Upcoming Justified sequel miniseries City Primeval may kill off Raylan Givens, according to co-showrunner Dave Andron.
Andron hinted that Givens (Timothy Olyphant) could be about to meet his match in Justified: City Primeval during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “If you’re bringing Raylan back, you put him up against a really, really bad guy who doesn’t have any problem killing people, because Raylan could die,” he said. “This is a limited [series] and Raylan could very well not make it out of this. Every season we ended the show with ‘You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive,’ but then he does. Right up until the end of the show, you know Raylan’s not going to die, and obviously, he did not at the end. But I think, at this point, all bets are off.”
Andron and co-showrunner Michael Dinner added that Raylan’s deadly new foe in Justified: City Primeval, Clement Mansell (Boyd Holbrook), will serve as “a little bit of a mirror” for the Deputy U.S. Marshal. The pair added that despite their similarities, Mansell was nevertheless a “big obstacle” for Raylan and praised Holbrook’s performance in the role. Andron and Dinner also credited author Elmore Leonard for dreaming up “maybe his baddest bad guy” when he created Mansell for his 1980 novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit. Comparing Mansell to original Justified series’ antagonist Boyd Crowder, Andron and Dinner noted that (unlike Boyd) Mansell seemingly doesn’t abide by any form of moral code.
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Andron and Dinner also acknowledged that they had to tweak Mansell’s characterization to make him fit Justified: City Primeval‘s present-day setting — and these weren’t the only changes they made, either. Elsewhere in the interview, the co-showrunners confirmed that Justified: City Primeval will reflect contemporary concerns around the conduct of police and other law enforcement agents. “We wanted to bring [Raylan] into the moment where he maybe had a little bit more of an understanding of what he was part of and the bigger picture in that way, paying a little more tribute to the world we live in and being aware of it,” Andron explained.
Andron and Dinner’s remarks regarding Justified: City Primeval‘s on-screen gun violence come almost a year after a real-life shooting incident marred principal photography on the miniseries. Two cars crashed onto the Justified sequel’s Chicago set in July 2022, with the occupants of both vehicles engaged in a shootout at the time. Olyphant would later describe the shocking turn of events as “the scariest goddamn thing” while recording a podcast in February 2023.
Justified: City Primeval is slated to air on FX sometime in 2023.
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