Did Justified’s Hero Really Get the Ending He Deserved?

April 15, 2015 4:21 PM

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Any Justified fan could have told you what to expect going into Tuesday night’s series finale. A reckoning between estranged lovers Ava (Joelle Carter) and Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), a confrontation between the outlaw Boyd and the lawman Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), and a well-executed version of the show’s unofficial theme song: “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” And we got all of that. Just not when and how most of us expected.

The three anticipated elements (the reckoning, the confrontation, the Darrell Scott) all showed up early, about two-thirds of the way through the episode. And contrary to what most of us guessed (the show’s finest season finale was called “Bloody Harlan,” after all), all three of the main characters...

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