Yep, the loss of Sammy was tough and so delicately played. I've been there (as many of us probably have) and that is so difficult, it made it impossible to watch and not be moved by it. And just as I was recovering from the wrenching scene of Sammy on the floor, they had to show him as a puppy with Emily and Jack!
I doubt that Nolan is dead, just down for the count and to be cross-examined by the white haired guy for information. (By the way, isn't that guy the ex-boss of Jack Bauer from 24?) A fun guilty pleasure that I'm glad will be back and hope they can continue to keep interesting. Though I was surprised they counter-programmed it against The Good Wife, with both on Sunday night next season. Good trash vs. excellent drama = DVR workout, especially with all the HBO/Showtime Sunday shows. I want to see both shows survive, but The Good Wife is IMO the best drama on network TV, though it doesn't seem to have the audience I would hope for. Maybe we can get FX to move Justified to that time slot and have a real battle!!