The actor discusses the show's final episode, Boyd's relationship with Raylan and upcoming projects with Quentin Tarantino and Danny. Raylan Givens: You know, Boyd, I think you just use the Bible to do whatever the hell you . Raylan Givens: My marriage ended a little bit more amicably than yours. .. next time we're opening a dick sucking business, I'll ask for your advice. Wynn sics Malaria Man on Boyd, and that's where Raylan comes in — so let's back it up. . long enough, it's not pretending” is really good advice, I got really uneasy about a prospective romantic angle to their relationship.
Actually, I was just telling my daughter-in-law how the one thing that separates the pie we get inside from a nice piece, like this one here, is the smell. I mean, there ain't nothing in the world like it. You know what, girl? I think I'm gonna have to lick your plate. The last man that put his hands on me like that, I beat him until his eyes bled.
I guess it's a lucky thing for both of us that I ain't a convict any more, ain't it? With one phone call, I was able to discover that the deposition you were scheduled to work this afternoon had been cancelled, letting me know that you'd be home early, and likely be home alone. Imagine what a genuine predator would have been able to do with that information. Or I could just call the police. The police are just a janitorial service used to clean up your blood after you've been murdered.
You got much experience with this sort of thing? Negotiating with a barricaded suspect? Well, you're doing a good job so far. You have established a rapport with the subject. But now you got to make a determination.
Is the subject emotionally disturbed? Well, you got an opinion on that? You seem pretty stable. Although, you did spend all morning with a shiv up your ass. You must be glad to finally find a professional use for your office bottle, huh, Chief? I don't know what you're talking about. I was just as surprised to find that in here as anybody else. It was probably the cleaning staff that left it. Listen, I don't know how you're associated with Mr.
Hawkins, or why, but I'm gonna give you this opportunity to extricate yourself from his predicament before you get involved in something that, quite frankly, you don't want to be involved in. And I'm gonna give you a minute to extricate yourself up out my face before I have to paint your office with your shit.
You talk to Arnett? I would describe his attitude towards your suggestions as unreceptive. Wouldn't it be easier just to buy a new hat? Probably, but I ain't looking for easy. Show me the Benjamins the homeys are always rapping about! Emmitt, I assume you're gonna take care of that. How the hell was I supposed to know he was gonna show up without any cash? Right, but eventually— Billy Mac: What happens to our cut if you pocket that deed?
Just get control of yourself, boy. You're gonna get your portion. What am I, a farmer? Show me the cash, Emmitt, or I swear to God I'm gonna get a machete and a blowtorch, and I'm gonna make your body as small as I possibly can! Especially Boyd, who blew up a black church with a rocket launcher, and afterwards he shot his associate Jared Hale in the back of the head out on Tate's Creek Bridge.
Let the image of Jared's brain matter on that windshield not dampen our appetites, but may the knowledge of Boyd's past sins help guide these men. May this food provide them with all the nourishment they need.
But if it does not, may they find comfort in knowing that the United States Marshal Service is offering fifty thousand dollars to any individual providing information that will put Boyd back in prison.
Cash or check, we can make it out to them, or to Jesus, whoever they want. In your name, we pray. You are every inch the goddamn gunslinger I heard. You know what Rome looked like before it became Rome, don't you? Some huts on the side of a hill, Little stream running through it.
So you're building Rome? Well, I don't think this property is zoned for that. See, now, there you go again. Bullshit or true belief, I just can't tell. Truth always sounds like lies to a sinner. Hey, uh, I was at the office earlier. One of the other deputies was reviewing your cases. He found one that was curious. A fella name of Kit McKendrie. I remember his face, his greasy hair, stained teeth.
What was the deal there? Did you read about the case? Just the bare bones. Everything in me said that boy was evil. He had a daddy used to stub butts out on his arm. Swear to Christ, there were cigarette burns all the way up to his shoulder. So, I pushed down what my gut said, I give him a cream puff 18 months, banged it down to time served. About a year later, McKendrie shot a 6-year-old And the state trooper who come to get him.
I looked into his eyes, and I knew he was no good, but I let my feelings interfere. You gonna introduce me to your friends? Oh, my mistake, I'm sorry. Yes, of course, Art Mullen, chief deputy of this office, my boss. I thought you guys had met that night I shot you, but of course you were unconscious by the time he showed up. Raylan, we're getting precipitously close to the moment I ask to have my lawyer present. That day I came to pick you up at big Sandy and I asked you to work some hours to help me rebuild my business and you said you wanted to walk another path, well, I reacted poorly.
That's why I came too see you today, son, to say I'm sorry, to beg your forgiveness and your indulgence. The smoke from your blast sent a signal across all of Harlan County. I got people lining up with cash in their hands, begging me for protection. Well, I can't accept this. Cause I know where it comes from. The bible tells us that "a gift blinds the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.
Well, then let's just consider it an offering, my tithes to your church of the last this, that, or the other. You're not taking me seriously, Daddy, and I don't find that amusing. You know, it's funny. I was just about to say the same goddamn thing to you. There is no money. You invited me over here to tell me this? No, Bo, I invited you over to tell you you have to do something about your son Boyd. He has gone clear off the deep end. Well, shit, at least he hasn't joined the other team, become a goddamn Marshal for Christ's sake.
At least Raylan doesn't run around, preaching Jesus and blowing up meth labs. I got control over my boy. Can you say the same about yours? He comes to town, it's to ruin the likes of you and me. Only reason my son comes to Harlan is because of your son! Well, how'd he get you to talk, then? He said he could deputize me, and then I had to talk. Oh, that Raylan Givens.
He sure is a clever one. Fathers and Sons [1. You know, I may not own a private plane or a fancy car, and when you look at me, you probably just see some dumb redneck who likes to eat roadkill for breakfast and have sex with his cousins. I don't eat roadkill, I don't screw my relatives, and I didn't just get off of no short bus. So for you to bring me all the way down here to threaten me, as if I didn't already fully understand the stakes of our business agreement?
Hoss, that's just downright insulting. I'm the chief, this is my office, it's my informant and it's my call. And that's my bottle, and I'm not gonna let you drink it all just because your daddy didn't hug you much when you were little.
Well, as many of you good people may remember, I was a hateful man, and I was a sinful man. Seeking my way through the darkness, looking for salvation in worldly things!
Like Saul on the road to Damascus, I was long gone on a sinful journey, when the light of the Lord shone upon me on my deathbed in a prison hospital. And, brothers and sisters, I'm here to tell you today that bullet missed my heart, but it struck my soul. For I was blinded. I could no longer see ungodly truth. For if any man be born again in Christ is a new creature, well, I am a new. I am a new creature! Not quite finished yet, Reverend. By all means, continue. Now - Now, Jesus entered a temple in Jerusalem.
He found moneylenders buying and selling where they should have been a-praying. He called their church a den of thieves. And he turned over their tables. He cast out the robbers! He cast them out! And like Jesus, like Jesus, like Jesus, we must never be afraid to strike out against those who practice evil! We must take the high road of righteousness, even if it means walking, walking and leaving our own flesh and blood behind.
Because there is no greater piety, brothers and sisters, - than the love of God.
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He is my one true father. There is no other. There is no other, Preacher. As a churchgoing man, I admire your turnaround, Boyd. I could never walk the path, though I understood its virtue. Your change has been remarkable, son. Having said that, you are getting severely goddamn close to meeting your maker. You know, I continue to tell myself that you are not an evil man, because I believe that in your heart, you have the ability to do the right thing.
But I will tell you something, Daddy, and you mark my words. Now, you bring meth into our homes, and I will destroy it. You think that's funny? You know what's funny? You destroy me or my shit, it's the same thing as destroying yourself. That there is Crowder gospel.
You mark them damn words, son. For years I lusted after you, and I was far from subtle. Well, that was wrong. And not only because you were my brother's wife, but because it was unseemly, unwanted and it made you uncomfortable. If by uncomfortable you mean it made my skin crawl, then yes.
Who am I kiddin'? I can't hurt my own son. Yeah, you see, the problem there is, I still don't know whether or not I can trust you. You've known me 50 years. Should that incline me to trust you more or less? Dear Heavenly Father, I'm not gonna pretend to understand. You told me what you wanted done, and that's what we did.
How could you let it end like this? All these men trusted me to lead them on the path of righteousness for your name's sake. All these men came to you because they believed in me. And now they're dead. I'm gonna need a sign. I'm gonna need to know that their sacrifice meant something to you. I'm going after the young lady with the automatic weapon.
What are you gonna do after you get her? I ain't quite figured that out yet. Are you gonna shoot to stop me? I'm pretty sure you're empty. You gonna bet your life on that? No Raylan, I'm gonna bet my life on you being the only friend I have left in this world.
Season 2[ edit ] The Moonshine War [2. Alright look, I've tried to be reasonable. You give me your word in ten seconds or I shoot you in the head. So, you want to transfer me? Honestly, Raylan, I don't know who would take you. Is this gonna be your new line? How we got the same sense of humor? What's in your mind? How do you think this is gonna go? You thinking, "maybe we'll fight a little, then it'll turn to wrestling and tickling and laughing, then she'll say, 'ooh, don't touch me there,' and then she won't stop me"?
Is that how it runs in your head? You don't even know what to say now, do you? Even me talking about wrestling and tickling and "ooh, don't touch me there," it's like a spell's been cast, and you won't break it. Well, maybe you're just dreaming and you don't wanna wake up. I'm just gonna ask you one question. Do you know how a firearm works? The key word in firearm is "fire.
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That spark's too far away from the gasoline. You didn't finish school, did you, Mr. It's not the liquid that burns. Now look, normally I would have just shot you myself the second you pulled, but I am doing my level best to avoid the paper work and the self-recrimination that comes with it, though Lord knows that you are the kind that makes it worth it more.
Come on, Jimmy, can't we just try to end this without you turning yourself into the Human Torch? Mixture's all natural, from up in the hills. All kinds of knowledge up in the hills. Something my grandmama taught me. She learned it from her grandmama. I'll raise her myself.
Don't you think that'll be better for her? Then the way it's been around here with you and your sadness. All the troubles of your hard life, it's all gone now. You get to know the mystery, Walt. You get to see your Sally Ann again. The Life Inside [2. My outlaw ways are behind me. Just you saying that scares the shit out of me. You kicked the man out of the house? He's under house arrest.
I hope you get cancer! I hope you get it again! You you knocked up an inmate, you hired someone to murder her and sell your child.
Now shut the hell up, or Tim's gonna hit you in the face. Hell of a shot. Did you consider what might have happened if you'd missed? I can't carry a tune.
I don't know how to shoot a basketball and my handwriting is, uh, barely legible. But I don't miss. I saw a man threaten to shoot a pregnant woman through the belly, just before a bullet went through his brain so I guess you could say, it wasn't good. I can handle that, Raylan.
I can't handle silence. The I of the Storm [2. So, you were out with somebody, and Tim happened to be there. Just suppose it could be Rachel. Are you sleeping with Rachel? I don't guess Ava's looking to spend time with you.
And I think I would remember if it was me. Unless, of course, you roofied me. Did you roofie me, Raylan? I was wondering if back when we were digging coal together that you had an inkling of the man that I might someday become. You mean just 40 and still single?
We're talking black hawk-helicopter time. I don't want either of you two doing shit or even contemplating doing shit until you run it by someone who can think.
For Blood or Money [2. You realize I'm sitting right here? Not as old as you. And you're a dick. When I was Nick's age, before my father's cancer, I thought we were the Cosbys. My parents had good jobs, there was a feast on the table after church on Sundays. Shawnee and I would ride our Huffys around the neighborhood. We had good hair, and made straight A's. Except, as my mother reminds me, that wasn't reality. The jobs weren't all that good, and my father was never a happy man even before he got sick.
And Shawnee was smoking pot at 9 and running away to smoke heroin at I never bore any illusions that my family was the Cosbys. Your family wasn't funny. At least you got to shoot your father. Mine had the nerve to die before I got back from Basic with skills and a loaded weapon. You didn't miss much. I thought it was gonna be way more fun than it was. I had nothing to do with it.
Other than shootin' a couple of assholes to keep 'em from talking. Why did you agree to rob that mine in the first place? Because it's what I do. It's who I am, Ava. As hard as I've been trying to pretend otherwise. Everybody else seems to know that but me. Art, I've been in Harlan 18 years. People still look at me like I'm some kinda Yankee come down to burn their crops. I know my people. You're like the hillbilly whisperer. We oughta put you on Oprah. Ma ain't never left me in charge Well it ain't as glamorous as it looks.
We need to talk. Can I get you something, mama? Nothing's gonna take the taste away from my boys going behind my back. Mama, w-we never went behind— Mags Bennett: Cashing McCready's draw checks? How long did you think it'd take before that'd come back on us? Mama, that's that federal. He's aiming for trouble with us, always has been.
Starting with hiring that pederast to do a job I give you. Coover, I know you're sorry. That's why it's gonna hurt so much to have to do this.
Mags takes out a hammer] Dickie Bennett: Put your hand on the stump! I'm saving your gun hand, now. Mama, don't hurt me. Cross me again, and I will leave you nothing. You ain't got to do this. You shut your mouth! As it is, I have to hurt Coover. And I like Coover. Blaze of Glory [2. Did she screw all your relatives? Or just you two? Now sir, I know you have an investigation to conduct but if you disrespect Ava one more time, I'm gonna come across this table.
I think a threat against a federal officer would be a little more specific. Something more along the lines of, "If you disrespect Miss Crowder again I'll beat the ever loving shit out of ya". You did most of your growing up in those juvie-detention gladiator schools. I guess Bobby didn't tell you I was the bench-press champion at Lewisburg. The next time you make me raise my voice, I'm gonna take this oxygen tank, and I'm gonna beat your ass to death with it.
Now, it appears to be running just a couple minutes late, but when it gets here, we're gonna take our money and be on our way. I'm hoping you know what to do now. You mean that girl from this morning? She didn't seem so innocent. Does she taste as good as she looks? Raylan Givens You know where I'm from, asshole? Raylan Givens [punches Carter] Down there we know the difference between dynamite and road flares.
If you run, I'm gonna put a bullet in that tank. You remember the end of Jaws? Save My Love [2. I'm surprised to see you here. Without shackles or an attorney present?
It's a little strange for me too. I'm glad you agreed to see me, given our history. I took a bullet, lost seven pints of blood, and eighteen inches of intestine. I had the surgeons keep it for me as a memento of that day preserved in Lucite.
Would you like to see it? Gary, I didn't have eighteen inches of intestine preserved in Lucite. Raylan, I would never presume to tell you how to do your job and I understand that I am very new in this security game. However, I have spent a considerable amount of time hiding explosives. Now if you would like, I'd be more than happy to walk around here with you, show you where would I hide mine, in case there might be a place that you might miss.
The truth is, I don't know if you can trust Boyd to have your back but well, he has tried to kill me, and I have shot him, and imprisoned him and I wouldn't be surprised if our paths again cross in such a manner. He has had my back on two occasions. Once was the last day I was in the mine, and the other not so long ago. My, sounds like a love story. You think he was telling the truth? Well he's a bank robber Raylan, why would he lie to me?
No spikes, no seeds, no helmet, no hitting. Nothing about no beating the shit out of a teenager though. I guess that'd be okay then. Hey I'll call the cops. Kid, we are the cops. Well, now, more than once we've found ourselves on the same side of a fight. Well, I'm on assignment by the federal government. You're a hired gun thug for a crooked company. Now, the only thing that we're on the same side of is, like, this car. There have been some threats. Oh, well, that's just awful.
Part of the job, I suppose. Yeah, it's not easy being a strong woman. Take it from me. But you just keep doing what you're doing. Don't let them see you sweat. Apparently, Black Pike is here to help us realize God's great plan. And all they're asking us to let them do, is cut the top off our mountain. Well, my people pioneered this valley when George Washington was president of the United States. And as long as we've been here, the story's always been the same: And what do they leave behind?
Poundments full of poison slurry and valleys full of toxic trash! You know what happens when million gallons of slurry breaks loose? The gates of hell open!
Those poundments are built strong to keep the slurry back. The gates of hell open, and all that waste rolls down through the hollers and poisons the water and the land and everything it touches! Mining company has a has a word for those leavings doesn't it? And that is what our lives will be if Black Pike has their way with our mountain.
With all due respect, Mrs. Bennett, Black Pike will replace the mountaintops and leave money a lot of money in the pockets of the working people of Bennett and Harlan counties. Is that a fact? Yes, ma'am, that is a fact. Well, that's something to consider. To an outsider, it's probably hard to understand why we're all not just lining up and saying, "Where do we sign?
We got our own way of courting, and raising children! And our own way of living and dying. My heart's still pounding. You've had enough fun for today.
You sure you know what you're doing? I'm making it up as I go, but I sure am happy you elected to come along. Getting this property seized is an inevitability. You wouldn't be the first who tried, Missy Thing. Now, sit your bony ass down and listen to my counteroffer while there's still pieces of you big enough to find! You pick the devil you run with. My daddy ain't never did shit for me. Never give me nothing. Debts and Accounts [2. You just go on and do what you do, and I'll just cleaning up after ya, and sooner or later this problem's gonna solve itself.
You figure out that next time before you open your mouth to me. I've been wondering if I'm just a criminal at heart, ya know, truly my father's son. My name is Boyd Crowder. You can come after me if you want but it will be the last thing you ever do, I promise you that.
Any number of people who are trying to kill me. Well I gotta talk to some people Either you let me go, or I'm gonna have to give you the slip. I love this shit. This shit gets me hard. Well, we've both been warned then. Her grown sons did her bidding because the punishment she meted out for disobeying her was dreadful to behold. The scene of her breaking Coover's hand with a hammer chilled. Raylan had a history with Mags, and throughout the second season, he never treated Mags with anything less than respect, even as he pursued her sons to bring them to justice.
Even when Raylan was forced to kill Coover, he didn't disrespect Mags. Always, despite their positions on the other side of the law, Raylan treated Mags as a worthy adversary, and not as if she were just another gun thug who populate the hollers of Harlan County.
And Mags was not some one-dimensional, evil mother, but, as the writers made clear, her machinations to sell off her land to the coal company, her control of the pot-growing business, and the harsh justice that she dealt out to her sons, was all part of Mags' desire to leave her grandchildren a life that would get them off the mountain, out of a life of crime, and gain them respectability.
Mags' character and Margo Martindale's Emmy-winning performance left an indelible mark upon the show. Not only did Mags's actions continue to have ripple effects throughout all of season three, but her dealings with Helen Raylan's aunt and Arlo's wife and with Loretta the girl she took in after Mags' poisoned Loretta's father showed a woman who was fully realized as a human being; who could be a grasping, controlling, rageful criminal, and a tender, vulnerable woman whose longing for a daughter made her find a girl she could nurture.
The writers have never failed to present their female characters as complicated as their male characters, and Raylan's interactions with Mags showed how he could have deep affection for a woman whom he also recognized as a woman capable of just about anything.
When all of her attempts to control the future had failed, Mags commited suicide in front of Raylan, and it was Raylan who held her hand as she died. Raylan and Winona Hawkins Advertisement: Winona is Raylan's ex-wife, the woman who originally left him years ago when she could no longer handle the fear and stress of being a marshal's wife. Now, after his return to Kentucky, the two resume their affair, despite Winona's re-marriage to feckless Gary Hawkinsand mid-way through season two, Winona left Gary to take up with Raylan full-time.
But the same problems they had the first time around rear up again. Discovering that she is pregnant, Winona attempts to convince Raylan to give up his dangerous life, and to take up a job as a shooting instructor back at Glynco. At first, Raylan seems gung-ho about the idea, but viewers know enough about his character to know that he could never give up the adrenaline rush that he gets from hunting down fugitives, even if it does mean risking his life on a regular basis.
Raylan thinks that since she's pregnant, Winona will finally accept that Raylan's life is his job, but she surprises him by leaving him. Winona wants a family and a house and fear-free life, which Raylan thinks he wants, too, until he realizes that, with a piss-poor example in Arlo, his gun-thug father, he doesn't have a clue how to be a dad, and seems surrendered to the idea that he and Winona will co-parent a child while living apart.
Winona, for her part, has shown that she is not dependent on her love for Raylan to do the right thing for herself and her unborn child. It is also clear that Raylan and Winona's relationship is not finished. When Aunt Helen was killed, whatever relationship Arlo and Raylan have left was finished, and the relationship reached its nadir at the end of season three, leading me to believe that season four may be when Raylan resolves his father issues, both with Arlo and with his unborn child.
But regardless, Winona is gone from Raylan's daily life, and this seems to suit Raylan, despite his temporary diving into a bottle to come to terms with her loss. Raylan and Boyd Crowder If there is a central relationship in the show, it is the one between Raylan and Boyd, two boys who came from the same background: Marshal's training academy at Glynco.
And while Boyd and Raylan's relationship has faded in and out of focus while other storylines have risen to the top, Raylan and Boyd have represented various permutations of a manhood that is at once defined in opposition to the fathers who raised them, while incorporating and sometimes wholeheartedly embracing the feminine characteristics of the women who love d them.
Raylan and Boyd are not quite mirror images of each other, but there is a mirroring aspect to their personalities that reflect 21st century masculinity. Both of them are capable of doing the wrong thing for the right reasons.
What's interesting is that Boyd swings wildly between extremes: He started the show as a neo-Nazi terrorist, but, after Raylan put a bullet in his chest, he had a religious conversion and embraced a turn-the-other-cheek Christianity that his father, Bo, sought to destroy in the most cruel ways possible.
When that world was destroyed, Boyd re-embraced the criminal life, and, as of last season, was running protection rackets, dealing drugs, and influencing Harlan County politics to create an atmosphere easier for him to operate in.
Boyd is the protector of home and kin. It softens Boyd and emboldens Ava, and vice versa. It's a true partnership of equals. I would argue that Raylan and Boyd's is the true marriage that holds the show together. That while Raylan's relationship with various characters, their tangled story arcs, and their shared histories are what keeps the show fascinating to watch, it is Boyd and Raylan's relationship that is the magnetic pull that draws me to my couch on Tuesday nights.
Which brings me back to Raylan's swagger. My partner calls it "righteous," an adjective I'd have to agree with. It's not self-righteousness, because that connotes an idea that Raylan thinks he knows better than those he goes up against.
In many respects, he does, if one looks at it in black-and-white terms: But it is more that Raylan's righteousness comes from having come up in an atmosphere in which the wrong thing was done nearly every day. It is only the intercession of his aunt Helen, and his own moral conscience, that has kept Raylan from being one of the brighter members of Harlan's criminal underground. It is not hard to imagine that, without the influence of Helen, Boyd and Raylan would be running buddies — or mortal enemies — in the Harlan criminal network.
But the ways of the holler are twisty, and Raylan knows those ways, and so he twists himself to get the right thing done even if he occasionally uses wrong ways to make it right. Raylan operates on just this side of the right side of the law, and yet carries within him a deep belief that the right side of the law is the place he needs to stay.
He has to, unless he wants to turn out like his father, Arlo, and all that connotes. Raylan always believes his actions are justified by the actions of others because he always gives the bad guys a choice: They can surrender, or he will put them down. It's not false bravado: His reputation precedes him, and the writers make apparent that it's only the truly dumb or malevolent criminals who will challenge him to a gunfight.
Thus, when they get shot, it's always a justified shooting. Raylan doesn't spend a lot of time reflecting on the men and one woman that he's killed. He always gives criminals a choice; their decisions not to take him up on his offers are their choices. While both Boyd and Raylan carry the scars of wounded boyhoods, those scars have shown up in different places. It's not just that Boyd's a criminal; it's that his extremes in behavior in season one — neo-Nazi to loving pastor — have led him to an in-between world where he practices a compassionate brutality in his everyday life, a compassionate brutality he seems to have embraced.
And while Raylan has shown great moments of compassion, his compassion and his brutality will only stretch so far.