Justified The Complete Third Season (DVD)
The third season of Graham Yost's stellar, Emmy-winning crime drama Justified trumps any concerns about besting the high-water mark of its second season with a pair of stellar new villains who neatly bookend the central conflict between the show's opposing leads and lethal frenemies, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and loose cannon Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins). Season three also shrewdly extends the storyline that not only anchored the previous season but boosted the series' popularity by retaining Dickie Bennett (Emmy winner Jeremy Davies), sole survivor of the murderous, drug-dealing clan that served as Givens's primary antagonists in season two; here, Dickie provides the pathway to season three's twin engines of mayhem, money launderer Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson), who holds the Bennett family fortune, and Quarles (Neal McDonough), a psychotic Detroit mob enforcer who upends the Dixie Mafia upon his arrival in the show's Harlan, Kentucky, setting. As in previous seasons, Boyd Crowder is the match that sets the whole powder keg to burning, ping-ponging between Limehouse and Quarles in his pursuit of the Bennett clan's money and laying out a trail of death and destruction that proves the greatest challenge to date for Givens, who's not only still recovering from a gunshot wound received in the conclusion of season two, but also experiencing renewed conflict with his ex-wife, Winona (Natalie Zea), who is understandably reluctant to reconnect with Givens while under such potential danger.
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