While it didn't quite manage to reach the peaks of its stellar second season, Justified remained one of the best shows on television with this year's season 3, which saw U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) going up against the deranged mobster Robert Quarles (Neal McDonough), all of which came to a head in the disarming season finale, "Slaughterhouse."
It's been five long months since that confrontation took place, and, as well all Justified hiatuses, the wait has been killer. The show's fourth season, slated to return early next year, is currently in production, though, and we're finally getting some clue as to what the new season is about. In fact, with Tuesday came some of the most significant revelations about the fourth season we've gotten so far: namely, the premiere episode title and synopsis.
The premiere is titled "Hole in the Wall," it has been revealed, along with a short synopsis, which states: "Raylan turns to affable but inexperienced Constable Bob for help securing a bail jumper from Tennessee."
It sounds like a pretty self-contained episode, but, knowing Justified, it'll probably serve to plant the seeds of a season-long arc. We still don't know who this season's big bad is, after all, and it certainly might be this bail jumper -- or someone with whom that bail jumper is connected.
Constable Bob, meanwhile, sounds in name like a replacement for Trooper Tom Bergen, the officer who was killed by Raylan's father Arlo at the end of season 3 (though he was under the impression that Trooper Tom was Raylan when he shot him).
Filming for Justified's fourth season begins October 10, meaning that we'll probably be looking at a big influx of Justified news coming down the pike pretty soon. We'll keep you posted on any Harlan County developments we might run across.
Justified season 4 will kick off with "Hole in the Wall" early next year.