Justified: Thoughts (and Speculation) on the Last Two Episodes of Season Two

Poor Raylan. The man just wants to get the hell out of Harlan and it seems like every single person he knows just keeps pulling him back. Whether it be the Bennett family and their continued pursuit of county domination, Winona’s constant waffling over her true feelings for Raylan, or Art’s push-pull of admiration for Raylan’s tenacity and disappointment over his job skills, Raylan Givens is a battered man in season two of Justified and all the sarcastic grins in the world can’t cover that up.

The closing scene of Wednesday’s Justified might just be the straw that breaks the marshal’s back, as Dickie exercising the Bennett blood in him resulted in the only likable family Raylan’s got (sweet Aunt Helen) being shot in the middle of the night. There’s no indication of whether she lived or not (I personally think she’s dead, but I could be wrong), so I’m not going to go as far as to call this a murder, but this was a very serious act of violence and one that will be the catalyst for a brutal final showdown akin to last season’s breathtaking finale. But what else will it do for the increasingly exceptional FX series?

I opened this piece by talking about how Raylan’s been trapped in Harlan’s spiderweb this season, but I think that what happened to Helen could light a fire under him to make it out of his hometown (perhaps fleeing back to Miami?), at least for part of next season. Of course, Raylan now has more incentive than ever to take out Dickie Bennett (could that threaten his job, though?) and considering the disdain that Mags has for her son, I wouldn’t be surprised if she and Raylan put whatever differences they have to the side in order to bring Dickie down. Plus having Mags join Raylan will free her up to possibly come back in another season down the line which, considering how well her character has been received, is a possibility. I think it’d be very cool to watch Mags and Raylan take on Dewey and Dickie’s men, mostly because seeing a family’s split loyalties would add an extra layer of psychology to what promises to be a bloody final two episodes.

The explosive culmination of the Bennett/Givens feud is only one aspect of the final two episodes of this season. We have Boyd who is kind of a criminal mastermind (how cool would it be to see Raylan go away and comes back next season to see that Boyd’s kind of assumed Bo’s role as county kingpin?), Ava becoming the country Carmella Soprano, and a bunch more peripheral characters who can pop in, change a scene dramatically, and pop back out quickly. For example, you know Arlo isn’t going to take what happened to Helen lying down, so it would be almost poetic to see the old man lace up his boot straps and help Raylan take down the man who killed(?) his wife. Arlo’s not played much of a role this season, minus a scene here or there, but his most important contribution may be helping Raylan find justice for Helen and inching closer to having a bond with his son.

This season of Justified has been pretty magnificent, to say the least. We’ve seen a fascinating combination of black comedy, gun fights, cases of the week, a scary-good villain, and personal growth (and arguably de-evolution) of the characters we’ve spent the last two years with. If the final two episodes of the season are anything close to the quality of the previous 11, we’re in for an awesome ride.

Justified airs Wednesdays at 10:00 on FX with a repeat immediately following at 11:00 and subsequent re-airings throughout the week.

What do you expect from the final two episodes of Justified’s second season? How have you been enjoying the season so far? Do you think the show can top itself next season?

4 Comments

  1. George Otwori April 22, 2011
  2. Dave April 23, 2011
  3. ben April 27, 2011
  4. Brien April 28, 2011

Leave a Reply

Gary Marshall
Goodbye Gary Marshall: The Hollywood Star Is Dead At 81
Republican National Convention
The RNC Will Kill It in TV Ratings (But Will It Matter?)
The Big Bang Theory
Television Predictability: The “I knew it” Moments on the Small Screen
Designated Survivor
Fall Pilot Preview: ABC’s Designated Survivor
X-Men-Marvel-Fox-768x576
Rose McGowan Rips 20 Century Fox for X-Men: Apocalypse Billboard
Almost Paris Still/ Women Directors not at Cannes
Vive la Difference? Not in Hollywood. Case in Point: Almost Paris
Arrow
Amell Cousins Film Funding Campaign Closing in on $1.5M
denzel
Famous Celebrities Back in the Day
Ice Age: Collision Course
Ice Age: Collision Course: Saving the World with Crystals and Magnets.
Justice League Dark
Matt Ryan Returns as Constantine in ‘Justice League Dark’
Harley Quinn
‘Batman and Harley Quinn,’ ‘Teen Titans,’ ‘Justice League Dark’ Movies Announced
Batman: The Killing Joke
‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Film Review
Galactic Empire
Why Star Wars Fans Should Be Paying Attention to Galactic Empire
bruce-springsteen-chris-polk-getty-946
Bruce Springsteen Opens with Prince’s “Purple Rain” At Barclay’s Center
spike-jonze-portra_2808683b
10 Awesome Music Videos Directed by the Incomparable Spike Jonze
rolling-stones-concert
The 10 Greatest Rolling Stones Concerts of All-Time
150415194757-2015-playoff-graphic-2-041515.1200x672
The Top Five Moments in NBA Playoffs History
2themastes
Your Official Guide to Watching the Masters Tournament on TV
Austin X Games
X Games Austin 2016 Has an Amazing Sports and Music Lineup
nascar_daytona_nationwide_auto_racing_15301727
Seven Incredibly Dangerous Car Accidents in NASCAR History

Get more stuff like this
in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.