Justified s4 ep 8

The search for Drew Thomson continued this week, with the body count rising all the while, as Raylan tried to get Hunter to take the deal Arlo wouldn’t with grim results, while Boyd manipulated Wynn Duffy and the Dixie Mafia into killing two birds with one button man.

The sheer number of scenes where people were shot to smithereens could have made this week’s Justified seem more like a computer game than top quality drama, but its tale of death, double-dealing and daddy issues was expertly, beautifully executed (sorry), keeping things much more operatic than Xbox. The acting was superlative all around, with the scene with Arlo in the infirmary and the shoot-out at Audrey’s particular highlights, but you’d have to go some to top the moment when Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan, having been forced into taking leave from work to deal with SPOILER, stood waiting alone for the lift – the weary, heartsore look in his eyes deserved an Emmy all of its own.

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