Boyd Crowder's final line of "Justified" harkens back to what were Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens couldn't bring himself to shoot his old. 'Justified' Series Finale: How Raylan, Boyd And Ava Go Out hat nemesis Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), FX's Justified ended not so much. 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.
Raylan chose to listen to his better angels, and Boyd ended up in prison, rather than a cheap pine box. He began the series as a showman, loose-limbed and -tongued, drinking 'shine and wearing camo pants and spouting Neo-Nazi nonsense he didn't really believe, but which facilitated his desire to "get money and blow shit up," as Raylan put it in the show's pilot before shooting him and triggering a religious rebirth.
11 Questions 'Justified' Still Needs To Answer - MTV
Only the verbosity remained: Each wardrobe update came with a change in personality. As early as Season 3, Boyd had a come-to-Jesus moment with a loyal lieutenant having trouble with his boss' multiple metamorphoses. Boyd's reply was a summary as accurate as it was eloquent: That I was a man who killed men, and gotten a whole bunch of men killed?
See, Devil, I can't discard my past any more than I can these tattoos.
'We Dug Coal Together': A Tribute to Justified's Boyd Crowder
But the common thread throughout those transformations was Boyd's magnetism, which came out in full force whenever the opportunity to play orator came around. Watching Boyd preach, whether it was the Word, on behalf of a mining company, or trying to win Harlanites to his side, was Justified at its best. Preacher Boyd came out once more last night, mere moments before we said goodbye to the character forever, as he evangelized to a group of fellow prisoners. And how do you get out of poverty?
You can play basketball. You can play football. 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: But appearances are often deceiving — more often than not, in fact, in the curious case of Boyd Crowder.
FX The late Mags Bennett's legacy is not her own bloodline, but the daughter she always wished she'd had: She made it out of the finale alive, but will she make it out of Harlan alive? Or will Loretta stay put, plant roots the way Avery Markham wanted, but never could have achieved as an out-of-town carpet-bagger?
Truth be told, we'll never know. Like so many other characters, Loretta's future remains a mystery; we don't see her in the four-years-later scenes, and all we can do is wonder about her future, just as we wonder about the future of Harlan County.
Is Constable Bob OK? FX Patton Oswalt's fan-favorite character was seriously wounded in the penultimate episode, and there wasn't a single word mentioned about him in the finale.
So, what's the scoop? Did he survive his injuries, or succumb to them? File this one under the list of things we'll never truly know; but I choose to believe Bob's still patrolling the backroads of Harlan, Death Star-sized ballsier than ever. So, that's really it for Bobby Quarles? FX I might be the only man on Earth who still cares about the ambiguous fate of the season three villain, but I can't deny my feelings. One last Quarles callback, be it a cameo appearance on the show or an off-screen mention, would have made the final season of "Justified" for me.