TV Club: Justified: “Trust”

And in the 10th episode, the world burned. It was glorious.

I’ve talked quite a bit about the hierarchy that governs the characters on Justified; indeed, I went long on the subject as recently as last week’s episode. So it’s amusing that the very next episode is one such as this, in which all the traditional rules are suddenly upended, with minor characters repeatedly punching above their narrative weight and one of the major ones quite possibly taking away from us the long-ordained final showdown between Raylan and Boyd. The thing is, none of this contradicts what I was trying to get at in the review of “Burned.” Rather, the very fact that Justified has invested so much time in setting up the storytelling strictures that govern its world is what makes it so damn powerful when “Trust” violates them. Every truly great show reaches a point …

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