Over the seasons, as the show’s central characters and conflicts have matured, “Justified” lightened up on the mystery-a-week, procedural episodes that primarily comprised its first season or two. That could be a good thing when the formula began to feel stale and season-long arches featured an interesting villain (i.e. Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett), but those slightly more autonomous episodes also exemplified some of “Justified’s” greatest strengths: Deft plotting and compelling (and fun!) side characters.
And not just because it’s cold and snowy outside and the first episode of “Justified’s” final season opens with a brief scene of Winona and baby Willa in Florida before jumping quickly over to Raylan and a muggy-looking Mexican bar. I won’t lie though, that may have put me in a pretty agreeable mood.