Timothy Olyphant returns to Justified for Season 4 on January 8 in the role of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens based on the character by author Elmore Leonard.
When Justified powers back to the FX network airwaves for Season 4, Timothy Olyphant will have new conflict to contend with in Harlan County after the downturn events in last season’s finale. Following a shocking twist that involved his father, Raylan Givens will be on the hunt for a bail jumper from Tennessee in the Season 4 premiere called “Hole in the Wall.”
As some fans know, Patton Oswalt joins the cast of Justified in the guest role of Constable Bob Sweeney, a former classmate of Raylan’s from high school.
Ahead of the Season 4 premiere of Justified, The Deadbolt caught up with Timothy Olyphant of a recent call where the former Deadwood actor spilled a few details about what fans can expect when the show returns.
THE DEADBOLT: After the revelation about Arlo at the end of last season, how does Raylan deal with that heading into this season?
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT: That’s a good question. How does Raylan deal with it? Raylan’s not really dealing with it at all. I think that Raylan does his best to try and not deal with those types of things. That’s what makes him Raylan.
THE DEADBOLT: Can you talk a bit about Raylan’s connection to the hill people and how they fit into the season?
OLYPHANT: The hill people are characters we introduce a third or so of the way in. Like all of these people from Harlan, everyone has some sort of connection to one another. The question is, does it help or hurt them? That’s what we come to find out through the course of that story.
THE DEADBOLT: Prior to the upcoming season, how much of Elmore Leonard’s new book about Raylan was a consideration? Did you guys go back and forth on that?
OLYPHANT: We’ve been using that book in seasons two, three, and four. We steal from Elmore Leonard every chance we get, but that book is alive and well this season and in the last two.
THE DEADBOLT: How would you describe Raylan’s friendship with Constable Bob this season?
OLYPHANT: I wouldn’t call it a frienship, I’d call it a working relationship. I can tell you that Patton Oswalt is just money. That guy is so good. It makes it a little tough for me to get through a scene with a straight face and yet he’s so serious and fantastic. It’s just been a pleasure working with him.
How do you want things to play out with Raylan this season on Justified?