Tuesday was marred by the sad news that writer Elmore Leonard had passed away after a stroke at the age of 87. Leonard was one of the most influential crime writers of the past sixty years, and his influence is felt throughout all of pop culture, from filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino to shows like 'Justified.'
'Justified' is, after all, based off Leonard's short story "Fire in the Hole" (though the character Raylan Givens had popped up before that story in novels 'Pronto' and 'Riding the Rap'). Elements from Leonard's 2012 novel 'Raylan' were integrated into the show's third season, and the show takes care for its dialogue to emulate Leonard's idiosyncratic style.
So when 'Justified' producer Dave Andron spoke to the Huffington Post recently, the effect of Leonard's death on the show's writers' room was discussed.
"[Showrunner] Graham [Yost] particularly took it hard. He had spent the most time with Elmore over the years," said Andron. "But yesterday was a really sad day. I think we all just felt a little deflated."
"I think more than we even realized, we were aware that Elmore was out there watching it and kind of loving it, and I think the idea that he was no longer out there watching it was really hard for us to kind of wrap our heads around," Andron continued.
In any case, despite Leonard's sad passing, 'Justified' will continue: the show's fifth season is slated to air next year on FX. You can read the full interview with Andron here.