A Guest Pandora's Box: Thoughts on Justified — All About Romance
Ava Crowder: Mm-hmm. Boyd Crowder: 'S a big rock, ain't it? Now as acrimonious as our relationship has been lately, Raylan, Ava and I discussed it and. It was another Ava-centric hour. She's trying to escape Harlan, escape Boyd, escape the Dixie Mafia and Raylan. Getting far, far away is. The two start a relationship as Boyd resumes his business in crime. Like Raylan's aunt, Helen Givens, Ava is shown to be a very tough woman with very little fear.
Justified is obviously not a romance, but the vast majority of romance readers who watched it loved it except those for whom the violence was too much.Justified ::: I ain't coming back [6x13]
Do you think there was a great love story on Justified that might have drawn them in? Strangely enough I think there was but it was unrequited. So I guess it was really more of a triangle that does not resolve in a happily ever after for any of them. Although Raylan and Ava do seem to find some peace. I think she cared very much about both Raylan and Boyd, but her number one priority was Ava. And when Ava kills Delroy, and then plans to kill—or have Boyd kill—Ellen May, I think it sort of seals the deal of her as both stronger and less romantic than Boyd.
I think it would be just as easy to see Boyd as the hero, albeit a violent one. He uses his friends, his co workers, and pretty much anyone to accomplish his goals.
None of his actions are heroic.
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So, for me, Raylan is more of an outlaw who finds himself on the right side of the law. Similar to Lucas Hood in Banshee. What do you think? Am I being to hard on Raylan? What's with the hat? FX Throughout "Justified," Raylan walked the razor's edge between justifiable and unjustifiable action; he was "the angriest man" ex-wife and frequent flame Winona Hawkins had ever known.
But in the end, Raylan seemingly finds some semblance of peace. He doesn't kill Boyd, no matter how much he wants to put him down. He plays it by the books. He becomes fully worthy of the white hat he's been wearing all series long. Why, then, does his white hat die during the shootout with gunslinging looney tune Boon, only to be replaced on his head by Boon's own black cap? As Raylan transforms from angry jerk to stubborn hero, the white hat fades, and the black hat rises.
A Guest Pandora’s Box: Thoughts on Justified
Is it a statement that Raylan's rough exterior masks a hero's heart inside, a man no longer a Givens through and through? Or is the explanation simpler — it's just a damn cool hat?
What happened with Raylan and Winona? FX Back when Winona visited Raylan earlier in the season, the two decided to get back together, just as soon as Raylan finished his work in Harlan. Why couldn't Raylan and Winona get it together, even after Raylan turned his back on Kentucky for good? In reality, the answer's pretty obvious: There's just no living with the most stubborn man alive.
Even if it isn't the perfect Raylanona fairy tale ending so many fans were hoping for, it's an authentic and honest ending — a "Justified" ending.
Can Ava stay safe? FX When last Raylan saw Ava, he was bleeding in the middle of the street, watching her drive off with his car. Four years later, they met again, this time on Ava's new turf, in her new world, with her new son: Zackariah, the secret son of Boyd Crowder. 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!
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: