The "Justified" Season 4 finale was quieter than most of of the FX show's bloody denouements, but there was still plenty of upheaval in Harlan County on Tuesday night.
The biggest development of the hour saw Ava (Joelle Carter) dragged off to jail (admittedly for a crime that she did commit) as collateral damage in boyfriend Boyd's (Walton Goggins) rivalry with Lee Paxton (Sam Anderson) and his dirty deputy Nick Moonie (William Gregory Lee).
According to showrunner Graham Yost, we will see Ava in prison in Season 5. "What is life going to be like for Ava behind bars? What are the conflicts going to be? What is she going to do to survive? She strikes me as someone who’d just try and keep her head down and do her time and get out, but chances are she won’t be allowed to do that," Yost told TVLine about her impending sentence.
Naturally, Boyd will want revenge on both Paxton and Mooney, but "if he just went out and killed him, that's not very interesting or surprising," the executive producer pointed out to TVGuide.com. "What can he do with their fear? But they're certainly in trouble given Boyd's track record. I think it's safe to assume Boyd will do whatever he can in Season 5 to get Ava out of jail."
While Ava and Boyd found themselves separated by circumstances beyond their control, it seemed as though Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Winona (Natalie Zea) might be heading back towards reconciliation, after Raylan saved his ex -- and their unborn child -- from some heavies sent by the Detroit mob.
While Yost told TV Guide that he "did not anticipate the level of emotion and love that we would find between the two of them" in the finale, he acknowledged that "there was something there. And the long kiss they gave, that wasn't necessarily planned. That's stuff that developed. But I was surprised by the emotion between them, and it really gave me a feeling that we want to see as much of Winona as we can." A lot of that may depend on Zea's commitments to Fox's "The Following," on which she is a regular. Scheduling is a concern for a number of other talented recurring stars, including Jere Burns, who plays the delightfully deranged Wynn Duffy -- who has now been positioned as Boyd's boss by the Detroit mob.
"We need to explore [Boyd and Wynn's dynamic]," Yost told TVLine. "We love Jere and we love Wynn Duffy. It’s just [a matter of] how much can we get him [next season], how many episodes, and then we’re going to take it from there."
Also set to make a reappearance: Scene-stealer Patton Oswalt, who got a few moments to shine as bumbling Constable Bob in Season 4. "It's always our fear with these characters everybody loves: we're just terrified of wearing out the welcome. How much we see of Bob next season, I can't say. But I know that Bob is a big part of the show going forward," Yost promised HitFix.
Season 4 was somewhat of a departure in the format of the show, which introduced a mystery element through the search for the elusive Drew Thompson, who turned out to be hiding in plain sight as the unassuming sheriff, Shelby Parlow (Jim Beaver). EW asked Yost if next season would explore a similar arc: "We probably wouldn’t want to go straight into another mystery season. But that doesn’t mean a mystery couldn’t be a part of a season. Will it be a Big Bad? Maybe. There will be antagonists, I’ll tell you that."
As for his initial plans for Season 5, Yost didn't reveal too much, simply telling TVLine, "The only things we’ve come upon in looking at it is the idea of the baby being born and what will that mean to Raylan and to stories -- especially if the baby is a couple states away ... There’s also the ramifications of Raylan’s, if not promotion then certainly rise in stature, and what effect that will have. And then it’s Boyd, and what is he going to do to get Ava out of jail."
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From Fox: "After losing Claire to Joe's followers, Ryan and Parker attempt to recover while the FBI tracks down an undercover location that may have dark ties to Joe's following. Meanwhile, Claire adjusts to life at the follower's mansion and has an unexpected reunion, while Emma and Jacob continue to deal with Emma's betrayal in the all-new 'Whips and Regret' episode of 'The Following.'" "The Following" airs Mondays, 9 p.m. ET on Fox
From ABC: "In the show's 100th episode, Castle finds himself in the unfortunate position of NOT being able to work a case. While he's holed up in the loft with a broken leg, Beckett goes off to investigate the death of an IRS agent without him, leaving Castle miserable and bored. But when he thinks he witnesses the murder of a young woman in the apartment across the street, he is thrown into a 'Rear Window'-esque murder mystery that hits much too close to home, on 'Castle.'" "Castle" airs Mondays, 10 p.m. ET on ABC
From NBC: "After Leigh Conroy (guest star Bernadette Peters) joins the cast of 'Bombshell,' Tom (Christian Borle) finds himself struggling to diffuse the years of tension between her and Ivy (Megan Hilty). Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Karen's (Katharine McPhee) connection is threatened by both Ana's (Krysta Rodriguez) newfound success and an unexpected visitor. Derek (Jack Davenport) learns more about Jimmy's past just as the public sees their first piece of 'Hit List.'" "Smash"airs Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET on NBC and moves to Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET starting April 6.
From FX: "Raylan has a last, lethal showdown with the Detroit mob, while Boyd and Ava try to keep an incriminating secret dead and buried. Written by Fred Golan & Benjamin Cavell; directed by Bill Johnson." "Justified" airs Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET on FX.
From The CW: "When a young woman meets a violent death after partying at Verdant, Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and his new partner, Detective Hilton (guest star Roger Cross) inform Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Tommy (Colin Donnell) that she was on the drug Vertigo. Oliver immediately pays a visit to the mental institution where The Count (guest star Gabel) is locked up, but finds he is in no condition to deal drugs. However, when The Count escapes and Starling City is flooded with even more Vertigo-related violence, Oliver and Diggle (David Ramsey) make it their mission to track him down. After Detective Lance uncovers incriminating evidence against him, Tommy goes to great lengths to clear his name, and the fallout from his actions leads Tommy down a new, unexpected path. In a flashback to the island, Oliver recalls the lessons he learned from Slade (guest star Manu Bennett) and Shado (guest star Celina Jade). Katie Cassidy and Emily Bett Rickards also star. Michael Offer directed the episode written by Bryan Q. Miller & Lindsey Allen." "Arrow" airs Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET on The CW
From ABC: "When details from an old case don't add up, Olivia's team must backtrack to figure out if they made a mistake. Worse still, this mistake has potentially put them all in serious danger. Meanwhile, Olivia and Jake's relationship starts to heat up, while at the White House Fitz and Mellie's relationship hits a new low, on ABC's 'Scandal.'" "Scandal" airs Thursdays, 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
From NBC: "When the FBI takes on a case of disappearing college girls, Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) recruits Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), a gifted criminal profiler with a unique view into the psyche of serial killers, to consult. Jack also seeks the help of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a brilliant psychiatrist, who, unbeknownst to him, is not only one of the most successful serial killers of all time, but also a cannibal. After a copycat strikes, Will and Hannibal join forces to track down the culprit." "Hannibal" airs Thursdays, 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
From CBS: "Sherlock and Joan try to prevent a robbery from one of the largest cash vaults in the country during the middle of a Nor'easter. Meanwhile, Sherlock tries to help a transgender woman who is recovering from her latest break-up, on 'Elementary.'" "Elementary" airs Thursdays, 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
From NBC: "Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) travel back to his hometown of Partridge, MN to accept the key to the city. Ron (Nick Offerman) gets served a lawsuit from councilman Jamm (guest star Jon Glaser), while Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe) take a compatible parenting quiz." "Parks & Recreation" airs Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
From NBC: "While on jury duty, Rosalee (Bree Turner) tasks Nick (David Giuntoli), Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) to help stop a defense attorney from using his particular "Wesen wiles" to overturn what should be an open-and-shut murder case. Back at the precinct, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) brings Nick and Hank in on his own recent dealings with the Verrat, to keep them on their toes. Meanwhile, a return to the trailer brings a flurry of memories of Nick rushing back to Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch)." "Grimm" airs Fridays, 9 p.m. ET on NBC.