“Justified”, an American crime drama series based on Elmore Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole” is currently airing on UK TV station Spike (Thursdays, 11pm) and, sadly, this is the final series/season of the show.
Starring Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, an old-time lawman in character, who is actually a modern day US Marshall in Kentucky, the series has long pitted him against antagonist Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) and both Raylan and Boyd have been involved with Ava Crowder (Joelle Carter).
Despite Boyd’s faults (and they are legion) the show has always tried to find the humanity in all of the characters – who can forget how Boyd tried to go straight, only to get sucked back into bad habits? And as the show inches toward the conclusion I find what I want is for Boyd and Ava to run away somewhere without an extradition treaty. For Raylan to get a postcard from them. For the final scene to be Raylan joining them on a beach, bringing a bottle of bourbon because surely they’ve missed real Kentucky bourbon. All three of them sitting drinking and looking at the water, at peace with their past and content with the present.
I’ve seen enough spoilers to know that’s never going to happen.
There is, of course, always fanfic.
Justified, FX Productions, 2010-2015; the official website for the show is here