Justified returns for a fourth season on Jan. 8 (look for scoop in EW’s Winter TV preview issue on newsstands Dec. 31), and if Ken Tucker naming the FX drama one of his Top 10 shows of 2012 isn’t enough ammunition for you to convince friends and family to tune in and make this show as popular as Sons of Anarchy, perhaps the two exclusive clips below from the season 3 Blu-ray and DVD, out Dec. 31, will do the trick. In the first, executive producers Graham Yost and Fred Golan, along with a gleeful, blood-splattered Neal McDonough, talk about season 3’s big bad, Quarles — and the famous fan, Mel Brooks, who agreed the show was due for an out-of-town villain.
The second clip is one of our favorite scenes from season 3, when Kentucky-bred Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) first comes face-to-face with McDonough’s Detroit mobster Quarles in the episode “Harlan Roulette.” It showcases the series’ signature sense of humor and penchant for creative violence — and for longtime fans, one of Raylan’s classic lines: “Next one’s comin’ faster.”
Yost told EW the inspiration for that warning, which Raylan delivers to Quarles’ floored local contact Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) after dropping a bullet on his chest, in our weekly postmortem after the episode originally aired. “I don’t know if this is right, but I remember hearing something like that on Johnny Carson,” he said. “If I remember, it was a comedian or a singer who was dating a girl and found out she was, like, the daughter of a mob boss in Vegas, and the dad came into his dressing room and threw a bullet at him and said, ‘The next one’s coming a lot faster.’ I always loved that line.”
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