Six seasons of FX’s “Justified” came to an end Tuesday night. The underrated show’s finale gave fans the last nail biting confrontation between Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), with Raylan having to make one more tough choice before the series concluded. How did it all go down in “The Promise”?
Fans did not have to wait all that long for Raylan and Boyd to have their climactic moment. The two came face-to-face only hallway through the episode. Boyd had holed up in Loretta’s (Kaitlyn Dever) barn – evading the cops and killing Avery Markham (Sam Elliot) in the process – hoping to confront Ava (Joelle Carter) about her betrayal. Raylan showed up in time for Ava to confess that she thought Boyd would have done the same thing in her position.
A devastated Boyd then focused his attention on Raylan, trying to bait the U.S. Marshall into gunning him down. In a moment the whole series had been leading up to, Raylan debated whether or not to kill his rival in a tense standoff. However, in the end Raylan decided that shooting Boyd would not be, well, justified and arrested the criminal instead.
The second half of the episode jumped fours years ahead into the future for a moving coda. Raylan had not made up with Winona (Natalie Zea) and only shared partial custody of their daughter. Ava – scared Boyd would eventually come looking for her – had fled to California to live as a fugitive. After tracking her down, Raylan visited Boyd in prison to give him fake evidence that she had died. Boyd asked why Raylan had come to deliver the message in person and the show ended on Raylan’s fitting reply – “We dug coal together.”
There was a lot less action in the finale than some fans may have been hoping to see. However, the last hour of “Justified” was an appropriate end to the story of the two complex and intertwined characters.
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