Justified Review: 2×04 ‘For Blood or Money’

Be sure to check out the entire review of 2×04 ‘For Blood or Money’ here at HitFix.com

Outside the main plot, the most interesting scenes involved, not surprisingly, Boyd. He remains a wildcard – it’s hard to say whether he’s actually considering the robbery scheme, or if he’s just trying to keep things calm for now – and Walton Goggins is such a compelling presence that I would just as happily watch an episode that was largely composed of Boyd and Ava chatting on the porch about hairdressing and “Of Human Bondage.” (An episode featuring just that and the drunken office scene would be a pretty huge stylistic departure, I know.) Goggins works as well with Joelle Carter as he does everybody else he’s paired with, and I’m wondering where to set the over-under on the episode in which he tries to make them be something more than just roommates.

E!Online: Will Boyd cross the line of good and bad?

Yes, yes we definitely do love us some Boyd Crowder y’all! icon wink E!Online: Will Boyd cross the line of good and bad?

Jessica: I love Justified. Boyd scoop please!
It’s no secret that we love us some Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), even when he’s straddling the line of bad, he’s oh so good. In an upcoming episode Boyd’s going to be taking a big step over that good-bad line and we are dying to know how it’s going to affect Ava’s (Joelle Carter) one rule for living in her house: no criminal activity.

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Back Stage issue Feb 24th – March 2nd – Scans added!

I’ve added 2 high quality scans of Walton on the cover of Back Stage Magazine from their February 24 – March 2 issue which is out now. It features a great interview with Walton, where we learn a little more behind the making of Walton Goggins; Actor.

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Justified Review: 2×03 ‘The I of the Storm’

justified the i of the storm article story main 150x150 Justified Review: 2x03 The I of the StormFor a guy who’s supposedly changed, you sound a lot like you always did.” -Dewey

One of the inherent advantages that a TV drama supposedly has over a movie is that characters can grow and change far more over many seasons than they can over the course of a two hour film. But what often fascinates me are the TV shows that choose, for one reason or another, to not let their characters change much, if at all. Sometimes it’s about preserving the status quo (“Dexter” for many years), sometimes about the show espousing a belief that people – real or fictional – aren’t capable of great change (“The Sopranos”), sometimes a combination of the two (the middle seasons of “House”).

With “Justified,” Raylan mainly is who he is. He might be capable of incremental change – being a mite slower to draw his gun just to avoid the paperwork, occasionally telling Winona how his day was – but he is who he is and his code is his code.

Boyd Crowder, on the other hand? He seems to change by the minute. But the key part of that sentence is “seems to.” As Raylan told us in the series pilot, Boyd has a history of trying on new identities as part of his usual pursuit of thrills. And because of that, there’s always this doubt – certainly for the other characters on the show, and to a lesser extent for those of us at home who get to see Boyd in his most private moments when he has no reason to role-play – of just how sincere his latest change is.

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Ask Ausiello: Boyd and Ava will begin to grow closer…

I can’t wait to see how their story develops.

Question: Any scoop on Justified? —Brandon
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Now that they’re living under the same roof together, Boyd and Ava will begin to grow closer. “I think that they end up really getting to know who each other is,” says Ava’s portrayer, Joelle Carter, “and respecting that, and being there for each other.” Annnnd…? “Annnnd…. I’m not sure what happens after that!” she hedges. (No worries. Walton Goggins recently painted a pretty graphic picture for us!)?

The New York Post’s early review of ‘The I of the Storm’

Tiffany Wendeln Connors of The New York Post had this to say about ‘Justified’ and it’s newest episode which airs this Wednesday at 10pm on FX.

“Justified” (Wednesday, 10 p.m., FX) In the first two episodes of the season, we didn’t get to see much of TV’s most interesting villain, Walton Goggins’ Boyd Crowder. But this week, he makes his triumphant return when our hero Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) pursues Boyd as the likely culprit in a drug-related murder investigation. The carefully crafted story is funny, dark and sharp, demonstrating why this is the best police drama on the air.

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TVGuide: Justified is Right on Target

On Justified, when two hillbilly thugs walk into a room with an ominous-looking bag, you know they’re not toting the makings of a picnic. Anything might be inside: explosives, guns, a bear trap. For Timothy Olyphant, who stars on FX’s crime drama as the low-key but deadly deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens and is now a producer, the secret to the show’s rich yet unhurried storytelling is how it triggers the imagination.

“I keep thinking about all the things that could be in the bag,” says Olyphant to staff writer Dave Andron as they sit on location in South Pasadena, California, outside of a police museum that’s doubling today as a jailhouse in rural eastern Kentucky. “Now the thing that tickles me most is live animals,” says Olyphant, who is dressed in full Raylan gear: nicely cut suit, collared shirt, tie, cowboy boots and, of course, his Stetson. “How about a…badger?” Olyphant collapses in a fit of giggles. “Badgers!” he drawls, riffing on The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. “We don’t need no stinking badgers!”

Season 2 packs more unexpected twists than a sackful of such critters. Episode 1 will be memorable to every Justified fan for the indelible introduction of Raylan’s newest adversary, Mags Bennett, played by Margo Martindale. She’s the mother of three dimwit sons, including one played by Lost’s Jeremy Davies, and was inspired by both a real-life Kentucky crime matriarch and one of three brand-new Raylan-centric short stories penned by exec producer and master mystery writer Elmore Leonard. Raylan’s surprising affection for Mags stems from their shared past. Says Olyphant, “[Raylan]‘s a guy who’s able to put aside certain things and say, ‘These are the people I grew up with. She knew me when I was wearing Pampers, she knew my granddaddy.’”

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5 Reasons You Should Watch Season 2 of Justified

You can read all 5 reasons at the source.

4. Two more words: Boyd Crowder. Although this is Raylan’s story, it’s harder than ever to take your eyes of Walton Goggins’ electrifying performance as Boyd Crowder, a former hellraiser trying to stick to the straight and narrow. There’s just one problem: No matter how hard he tries, nobody’s buying it, least of all Raylan. “Boyd is on this journey of self-discovery and he’s looking for one thing: to be absolutely numb,” Goggins says. “But people won’t leave him alone.” He will find one friendly soul, however, and it could grow into an unexpected romance. “What Boyd may very well wind up believing in is love,” Goggins says.

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Justified Boss Talks Feuds, Romance and New Season Secrets

You can read the entire article at E!Online. I highly recommend it but, bear in mind it is quite spoilery.

What does Ava’s relationship with Boyd look like this season?
I think that her relationship with Boyd is very conflicted. We’re going to be sensing stuff about her, which is, in going a little deeper, about who she is and the life she’s led. It’s not all just the surface story of this girl. There’s something else going on in there and that is something that will affect her relationship with Boyd. Coupled with the fact that Boyd is, with her, incredibly gentlemanly and caring and protective.

Is Boyd tempted to go back to life of crime?
What do you think? Yeah. It’s “tempted,” and it’s also, again, that sense of character is destiny. I think that Boyd will have a realization that his struggle to not be that guy that he was, was maybe the wrong struggle. You’ll see it in our fifth episode—it’s very Boyd-heavy, and we finally get to see him in a different light. When he got religion and went off on that path, it led to death and destruction. His conclusion could be that that’s just not the right path for Boyd Crowder.

Collider.com’s Exclusive Interview with Walton

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The popular and critically acclaimed FX drama series Justified, developed by Graham Yost and based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard, returns for its highly anticipated Season 2 on February 9th. Fresh off the epic gun battle that concluded Season 1, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) must now face off against the criminal organizations that are moving in to fill the void left by the removal of the Crowder family’s criminal grip on Harlan County. One such foe is Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale), whose family has been the biggest pot farmers in Eastern Kentucky for generations, and which has undoubtedly led to their long-standing feud with Raylan’s family. Also returning this season is Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), one of the most fascinating and complex characters currently on television. Boyd is Raylan’s long-time friend and ultimate nemesis who is trying to prove to everyone, including himself, that he can reform his past extremist ways.

During a recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Walton Goggins talked about the appeal of playing the intriguing and often morally ambiguous Boyd Crowder, how his character is starting to find some balance from his past behavior, and how much he enjoys learning about Boyd at the same time the character is learning about himself. He also talked about his roles in the upcoming feature films Cowboys & Aliens, directed by Jon Favreau and due out in theaters on July 29th, and Straw Dogs, also starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, and Alexander Skarsgard. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Question: How did this role come about for you? Was there any hesitation in doing another television series, so close to the end of The Shield?
WALTON GOGGINS:
There was a lot of hesitation, yeah. My first reaction was, “No,” first and foremost because it was so close to The Shield, and secondly because, after what the critics had done for me and the things that were said about that show, I did not want to sully that with asking people to accept me in another role, and certainly a role that could have been as controversial as Boyd [Crowder]. You don’t say those things about Jews without generating some ire. And so, therefore, I just said, “No, I’m not going to be seen in that way. These people have been too good to me.” But, we talked about it and talked about it and talked about it, and I thought, “You know, if we can do it right and you guys will let me do this role the way that I want to do it, then we may have something special and the critics may actually dig it. Just seeing something so radically different than Shane, so soon, might be a blessing and not a curse.”

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