Justified: Dark as a Dungeon
March 11, 2015 2:58 PM - Season 6, Episode 8 - Subscribe

Raylan extends an unexpected offer to Markham. Boyd and Ava find themselves in Walker's dangerous company. Raylan talks with a ghost.
posted by Thorzdad (8 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Raylan just gets darker and darker as the season rolls on. The title is apt.

Lots of good one-liners in this one, though...
"If you wanted to be shot in the front, you shoulda run toward me."
posted by Thorzdad at 3:03 PM on March 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

I would subscribe to a cable channel that was just Jere Burns, Nick Searcy and Mary Steenburgen running Eugene O'Neill lines. Seeing all that (and Sam Elliott) in HD actually makes me excited for a hi-def future when it's handled well by good cinematography. Every one of them looks awesome.

Am glad we have the dispassionate of clearing the decks of minor players in anticipation of the final Raylan/Boyd showdown. One of the benefits of a knowing conclusion.

Not much more to say. At this point we are just telegraphing to the final showdown and I am happy for the ride.
posted by 99_ at 10:17 PM on March 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

Wow, that was a really good episode.

I don't understand how this show hasn't gotten a lot more attention than it has. I definitely would place it in the top ten drama series of this current "golden age" of television (Sopranos and after).

Also -- Timothy Olyphant finally gets to shoot Garret Dillahunt. I guess Dillahunt probably won't be showing up later in the season as a different character. But that would be cool.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 5:35 AM on March 12, 2015 [7 favorites]

Was I imagining things, or was that Raylan's own tombstone the backhoe started digging up in the last scene with the mortician? I'm pretty sure it had his name on it.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:45 AM on March 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

Yeah, earlier in the series there was at least one scene about how they'd already bought a tombstone for him on the plot reserved for him. Probably like in the first few episodes of season one, I bet, symbolic of a whole hell of a lot of stuff about Raylan and Harlan and Arlo.

So the significance of this scene is that he's no longer bothering with worrying about Arlo and his mom or doing these dramatic things to erase his history, he's leaving those graves there, but he is emphatically getting rid of that possible future of his and also, symbolically, his connection to Harlan that it represented.

In that scene, Raylan says that he's thought about what they guy said to him, that the graves are the idea of the remains and not the remains themselves, that there's not actually anything left of his mom there and what there is left of Arlo, will itself go away over time and so he's going to leave it alone. It's a double-edged argument, and intentionally so, I think, because Raylan's saying that because it's the idea more than the physical reality, he doesn't feel such a need to move their remains, but also, implicitly, because it's the idea, and he's leaving Harlan and he really, really doesn't want ties to his past, then for him he can walk away not worrying about it because the idea, for him, is gone already. What's not gone is that tombstone of his, waiting for him. He's having that removed.

That's narratively significant. It could be a promise that Raylan will "leave Harlan alive". Or, it could be a foreboding that he won't.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 6:30 AM on March 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

It could be a promise that Raylan will "leave Harlan alive". Or, it could be a foreboding that he won't.

At the very least, it says that Harlan won't be Raylan's final resting place. Winona could very well have his body shipped down to Florida.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:36 AM on March 12, 2015

Walker's dying words indicated that he wasn't motivated just by money. I'm wondering what the other motivation will turn out to be (or if that will even be explained). A sense of military camaraderie (Sam Elliott's character was also military)? I can't think of what else that might have referred to, but camaraderie seems a bit... wrong.
posted by axiom at 9:44 PM on March 12, 2015 [2 favorites]

I can't think of what else that might have referred to, but camaraderie seems a bit... wrong.

I dunno. The TV shorthand for mercenary types is an ex-soldier who can't function outside that system, which includes close camaraderie with fellow warriors. It's that band-of-brothers thing.

It's not clear if Markham is ex-military, or merely a conman adept at manipulating the men using the familiar language of the military.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:37 AM on March 13, 2015

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