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Breaking Down The 'Justified' Series Finale: Who Lived And Who Died?

4/15/2015 8:22am EDT
'Justified' Series Finale Recap And Review: 'The Promise' - Who
After six seasons, one of television's best series came to an end on Tuesday. Justified wrapped up its near-perfect run with "The Promise," which delivered the bloody showdowns we've come to expect from this series while also taking near its entire fourth act to spend some final time with these unique, beloved characters and remind us that they're the reason we kept coming back to Harlan for years on end. It was everything that it should've been and then some.

Picking up exactly where last week's episode left off, Raylan is in the process of being detained thanks to the BOLO that AUSA Vasq...

'Justified' Recap: Bad Things Happen When 'Guy Walks Into A Bar'

3/21/2012 2:04am EDT
Justified keeps going strong this week, as Raylan and Quarles have another confrontation that makes up one of the best scenes in the show's history. If Timothy Olyphant or Neal McDonough don't win an Emmy, I will be shocked.

Nothing good ever happens past nightfall in Kentucky, at least on this show. There are two sheriff's deputies planting drugs in Shelby's truck, for one. He stops them with his shotgun, but it's clear they're playing dirty in Harlan County. Shelby then talks to Boyd, who decides he doesn't want his friend going anywhere alone from that point on. He goes to vis...

'Justified' Recap: Tying Up 'Loose Ends'

3/14/2012 2:03am EDT
Even the best Justified villain has to fall. And with only five episodes left in the show's third season, this is the beginning of what should be a fantastic end.

We start at the end of another long day for Raylan (does he even have short days?), as he contemplates what to do with the gun that killed his ex-wife's second husband. He stashes it in his apartment and then decides to inspect the ceiling.

The next morning, he's summoned into Art's office. Art wants to know what Raylan has on Quarles "right now that you can prove." After the resulting silence, he tells Raylan that until Quarl...

'Justified' Recap: 'The Man Behind The Curtain' (3.07)

2/29/2012 2:07am EST
This week's Justified is a slow episode by comparison, but leave it to one of TV's top writing staffs to have something worthwhile in even the quieter hours.

Still dealing with Winona's departure, Raylan is getting blitzed at a different place, which happens to be the bar below his new apartment. Imagine his surprise when Quarles shows up at the bar beside him. "You're a bouncer in a dive bar," he says, and is not impressed. Raylan retorts with details of Quarles' propensity for roughing up male escorts that I didn't need. The next day, determined to take Quarles down, he needles...

Q&A: Meet 'Gone' Star Sam Upton

2/25/2012 10:00am EST
Sam Upton
If you catch the new Amanda Seyfried thriller Gone this weekend, you'll catch another interesting actor: Sam Upton. Who is he? An incredibly versatile player.

In Gone, Upton plays McKay, one of the police officers that Jill (Seyfried) turns to in order to catch the serial killer who once came after her and has now targeted her sister. The flick has a cast of names that TV buffs will adore, from Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter to Justified boss Nick Searcy, but don't overlook the affable Upton, who recently chatted with me about the film and the many other interests he has.

Let's start at t...

Q&A: How 'Justified' Star Timothy Olyphant Conquers TV

2/22/2012 1:48pm EST
If there's one film actor who came into television and blew the doors off the medium, it was Justified star Timothy Olyphant.

In three seasons as quick-witted, quick-drawing Kentucky marshal Raylan Givens, the Live Free or Die Hard actor hasn't given a bad performance. In fact, he hasn't given less than a great one. Whether it's his leveling stare or just the way he points his words, Olyphant carries himself with a natural intensity that makes Raylan the infamous character we've been told he is. Simply put, in someone else's hands, this role just wouldn't work.

Off-screen, he's incredib...

'Justified' Recap: 'When The Guns Come Out' (3.06)

2/22/2012 2:16am EST
By the title of this episode of Justified, you should be able to guess that there's more shooting than usual. Yet as is also usual, this show is a lot more than just its body count.

While Raylan is trying to figure out where Winona ran off to after she left him last week, lots of people are being shot (which is kind of typical for Kentucky). He's advised not to keep going after her, but we all know Raylan is too stubborn to listen. Instead, he goes looking for the money from the bank robbery she swiped last season, and when he finds it missing, he knows what's up. He asks Art for ...

'Justified' Recap: 'Thick As Mud' (3.05)

2/15/2012 2:03am EST
There's a lot going on in this week's Justified, and quite a few familiar faces. If "Thick As Mud" has a particular pop to it, it's because Elmore Leonard has a co-story credit for this ride.

While Limehouse is determined to keep Dickie (and anyone else) away from what remains of Mags' money, Boyd and Arlo are burying Devil's body after his bloody end, and Raylan's relationship with Winona is as rocky as it's always been...and oh crap, Dewey Crowe is missing some internal organs. That last part is courtesy of that creepy prison nurse Lance (Clayne Crawford), who just will not go awa...

'Justified' Recap: 'The Devil You Know' (3.04)

2/8/2012 2:20am EST
Justified: just when you think you've got it figured out, it keeps unraveling and then it punches you in the stomach. And it's worth all the pain, because it's the best series on TV.

This week, Devil's a little restless, but that's because he's got a meeting with Quarles. What the heck is going on? One of those instances where someone thinks they're bigger than they are, that's what. After his conversation with Boyd last week, Devil is twitchy, and Quarles does his best to make him feel important. "This is an opportunity that only happens once," he teases, and Devil is listening.


'Justified' Recap: 'Harlan Roulette' (3.03)

2/1/2012 2:12am EST
If you want to see just how far Justified has come, "Harlan Roulette" is the episode to look at. Colorful, intriguing and at a few points unsettling, it's the complete package.

Ellstin Limehouse is having words with Ava. He says she looks good, and she replies "better than the last time we saw each other," which is just one heck of a loaded sentence. She wants him to meet Boyd. And so, on a bridge in the middle of the night, with plenty of glowering from various minions on both sides, the two converse. "It has come to my attention that you are in possession of something that belo...

'Justified' Recap: 'Cut Ties' (3.02)

1/25/2012 2:10am EST
Episode two of Justified's second season is a solid standalone that also continues to hand us pieces of a masterful bigger picture.

Last week's episode ("The Gunfighter") started Justified's third season off strong. "Cut Ties" keeps up the standard, but in a different way.

Raylan wakes up in Winona and Gary's house, quickly mistaken for Gary by the realtor who's showing people around. Have a joke about Winona cheating on him with a realtor again. Once Raylan wakes up and pulls himself together, he visits Boyd in prison and actually asks him for relationship advice. Boyd points out that ...

'Justified' Recap: 'The Gunfighter' (3.01)

1/18/2012 2:07am EST
Here's why I call Justified the best series on TV: because every season, I ask myself "How can this possibly get any better?" and it always does.

"The Gunfighter" starts off simply enough, but within minutes we're reminded that everything in this world is much more complex than it appears. Winona finds herself being pulled over by the state police; seems that Art has been trying to reach her. She arrives at the hospital, where Art tells her "he's going to be all right," and we don't need to be told who he's talking about. Yes, that's Raylan taking a nap in a hospital bed, where we kn...

The 11 Best From 2011

12/31/2011 11:00am EST
2011 was a fantastic year for entertainment. Here are my eleven favorite things from the year that's about to wrap, in chronological order...

1. Southland, TNT

(Season 3 began January 4)

I have to admit that I didn't keep up with TNT's gritty Los Angeles cop drama as much as I would have liked; it fell victim to sharing Tuesday nights with three other shows on my watch list. Yet when I did find time to catch it, I was no less than impressed every time.

There's been talk about the show's TV-MA content (allegedly the reason that NBC axed it), but the real talking point should be the st...

'Justified' 2.11 'Full Commitment' Recap and Review

4/21/2011 6:20am EDT
As much as last week's Justified was a filler ep, at least now we have a lot of fun things to play with. We pick up in the fallout of last week's shootout, and the Marshals Office is buzzing with activity. Raylan totally does not care what the Army CID guy has to tell him about the two shooters, who are ex-Army themselves. The Army CID guy isn't surprised that a lot of people might want to shoot Raylan. Obviously, he's a quick study.

Gary shows up and he wants to pick a fight with both Raylan and Winona. He wants to know how much she's willing to put up with, or if it will take he...

'Justified' 2.11 'Full Commitment' Advance Review

4/19/2011 5:00pm EDT
Tomorrow night's Justified feels like the most awkward family gathering ever. I mean that as high praise.

In last week's episode, we saw a lot of actual and potential developments in relationships, and "Full Commitment" shows us the side effects of all of them. Yes, serious things happen - you can add to the body count this week - but most of what makes this hour work is the awkward, often hilarious interactions as Raylan attempts to get to the bottom of last week's fracas and everyone else gets caught up in the tornado that is Raylan Givens.

There are so many fantastic moments i...

FX Brings Back 'Archer' And 'Justified'

3/29/2011 4:23pm EDT
Good news, everyone!

Two of our favorite shows around these parts have officially been renewed for their respective third seasons. Both TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly are reporting that Archer and Justified will return. The news isn’t a surprise, as both shows have been going strong in their sophomore runs (currently airing Thursdays & Wednesdays at 10 PM, respectively), but it’s still great to know that we can expect to see more of Sterling Archer and Raylan Givens.

The good folks behind Archer revealed on Twitter that their third season will be sixteen episodes, while Justified's ...

'Justified' 2.06 'Blaze of Glory' Recap and Review

3/17/2011 2:10am EDT
When I saw the preview for this episode of Justified, I was apprehensive at best. The show ended on a nail-biting cliffhanger last week and now it was heading into all too familiar territory with a Winona-in-peril story? I was skeptical, but I should've remembered that Justified rarely goes the way that we expect it to. I'd dare to say that "Blaze of Glory" isn't really a Winona story at all. She's our way into a main plot that actually belongs to Art Mullen.

We lead off with a pair of ATF agents taking statements from Boyd and Ava about the robbery attempt. Boyd tells them that he wa...

'Justified' 2.06 'Blaze of Glory' Advance Review

3/15/2011 9:42pm EDT
If you've seen the promo spot for tomorrow's Justified, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's one of those episodes where someone close to the hero is imperiled and the incensed hero gets revenge for the affront.

You'd also be wrong.

Yes, Winona (Natalie Zea) does get herself into some trouble, and she goes to Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) to get her out of it. Those of you who are in dislike with Winona - myself included - will probably just be even more so with this episode, in which she's not too smart. If there's one good thing I can say about Winona, it's that at least she recogniz...

On Location With 'Justified'

3/10/2011 12:15pm EST
Nothing can top FX's Justified, which is the best show currently on television - except for the chance to see how the near-perfect drama series comes together.

It's Monday morning in Newhall, CA - the oldest district of the city of Santa Clarita, and less than two miles from the California Institute of the Arts, where I went to school a decade ago. The call sheet I'm handed when I arrive at the shooting location tells me that everyone else has been here - a nondescript suburban block that could be anywhere - since 6:30 at the latest. Suddenly, my 8 AM wake-up call doesn't seem so...

'Justified' 2.04 'For Blood Or Money' Recap And Review

3/3/2011 2:02am EST
This week's Justified is a great example of how anything can be made interesting in the right hands. While it has to move forward ongoing plotlines with necessary scenes that could be rote, it takes advantage of the situation by using the time and structure to shine a light on one of its solid supporting characters. By episode's end, not only do we get the plot moved forward, but we also know Rachel Brooks a lot better than we did before.

After telling us last week that Dickie Bennett ordered the robbery of a drug bus belonging to the Dixie Mafia, the show can't just ignore the obvi...

'Justified' 2.02 'The Life Inside' Advance Review

1/26/2011 11:05pm EST
Only two weeks left until the return of Justified, and my look into season two continues with a sneak peek at episode two, "The Life Inside." It's a series of bad days for Raylan Givens, but it certainly makes for some great television.

Remember what I said last week about the show keeping strong continuity? The episode begins with needing to take care of loose ends from the season premiere - for the Bennett family and for Raylan, who tracks down Boyd at the site of his new venture. "Life don't hand out too many second chances, Boyd," he warns him. "I just hope you take advantage o...

TV On DVD Review: 'Justified: The Complete First Season' [Blu-Ray]

1/20/2011 1:20pm EST
Justified BR
Tuesday saw the release of Justified: The Complete First Season on both DVD and Blu-Ray. The best new series of 2010 comes home in a three-disc, thirteen-episode Blu-Ray set just three weeks before it returns to FX for season two, and I have a look inside that BR release for you (now that I've finally stopped watching it long enough to write about it!)

The Show

If you haven't started watching Justified yet, I have no idea where you've been. This is an amazing series, my favorite new series from last season, and one of my favorites of all time. If Human Target hadn't also debuted thi...

Brittany's TCA 2011 Blog: FX - 'Louie,' 'Wilfred' & 'Justified'

1/19/2011 11:15am EST
The last day of the TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter/Spring 2011 press tour was the one I'd had circled on my calendar, because it was all about FX. I have really fallen in love with this network and the people behind it over the past year. They gave me the highlight of my trip: a panel devoted to one of my all-time favorite series (Justified), putting me in the same room with one of my all-time favorite actors (Timothy Olyphant). I'll geek out about that later, though. First, let's talk about what else the cable net has up its sleeve...

Executive Session

I gained an enormous a...

Cast Members Give Exclusive Details Of New FX Drama 'Justified'

3/16/2010 10:20am EDT
Justified - FX
At the Hollywood premiere of the new FX series "Justified," Starpulse caught up with the cast members for exclusive details about their characters, the show, and the drama!

The new series, created by Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy"), airs March 16 on FX. Timothy Olyphant stars as Raylan Givens: a blue-blooded Deputy US Marshal who rose above his complicated past to become a respected law enforcement officer, leaving behind his hometown in the process. After shooting a gun thug in Miami, he is stripped of his hero status, and the Marshal service punishes Givens by sending him back to the one...