The new fall season is in full swing so it's easy to forget that one of the best dramas on television, FX's "Justified," is still months away from kicking off its fourth season. In a recent appearance at the New York Television Festival, the series' executive producer and showrunner Graham Yost spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the show's anticipated new season.
The series is almost as well-known for its stellar recurring characters as it is for the rugged Marshal Givens -- whether it's the fantastic Margo Martindale as season two's devious mother hen Mags, Neal McDonough as last season's power hungry Robert Quarles, or Stephen Root as the colorful Judge Reardon, the show seems to have a knack for finding the right actors for the right roles. This year is no different as comedian Patton Oswalt will join the show as Constable Bob. While Oswalt is riding high off some acclaimed dramatic performances in "Big Fan" and "Young Adult," expect Constable Bob to also be a source for comic relief. “There’s this weird thing in Kentucky where each county has one or two constables, and it’s an elected position, but your salary is, like, $2,000 a year. You’ve got to pay for your own car, your own light bar, your own uniform. But what they get to do with that is serve papers,” Yost explained. “And they can charge $60 for serving papers, whereas the State Police has to charge $80. So they undercut the State Police, and that’s how they make money. So we just liked the idea of this sort of cop wannabe, who’s kind of a cop, interacting with Raylan some.”
One of the more sympathetic villains since season two has been Dickie Bennett, played by Emmy winner Jeremy Davies. So far, Yost says he has nothing in store for the white-trash rival of Raylan. “We don’t know what’s gonna happen with Dickie, nor do we know what’s gonna happen with Dickie’s hair,” Yost said. “In season 3, Jeremy showed up and that was his haircut. He had cut it himself, and we said, ‘Okay, let’s go with that.’"
He continued, “We may see him [in prison]. The feeling with Dickie is you want it to be a big arc, a real chunk, or it could be one episode, but not just a couple.”
Raylan gunning down crooked religious kooks? Yes, please. Added to the rogues gallery this year will be attendants of a backwoods staple: a snake-handling church. “That will play a part in the first four episodes,” Yost said. “So [the writers] went to a church. The minister didn’t feel a call that night to pull out the snakes, but there they were in the boxes on the side of the church."
No word on whether Raylan will run afoul of dreaded Kentucky villain 'The Colonel.'