Are we already getting to the end of the saga otherwise known as “Justified“? If you listen to what the head of its own network is saying now, it definitely seems like it.
One day after the show premiered its fifth season to solid numbers (but still down versus the start of season 4), FX president Nick Grad spoke to Variety and said that the plan for the time being, is to bring us six seasons of the show and then be done:
“We like having shows that rate really well, and there’s an instinct that you want it to go on forever. But it doesn’t … Going out at the right time is going to make your show last forever — we want to make shows that stand the test of time.”
Personally, this does feel like the right sort of way for “Justified” to go out, especially since there are some parts of the show already that feel like something that we have seen a few times already. You have some bad guys, conflicted good guys, and eventually, Raylan finds a way to win. We would like to see Raylan lose, and then try to find a way to recover and go down a very different sort of road here. There is still a good bit of material for this show to tackle, but the challenge that they are facing is that they have to be willing to take some even bigger risks than they have to this point.
If “Justified” does end early next year, then it suddenly makes the fall of this year and the winter of 2015 into a very difficult time. After all, “Sons of Anarchy” is planning to end its run later this year. The only series that could go on forever for the network is “American Horror Story,” mostly because they can come up with a new show with a new cast every season if they can just get their quality back up to what it was for season 1.
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