Great episode, again...the thing about Justified, is even an 'average' episode of the series, would be, writing/style/banter/awesome-wise, a top episode in any other drama series in television. So while not as good as last weeks "top three of season" episode, still brilliantly done. Thing about series finale...first, Justified season finales are simply amazing, so there's some pressure for intense action, since they're 3 for 3 so far. Second, I ordinarily would think Winona would end up being fine even when a beautiful damsel in distress, and Graham Yost indicated this a year ago...but Natalie Zea's got a full time gig in other hit show, and they were talking at beginning of this episode about the need for Raylan to fill out forms (insurance?)...they wouldn't harm the baby girl, but I'm now not sure about Winona surviving, to at least give birth or have a C-section done. Will see what happens next week.
Drew Thompson is becoming the mystery for the season...Justified, sometimes likes to come up with answers, that in retrospect, make perfect sense...it would be a fascinating turn of events, if it turns out to be Stephen Root, a/k/a "The Hammer" Judge...that would help explain how Drew Thompson kept tabs on law enforcement, well enough to stay a few steps ahead of them.. (Though hopefully he changed his look enough, maybe with plastic surgery, to keep from being noticed by Tonin, for the first few years)
Still best show on TV...The writing, acting, and editing, with the Peabody winning view on Appalachia Kentucky, is continually fascinating. Graham Yost and the cast are brilliant, and season 4 is continuing a trend that I didn't think could get much better. Since I guessed Arlo last season shot Tom, will press my luck further, and predict that emeralds from South America will be found hidden in or around Raylan mother's grave.
I'm fairly sure that Quarles shot Trooper Tom, though some viewers have accurately pointed out, that Quarles should not have gotten the better of Tom under the circumstances...he was highly dosed with drugs, and had already used his surprise up sleeve gun move, unsuccesfully, on Boyd...so my shocking twist idea, is that Arlo shot Tropper Tom, perhaps thinking him to be Raylan, and because of that, even while first being hunted by Raylan, Quarles will be 'allowed' to leave Harlan for Detroit, to deal with Arkin's character instead.
I can safely say this is my favorite show on TV, owing to the vision of Graham Yost, who also did Boomtown, with two of the guest stars this year, Neal and Williamson as Boomtown regulars. I wouldn't take my eye off of Limehouse...if Justified is like Boomtown, (which it is at least as far as the superb writing...the talking to the mirror, by Quarles, is eerily reminescent of what Neal did in the episode 'Blackout', playing David McNorris, probably the best Boomtown episode), then there will likely be something unexpectedly horrible done by Limehouse in the last 3 episodes. (Keep in mind, this has been inferred from Day 1, with his name and using Lyme, and slaughtering pigs) So the audience will then have a difficult time choosing between who's worse...Quarles (who is nuts,probably sociopathic and oddly sympathetic based on his personal history) or Limehouse (who exceptionally methodical, and therefore possibly sociopathic, when justified in his opinion)... Just a guess, but the characters that in the show, are focused on at different times in the season, when it's time to fully tell their story...I think Limehouse will be a focus real soon.
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