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JUSTIFIED | Season 4 In Review

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Your eyes do not deceive you! This is no Decoy! The JUSTIFIED podcast is back, and it’s all about one man and one man only: Drew Thompson!

In today’s podcast, Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) break down the hunt for the legendary outlaw Drew Thompson, long presumed dead but learned to be alive and in hiding as season four of JUSTIFIED begins. Taking a break from the big-bad-of-the-season formula that worked so well in seasons two and three, the fourth round of JUSTIFIED is more of a whodunnit, as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens races to find and arrest Drew Thompson before several other interested parties get to him first, including Raylan’s old friend turned nemesis Boyd Crowder, and vengeful mobster Theo Tonin, represented by foul-mouthed Nicky Augustine.

Josh and Antonio talk about JUSTIFIED shifting toward an overarching mystery for its fourth season, the continued descent into darkness for both Raylan and Boyd, the unexpected death of a pivotal character, the unexpected rise of U.S. Marshal Tim Gutterson, the first appearance of Patton Oswalt as Constable Bob, and an episode that just might be the very best JUSTIFIED episode of them all… among other topics.

Soon, Josh and Antonio will conclude their rewatch with a discussion about season five. The final season of JUSTIFIED premieres on January 20, and Josh and Antonio will continue to recap each and every episode.

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  • susan appleby

    Didn’t want to post about Arlo in the season 3 comments because I was afraid of spoilers.

    My take is that Arlo sees Boyd as his true son in part because Boyd stayed in Harlan, while Raylan rejected Harlan and everything that Arlo represented. I don’t think that Arlo ever understood Raylan or had much love for him. Also, I always thought Quarles was dead. I can’t see how he could have survived, as I doubt that anyone would have been rushing to give him first aid.

    Listening to season 4 now. You guys do such a great job with this show. I’m predicting that Decoy is the episode you pick as the best. It may be one of the most perfect tv episodes ever.

  • susan appleby

    One thing: I strongly disagree that Raylan setting up Nicky Augustine is the same as him drawing down on people. Raylan got Sammi there and basically organised the murder of Nicky. It was a huge shock to me and I felt it was an action far outside of Raylans normal moral compass.

  • susan appleby

    I found an interview with Graham Yost where he explains the motivation of the character who kills to protect the identity of Drew Thompson. For spoilers, in case someone reads this before watching the show or listening to the podcast, I won’t say more.

    Just to say he did it on his own initiative and NOT at Drew s request. This was discussed on the podcast which is why I’m pointing it out. I didn’t remember the reason behind that unexpected death either.

    Note: all seasons of justified are free for Amazon prime members and they have a couple of short season 6 treats too.

  • Tiffany

    Jim beaver is fantastic,I agree. I enjoyed this season

    It was hard for me to take Theo seriously as a villain though because he played an incredibly comedic character,Jimmy Hughes on the sitcom Yes,Dear.