Justified’s Season Two had its finale last night, and what didn’t happen?!
So while we can talk about the specific events in the finale—Loretta attempting to avenge her father, Winona’s being pregnant, Art’s excellent Raylan management, Dickie shooting Ava, Raylan hanging upside down in a tree while Dickie whacks him, Boyd saving Raylan’s bacon, Tim the sharpshooter saving Raylan’s bacon, Doyle dying (see the previous clause), Mags offing herself, Raylan not sure Winona will be there after he’s rescued Loretta—what’s most intriguing about the show, and what makes this season so much better than the first, is the relationship between Boyd and Raylan.
They’re reverse sides of the same coin, which informs their, by now, very complicated relationship: Both are smarter than they oughta be, given their backgrounds, both have strong and strongly idiosyncratic morals, both are good-looking, talented at their chosen professions, and both are incredibly loyal to the women they love.
Given everything that happened last night, it’s hard to guess where the writers will go for Season Three; chances are, however, that Raylan and Boyd’s relationship will continue to grow and change and be the reason I keep watching.
Megan Frampton is the Community Manager, Romance, for the HeroesandHeartbreakers site. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son, and thinks Timothy Olyphant has the best stride on television.