Justified Premiere Recap: The Ice Pick Cometh

Coming off of one of the strongest TV seasons of last year and having to live up to big expectations: These are classy problems for a show to have. Having to fill the void left after Margo Martindale's Mags Bennett took one last swig of applejack in the season-two finale is another classy problem, but one with real teeth as season three begins. Obviously Raylan and Boyd Crowder are going to be butting heads for as long as the series lasts, but who could possibly fill Mags's shoes?

Justified season three begins much in the same way season two did, with just a taste of the long-term villain in Raylan's midst. In fact, Raylan never even comes into contact with Neal McDonough's interloper from Detroit. Instead, much like last season's premiere focusing on that pedophile Jimmy Earl, Raylan is pitted against a one-shot villain, this time played by Dexter's Desmond Harrington. But that's getting ahead of ourselves ...



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