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Justified 3.13 "Slaughterhouse" Review

Justified's third season finale aired Tuesday night, providing a stellar ending to the show's best year yet. Though it bore the carnage-promising title "Slaughterhouse," the episode didn't feature that much violence, save for one brutal scene forty-five minutes in. Instead, the episode's big punch was emotional and character-driven, focusing on the relationships between fathers and sons.

Strained relationships between parents and children has always been a theme of Justified. Boyd's father Bo (M.C. Gainey) tried to kill his son multiple times during the show's first season. The show's second season explored the difficult relationship between Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale) and her sons Dickie (Jeremy Davies) and Coover (Brad William Henke). The theme became even more pertinent in that season through Mags' attempted adoption of (and genuine affection for) Loretta McCready, a young girl whose father she had  murdered. While the echoes of Mags' relationships with both Dickie and Loretta were felt this season, the theme of parenthood really became most pronounced this year with the introduction of new villain Robert Quarles (Neal McDonough), an unhinged Detroit mobster looking to earn his way back into the good graces of his father figure crime boss. Read More...


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