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Godspeed, Raylan: the End is Near For ‘Justified’

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justifiedEnjoy Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder while you can, because Justified has an official end date.

FX announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour that the next season of the Elmore Leonard-derived, Kentucky-set crime series will wrap things up for good. It was a decision by star Timothy Olyphant and show runner Graham Yost to end the series, when the network was pushing for one more year.

Yes, I’m going to miss the show for sure. I’ve been a fan from the beginning, it’s one of my favorites, and I could probably watch it forever.

Still, though. Six seasons is a lot. That’s one more than Breaking Bad or The Wire. It’s the same as The Sopranos, if you consider the two-part sixth season to be one. If Justified can keep up the quality for two more years- and I think they can- we’ll be spared any risk of a series decline.

And that’s the other thing: The fifth season just started, and pretty well I may add, even if you don’t buy Michael Rapaport with a Florida accent.

So we’ve got 25 more episodes to go. I can live with that.

What’s the over-under on Raylan shootings in those 25 hours?

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