The season finale of Justified is tonight. This is both very exciting (“HOW WILL EVERYTHING END?”) and very depressing (“DON’T GO AWAY I NEED YOU!”). The entire season has been terrific from beginning to near-end, starting with Raylan somewhat peacefully shacked up with a sexy bartender and then taking us all on a hunt for a fugitive who had been hiding in plain sight for decades. I don’t particularly want it to end, but I also don’t particularly have a say in the matter, so here we are, I guess.
And so, with that in mind, I’ve gone back through our GIF-heavy recaps of this season’s episodes, and pulled out 20 of my favorites. Some of them are quotes, some are subtle little moments, and some involve constables spraying bullets into a house or FBI agents getting shot in the face inside a Winnebago. This show has range, and I’ve tried to illustrate that with my selections, which are presented in no particular order.
There were many great lines from Boyd Crowder this season, as there are every season, but this was probably my favorite. It also serves as a nice glass of red wine to complement the t-bone steak that was Raylan’s “If you meet an asshole in the morning, you met an asshole. You meet assholes all day, you’re the asshole” line from the premiere.
Shoutout to the old man in this GIF, who, later on when Raylan inquired as to how and why this underage rascal got away, replied “She showed me her titties” in a manner that made it seem like the most obvious and best explanation possible. Which, well, yeah.
Art talked a lot about his “marshal stiffie” this year, which brings up two important points:
Here is the aforementioned GIF of the FBI agent getting shot in the head inside a Winnebago, which I love because, from another perspective, it is a GIF of Ned Ryerson getting murdered by the host of GUTS.
Also, Wynn Duffy, ladies and gentlemen.
Speaking of Ellen May, there are not enough shows on television today where drugged up prostitutes mistakenly shoot high-ranking government officials because said government official is a furry who put on a big scary bear costume before they started boinking.
And please consider THIS your periodic reminder that Raylan Givens will happily empty out a bar and put a couple bullets inside your important parts if you push him. Raylan do what Raylan do. Never forget that.
We’ll close this out the only logical way, by letting Art sum things up. The hunt for Drew Thompson took up most of the season, so it was easy to get lost in the action and just ride along from adventure to adventure, but when you zoom way out and look at it like this, it, like this whole season, was indeed some badass sh-t.