Step 1: Start with an anti-hero.
My auteurist theory of television.
Justified marched quite confidently through this finale without any major-character fatalities.
The pivotal moment for Raylan and Nicky came together at the last minute.
Ava's soul was at stake in last night's penultimate episode.
The setup at the end of last week's episode made some big promises for this week's.
No great contemporary TV series is more flat-out enjoyable.
Everyone's looking for Drew.
Apparently all you readers figured out who Drew Thompson was long before we did.
Had there been complaints that the season hadn't been bloody enough?
This episode felt more like outtakes from Out of Sight than an actual Justified episode.
There was something elemental about this episode, something that worked on a most basic, atomic level.
Apparently 30 Rock's Kenneth was right. There are Hill People.
Like that time Mark-Paul Gosselaar forgot they made out.
The Bonnie and Clyde of American cockfighting.
How about that snake attack, right?
In which we learn more about the man that fell out of the sky.
But it's no Big Bang Theory
No more Dickie and Dewey?
Raylan's eager to mix it up in the season-four premiere.
For all the suspense and violence, Justified is a laid-back series in the spirit of its inspiration, Elmore Leonard.