Justified – “Ghosts” (Season 4, Episode 13)

Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) in Justified Season 4 Episode 13 - "Ghosts"

“I’m suspended.”

Who would have thought, watching the Justified pilot, that the line separating Boyd Crowder and Raylan Givens would become so blurred? The two men, inextricably bonded, have always been two sides of the one coin, but after the season finale “Ghosts,” it’s not clear that they don’t deserve to inhabit the same, grimy side of that coin.

During Givens’ conversation in Augustine’s limousine, it appears that Raylan’s reached his moral boundary: he won’t kill an unarmed man, even one who’s unambiguously threatened his family. Then, moments later, he tacitly endorses Sammy Tonin’s hit on Augustine, as much his doing as if he’d pulled the trigger himself; except now, he can return to work with Art none the wiser (sure, maybe Augustine deserved it – but couldn’t the same thing be said about Drew Thompson?). Olyphant plays the moment brilliantly, pulling back the curtain to reveal the darkness beneath his law-abiding exterior.

Boyd suffered the consequences of his deal to get the Clover Hill nobs off his back: not from Detroit, as you’d expect, but through Paxton’s betrayal, with Ava paying the cost (why she had to move the body herself, I’m not entirely sure). A satisfying end to an excellent season.

4 thoughts on “Justified – “Ghosts” (Season 4, Episode 13)

    • Fantastic moment. Could have so easy been clichéd (hero walking away from explosion without looking sorta deal) but didn’t come across like that at all thanks to all the dark ambiguity.

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