'Justified' EP Graham Yost talks 'Get Drew' (and Tarantino and 'Brady Bunch' homages) in our weekly postmortem

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Boyd showed up at Noble’s Holler, and Limehouse changed the deal — now it’s $300,000 per person. Was that always Limehouse’s intent, or did he just do that because Boyd was a dick?
I think it’s because Boyd was always a dick, and also, there are things we took out: We had an exchange between Ava and Limehouse where he’s sort of surprised by her darkness. Because you love spoilers, there’s a scene about that in a subsequent episode. So we didn’t want to hit it on the head here. We wanted to be a little more opaque about what Limehouse’s rationale would be. But part of it is, I think, he was just kind of amazed that she would say, “How much for the both of them?” So he’s turning on Ava as much as he’s turning on Boyd.

Boyd and Ava debated who Boyd should choose to take with them — Drew or Ellen May.
For the story to work, we needed him to grab Drew. We felt it also made a certain logical sense in terms of his devotion to Ava that he would suggest that they get Ellen May, but it’s ultimately Ava’s call because Ellen May is a threat to her not to Boyd. By her saying Drew, that allowed Boyd to do that which he probably wanted to do from the start.

Ellen May was so upset about them taking Drew, she spit in Ava’s face — wow.
I have to tell you this: Dave Andron bought Joelle an afternoon at a spa to thank her for that scene. It only happens once in the show when you see it, but there were many different takes of that. It was pretty disgusting. It turns out Abby is quite a remarkable spitter. It was not stunt spit or anything.

Boyd sent Colt to deliver Drew to Nicky Augustine, which is an interesting choice considering Boyd knows Colt fumbled with Ellen May. Why didn’t Boyd take him himself?
If Boyd was caught there, if something went wrong, then he’s in jail for the rest of time. So he was willing to risk Colt: If something goes wrong, Colt takes the fall.

It was clear long before Colt commented on it that Drew was trying to get Colt to shoot him as they waited for Nicky to fly in on his helicopter.
You’ll see we’re going to be on a little bit of a Tarantino homage kick with this episode and the next. There’s a great scene in True Romance, which Tarantino wrote, where Dennis Hopper gets Christopher Walken to basically kill him because he’s afraid if he gets tortured he’ll give up information. So he goads him into killing him. That was a little bit of a tribute to that.

Johnny told Raylan where Nicky was to pick up Drew, and Raylan arrived in time to nab him instead. Drew told Raylan that Ellen May was at Limehouse’s and may need help, and Raylan didn’t seem too interested.
Pay attention to that.

Should we expect to hear Drew’s story next week?
No, not really. Next week is, as Raylan says, gotta get out of Harlan alive.

It’s so funny: I still see the occasional comment from people upset that the season 3 finale didn’t end with the song “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” (Ed note: Yost explained why in that episode’s postmortem interview).
It’s a little bit of self-referential humor on our part, I suppose, and we hope it’s not too cute.

Boyd told Ava they now have to make a case to Theo Tonin or run.
At the very top of the next episode, you’ll see what choice he makes.

And will we find out Wynn’s decision next episode? Mike’s line asking if you need a passport to get into Harlan, when Wynn was talking about fleeing to Canada, was great.
In a way. We’re lucky enough on this show, because of when we shoot and when we start airing, that we have a certain flexibility to pick up scenes. So that last scene between Duffy and Mike was something that I think we shot during a later episode, 11 or 12, when we realized what we needed to do with Duffy. And also the scene of Raylan and Rachel getting the text from Johnny and heading out [to get Drew], that was a late add. We shot that during our last episode, when we realized we didn’t have Raylan for a while in the show and there was some connective tissue missing.

Are we done seeing Raylan and Johnny work together now that Drew is in Raylan’s custody?
You will see Raylan and Johnny one more time this season.

Art insisted that Raylan will get suspended for his handling of Hunter Mosley last episode.
That will come to bear, but not in the next episode. The next episode follows almost directly on from this one and is about getting Shelby out of Harlan.

That sounds like it’s gonna be fun.
It is a fun one. As [FX President] John Landgraf said after watching it, “That’s a good Western.”

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