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Southland's powerful Season 3 finale ended with a moment two years in the making: Officer John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) checked into the hospital to undergo back surgery, admitting his painkiller addiction and submitting himself to a medical detox.

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Might Sammy cool down now that he is a father?
Chulack says that Sammy having a son may not make him any less intense in his job, but it very well could change his attitude toward the perps he busts. "As a gang detective, he was dealing with young kids in the street, and he had always had these philosophical thoughts about why kids become gang members," Chulack says.  "I think that now having a child is going to complicate some of those definitions and attitudes that he had about the people he polices. He's arresting kids for being gang members, but what are his own kids going to be?"

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Will we ever see Russell again?
Lydia's former partner and best friend, Russell (Tom Everett Scott), unknowingly caused trouble for Lydia this season by leaking to the press some crime-scene photos Lydia had taken. Chulack says Russell's career is toast, so any future appearance by Scott would likely involve Russell trying to repair the relationship with Lydia. "I think it's going to be really hard," Chulack says. "But it's a possibility."

Will there even be a Season 4?

Of course, all of this prognostication means nada if TNT decides against renewing the show for a fourth season. This season's ratings have been up (though still not stellar) and critical buzz remains strong, which leaves Cudlitz confident. "I think the show is getting picked up. It's a matter of how many [episodes]," he says. "We've been able to do the show that we set out to do. I could not be more proud and could not be more optimistic about the future of the show."

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