Sat. Sep 23rd, 2023

Easy-talking prison Boyd has at all times been reverse Raylan on the middle of “Justified,” so it feels proper for him to make a comeback within the finale’s final moments. That being stated, his sign-off on the finish of season 6 of the unique sequence was large, so I hope any face-off the pair find yourself in will remember the character improvement he is gone by over time. Boyd began the present as a Svengali-like chief decked out in white supremacist regalia, and ended it as a harmful but bizarrely endearing man in black with an entire lot of blood on his palms. He and Raylan have additionally at all times existed as two sides of the identical coin — one a surprisingly heartfelt prison, the opposite a surprisingly violent hero.

Raylan’s struggled along with his personal morality and the burden of his badge and gun for the reason that starting of “Justified” (the present, in spite of everything, started with him capturing a person for revenge’s sake), however “Justified: Metropolis Primeval” upped the ante by taking a hard-boiled neo-noir strategy to the justice system. By the point Raylan takes an early retirement within the finale, taking his skill to shoot an unarmed Clement Mansell (Boyd Holbrook) as an indication he wanted to stop, it is clear the character has little religion left within the regulation and order system. But he’ll want all the assistance he can get to trace down Boyd, a person whose life he spared a number of occasions earlier than as a result of, as he put it, “We dug coal collectively.”

Any showdown between the pair must be appropriately loaded given their sophisticated historical past, however I hope if “Justified” returns, it will not make Boyd a easy supervillain determine. The connection between the 2 opposing forces is extra fascinating than that, and the present is aware of it.

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