It's the characters that make Justified such a good show. Over the course of the series, it's been mentioned often that Raylan could have been one hell of an outlaw. It's also been easy to see Boyd as a possible good guy who went the wrong way because of his crime family. Boyd really could have been the preacher that he tried so hard to become in the early seasons of the show.
But this episode finally settled which way each of them would go. Boyd kidnapped an innocent bystander named Hagan who saw the infamous Boyd Crowder as a local folk hero (how like Justified to introduce a new character in the penultimate episode and make you care about him), and instead of letting him live, something I bet Boyd would have done at the beginning of the series, he blew the poor guy's brains out. Heartless. Boyd's last words to Hagan were, "I don't give a shit about what you said. I'm an outlaw." No more possibility of change for Boyd now. He's bad, and that's that.
While Boyd was killing an innocent bystander who saw him as a hero, Raylan gave up his quest to capture or shoot Boyd and even got himself arrested in order to save the wonderful Constable Bob. I loved Raylan in his eternal hat and black coat coming over that mountain in the mist. That shootout in the moonlight was stunning, both visually and emotionally. Raylan and Boyd shot at each other while talking about self-realization and what was in their hearts, and Boyd said, quite accurately, that if Raylan didn't stop to help Constable Bob, then Boyd had already won. I was a bit frustrated that this scene wasn't it, but it was definitely something special.
I really liked the opener, when Raylan stumbled over Cope, one of his kin (appropriately, from the episode entitled "Kin"), and on the spur of the moment, generously gave him the Givens house in restitution for Arlo's sins. That made me gasp out loud. It was like after dithering all season, Raylan finally decided that he's had enough of Harlan. At last.
They were so signaling that Constable Bob was toast. But he isn't dead yet. Fingers crossed. We did lose Zachariah, though. Jeff Fahey did such a spectacular job with Uncle Zachariah this season, didn't he? It was perfect for his character that he blew himself up. Too bad he couldn't take Boyd with him, but I am assuming Boyd will die in the finale.
After getting captured by Constable Bob and trying to bribe him (with money, not her body), Ava fell into the hands of Markham's dirty deputies. What did she drop on the ground? I rewound it twice and looked at it but I just couldn't tell. And what happened to the rest of the money? Did she and Zachariah bury it with Grubes?
Even after losing the love of his life, Avery Markham still wants that money. I absolutely do not like Markham a single tiny bit, but in that scene where Markham talked to Katherine's body, Sam Elliott got to me. He was in control as well as brutally honest with himself, but I swear I could see the pain and despair leaking out of the corners of his stoic expression. Interesting how he has just refocused on Loretta McCready with an almost romantic intensity. "I could use a Harlan girl in my fold." Of course, like everyone else, Markham is underestimating Loretta. There is no way she is going to give up her Mags-like power to partner with an old man who killed one of her friends. Just saying.
The only bits I haven't discussed are Wynn Duffy making arrangements to leave Kentucky forever in a mobile dog-grooming van (ride safely, Wynn Duffy!), and the fact that the entire Lexington office was doing its best to provide cover for Raylan. Except for Vasquez, who has turned into an ass. I guess that's a full circle for Vasquez, since he was so anti-Raylan in season one.
The series finale is next week, and here are my predictions. I'm betting that Markham goes down, Raylan kills Boon in a gunfight, and Boyd comes to a tragic end before Raylan departs for Florida. Since they're not dead yet, I bet Ava and Constable Bob will live. And Loretta McCready will wind up with the money, because that's what she does.
Bits and pieces:
-- Constable Bob's souped up Gremlin rides again. Yay!
-- Zachariah said that Boyd was no different from his evil father Bo and brother Bowman. Sad and true.
-- Boon and Markham's victim Derrick was the one who "couldn't pee over his own shoes" in season five's "The Kids Aren't All Right".
-- Boon told Derrick that he kept his gun Jenny's firing chamber empty so that it wouldn't accidentally go off. He also said that he always goes for the brain. I'm sure these are details that will come up in the finale.
-- Loved the bit about Wynn's Billie Jean King memorabilia. I remember his love for women's tennis. (Who was the eagle scout? Was it Mikey?)
-- Vasquez asked Wynn Duffy who killed Simon Poole, and Wynn said he didn't know. I'm sure we'll finally find out next week.
-- Gold acting stars for pretty much everyone, but I have to single out Kaitlyn Dever and Sam Elliott again. And Shea Whigham as Hagan, Boyd's most recent victim.
Markham: "I may be talking to a ghost, but I'm still a practical man."
Wynn: "Raylan Givens, Boyd Crowder and Avery Markham are soon to converge, Mister Vasquez, like the aligning of the planets, if those planets carried guns and hated my guts. I don't ever plan on returning to Kentucky."
Hagan: "Which time you talking about?"
Boyd: "Well, I do have a rather long resume."
Hagan: "Yessir. They put out your greatest hits, it'd be a double album."
Boyd: "Shit. Double live, man, from Japan."
Hagan: "Yeah. All killer, no filler."
Tim: "Just heard him tell the FBI ballsack to issue a BOLO."
Art: "Well, shit."
Tim: "Wait one. I just heard him say he wants Raylan indicted."
Art: "Double shit."
Constable Bob: (to Ava) "Now get down on your knees. On your knees! Sorry if that sounds untoward."
Constable Bob: "I got an air freshener smells like a mocha latte."
Constable Bob: "Don't try to seduce me. It's been tried."
I'm picturing that. It's so picturable. And I'm laughing.
Boyd: "Goddam, Raylan! How you know I wasn't some boy scout looking for his tent?"
Raylan: "Your teeth glow in the dark."
That could be the funniest line in the series.
Raylan: "You are the world-conquering emperor of lies, the biggest reserved for yourself."
This has been a spectacular final season, and all of the plot pieces are in place for an equally spectacular finale, fingers crossed. Four out of four penultimate episodes,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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