In the 2010 pilot episode of Justified, there’s a moment between Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder during their first meeting in decades that has threaded through just about every episode of the show’s six-season run. Raylan has come calling on his old mining buddy during his first day working out of the Lexington office, and in the middle of their conversation — thick with double meaning and bullshit-cutting — Boyd says this:
Yeah, all those days, good and bad, they all long gone now. Everything’s changed. It’s all changed.
The moment is not lingered on. It’s in the middle of one of Boyd’s signature monologues and it sails right by — but it’s as good a central thesis for Justified as any. Time moves on. Everything evolves. And wouldn’t you know it, contrary to every possible chance and indication of the dark, violent history we’ve seen unspool over the last six years, Ava, Raylan, and Boyd all leave Harlan alive.
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