As the sages say, all good things come to an end – and season four, we think you’ll agree, was very, very good. From a snake-handling church and chicken fighting to a convoy and a limo-massacre, it was certainly an eventful time to be in Harlan County. But now your favorite cops and robbers are going to take a well-deserved break, rest on their laurels, and gear up for another thirteen high-octane episodes that will begin to air in January 2014.
For those of you who just can’t imagine life without “Justified,” just remember that the entire series is available on iTunes and Amazon. (And if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can stream the first three seasons for free!) Also, DVDs and Blu-rays of seasons one, two and three are available from your favorite online and brick-and-mortar retail stores.
If you’re still reeling from the superb season finale like we are, scroll down for a sampling of articles, interviews, and critics reviews from around the Internet.
Finally, it was an absolute privilege for us to work on this blog over the season and we want to sincerely thank FX and all you fellow fans who tuned in to share our love for this amazing show.
Jeff and Nick
“If ‘Decoy’ was a new high-water mark for the show, that’s because it’s so immediately visceral and fun to watch. ‘Peace of Mind’ and ‘Ghosts,’ on the other hand, take the other tack, trading in the action-movie plotting and balls-out excitement of ‘Decoy’ for thematic contemplation and brooding emotionalism. I’d stick these three episodes of TV up against any episodes produced by any show in the medium’s history — they’re that good.” –Todd VanDerWerff, Grantland
“…Powerful season, at least the best in two years and a coin toss for me at the moment with the mighty season two. There was no big bad in season four, and as a result Justified was freer to explore the bigness of the badness within the characters we already knew.” –James Poniewozik, Time
“…What stands out now that all is said and done is the way ‘Justified’ was able to reinvent itself in Season 4 by not focusing on a central villain while still putting together what was arguably its finest season to date.“ –Tim Surette, TV.com
“…Another masterfully written and executed ‘Justified,’ entertainingly and emotionally bringing the show’s best season to a close. (And I don’t make that ‘best season’ claim lightly, because I’m a big season-two booster.)… ‘Ghosts’ becomes a study in contrasts, between a man with state power and ‘righteousness’ on his side, and a man who’s tried to escape his station through ways less socially sanctioned… Grade: A” –Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
“Raylan’s a fast gun, super-cool and great with a quip, but ultimately, he’s a tragic character. And I appreciate that after all the capers and double crosses of the last two seasons, ‘Justified’ pauses at the end to remind us of that. Strong season. Terrific finish.” –Alan Sepinwall, HitFix
“The thing that’s so great about ‘Justified’ is how it has rejected some of the pressures to be just like every other ‘serious’ antihero drama on TV. It’s always been a little shaggier, funnier, more procedural… It’s also been willing to inhabit a more total moral ambiguity.” –Willa Paskin, Salon
“‘Justified’ has long been a critical favorite… Season 4 certainly swung for the fences with its format-breaking Drew Thompson mystery, culminating in the terrific “Decoy” several weeks back… ‘Ghosts’ in particular feels as nuanced and well-defined as ever, needing precious few action beats to illustrate the tension of the hour, and rich character definition from Walton Goggins and Timothy Olyphant.” –Kevin Fitzpatrick, ScreenCrush