…Harlan will always be a part of the person. Even though they’ve never even been there.
Six episodes left of the Elmore Leonard TV series adaptation of his short story ‘Fire in the Hole’; FX’s Justified. Set in Harlan County, Kentucky (but not filmed there) and having the song ‘You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive’ as its soundtrack, the show dealt with deputy marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and criminals of all wondrous walks of life, particularly Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins).
Six seasons apparently were enough to, as they say, ‘tell the story’. And as usual, once the final season is announced, people start to speculate about the ending. Somehow the biggest speculation of them all always is: will the main character live or die?
(My two cents: I predict the final scene to refer to the pilot, where Raylan shoots Boyd. Boyd dies in the original story, but lives on in the show. I think in the series finale, the two guys will sit opposite each other again, at a table, and something else happens this time. Boyd does die, or maybe Raylan does, or something else happens entirely.)
Whatever happens, the show will be gone and the actors have to find something new to do. Here’s what they’re up to:
Timothy Olyphant is currently shooting Snowden. The documentary CitizenFour (about whistleblower Edward Snowden) got an Oscar last month, but since the reality wasn’t dramatic enough, Hollywood needed it fictionalised. Olyphant is part of an all star cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception), Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Margin Call), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), Nicolas Cage (Face/Off, Adaptation), Scott Eastwood (Fury), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Selma) and the most mesmerising actress of modern times: Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars).
Walton Goggins goes comedy. Apart from a few feature films, including Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, he’ll be starring in HBO’s high school comedy Vice Principals.
Nick Searcy will join his fellow Justified alums Walton Goggins and Neal McDonough in the mini-series To Appomattox, about generals during the American Civil War. Also starring: Powers Boothe (Nashville, 24), John Scurti (Rescue Me), Kim Delaney (Army Wives), Noah Wyle (Falling Skies), Stephen Lang (Avatar), D.B. Sweeney (Harsh Realm), Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, The Good Wife), Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Trace Adkins.
Jere Burns (Wynn Duffy) stars in a new (also comedy) series, created by Steve Carell, titled Angie Tribeca.
Damon Herriman (Dewey Crowe) currently stars in Vince Gilligan’s new show Battle Creek.
No news yet about Joelle Carter (Ava Crowder), Erica Tazel (Rachel Brooks) and Jacob Pitts (Tim Gutterson). Natalie Zea (Winona Hawkins) stars in a dozen pilots every year, so we’ll probably see her again very soon.