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FX’s hit drama Justified will end after its upcoming sixth season, the network announced at this week’s Television Critics Association meeting. The series, which is currently in the midst of its fifth season, currently has roughly 25 episodes left to air before it signs off for good.
While the series could, ostensibly run for several more years (as the show continues to deliver strong ratings for FX, while continuing to garner critical acclaim), Justified‘s showrunner, Graham Yost, said the decision was made to leave on top rather than see the show suffer from creative fatigue. The decision was reached after discussions with the series’ star Timothy Olyphant, and all parties involved agreed that a six year run “felt about right” according to Yost.
Yost and the show’s cast and crew also took time to pay tribute to the late Elmore Leonard, whose story “Fire in the Hole” was the inspiration for the series. Leonard died in August of 2013, and had been a consultant on the series throughout its run. Justified is currently airing its fifth season on FX, and is expected to begin airing its sixth and final season in 2015.