Justified Season-Four Finale Recap: Bloodless Harlan

For a show that is certainly situated right in the heart of the Macho Violent Cable Drama Zeitgeist — and for good reason; its most notable episode wasn't called "Bloody Harlan" for nothing — Justified marched quite confidently through this finale without any major-character fatalities (and really just one minor-character fatality). I know everybody was nervous that Boyd would bite it, or maybe Ava, or possibly Winona. What we got instead, apart from the bad death of Nicky Augustine, were bloodless shifts that were no less violent. Raylan makes an active decision to passively murder the man who is threatening his family. Ava Crowder is headed to prison. Boyd makes several deals with several devils and is likely poised to burn the whole state of Kentucky down next season. This is currently a show that is solidly (and justifiably) confident in its characters, to the point where life-or-death suspense doesn't even have to be at the end of a gun barrel. Read More...



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