The relationship between Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder has become the 'crux' of the FX series. -- It always comes down to Raylan and Boyd. The two Justified antagonists, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and his opposite number, drug kingpin Boyd Crowder (Walton. The actor discusses the show's final episode, Boyd's relationship with Raylan and upcoming projects with Quentin Tarantino and Danny. [The series ended with] Raylan and Ava, and then Raylan and Boyd, and I'm in Episode 12 — that's my voice screaming “help!,” as Constable Bob .. it with Boyd and Raylan was really wonderful, and their relationship was.
The series' lead has always had the benefit of a terribly expressive face, and Olyphant makes sure you know every muscle fiber in his body is involved in this decision.
He's not quite sure he won't shoot Boyd. He knows he wants too. He knows he shouldn't, and that strain is evident. And as for that final scene? The line has always been an admission and sidestep at the same time.Raylan and Boyd Crowder STAND OFF - Episode 1 - Justified
It's his answer to Ava way back in the pilot, when he shoots Boyd but won't leave him to die. Yes, Raylan's lying to Boyd. But in a way, he's sparing him too.
If we know anything about the "Justified" universe, we know Boyd will get out of prison some day. He's already cycled back into the street preacher skin he wore after his last release from prison in Season 1. At least this way, Raylan is sparing him the weight of killing Ava which he might do or pursuing her to the ends of the earth upon her release which he will most certainly do.
So Raylan does the honorable thing by Ava. He leaves Harlan alive, and in a way, he helps them do the same. Sure, he didn't get Winona. Maybe he won't have the family life in Florida or Glynco he always dreamed of. But he's still got the hat. He never became Arlo. He wouldn't let himself become Boyd.
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No one ever wins in Harlan County. No one really leaves alive. But Raylan Givens got closer than most. A show whose character's were relatable in a way someone like Walter White or Don Draper can't be.
We've all felt like the deck was stacked long before we ever looked at the cards. We've all been Raylan.
We've known a Boyd, an Ava. Even a Dewey Crowe.
The final gunfight between Raylan and Boon was set up perfectly in the weeks before. Boon's likely correct assumption that most everyone is wearing Kevlar caused him to go for the head, but he whiffed, murdering the Marshal's hat instead of the Marshal.
It was satisfying to see Loretta stop his chance at a follow-up shot as well. Boon Jonathan Tucker was a worthy foe and I wish he'd shown up sooner. Art and Raylan's final exchanges were perfect. Nick Searcy may have been the most well-cast actor of this show beyond Raylan and Boyd. It occurs to me that I've said little about Ava here.
Joelle Carter was her usual, intoxicating, self. I especially enjoyed her final scene in California, the nervous energy she rambled with in hopes of keeping Raylan from taking her in.
Well it wouldn't be a series finale without repeating the series' one six-year flaw -- Tim and Rachel, we hardly knew ye. Neither deputy marshal gets much to do here Tim does have the pleasure of ducking dynamite tossed by Boyd. Albus Severus Crowder has a nice ring to it, but I do appreciate Ava's tribute to her late uncle.
Given the revelations, Givens decides to let Ava stay exactly where she is; he walks away from the opportunity to turn her in. But is that it? Is that the end of the story?
Or will Ava have to continue looking over her shoulder for the rest of her life, waiting for the day when the Crowder ghosts of her past come rushing back to haunt her?
Who has the money? FX It's obvious, isn't it? It's the perfect ending for one of the show's winningest weasels, the one man who always walks away from a gunfight with blood splattered on his face, but not his own blood. Best of luck to you, Wynn. Do we buy what Boyd's selling? FX "Any man can walk toward temptation, but it takes a real man to walk away from it. And when I say walk, I mean keep on walking! Walk in the other direction! Get me behind me, Devil!
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But how much do we believe the words that are coming out of his mouth, versus simply enjoying his lyrical lunacy? Is Boyd a changed man, authentically repeating an earlier phase of his life? Or is Con Man Crowder alive and well in his church beyond the bars? Never forget what Boyd said to Raylan in the Bennet barn: But appearances are often deceiving — more often than not, in fact, in the curious case of Boyd Crowder.
FX The late Mags Bennett's legacy is not her own bloodline, but the daughter she always wished she'd had: She made it out of the finale alive, but will she make it out of Harlan alive? Or will Loretta stay put, plant roots the way Avery Markham wanted, but never could have achieved as an out-of-town carpet-bagger? Truth be told, we'll never know. Like so many other characters, Loretta's future remains a mystery; we don't see her in the four-years-later scenes, and all we can do is wonder about her future, just as we wonder about the future of Harlan County.
Is Constable Bob OK? FX Patton Oswalt's fan-favorite character was seriously wounded in the penultimate episode, and there wasn't a single word mentioned about him in the finale. So, what's the scoop? Did he survive his injuries, or succumb to them?
File this one under the list of things we'll never truly know; but I choose to believe Bob's still patrolling the backroads of Harlan, Death Star-sized ballsier than ever. So, that's really it for Bobby Quarles? FX I might be the only man on Earth who still cares about the ambiguous fate of the season three villain, but I can't deny my feelings.
One last Quarles callback, be it a cameo appearance on the show or an off-screen mention, would have made the final season of "Justified" for me. Instead, we'll just have to wonder if getting his arm lopped off by Limehouse was enough to put Quarles down for good. I choose to believe he's locked away in some padded cell somewhere.
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In all likelihood, he's ashes in a box. When does "Justified" season seven start? FX Never, you say? Never say never, says I.