The actor, who plays Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens on the FX drama, said that while Martindale's contribution to the series would not be forgotten, several new incoming cast members will ensure that Justified maintains its high quality and entertaining storylines.
"I'm not sure if anyone will be able to fill [Margo Martindale's] shoes. That was something very special and she's terrific and a lovely woman. I just adored working with her and she'll be missed. The good news is that the world we are living in this year is still very rich and fascinating," Olyphant told Parade.
"Mykelti Williamson's character I find very fascinating. He lives in a place called Noble's Holler that was set aside for emancipated slaves and is rich with history. Given some of the characters we've had on this show and race relations issues we've had on this show, I think it's a really nice addition to the story."
Olyphant continued: "[Neal McDonough] is the flip side to that. He's an outsider. He comes from the north and comes in to take advantage of the hard times in Harlan county and wants to make a dollar off of it. That's kind of cool as well.
"It's always nice when you can tell a story that feels very contemporary but feels like it's rich and laced with so much history, something we've been able to do for the first two seasons. Hopefully we'll be doing it again."
Justified returns to FX on January 17.
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