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'Justified': What's going on in Raylan's head?

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After last Tuesday's episode of "Justified," it seemed Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) had become "hardcore" in some of his tactics, as detailed in my episode recap for "Starvation." But during a media conference call Thursday, I had a chance to ask showrunner Graham Yost directly about what is going on in Raylan's head, and he clarified the driving force in the renegade lawman's recent actions. And a bit more about all the characters approaching their breaking points.

Diana Price: Something that I think many people seem to be kind of glossing over in the "Starvation" episode is the full gravity of the change we saw in Raylan’s character. I mean, we know he’s willing to get his hands dirty and tends to be just a little trigger happy, but he’s so desperate to get Darryl Crowe -- I mean he’s willing to throw Ava under the bus and that poor kid Kendall. Is this super hardcore Raylan that we’re seeing a temporary thing, or has the character truly undergone a pivotal change that we’ll now see throughout the rest of the series?

Graham Yost: You know, it’s interesting that you can see it as the hardcore Raylan who, as Winona called him in the pilot, the angriest man she’s ever known and I think that is part of it. But it’s also Raylan’s struggle because he wants to get Darryl, but he can’t just kill him because then that would doom Kendall to a long stretch in prison.

To read the rest of the interview, visit Reality Free TV.


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