Nothing dulls the shine on our hopes for the future quite so much as looking at them through the ghosts of the past, a point proven with great effect by the finale of Season 4 of Justified.
With Shelby safely out of Harlan County and in custody, you might think his story would be over. As it happens, however, ol’ Shel has something else on his mind, and by something I mean someone and by someone, I mean Ellen May. Since he’s decided not to testify until she’s safe, too, it’s back to Harlan we go.
Raylan has Shelby, who is really Drew Thompson (just in case you forgot). Theo Tonin wants Shelby. Theo, via his second-in-command Nicky Augustine, has Boyd Crowder. Boyd and Raylan”¦ well, let’s just say they’ve met. See where this is going?
So the central mystery of Season 4 of Justified has been solved: Shelby is Drew Thompson. We still have three more episodes, however, so the fun isn’t over yet!
I continue to believe Justified is the best show on TV these days and episodes like “The Hatchet Tour” reinforce that belief. From start to finish, the writers draw a nice, tight circle that connects the dots of the season’s central mystery and deftly ties together threads from every storyline. Well played, Graham Yost & Co. Well played.
Recapping this episode of Justified feels a bit like trying to fit the pieces of a broken window back together. A lot happened: big things and OMG! things were bracketed by small things that may or may not turn out to be big things. Fasten your seatbelts, folks, it’s going to be a bumpy night!
With no “big bad” to focus on, this fourth season of Justified gets to dig deeper into the tangled web that is the relationships of the core characters to each other. Some viewers seem to be finding this a bit boring; personally, I think it’s a mark of the show’s excellence that it can ignore the usual formula for crime dramas and still keep us glued to our seats each week. Snake in the face, fugitive on a 3o-year bunk, fighting chickens, runaway whores and Boyd & Raylan”¦ what’s not to love?
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