Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead
I already feel like this show is going for broke and I like it. While a lot of us felt a little (or a lot) disappointed with season 5 â€“ myself included â€“ Iâ€™ve always been and will always be a fan of this show. Even an â€œoffâ€ season is still a really strong season. Bygones. Letâ€™s focus on what goes down in tonightâ€™s season premiere.
I think I need to talk about Dewey Crowe first. His death shocked me. Now that Boyd is back to robbing banks, I thought the overt danger of his old life would go away. I mean, robbing banks is dangerous but itâ€™s different than dealing/smuggling drugs. But Boydâ€™s made a lot of enemies and has done a lot of pretty horrible things, so I guess heâ€™s always going to be looking over his should in some respects. Was he right to suspect Deweyâ€™s motives? Absolutely. The thing I love and hate about Dewey is that heâ€™s always looking out for number one (and he’s always pretty amusing while he’s doing it). Heâ€™ll double cross you in a heartbeat if he thinks he can get something out of it. But Boyd seemed to be giving Dewey another chance. Dewey acknowledged that heâ€™s made a mistake; he just wanted back in. He wanted the good olâ€™ days.
Maybe Dewey shouldnâ€™t have assumed the reappearance of his turtledog totem meant he should try to reconcile with Boyd. That â€œbitchâ€ Abigail didnâ€™t lose it, she threw it away. So itâ€™s only fitting that Deweyâ€™s turtledog would lead him to ruin. I mean, Dewey played his part well when Boyd needed a distraction. Raylan and Tim went after Dewey, when they shouldâ€™ve been following Boyd. But the minute he outlives his usefulness, Boyd takes care of that little problem. RIP, Dewey Crowe. You will be missed.
If youâ€™re wondering what this means for Ava, Iâ€™m with you. Boyd knows sheâ€™s acting strange. He thinks itâ€™s because of the time she had to spend in jail because of him and he probably thinks sheâ€™s still smarting about the fact that he couldnâ€™t get her out faster and/or protect her while she was in there â€“ not like he promised to. But Boydâ€™s been in jail, he gets her attitude.
We know sheâ€™s nervous because sheâ€™s working as Raylanâ€™s CI. At the end of last season, I expressed doubts about Ava doing this job. I knew she did what she had to do to save her own life, but she loves Boyd. No matter what sheâ€™s doing right now, I still thinks she loves him. And when Raylan asks if Boydâ€™s making big purchases or big plans, she deflects. It should be hard for her to turn on him considering everything theyâ€™ve been through. Iâ€™m still not even convinced sheâ€™ll do it. I think these two people are meant for each other. Avaâ€™s eyes have been opened to the realities of the world, but I really canâ€™t imagine sheâ€™ll ever find another man like Boyd. Thatâ€™s probably not a good thing, but I think itâ€™s the truth.
And Boyd was doing what he could to get her out of jail. He just didnâ€™t do it fast enough. At the end of the day, Ava knows how to take care of herself. She took care of Bowman and thatâ€™s how Raylan knows she can get him what he needs on Boyd. Raylanâ€™s a little too quick, in my opinion, to threaten Ava with a return to jail but I understand that if Boyd isnâ€™t telling her about his misdeeds that sheâ€™s not nearly as valuable as she needs to be and should be for the RICO case. Avaâ€™s wise to be wary, especially since the vibe Boyd was giving me as he watched her sleep was creepy, not protective.
I like the way Raylan questions Aguilar. Yes, he technically kidnapped him and transported him into another country. But, as always, Raylan gets results. Most of the time I really donâ€™t care how that happens and I love watching him give anyone and everyone attitude.
We meet Garret Dillahunt in this episode. He seems to be a city slicker whoâ€™s up to no good. He offers Raylan cash for his property and land, which is for sale, but Raylan turns him down flat. Iâ€™m curious what heâ€™s up to and who heâ€™s connected with in town.
Itâ€™s oddly comforting for me to see Raylan visit Art during his convalescence. I love that Raylan offers Art booze, which he eventually ends up sampling. I also love that Raylan is asking Art for his advice. We know Raylanâ€™s an impatient man. He needs Artâ€™s reassurances about doing this right and by the book. After all, thereâ€™s a possibility Raylan will end up in Florida without a badge and gun and only be able to see his daughter on visiting day at the state pen.
Deweyâ€™s death is a definitely setback. How are they going to get the evidence they need on Boyd? Now if Ava doesn’t deliver, they really will have nothing.
Is it weird that a small, tiny part of me wants Boyd to get away with it? Iâ€™d never want to run into a character like Boyd Crowder in real life, but getting to know him over these past five seasons has made me care about him. Iâ€™m invested. I know he needs to pay for his crimes, but part of me likes to imagine heâ€™ll get his happily ever after with Ava in the foreign country of their choosing.
When will be see Mary Steenburgenâ€™s Katherine Hale again? Sheâ€™s the one who wanted to get that ledger, so it must be incredibly important. Boydâ€™s crew thought they were stealing money and are very disappointed when it becomes clear that wasn’t what they were after. Will they trust him the next time he needs their services? And if you donâ€™t already know, Sam Elliott has joined the cast this season. I cannot wait to see him on my TV screen.
Justified airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on FX.
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