We got an extremely satisfying finale to a very strong season of Justified, one with a hell of a lot of folks ending up dead or in jail. First was presumably Wynn Duffy, who Raylan might not want to press charges against due to his roulette game, but all the same the man did admit to attempted murder. Raylan gets further confirmation from Duffy that all signs point to Limehouse and goes to confront the man. Limehouse says he doesn’t know where Quarles is hiding but he can help out with Boyd, saying that he knows where Devil’s buried. At first we’re convinced that the increasingly erratic Arlo must have blabbed something to someone that got back to Limehouse, but later we know the real story, that Johnny Crowder has been feeding Limehouse some shit. This bummed me out, because though Johnny’s been kind of a pain in the ass this year, harping on Ava and Boyd’s approach to business, he’s usually right in his approach. (It’s certainly not right to turn a hooker over to the pimp that’s gonna kill her, but it’s what the man’s paying you protection for.) That and he seemed like a pretty cool guy in season one.
So Boyd gets picked up for Devil’s murder and the whole state goes after Quarles, figuring he’s the one, based on Johnny’s word, that killed Trooper Tom. Left with no friends, Quarles ends up hijacking the car of a family just trying to enjoy some Christian rock and taking them hostage. While in their backseat he talks to big boss Theo and learns that he can come back to Detroit for half a million dollars. So he drops off the mom (Vic Mackey’s wife from The Shield!), which is stupid because now she can give the make of the car and tell the cops about the phone call, but good for suspense because now we’ve got Quarles with not one but two of his favorite things to beat and rape in the same car.
But the cops and the audience don’t get long to use the newfound information or worry about boy-rape for long because Quarles ends up taking Raylan hostage to help in his negotiations with Limehouse. In that scene all the meat-cutting shit Limehouse has been doing all season finally pays off with Limehouse apparently having been stashing the money in pig carcasses. (Or as Quarles points out, a no-shit “piggybank.”) Then Errol shows up and shoots Quarles before getting shot himself and then, another character trait pay-off, Limehouse chops off Quarles’ arm. Before he dies Quarles says it was Raylan’s old man who killed Trooper Tom, not him.
So Arlo is arrested and then, since they have him dead-to-rights on Trooper Tom, apparently, he confesses to killing Devil, freeing Boyd. It’s a cool twist, but I don’t know how well they set that up. Last week’s episode established that Boyd was grateful Arlo felt proud of him, and then in the minutes before Arlo’s confession, Boyd tells Raylan that Arlo is like a father to him. Sure, Boyd and Ava have been nice to Arlo and forgiving of his dementia, but we haven’t really seen enough of that father-son bond to really feel this development is fully earned. But anyway, it gets Boyd outta jail and leads to the closing sentiment, which is some pretty cold shit, that Arlo was just out to shoot a man in a hat.
So for next year we’ve got Boyd free but with a traitor as his right-hand man and a big part of his crew in jail or dead. He’ll still have the Sheriff, though Shelby claimed they were square once he gave Boyd a heads up about the warrant – I’m guessing that shit won’t fly. Limehouse kicks out Errol, saying with Quarles and Boyd locked up he’s done doing the shady stuff, but Errol gets killed before he has a chance to leave and Boyd is back out, so chances are he’s still gonna be a major part of things, especially with Johnny serving as his ear into Boyd’s operation.
I would guess that Duffy is in jail but I can’t be sure after the way Raylan handled the interrogation. With the screen time Adam Arkin’s been getting lately as the Detroit boss I would imagine that Detroit will be down there in some capacity soon, with or without Duffy serving as a liaison. (Personally I hope it’s “with”, as Duffy is reliably hilarious and smarmy.) We got a quick scene of Raylan trying to keep the peace with Winona, and I’m guessing fatherhood stuff, strongly hinted at with the Arlo shit in this episode, is going to be a major part of next season. You guys have any predictions? How’d this season stack up for you? Lemme know and I’ll see you next year, Justifans!