‘Justified’ Likely to End After Season 6

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Justified Raylan Givens Justified Likely to End After Season 6

One of FX’s most unabashed success stories, Justified recently debuted yet another strong season premiere episode for its fifth season. Taking lawman Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) out of the relative comfort zone of his home stomping grounds, the premiere showed that Justified need not be confined by its (admittedly colorful and important) local geography.

Yet, despite the series’ apparent ability to grow and change successfully, Justified may not be around much longer. According to the show’s producers, plans are in place for season 6 of Justified to be the show’s last.

Variety has shared the scoop that showrunner Graham Yost is planning to end Justified after its sixth season. At an event for the show’s season 5 premiere, FX executive Nick Grad confirmed that the current vision for the series sees it concluding after the next season. Grad commented:

“We like having shows that rate really well, and there’s an instinct that you want it to go on forever. But it doesn’t… Another metric that’s important to us [beyond ratings] is, ‘What shows are going to be talked about in the next 20 years?’ If you’re making a great, 80-hour movie, it has to have a beginning, middle and end. Going out at the right time is going to make your show last forever — we want to make shows that stand the test of time.”

A likely influence on the showrunners’ plans is the recent passing of author Elmore Leonard, who originated the characters and story on which Justified is based. The show has already paid tribute to Leonard, but one gets the sensation from Variety‘s article that his death has taken some of the wind out of Justified‘s creative sails.

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At the same time, Grad admitted that the current plans to end Justified with season 6 are subject to change, dependent on how the series’ showrunners feel after the end of season 5. If there are more stories to tell – and be told within the organic framework of the series – they may end up pressing forward into a purely theoretical season 7.

There’s much to be said for television series that don’t overstay their welcome. Grabbing an obvious recent example, Breaking Bad seemed to bow out at exactly the right moment, rarely testing viewers’ patience (with the exception of an egregious “mid-season” hiatus) before its planned ending. If Justified goes for a similar final run, it could cement itself among the pantheon of truly great modern television series.

What say you, Screen Rant readers – should Raylan Givens hang up his hat after six solid seasons, or should he keep pressing on as long as he can?


Justified is currently dispensing its fifth season of Southern-fried justice Tuesday nights on FX.

Source: Variety

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  1. Raylan should move to Forida after season six and cotinue to season 7 with a reboot, in his new surroundings he would bring his southern flair, and sharpshooting, to Florida’s underbelly, while dealing with his new family, if the writing remains as good as it has been and there are the well developed charachters and possible reccurrent characters that bring it home, plus after a couple of seasons he could have to come home, I just hate seeing one of the few good shows end

  2. Well, the big “if” is… can they keep the show fresh and can they maintain the quality. The only reason to “go out on a high note” is if you are concerned about seeing a beloved show take a nosedive, like Dexter did, like Lost did. If Justified is to continue is some watered-down, repetitive, weak form I’d rather they just end the show and not tarnish it.

  3. This is one of my favourite shows behind Lost, and I feel like we’re just getting started. It could easily continue, we still need to see Limehouse become a big bad and get taken down by Raylan we need to see Tim and Rachel actually become main characters we need to see Boyd and Raylan finally square off which is obviously what this sixth season will focus on, we need to see long-term evolution of characters, theme and setting. WE NEED ANOTHER SEASON LIKE 2 AND 3.

    P.s Breaking Bad could easily have been a longer show if the writers had thought it through, they wrote themselves into a corner and were thus forced to end it and the last season suffered severely as it simply gave the exposition needed to end the show without including any new story or character elements. Because of this the season doesn’t stand up on its own it simply serves as a finale to the fourth season, they stretched two episodes worth of story into an entire season of waste. I don’t see Justified having that problem

    • Totally agree that the fifth season of Breaking Bad was hugely disappointing, and, for me, unnecessary. The denouement at the close of season four was television at it’s very zenith and got us and the chief protagonist to where we needed to go. Seasons two and three of Justified, with most notably the magnificent Margo Martindale, were of an extremely high standard but when we spend a lot of our time in a women’s prison in season five, it’s time to press the panic button. This story arc needed just a few episodes, and is really just pure time-filler in terms of series completion. An excellent series with a superb hero and hallucinatingly good villain, but time to wrap up. Hopefully, in a blaze of bullets and wisecracks!

  4. please one more season please let there be a season 7

  5. Have been binge watching the entire series and am just starting season 5. I love it so much. Witty and clever, with interesting, three dimensional characters. The themes are sometimes sickly disturbing and yet I’ve found myself laughing at unexpected points. Will sorely miss it. Walton Goggins has become one of the actors whose careers I’m following. The transsexual role he played on Sons of Anarchy was brilliant, it took me ages to realise where I’d seen him before. I always wanted to see what would become of Loretta. And I’d liked to have seen more from Raylan’s counterparts. Maybe they could get a spin off show going. I’d watch just because I love that hillbilly style, it’s fresh and quirky. RIP Justified. It’s been a great ride.