere in the middle."


"Justified" Season 5 debuts in 2014 on FX.

I've been hooked on "Justified" from the first show. I grew up in Lexington, but have been gone from Ky. for some 25 years now. I used to work in the Harlan, Hazard, Pineville areas. The people are the most hard working, honest, and friendliest people I've ever met. I would like to know who does the research for the show. I used to live not far from Tates Creek Road, and a lot of those places they mentioned I've been there, and then in Maggie's store there was a sign that advertised Ale-8-one soda, and then Raylan's comment about a blyvit, which is 10 lbs. s--- in a five lbs. bag. I've only heard that expression in Kentucky. It's just great stuff. Somebody is really doing their homework keep up the good work.
Apr 3, 2013 6:07PM
This show is off-the-charts, abso-bleeping-lutely, the best damn show on television. The writing, characters, and confrontations this season were spell-binding. What a great surprise ending. Hurry up 2014 and get here...I can't wait to see what Boyd is going to do.
Apr 3, 2013 5:59PM
Great show...I like that even the "good guys" are human and capable of "bad guy" stuff when necessary. Being from KY myself, although not eastern KY where the show takes place, I love the accents, authentic sounding....makes me homesick.  Anyway, I'm not sure if the "drug scene" going on there is completely accurate...from my understanding they are more into meth and pills than heroin. But its a story. I find myself pulling for Boyd and Ava alot...i'm glad Boyds "boy" (forgot his name) the one that was supposed to kill Ellen May, is gone...there was nothing likable about him at all. When Ava got busted my first thought was "how will Boyd get her out"? Even if she dosen't have a bond and gets an outrageous  sentence he will get her out one way or another..that would make a good storyline...him busting her out and the two of them on the run.      
Apr 3, 2013 4:56PM
Justified is a fantastic show...plot twists, turns and unlikely alliances (never thought Raylan would setup Nicky by bringing Sammy to town to kill Nicky)...Cant wait for next season...Boyd Crowder is one of the most cunning villains in TV history...Would love to see more of Marshall Brooks( what a gorgeous african american woman)...Keep up the good work!! 
Apr 3, 2013 4:40PM
Apr 3, 2013 4:27PM
I don't like Ava anymore, too mean spirited.
Apr 3, 2013 3:58PM
"Anyone who underestimates Bob does so at their peril".
Apr 3, 2013 3:56PM
Best writing on TV right now. Great show with great characters and acting. The fact that you find yourself pulling for Boyd as much as Raylan tells you that the days of white hats and black hats are over.
Apr 3, 2013 3:49PM
Boyd is the man.  He is going to open a can when season 5 returns.
Apr 3, 2013 3:39PM
This season was great. I liked the banter between Raylan and the other people. The conversations were funny. I am glad there is another season coming.
Apr 3, 2013 3:11PM
Yes i was just telling my friend Rayland Givens never disapoints...cant wait for next season
Apr 3, 2013 3:06PM
Love this show. So glad there will be a season 5.
Apr 3, 2013 2:58PM
Justified is the best show on television. Season ending episode was great. I am glad they did not leave a cliff hanger with Raylan.
Apr 3, 2013 2:41PM
Great show last night; loved the last sequence where Nicky (like everyone else) totally underestimated Rayan...
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