Few shows have kept themselves fresh, while having to reinvent themselves with every season, and kept their audiences so engrossed, the way FX‘s Justified has managed. While the main cast has stayed the same, the necessities of managing to win out in the end has meant that characters have to come and go. When you have to keep things realistic, and quickly build a solid tension that makes sense to the overall structure, shuffling people in and out isn’t as easy as it might seem.
Last season, Michael Rappaport proved just how adept the writers are, and how committed the show is to getting the right people involved.
Having a wide range of talent held together by Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins, makes for a great starting point, but with the kind of multi-episode (or whole season) arcs the show needs, the additions are crucial to keeping the show going.
Well, now we have some new info about the sixth and final season. Sam Elliott and Garrett Dillahunt will be joining the cast. Sam Elliott needs no introduction, and Garrett Dillahunt is actually one of my favorite actors. Dillahunt is probably easiest to call to mind from Raising Hope, where he played Burt Chance. They’re both going to help make an interesting season.
Get the details from the press release below, which gives the specifics on their characters.
JUSTIFIED ARRESTS SAM ELLIOTT AND GARRET DILLAHUNT
Actors Will Join Cast for the Final Season of FX’s Acclaimed Hit Drama Series
Sixth and Final Season to Debut January 2015
FX has cast Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt in recurring roles on its critically-acclaimed, award-winning drama series Justified, which enters its final season January 2015.
Sam Elliott will portray “Markham,” a legendary Kentucky gangster who returns from exile with a private army and bags of cash (earned growing legal weed in Colorado), hell-bent on winning back his empire and the lost love of his life, Katherine Hale (Mary Steenburgen). He’ll find himself butting heads with Raylan and Boyd and even with Katherine herself, who secretly believes that Markham is the rat who brought down her husband.
Garret Dillahunt will play “Walker”, a spec ops veteran who’s spent much of the last decade deployed in combat zones, first as a soldier and most recently as a private contractor. He now handles security for a quasi-legal businessman, a job to which he brings all of the skills (as well as the demons) he acquired during his military career. Walker hides his simmering rage behind an exterior of cold professionalism — until the combined irritants of Raylan and Boyd wear away his veneer and bring the monster to the surface.
Based on Elmore Leonard’s novella “Fire in the Hole,” Justified was developed by Graham Yost and stars Timothy Olyphant as “Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens”, a lawman who finds himself drawn back to his home state of Kentucky. The series co-stars Walton Goggins as “Boyd Crowder;” Nick Searcy as Givens’ longtime friend and boss “Chief Deputy Art Mullen;” Jacob Pitts as “Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson;” Erica Tazel as “Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks;” Joelle Carter as “Ava Crowder;” and Jere Burns as “Wynn Duffy.” Yost wrote the pilot and serves as Executive Producer/Writer on the series. Executive Producers on the series include Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Michael Dinner, Fred Golan, Dave Andron, Don Kurt, and the late Elmore Leonard. Justified is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions.