'Justified' Fan Columnist: Boyd Returns to the Dark Side
'Justified' Fan Columnist: Boyd Returns to the Dark Side
Trace Young
Trace Young
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) has officially become a more interesting character than Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). I'm surprised to write this, because Raylan/Olyphant is such a great character/actor combo, but the producers of Justified have made Boyd/Goggins an even more intriguing character, making Raylan seem boring at times. Sure, he's a lawman, so it's understandable ... but it's particularly when Raylan mentally eases himself back into re-settling with Winona (in Glynco, Georgia, where he'd presumably return to firearms training) that his character arc flatlines. Sure he's full of contradictions, which is what makes him so fascinating, but they're subtle and, by now, fairly predictable. We want him to be happy, but we also want to see the wild side of him, at odds with domestic bliss.

On the other hand, Boyd is designed to embody the biggest contrasts imaginable, from white supremacist to religious missionary to mercenary hitman to corporate shill. And the more wicked he is, the more lovable he is. Much of it has to do with Goggins' sheer brilliance and lunacy -- his crazy porcupine hair fighting for attention with his dazzlingly white choppers. He's decided that he can't fight his penchant for crime, and coupled with an offer from Mags that he can't refuse, he bids goodbye to Ava, who once told him he could only live with her if he walked the straight and narrow. And yet, once he's gone, she pines for him. More on this later...

Mags, anxious to settle all titular "debts and accounts," apparently consented to allow Boyd whatever criminal enterprise he chose, other than pot, which will be taken over by cop son Doyle. (I think. Some of the dialogue came out a bit mumbly. So correct me if I'm wrong!) She cuts Dickie out of any Bennett legacy, underscoring how hard this crippled runt has had to fight for a scrap of anything in his life. This is after she meets with Helen Givens and gives her a bag of money for the Black Pike settlement. Helen pleads with Mags to leave Raylan alone, which reveals just how close and deep the roots go between those two, despite Helen's outward vitriol toward Raylan. And Dickie harbors deep hatred of Raylan, who crushed his leg long ago.

Raylan gets a call from social services -- Loretta hates her new foster home in the suburbs, and will only talk to him. He visits and convinces her she'll be happy, and to at least to give it a try. Maybe his pep talk is for his own sake, to try to make himself believe he'd be happy in the 'burbs with Winona and some little Raylans. Winona finally drops by to see him at the office after avoiding his calls for days. This is after he basically dares Art to punish him for the Winona cash stealing fiasco, but Art plays don't-ask-don't-tell, saying he can't change Raylan, and things will play out as they will. So Raylan's life and job have been given reprieves for the moment.

Raylan drives Winona to her lawyer, as she's officially divorcing Gary. She tells Raylan maybe they shouldn't see one another for awhile, and he's hurt until she says it's so he doesn't think she's divorcing Gary for Raylan, because she's not. Raylan's Lincoln is followed by two goons, whom Raylan confronts at a stoplight, saying that he will go right, and they will turn left -- or else. And they do. After hours at the office, Raylan confesses his love for Winona, and vice versa, and he basically pops the question again: will she move to Glynco with him? She nonchalantly says she's not sure, and he slumps.

He drives her home and, again, they're followed by the goons, who crash his car and chase them into a warehouse. A shootout ensues, and of course the goons get shot, even with Winona darting about, confusing things, giving Raylan dirty looks, like "here we go again." We don't know who these guys were, but most likely they're attached to Wynn (of the Kentucky Mafia), and it's really Winona who's the trouble-bringer, not Raylan, despite his many enemies. She just says, "Yes. Glynco," as they're panting with relief at surviving.

Boyd enlists his wounded cousin Johnny and old Kevin Rankin for his still-mysterious new criminal endeavor. Who but Dickie should show up, who Boyd nefariously envisions as the perfect tool to complete his posse. He goes back to Ava's house and says he just had to see her one more time, even if from afar. They kiss, and it seems like her house will once again become the HQ for the criminal Crowder clan. Yeehaw!

(Image courtesy of FX)

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