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Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is the protagonist of both Justified and Justified: City Primeval. He a 19th-century style lawman in the 21st-century. He is a quirky, dedicated marshal who, having committed a justified killing in Florida (he shot a mob hit man who had just drawn a gun on him with intent to kill, although Raylan was hoping he would draw his weapon to give him an excuse to shoot him), has been re-assigned to his hometown in Kentucky.

Having grown up in Harlan County and having spent much of his life trying to escape from it, Raylan is not pleased to be sent back there. Ghosts from his past — including his ex-wife, a former friend, now involved in criminal militia activity, a criminal father, and his own persistent anger management issues — all come back to haunt him. With the deaths of his father (Arlo), his step-mother (Helen) and mother (Frances), Raylan and his daughter Willa are the only living members of the Givens family.

Now, eight years later, Raylan finds himself in Detroit, hunting a killer known as the Oklahoma Wildman.

He is portrayed by series star Timothy Olyphant.



Raylan Givens was born and raised in rural Harlan County, Kentucky, raised by his abusive, emotionally estranged father, Arlo Givens, his mother Frances Givens and his stepmother Helen Givens, Frances' sister. Raylan's childhood was turbulent, mainly due to his out-of-control father who was a career criminal and troublemaker. As a young boy, he would frequently run away and stay at his Aunt Helen's, who was the first person he knew with cable television. When his mother died, Helen later married Arlo. Raylan would become familiar with Kentucky's criminal element through Arlo, knowledge that would later prove useful.

In his late teen years, Raylan worked the coal mines with his childhood friend Boyd Crowder. Crowder's family was also heavily involved in Kentucky's criminal underworld. Raylan is portrayed in flashbacks to this period by actor Danny Wildman.

Motivated by an abusive childhood and an intense dislike of the corruption and crime run rampant through his home town, Raylan left Harlan to attend college using money is then aunt Helen had saved and hidden so that he could "get out". Many of Raylan's childhood friends and family acquaintances would later be the very people he would pursue. During his time with the Marshal's service, he was assigned to several different field offices across the U.S. (one of which was in Texas) and spent time sometime abroad before landing in Harlan. Raylan met and married an attractive court stenographer named Winona. An expert marksman with a handgun and an expert at the fast draw with any pistol as well as an expert with other weaponry, one of his assignments was firearms instructor at the U.S. Marshals' training center in Glynco, Georgia alongside Art Mullen, who would later become his boss. When Raylan was transferred to the Miami, Florida Field Office, Winona stayed behind to put their house up for sale. She then had an affair with the realtor, Gary Hawkins, and subsequently divorced Raylan and married Gary. Raylan spent six years in Miami hunting fugitives, and remains in this post when the pilot episode opens. During this time, he assisted in getting Daryl Crowe Jr. sent to the Florida State Prison.

Early in season 1 Raylan says that he's "been doing this 17 years", referring to law enforcement.

Season 1[]

U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens gets run out of Miami for very publicly killing a cartel drug runner named Tommy Bucks. Out of desire to avoid scandal and fear for Raylan's safety, Chief Deputy Dan Grant transfers him to the Lexington Field Office in Kentucky where his former colleague and new boss Chief Deputy Art Mullen assigns him to investigate his childhood friend Boyd Crowder, now a white supremacist who's robbing banks and wreaking havoc.

Not one to play by the rules, Raylan gets involved with Boyd's former sister-in-law Ava Crowder, and risks compromising the case against Boyd.

Season 2[]

Season 2 for Raylan starts off just a few minutes after the events from the season finale of season 1. In The Moonshine Wars, after Boyd pursues the drug lord's wounded niece, he eventually tracks her to the airport, and intends to kill her. Raylan arrives in the nick of time, and tries to talk Boyd out of killing her. Instinctively, Raylan and Boyd shoot the niece's two remaining henchmen, with Boyd being wounded in the process. Entrusting Boyd's safety to a passing trucker, Raylan takes the drug lord's wounded niece into her private jet and flies to Miami. Once in Miami, Raylan takes her to the drug lord's mansion, where he attempts to negotiate with the crime boss, telling him to call off his ordered hit on Raylan, or Raylan will kill him then and there.

Before anything else happens, Raylan's old boss, Dan Grant, swoops in and tells the Miami drug lord that if he doesn't call off the hit on Raylan, that he (Dan Grant) will personally come and kill the drug lord himself. With that settled, Grant offers Raylan his job back, which Raylan turns down, instead saying that he'll go home and sleep. Being forced to take on paper work back at the office, Raylan agrees to accompany fellow Deputy US Marshal Rachel Brooks to Harlan County to apprehend a convicted sex offender by the name of James Earl Dean.

After snooping around Raylan discovers that Dean is employed by the Bennett family, which forces him to talk to the Bennett's matriarch Mags Bennett. With the help of a Kentucky State Trooper, Raylan and Rachel track Dean to a gas station arresting him and saving the young Loretta McCready, who Dean kidnapped.

In The Life Inside, Raylan and Tim Gutterson get hoodwinked after two armed men help a pregnant prisoner, Jamie Berglund, whom they were escorting, escape.

In The I of the Storm, Raylan is trying to deal with the possibility that his secret affair with Winona might be exposed after accidentally running into Tim Gutterson at a concert. While at the same time Raylan is investigating the robbery of a church tour bus, a front for illegal transportation for Oxycontin, only a few miles away from Bennett territory. It is during the course of the investigation that leads Raylan to Dewey Crowe, who previously robbed the high-jackers of the Oxy bus impersonating as Raylan.

In For Blood or Money, Raylan helps Rachel catch her recently paroled brother-in-law, and during the course of their hunt, Raylan tries to make sure Rachel's emotional involvement doesn't affect the case.

When Raylan gets a tip from Dewey that the Bennetts are into something big, he further agitates the clan by looking into the fraudulent check cashing of the young Loretta's missing father during the episode "Cottonmouth".

Season 3[]

Following his shooting in the second season finale "Bloody Harlan," Raylan has been admitted to the hospital at the beginning of the third season premiere "The Gunfighter.. Three weeks later Raylan is back on his feet. While testing his shooting at the range in the Marshal's office, it appears the injury has impaired his accuracy, and his ability to quick-draw. Later that day he questions Boyd Crowder about Mags Bennett's missing money and marijuana. Boyd demands an apology because Raylan did not bring Dickie back to him once he was done with him. They get into a fight and Boyd tackles Raylan through Art Mullen's office window. Boyd is dragged out of the Marshal's office. Art places Raylan on light duty due to his injury. Tim Gutterson asks for Raylan's help when one of Wynn Duffy's men, Fletcher "The Icepick" Nix is suspected of a double homicide.

They visit Duffy in his trailer. Duffy remembers that the last time they talked, Raylan threatened him saying there wasn't gonna be a conversation the next time. Duffy doesn't give them any information. Raylan learns that Nix and Emmitt Arnett will be meeting later that evening at a cab stand through Arnett's secretary Yvette. However, unbeknownst to Raylan, Robert Quarles was behind the information being planted. The marshal's capture Arnett's bodyguard but Nix uses a go-between to make the drop and escapes. When Raylan and Winona get back to his motel room they find Nix waiting for them with a gun. Nix orders Raylan to put his gun along with the holster on the ground. Nix likes to toy with his victims, forcing them to play a game. This involves Nix's gun being sat in the middle of the table and having a witness count down from 10, once the count reaches 1, they both go for the gun. Nix usually stabs the other player in the hand with an ice pick before taking the gun and killing them. Raylan sees through Nix's ploy and pulls the table cloth towards him once they reach 1, causing Nix to lunge and stab the table with the ice pick. Raylan then grabs the gun and shoots Nix in the shoulder.

In "Cut Ties" Raylan realizes that Boyd provoked the fight to get to Dickie in prison. He has the charges against Boyd dropped and moves Dickie into solitary confinement until Boyd is released. Art tells Raylan that Arnett and Yvette are missing and that the carpets in Arnett's office have been removed. Raylan investigates the murder of Deputy US Marshal Bill Nichols, working with his old colleague Karen Goodall, now an Assistant Director of the US Marshals. They discover that one of Nichols' clients in the WitSec program, Walter Vondas, was trying to return to his criminal life by selling information about other witnesses. They realize that he was behind the murder and act swiftly to protect the other witnesses in the program. Raylan moves into Winona's house, which she is trying to sell in order for them to get a new place together.

In "Harlan Roulette" Raylan is called to Harlan by Trooper Tom Bergen when federal fugitive Wade Messer is sighted. Raylan ties Messer to a scheme to exchange oxycontin for stolen goods and links this to Duffy and the Dixie Mafia. Duffy tries to have Raylan killed but his men end up killing one another. Raylan goes to warn Duffy that he will not survive if he makes another move against him. He finds Duffy meeting with Quarles and photographs Quarles using his phone. The case prevents Raylan from attending a property viewing with Winona.

In "The Devil You Know", Raylan and Rachel go to Trumbull where Lance lies to him, saying that Dickie and Dewey assaulted him before escaping in a coroner's van. Raylan believes that Dickie escaped to retrieve Mags's cash, so he pays Loretta a visit and she tips them off that Ellstin Limehouse holds it. Raylan and Rachel attempt to talk to Limehouse, but he refuses to give up any information about the money, and invites the Marshals to eat at the barbecue if they would like. Raylan soon visits Boyd, and tells him a story about how Frances went up to Limehouse's holler to escape from a drunken Arlo, and that Arlo went up after her and attempted to fight Limehouse, who ended up beating up Arlo. Raylan tells him that Limehouse had no recollection of it, and Boyd says that maybe Limehouse has beat up so many white men he doesn't remember Arlo. Raylan soon gets down to business telling him that Dickie and Dewey escaped from Trumbull and that he believes Dickie is after the money. Boyd tells him that he may want to check out Lance, the prison medic. While waiting outside of the motel, he spots Ash Murphy carrying coffee and take out food. The two stare each other down, and Ash attempts to shoot at Raylan, who runs Ash over and sends him crashing to the ground behind the car. Raylan spots Ash back up on his feet, disoriented and attempting to shoot again, and Raylan puts it in reverse and runs over him. Ash's men peel out in a van headed for Mags's store. Ash refuses to give up any information, but after Raylan creates a ruse saying he is unable to get a paramedic cause of no phone service, Ash tells him they are headed to Mags's old store to receive the money. Givens pulls up to Mags's store to find Dickie (seemingly randomly firing a shotgun), and the dead bodies of Combs and Junior. Dickie says that he is clearly the victim, and Raylan agrees.

In "Thick as Mud", Raylan arrives home late to find Winona waiting up for him. She reminisces on the night she was reunited with Raylan when he scared Gary in her kitchen. Raylan says that she is seven weeks pregnant and asks if she is ready to move, and he hasn't lined up a place. Winona tells him she is angry, but she is done trying to change who Raylan is and pretending that she will ever feel the same about any other man that she does about Raylan. Raylan says that might be the sweetest thing she ever told him and they kiss. Raylan is soon called by Rachel, who reports that Dewey was seen fleeing from a motel, and stealing a car at gunpoint. Upon entering the hotel, they find that Lance is missing too. At a strip club, a stripper tells him that Dewey had two incisions on his lower stomach that looked as if he had a kidney transplant because her aunt had the same exact incisions in the same places when she had a kidney transplant. Raylan visits Ash in the hospital, believing him to be in on the plan. After taking Ash's morphine drip control and leaning back against his broken legs, Ash reveals that it was all Lance's idea to harvest Dewey's organs, saying that they would make $50 grand alone for livers and kidneys. Raylan has a conversation with Ash's nurse Layla who tells him that Dr. Boisneau, an arrogant transplant surgeon may have the answers about kidney failure that Raylan is looking for. Raylan successfully negotiates with Dewey, who has taken refuge in a storage room in a mini-mart. Raylan tells him that if he is able to urinate, he still has his kidneys. Dewey is able to urinate, and paramedics are called in to look at him. Raylan learns from Rachel that Ash has died, and re-visits Tyree. A receptionist tells him that Ash suffered from a post-surgery stroke, and she has no idea who Layla is when Raylan asks about her. Raylan visits Layla's house, and tells her he didn't know she was from a transplant center nearby and got her first shift as a nurse soon as Ash was admitted. Layla indirectly confesses to killing Ash by inserting an air bubble into his brain. During the conversation, Raylan is stabbed by Lance in the shoulder with a needle, leaving him unconscious. Lance persuades Layla into letting him harvest Raylan's kidneys. Layla shoots Lance in the chest, and he falls on top of Raylan, who is slowly regaining consciousness in the bathtub. Raylan shoots Layla in the chest through Lance's stomach when she attempts to shoot him. Layla says "I can't believe you shot me" before collapsing to the ground. Raylan expresses shock to Art over shooting a woman, something he has never done before. Raylan arrives home to find it empty with a letter presumably from Winona, and it appears to be bad due to Raylan's reaction.

In "When the Guns Come Out", Raylan is distraught after learning Winona has left him. While searching through Winona's computer in her office, he sees that she has been looking up flights to Costa Rica. The new court stenographer, Mabel, comes in and the two exchange barbs until Mike Reardon comes in. Raylan asks Mike if he has heard from Winona, but he tells him that he hasn't and advises Raylan to leave her alone until she sorts everything out because if he pokes into her personal life, he might find something that he will regret learning. Raylan then goes into the evidence locker where he finds that the money Winona stole in "Blaze of Glory" is missing. Raylan soon goes to his office where Art talks to him about a shooting that happened in Harlan, and he wants Raylan to stop it before it blows over. Raylan interrupts asking for time off due to his mind being scrambled by Winona leaving him. Art tells him that the shootout happened at Helen's old property on the Indian Line. Raylan reluctantly agrees to check it out. Tom Bergen tells him that they could not get any information from Arlo, who only said to direct any questions they may have to Raylan. Raylan visits his father, angrily wanting to know why their family name has been involved in the "clinic" massacre. Arlo tells him that he was only helping out Boyd. Raylan visits Boyd, and threatens him by saying that he doesn't care about Boyd's Oxy business, but the next time his family name is involved, he is going to lose his Marshal's star and come calling. Raylan visits Ava for information after Boyd instructs him to do so, and the two head to Delroy's trailer behind Audrey's to speak to Ellen May. Delroy soon comes in with a knife, and Raylan flashes his badge and gun and orders the reluctant man to wait outside. Raylan soon goes out, and punches Delroy in the face with his gun after he still threatens the Marshal. Raylan orders the man to not let anything happen to Ellen May, and he initially refuses until Raylan kicks the man again. Following Ellen May's lead, he heads over to the clinic that is run by Tanner Dodd. Tanner instructs his henchman, Gus to floor it once the Marshal is inside. Raylan tells him he fits the description of an eyewitness report that killed 3 people in a shootout. Dodd attempts to shoot Raylan, but Raylan grabs his arm, causing him to fire shots at the roof. A fight ensues between the two men with Raylan getting the upper hand until Dodd kicks him off into a table. Dodd attempts to retrieve his gun but Raylan climbs onto him and grabs his arm again, causing him to fire a shot that hits the driver, Gus, in the back of the throat, killing him. Raylan soon throws Dodd, and his gun, out of the car as it is speeding down the road. Raylan asks Bergen if he found anything about Winona from the BOLO. Bergen says he didn't, but tells Raylan the last time they located Winona it was outside of Louisville, so Raylan uses that lead to find Winona at her older sister Gayle's house. Gayle initially refuses to let Raylan see her until Winona tells her it's okay. Raylan suspects she stole the evidence money to go to Costa Rica, but she swears that she didn't. Winona reveals to him she left because she didn't want her baby to be raised in an environment where Raylan is killing criminals, and that if Raylan wanted to change his life around. Raylan realizes that Winona loves him and their child, but she's skeptical on the chance of their relationship lasting.

Season 4[]

In "Hole in the Wall", Raylan receives a call from Sharon Edmunds, a bail bondsman and former lover of Raylan's. Sharon offers him the task of bringing in Jody Adair, a man responsible for the murder of two men who recently jumped bail and fled back to Kentucky. Sharon offers him a cut of the profits if he is captured by Lexington officers. Raylan finds Jody at the house of his ex-wife, and captures him by shooting his air bag. Jody's constant talking annoys Raylan, and he puts Jody in the trunk of his car. Raylan soon gets a call from Constable Bob Sweeney about the vandalism in his house. In the wall, Raylan finds a mysterious canvas bag with a driver's license inside. The two teenage vandals, Roz and Benny, watch from afar as Raylan throws the bag into his trunk. At a hardware store, Roz walks inside and flashes Raylan to distract him long enough for Benny to steal his car. Raylan finds it at a junkyard, seeing that Jody and the bag of money are missing. Raylan finds Jody, Roz, and Benny in the office and Roz points a gun at him. Jody pleads for her to shoot him, and Raylan offers the teens a chance to plead only to car theft, if she hands him the gun. The scrap yard owner, Henry, has overpowered Bob and holds him at gunpoint in the room. While going to retrieve money from Raylan's wallet, Raylan hits him in the face, and Jody holds Roz hostage. Bob stabs Roz in the foot, and Raylan is able to subdue Jody by hitting him with a tire rim during the distraction. Back at Arlo's, Bob realizes that Raylan only needed his help because he was doing an off-the-book task, and Raylan tells him that he was trying to earn money on the side because he had a baby on the way. Raylan reminds Bob that he was able to save both of their lives. Raylan visits him in prison to question him about the mysterious canvas bag and its contents. Arlo denies knowing what any of it is, including a driver's license issued to a "Waldo Truth". Arlo also denies hiring the two teenagers, Roz and Benny, to raid his house in search of the bag. Arlo, however, slips up in his lie and mentions that Raylan should put the bag back in the wall (A fact which Raylan never disclosed in the conversation). Back at his motel room above the dive bar, Raylan hides his cash in a drawer. 

In "Where's Waldo?", Raylan volunteers to sign off on some beer deliveries for Lindsey as the lay in bed after making love. A burly man comes into the bar. Despite Raylan's protest that the bar is closed, he helps himself to a beer anyway. After a brief standoff, the man leaves but throws a shoulder into Raylan in the process, and throws a stool onto the ground. At the Marshal's office, Art informs Raylan of the murder of Sam Porter at the hands of Arlo. Raylan says that the inmate saw Raylan when he went to visit Arlo with the mysterious bag. Raylan confides in Art the bag's contents. Raylan, Art, and Tim stake out the Truth residence, and give chase after Milo, the grandson, when he checks the mail. The whole Truth family comes out, armed with guns. The eldest son, Jud Truth, clearly has no respect for law enforcement. The whole family draws on the Marshals when they threaten to cut off their disability checks. Soon, "Waldo" enters the house and claims to be Waldo Truth, but has no knowledge of the bag or knowing who Arlo is. After being handcuffed, "Waldo" confesses that his real name is Harold Shawn, and that he agreed to keep providing the family with disability checks and that only pretended to be Waldo. Mother tells the Marshals that the real Waldo disappeared with a pilot named Drew Thompson 30 years ago and never came back. At the Marshals office, Art shows Raylan a file that confirms Waldo Truth was the same dead body from 30 years ago that parachuted into Harlan with cocaine as a scar found on his body matched up with a scar on the dead parachutist. Raylan wonders where Drew Thompson is if the dead body wasn't his. At the bar later that night while Lindsey and Raylan are kissing, the man from earlier shows back up. "Buddy, we are definitely closed!" Raylan yells. The man exclaims he is only there to talk to his wife, referring to Lindsey. Raylan is shocked at this revelation. 

In "Truth and Consequences", Raylan and Lindsey discuss the recent appearance of Randall.  Lindsey confides in Raylan that while her and Randall were married, they developed a scam where Lindsey would get close to a male, find out what he has valuable enough to steal, and that Randall would make his move and pocket the merchandise. However, Randall got too jealous of the attention Lindsey got, causing him to almost beat a man to death and get sent to prison. She reassured Raylan that she has reformed, and they continue making love. At the gym, Raylan meets up with Randall, and notes that part of Randall's probation requires him to stay in Florida. Raylan warns him to pack his things and head back to Florida by 6 PM. Randall challenges Raylan to a fight at that time, which he cooly  accepts. Raylan and Tim leave to talk to Eve Munro, a psychic who is the ex-wife of Drew Thompson. The marshals tell her that Drew may not be dead after all. Before they can get any more information, a car belonging to FBI Agent Alex Barnes pulls up and Raylan tells her to hide in a room without a window, only to find her missing. Barnes announces that his organization will be taking over the Thompson case. "The best thing you fellas can do is stay out of my way," he finishes with a smile before exiting the office. Raylan is suspicious that something isn't right. Raylan goes back to the gym, to find that Randall has cleared out his locker and left, seeming to heed Raylan's warning. Outside the gym Givens runs into the FBI agent. Givens notes that the only people who knew he'd be at the gym are Art and Ms. Monroe. So how did the agent find him? "The only thing to do now is to tell us who your partners are before they kill her," Raylan says. The dirty FBI agent slowly raises his weapon. He has no intention of going to prison, or risking the wrath of his mystery employers. "You don't know these people," he tells Raylan. The FBI agent then tells Raylan where he can find Ms. Monroe—a nearby hotel—before putting his gun to his head and pulling the trigger. Later at the bar, Raylan has a talk with Rachel and goes upstairs to find his motel room is trashed, and his money from the Jody Adair task is missing.

In "This Bird Has Flown", Raylan and Rachel visit Joe Hoppus for questioning, and learn that Randall planned on using the stolen money to manage a cock-fighting ring. Raylan and Rachel then visits Patterson Gaines, who was paid to organize a cock-fighting package for Randall. While there, Raylan checks his voice mail and gets a message from Lindsey, where he traces it back to the gas station. The pummeled store clerk, Alvin, IDs the couple and says they were heading for a nearby farm. Before leaving there, Rachel hands Raylan a shotgun filled with bean bag rounds. Raylan finds Lindsey and Randall, and shoots Randall in the stomach with one of the rounds. While Raylan talks with Lindsey, Randall tackles him to the ground and a scuffle ensues. Raylan gets the upper hand, but is shot by Lindsey. Randall is then shot three times before being knocked out by the butt of the shotgun. Lindsey tells Raylan that his money is in the back of the van, but Raylan finds only chickens instead. Randall is handcuffed to the back of the van, where the state troopers will arrive to pick him up. Raylan shoots Randall in the leg after failing to heed his warning. With no place to go, Raylan heads back home where he collapses onto the bed.

In "Kin", Winona meets Raylan before one of her doctor's appointments. He tells her that he is in charge of one of the biggest cases that the Marshal's office has seen, but she doesn't seem too impressed. Raylan leaves before the appointment when he has to deal with work. On his way into the Marshal's office, Barkley confronts him and accuses him of being behind the Drew Thompson case being turned over to the Marshals. Barkley also accuses him of being dirty, to which Raylan replies "Kiss my ass". Raylan is angered to learn that Vasquez is offering Arlo a deal: His freedom in exchange for the location of Drew Thompson. Raylan meets Bob and finds Roz in his car. Roz tells him that she was hired by Josiah Cairn, her step-father, to retrieve the bag from Arlo's house. Raylan visits Josiah, and handcuffs the man to his car, until he talks about Drew. Raylan calls Tim in for backup in case something goes wrong. Raylan walks through the woods to the hills, and holds up his hands when he suspects all is too quiet. Raylan is captured and held hostage in a room along with Boyd, who was also looking for Drew. Raylan and Boyd manage to subdue their captors, but are re-captured when the group's leader arrives with a loaded gun. He plans on executing the two in an abandoned mineshaft, but Raylan temporarily halts him when he says he is related to Mary. Daniel, one of the hills people, fetches Mary, who immediately recognizes Raylan and protests for the hills people not to go through with killing him. Raylan comes in for Boyd's defense when she decides to stick with killing him, saying that if anybody gets killed he'll have to report it all to his bosses at the marshal's office. Before departing, Raylan handcuffs Boyd to a tree and tells Colt his location and to bring a saw. Raylan revisits Josiah and finds his ankle bracelet on the porch. Raylan realizes the man has cut off his foot when he sees blood and Josiah's severed foot on the ground.

In "Foot Chase", Raylan is at the Cairn residence and he is called by Art, who lets him know that they haven't heard back from Arlo's attorney, Sonya Gable regarding the deal. Before departing, Raylan notices a bloody footprint belonging to Roz. Raylan visits Benny and attempts to get him to contact her, which he refuses. Shelby Parlow shows up and resolves the situation, and they find her at the residence of an Indian man named Teddy. Roz denies cutting off Josiah's foot, and when Raylan threatens to expose her sexual relationship with the older Teddy, which would get him arrested for statutory rape, Roz confesses that Josiah made her hide when men arrived, and remembered them calling him "Drew Thompson" before he screamed. Raylan learns that Roz and Teddy were going to kill the men as revenge. Raylan downplays the significance of “Drew Thompson” to Shelby, believing the sheriff to be in Boyd’s pocket, but Shelby protests that he wishes to get out from under Boyd’s thumb, and participate in the Drew Thompson case given Josiah falls under his jurisdiction. Shelby drags a handcuffed Boyd into his office to find a waiting Raylan, and questions him about Josiah Cairn’s kidnapping and severed foot. Boyd denies any involvement given the predicament Raylan left him in earlier by the hills, but Shelby threatens him with investigating another case, such as the missing Ellen May. Raylan and Shelby arrive outside of the Gable residence, observing a Dixie Mafia SUV rolling by, as inside Josiah attempts to delay taking a torch to his foot. Raylan and Shelby enter guns drawn and quickly assume command of the situation. Raylan learns that Josiah had tried to kill him because he wanted to find Drew himself, and he was going to enlist the help of former Harlan sheriff Hunter Mosley to do so. Raylan and Shelby then bond over their newfound trust for one another.

In "Money Trap", Art wants Raylan to offer Arlo a deal in order to learn the location of Drew Thompson, much to his chagrin. He soon learns of the murder of Sharon Edmunds, and heads to the home of Jody Adair's ex-wife, Katrina, for questioning. Instead he finds Jackie Nevada, Katrina's sorority sister. Unknown to him, Jody and his associate, Kenneth Flix, are peering through the window. They were there to retrieve Katrina's stash of money. Raylan takes note of the license plate on Kenneth's car as he goes to leave. Raylan later drops Jackie off back at her home, before noticing the same car from earlier in the driveway, and pulls back in when he realizes something is up. Raylan enters the house to find Jody holding Jackie at knifepoint. Jackie steps on his foot and breaks the hold, but Jody jumps out the window before Raylan can stop him. Jody lands on the roof of Kenneth's car and they speed off. After learning that Kenneth is the owner of the car he noticed, he heads there to find a video from Jody, ominously warning him that he is going to kill him. Raylan heads back to the High Note bar, pulling the fire alarm and orders Kent Chilobeck to send the patrons out, where he sees Jody lying in wait in a booth. Jody believes that Raylan is bluffing and won't kill him as they attempt a draw off. Raylan quickly draws out his gun and shoots Jody to death before he can fire back at him in self-defense. Raylan later sits in Jackie's home and talks to Art when he calls. Raylan visits Arlo at Trumbull to offer a deal to send him to a country club jail if he tells him where Drew is located. Raylan also informs him that Boyd Crowder is helping Theo Tonin locate Drew, and that if they find him first, the deal is nullified. Arlo refuses the deal, telling Raylan to "eat shit". Before departing, Raylan tells Arlo he will be glad when he hears the news if Arlo dies in prison.

In "Outlaw", Raylan visits Hunter at Trumbull, offering him the same deal he gave to Arlo. Hunter is surprised that Raylan is willing to offer him the deal, considering he tried to have him killed. Back at the Marshal's office, Raylan sits with Eve as she goes over DMV photos to identify Drew. Art informs Raylan of his father's stabbing. Raylan visits him in the infirmary, and questions him one last time about Drew's whereabouts. Arlo whispers "Kiss my ass" to Raylan. Later, Raylan stops by Johnny's bar where he sees the Tonin Hitman dressed in the Harlan County Deputy uniform and Boyd in handcuffs. Raylan knows that Shelby gave no such order and guns the man down, killing him when he tries to draw on Raylan. Art tries to give Raylan a week off when he learns of Arlo's death, but Raylan refuses, only wanting to have two days off.

In "The Hatchet Tour", Raylan is in charge of escorting Hunter to a supermax prison by Nelson Dunlop, which angers Art. Raylan reassures Tim that he is only looking for information and that he won't hurt Hunter. Raylan drives to Duffy's motorcoach and questions him, believing that he had Hunter initiate the hit on Arlo, but does inform Duffy that Hunter may be the only person alive who knows Drew Thompson, which interests him. Duffy denies any involvement in Arlo's death. While driving down the road, Hunter jumps out of Raylan's car and attempts to commit suicide by being in the pathway of an oncoming tanker truck, but Raylan pulls him out of the way. Raylan punches the man three times. Shelby soon accompanies Raylan when he leaves to talk to Lee Paxton and Gerald Johns. Both men, however, deny having hired Hunter to kill Arlo also. Raylan learns from Bob that Shelby took the fall for Hunter when Hunter went to look for Henry Crowder so that Hunter could retain his job as Sheriff, and that it was around the same time that Shelby was in mine security. This crucial clue helps Raylan realizes that Shelby is indeed Drew Thompson and that Hunter was protecting him. Raylan, along with other Marshal, wait in Shelby's home for him to enter. Boyd, however, enters the house and is held at gunpoint by the Marshals. It soon dawns on Boyd also that Shelby is really Drew Thompson. Hunter and Raylan have a talk while he is in police custody. Hunter tells Raylan that if he listens to what Frances taught him, he might turn out alright.

In "Get Drew", Raylan, Rachel, and Nick Mooney stake out an airport in hopes of catching Shelby. Shelby, however, suspicious of a stakeout when Ellen May spots a light turned on, orders her to just drive by. At the roadblock, Raylan puts two and two together and realizes that Ellen May is with Shelby after seeing ladies underwear at his house. Raylan and Rachel head to Audrey's to talk to Johnny, who is willing to tip off the Marshals about Shelby's location in hopes that Boyd is incarcerated and out of the way. Raylan, Rachel, Art, and Tim drive to the meeting point and take Shelby into custody.

In "Decoy", Raylan, Rachel, Art, and Tim (along with Shelby) are held up in Arlo's house. Art and Tim soon leave to go to the meeting place for Shelby's transfer, and the remaining three head to the old high school after Art calls Raylan and warns him to leave after coming to the set-up. Raylan, however, rushes back to the house when Bob comes there and finds him brutally beaten on top of Yolo's dead body, and helps him to the old high school. Soon, Boyd and Picker arrive and Raylan refuses to hand over Drew, but urges them to come back with reinforcements (Raylan does this as a way to buy time for Shelby to escape Harlan). Raylan and Bob soon hide in the Principal's office when Boyd, Picker, and the backup return. They learn that Drew has left a while ago while they were gone.

In "Peace of Mind", Raylan talks to Winona on the phone as she wants him to sign paperwork before the birth of their unborn daughter. Raylan walks into the Marshals office, where he is lauded for his capture of Drew Thompson. Raylan and Art learn that Shelby refuses to go through with his deal for WitSec until he knows for sure that Ellen May will be safe and protected as well. Art still shows interest in suspending Raylan, but Raylan argues that he wants to finish what he started and wants to look for Ellen May. Raylan, Tim, and Rachel head to Limehouse's holler where he denies Ellen May is anywhere on the property and dares them to search the property. Raylan orders Tim to stand guard while he and Rachel head to Johnny's bar to look for Boyd. Raylan finds Boyd's associate, Jimmy, and punches him in the stomach and forces him to call his boss. Boyd, however, calls and Raylan tells Jimmy to put it on speaker phone. Raylan and Rachel learn that Boyd is headed to the church where Ellen May is. Raylan arrives after the shooting and takes Ellen May into custody, where he reunites her with Shelby at the Marshals office.

In "Ghosts", Raylan shows up at Winona's house to find Cobb, Lex, and Dominic there. The three men have taken Winona hostage to use her as leverage so that Raylan will help them get to Drew. Raylan manages to dispose of the three men. Art warns Raylan to not bother coming into work if he goes after Nick Augustine since the case is personal due to the threat to Winona. Raylan and Augustine later have a meeting in his limo. . Raylan offers Augustine a deal: Turn himself in and promise that he will leave his family alone. Augustine accuses Raylan of making cop threats that he can't carry out, and that once he kills Sammy in Detroit, he will return to kill Raylan's family. Raylan, however, is one step ahead of Augustine and has called Sammy down personally to Harlan. Sammy has his men, along with Picker, execute Augustine by shooting up his limo. Raylan later plasters over the hole in the wall of Arlo's house before departing outside to drink a beer while looking at Arlo, Helen, and Frances's graves. 

Season 5[]

In "A Murder of Crowes", Art sends Raylan back to Miami in order to investigate Elvis Machado and the missing Coast Guard Simon Lee. Raylan and his partner on the case, Greg Sutter, make a deal with Daryl Crowe Jr. to clear him of his parole if he agrees to hand over Machado to them. Daryl holds up his deal by telling Raylan where to find Machado after he kidnaps Wendy. Machado tries to pull out his gun when the two Marshals corner him about to depart on a small motorboat, but Raylan and Sutter gun him down in self-defense. Later that night, he talks to Winona and the baby on a video chat.

In "The Kids Aren't All Right", Raylan is called down to a police station where Loretta has been calling for him. She was arrested for attempting to sell marijuana to the son of a police officer. Raylan refuses to bail her out, brushes off her pot dealing boyfriend Derek Waters, but meets Loretta's social worker Alison Brander, who he's instantly smitten by. Later that night, Loretta shows up at the Marshals office, asking Raylan what he did because Derek is missing. They find Derek digging holes looking for the money that Loretta hid for Roscoe and Jay, who are both aware Loretta pulled a fast one on Derek and he has no idea where the money is. Before they can kill him, Raylan knocks Roscoe to the ground with a shovel and subdues both men. Raylan finds out Loretta got herself and Derek mixed up with Rodney Dunham. Raylan meets with Dunham and his enforcers, telling them to stay out of Harlan and let go of their foolish beef with the two teenagers. Dunham seems unimpressed by Raylan’s threat, until Raylan reminds them that growing up with Arlo taught him to be ready for anything, and that he could legally shoot down four of Dunham’s men before they even cleared their holsters. Afterward, Raylan drops Derek off at a bus stop, while Loretta opts to remain in the car. By the time they reach Loretta’s home, Raylan realizes that she played him into solving her problem with Dunham after she moved the money without Derek’s knowledge, though she insists Raylan would have helped her anyway. Raylan shares a glass of wine with Alison in his new estate (the former home of Detroit mob accountant Charles Monroe). 

In "Good Intentions", Raylan and Alison prepare to make love when the car alarm on Charles's car keeps going off. Raylan goes to check it out to find a man wielding a bat (Henry Granger Sr.) leaning against the car. Raylan believes that he was a goon sent by Monroe to spook him out of the estate, and tells him that the best case scenario for him is jail and to tell Monroe that he didn't scare. At the Marshal's office, Raylan questions Monroe about the goon, which he denies sending anyone to scare Raylan. Art assigns Rachel to stay at the estate with Raylan because of Henry's visit, much to his chagrin. Later, Raylan tells Alison the truth about the man, which she identifies for him by a shamrock tattoo on his neck. Raylan visits Henry, who claims that Alison planted crystal meth in his house to set him up, and took his son, Henry Jr. away. Raylan assaults him with a bat and threatens him to leave Alison alone. Rachel also spins her theory that Henry and Alison could have worked together that night (with Henry being a diversion and Alison robbing something), and that she could be a criminal. Raylan laments that it wouldn't be the first time. Gloria (Monroe's maid and lover) visits the house, and the two marshals catch her trying to steal gold from the office safe. Raylan has Gloria call Monroe and tell him that the safe was empty. He heads out to Duffy's motorcoach and warns him that Monroe is trying to kill him, which surprises Duffy that Raylan of all people would be concerned for his safety. Outside the motorcoach, shots are heard and Mike (Duffy's bodyguard) has gunned Monroe down outside (although he survives).  

In "Over the Mountain", Raylan and Tim are assigned by Art to look for Wade Messer when he goes missing, as Messer is a confidential informant giving the authorities info on Boyd Crowder. At Messer's house, they are attacked by a Mastiff belonging to Danny Crowe, who says that Messer is not there and he has been living with him since his flight from Florida. Raylan visits Boyd and questions him about Messer, and Boyd helps Raylan by writing down the number to Messer's burner phone, where Raylan and police officers trace the call to a local bed and breakfast where they find Messer's lifeless body. At Audrey's, Raylan arrives and has a square down with Daryl, ordering them to leave Kentucky but Daryl refuses to do so. Raylan detains Kendal by law for being a minor working at a bar, and Kendal surrenders, despite the protests from his family members. 

In "Shot All to Hell", Raylan arrives at Child Protection Services to oversee Kendal's transfer back into Crowe custody. Raylan threatens to reinstate Daryl's parole in order to force Daryl and his associates out of Kentucky. Wendy brushes off the threat, believing Raylan is messing with Kendal's head and that she will file enough injunctions so that Daryl can go wherever he wants. Alison also chastises Raylan for using Kendal in his vendetta against the Crowes. Raylan manages to coerce a detained Picker into giving up the location of Elias Marcos. Raylan and Art head to a shipping warehouse, where Marcos ambushes them with a machine gun. When Marcos reloads the gun, Raylan sneaks behind crates, and catches Marcos off-guard, shooting him in the chest. Raylan, Art and the Marshals also find Theo Tonin hiding out in a crate, succumbing to a gunshot wound to his abdomen. At the Marshals office, Raylan, Art and David have a drink. David congratulates Art on his apprehension of Theo and jokingly calls Raylan a dick. Before departing, he tells Art and Raylan the story about the Kentucky lawman being present at the time of Augustine's murder, and tells them that Picker revealed the lawman was corrupt FBI agent Jerry Barkley. Raylan tells Art for a fact that Barkley was not the one present when Augustine was killed, leaving it open ended as to whether or not Raylan is confessing.  

In "Kill the Messenger", Raylan finds Art drinking at a bar and confronts him. Art, not saying a word, coldly stares down Raylan before punching him in the face and departing. At the Marshal's office, Raylan learns that Alison was ran off the road by Danny and he (along with Rachel) set out to find Danny. Raylan arrives at the Crowe residence looking for Danny, and Wendy denies that Danny is present, reminding Raylan that he needs a genuine reason to enter the home and search, before Raylan reluctantly agrees to find Mike, the owner of the house. Raylan learns from Mike at the hardware store that there was a hunting lodge that was a part of the deal. Raylan and Rachel arrive at the hunting lodge, where Rachel subdues Danny and they find Carl inside. Carl lies to the Marshals, claiming that he and Danny are S&M lovers and that there wasn't a kidnapping situation going on. Out on the road, Raylan insinuates that Rachel tagged along so she could brag to Art that she kept Raylan in check, though Rachel counters that she instead hoped Raylan would open up about what caused the two to come to blows. Raylan apologizes, admitting he thinks the world of Rachel, but won’t divulge what happened with Art, given what it might bring down on all of them.

In "Raw Deal", Raylan learns from Nelson that Art has placed Raylan for morning walk-ins. A man named Larry Salmeron comes in the Marshals office, requesting his $250,000 from backgammon winnings that were seized by the Marshals when they arrested Charles Monroe. Raylan reviews the website and informs Salmeron that the Marshals did not seize the website as Marshals was spelled with two L's instead of one. Raylan is later sent to track down T.C. Fleming, the hacker behind the seized screen showing up. Fleming escapes by sliding down a light pole, where he flips off Raylan. Later that night at a bar, Raylan learns from Alison that Wendy had her suspended for two weeks over misconduct with her cases, and that she was asking intimate questions about Raylan. Raylan learns that his credit cards were canceled, and Fleming calls Raylan, revealing that he was the one behind it. Fleming hacks the phones, making the calls seem like they were placed from Kemp's apartment, where Kemp is arrested and Candace is freed. Candace informs the Marshals of Fleming's location, due to his disrespect for her computer skills and his sexist comments. At the Marshal's office, Raylan learns from Rachel that his request to have Daryl's parole reinstated was denied, and Raylan talks to Art and demands to be treated like a US Marshal and is tired of Art giving him shit. Raylan requests to be transferred from Kentucky as soon as he comes back from visiting his daughter in Florida. 

In "Whistle Past the Graveyard", Raylan buys Alison lingerie and a bikini, asking her to accompany him to Florida when he goes to visit his daughter, although she is wary of being around Winona. Wendy calls Raylan, asking for him to help her find Kendal who left with his father, Jack Anderson, who is also being pursued by a bad man. Wendy offers to have Alison's suspension lifted and tell Raylan everything about her brother's involvement in Mexico. Although reluctant, he helps her at the persuasion of Alison. Raylan and Wendy find Jack, after he calls her admitting he screwed up by fleeing and leaving Kendal alone with Michael. Raylan decides to use Jack as bait to retrieve Kendal, but assures that nothing will happen. Once Michael and Jack meet, Raylan tries to resolve the situation peacefully, until Michael lunges at Jack, forcing him to overpower both men. After Michael and Jack are arrested once Wendy and Raylan find them, Raylan gives Kendal the $2,000 he had been planning to use on his trip to Florida, giving Kendal a motivational speech that in a few years, he can make his own way outside of his troubled family, much like he did with his own father. Wendy thanks Raylan for his assistance, and admits that she knows nothing about her brother's involvement in Mexico, and that she lied so that Raylan would keep helping her, which leaves him appalled. Later, Raylan visits Alison, saying he gave away the money to charity and that once he gets more money, they can take that trip to Florida, but Alison says no and breaks up with him. 

In "Wrong Roads", Raylan uses his vacation time to head to Tennessee, where he partners with DEA Agent Alex Miller in his investigation of Rodney Dunham. At the compound, they find Roscoe and Jay, who claim that they are looking for Dunham also, although neither men buy their stories. They eventually find Dunham, who is dying from a gunshot wound, but managed to kill one of his henchman who was holding him hostage by stabbing him in the neck with a pencil. Raylan overhears a conversation between Miller and Dunham, and while suspicious, Miller tells Raylan that Dunham was a confidential information for him for 15 years, tipping him off with information about his rivals in the pot business. Raylan and Miller head back to Kentucky and to Audrey's, where they find Roscoe, Jay, Boyd, Picker, Jimmy, Mike, and Daryl. After the situation is diffused when Miller guns down Roscoe and Jay is arrested, Raylan and Miller part ways. Back at the Marshals office, Raylan and Art once again butt heads over Art's growing hostility towards Raylan. Art informs Raylan that as long as he is in charge, he can act as if Raylan isn't there. 

In "Weight", Raylan is hunting for Dewey, after he did a hit and run on Miller. Raylan heads to Audrey's, talking to Daryl and Wendy and looking for Dewey. Raylan notices the briefcase on the table and asks what is inside, with Daryl telling him that it is a box of used condoms. Raylan hits Daryl in the face with the briefcase, and finds counterfeit cash inside. Raylan tells them that he is confiscating the cash until they prove where it came from. In the back room at Audrey's, he finds Mina and Teena, paying them counterfeit cash for Dewey's location, who he calls from Mina's cell phone. At Trumbull, Raylan questions Dickie for Dewey's location, but Dickie offers to give the location in exchange to be transferred to a new prison out of the state, which Raylan refuses. Dickie and Raylan exchange barbs, before Raylan departs, realizing whoever Dickie set Dewey up with will probably tip off Boyd and the Crowes, and he will know exactly where Dewey is. At Audrey's, Raylan finds Danny mourning over Chelsea, and tells Danny not to go any further with the duffel bag beside him to Audrey's. Danny challenges Raylan to the "21 foot rule" and charges him, only to fall into a hole that was meant for Chelsea's body, accidentally stabbing himself in the neck with his knife. Raylan talks to Art about Alison, worried that the Crowes might be coming after her. Art says that he will take care of it, refusing to let Raylan help as Raylan has his "foot far enough in this shit heap". 

In "The Toll", Raylan is driving Art's wife Leslie to the hospital after his shooting where they discuss Winona before the subject is changed, with Leslie questioning why Raylan wasn't there with Art to prevent his shooting. At the hospital, Raylan wants to investigate Daryl as the possible shooter, as Daryl would probably be looking for revenge because of Raylan causing Danny's death, but Rachel and interim Chief Deputy Ed Kirkland from Detroit, would rather investigate Theo. Raylan talks to Picker in a holding room when he is arrested, and says that Theo signed an affidavit, fingering Picker as the shooter. Picker questions why Raylan would think he would have been working with Theo, as he sent someone down to Kentucky to kill him, and says that the name he heard was Daryl. Wendy calls, saying that Daryl wants to turn himself in and will only talk to Raylan, although this is just a ruse to get Raylan away from Daryl so that he won't shoot him on sight. After Kendal "confesses" to the shooting and Daryl departs to leave on the elevator, Raylan deducts that Daryl had Kendal take the fall for him, as Daryl shot someone and didn't realize it was a US Marshal until the news story the next day. Daryl denies such an accusation, and Raylan threatens to strangle him with his web of lies, and Daryl counters with a threat of his own before the elevator doors close. Raylan goes back to the hospital and takes over the shift of watching over Art from Nelson Dunlop. 

In "Starvation", Raylan, Rachel and Tim enter the motorcoach of Duffy and detain both him and Boyd, hoping that they can get their cooperation with bringing down Daryl. Boyd, speaking on Duffy's behalf also, refuses to help the Marshals, who then have Duffy's motorcoach impounded. Raylan visits the Kentucky State Women's Prison, hoping that Ava will help Raylan use Boyd to bring down Daryl. Ava tells Raylan that her and Boyd broke up and that even if she could help, she wouldn't and leaves. Boyd eventually turns himself in at the Marshal's office, and proposes that he can help Raylan catch Daryl by going to the place where the heroin is being stored, in exchanged for a clean slate. Raylan is reluctant to have Daryl arrested on drug possession, but eventually gives in as it is a shot to bring down Daryl. The Marshals stake out the old barn in Loyal, only to find Wendy is there collecting the heroin for Daryl, who knows the Marshals would follow him and they arrest her. Raylan tells Boyd that it's time for Plan B and that he has to wear a wire and get Daryl's confession that he shot Art on tape. This plan also backfires as Dewey interrupts the meeting between Daryl and Boyd at Audrey's and takes the duffel bag of drugs, where he is arrested. After exhausting their options, Raylan and David Vasquez conspire with Mike Reardon to have Kendal tried as an adult for the attempted murder of a federal officer, where he will receive a mandatory 40 years to life sentencing. A stunned Wendy asks who was behind the sentencing, and Raylan confirms it was him before walking away. 

In "Restitution", Daryl once again threatens Raylan as he is escorted out by the Marshals. Raylan goes to talk to Kendal in a holding cell, as they bond over stories about having to kill for the first time. Raylan then reveals to Kendal that he is going to be tried as an adult for the attempted murder, although Kendal still sticks to his story as the shooter. Outside of the holding cell, Raylan talks to Wendy, wanting her to wear a wire to tape Daryl's confession, although she refuses as Daryl would kill her if he got suspicious. Raylan enters into Audrey's to find Wendy holding a gun to Daryl's groin after taping his confession to being the one that shot Art. Raylan doesn't stop Wendy as she shoots Daryl in the groin and in the side of the neck, as he leans over Daryl's body as he bleeds to death, and says "Didn't I tell you, you were gonna wish I killed you? Well, don't ya?" Raylan, Tim and Rachel visit Art at the hospital, who reveals to Raylan that Dan Grant (Raylan's former boss) called and said that there was a spot open in Florida, a day after Art set Raylan's request for a transfer from Kentucky. At the Marshal's office, David Vasquez talks to Rachel, Raylan and Tim, wanting to help bring Boyd down in a RICO case, and Raylan easily agrees to help before his transfer. As part of the case, Raylan has Ava released from the prison, who agrees to turn on Boyd to help them. Raylan threatens to have her thrown back in prison if he believes she isn't playing ball. 

Season 6[]

In "Fate's Right Hand", Raylan goes down to Mexico to visit him at a bar for information about the heroin smuggling and the dead body of Johnny Crowder. Aguilar refuses to cooperate, insulting Raylan for having no power in Mexico and tells him to get out of his town. Raylan waits for a drunken Aguilar to come outside and climb into his police car, slamming into the car with his own vehicle and apprehending him in the trunk of his car. Aguilar gives Raylan Dewey's name as the witness, which he views as a key element in the RICO case. While working the command post at Arlo's house, a strange man approaches Raylan with a briefcase full of cash on the spot, prepared to buy Arlo's house but Raylan rejects him on the spot. Raylan and Tim learn of the identity of a drug dealer with ties to Boyd (Cyrus Boone) and apprehend him at his home for questioning. Raylan and Tim decide to follow Dewey during Boyd's bank robbery and catch him, but find that his briefcase is full of laundry. Raylan meets with Ava that night on the bridge and gives her a pep talk during a crisis of confidence, mentioning that she is able to fool Boyd because she was able to fool Bowman and he was never suspicious that Ava was going to kill him at the dinner table. Raylan pays a call on Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Art Mullen, recuperating at home from his near fatal gunshot wound. The problem child has brought Art a fine bottle of aged bourbon, but the man cannot partake. The wise old Chief knows this isn't really a social call about Raylan's daughter being baptized a Catholic, and with no prodding, in general terms Raylan explains his dilemma. Art reaches for the bottle, pours a short glass and refines the problem, pointing out that if Raylan kills Boyd in a confrontation, while that would take care of the Boyd problem, Raylan would lose both his badge and his liberty, and would only see Willa through the glass of a prison visiting room window. He also notes that the "other thing" could happen in a showdown, that the bullet could find him instead.

In "Cash Game", Raylan and Tim question Calhoun Schreier, a real estate agent who owned the safety deposit box that Boyd had robbed at the bank and later discover one of Ty Walker's men, Choo-Choo trailing them but Raylan confiscates his car and leaves him on the side of the road. Raylan is called by Ava to the beauty parlor, as she shows him the ledger and documents she found in her shed. Raylan inadvertently implies that Boyd was setting Ava up as the documents seemed a bit too easily placed in the shed. Another visit to Calhoun causes Raylan to learn from a prostitute Calhoun hired, Caprice, that Calhoun is being blackmailed for money with a blackmail ledger that was stolen from his safety deposit box and learns the person responsible is Boyd, who Raylan eventually talks down at the office. Later that night, Raylan and Tim go to the pizza parlor where he gives Choo-Choo his keys back and suggests that Walker is possibly working for someone else as the boss doesn't typical go door to door, although Walker doesn't mention a name and insists for Raylan and Tim to leave.

In "Noblesse Oblige", Raylan meets up with a drunken Ava as he reveals Vasquez and Rachel to also be present with him. The latter threaten to throw Ava back in prison as she hasn't given them any useful information on Boyd to help with the RICO case. Raylan then decides to visit an old mining buddy named Luther Kent who is an explosives owner with Raylan reading through his log and finding out that some of his Emulex explosives have gone missing (They were stolen by Luther's son Tyler Kent as he had been supplying Boyd with them). Later that day, they intervene when Tyler and Boyd's henchman Earl plan on robbing Luther of Emulex at gunpoint. Raylan then arrests Tyler on Emulex charges and attempts to flip him on Boyd and releases Earl so that he can go running scared back to Boyd. Raylan remarks to Rachel that he hopes he knows what he is doing. 

In "The Trash and the Snake", Raylan meets up with Ava in the stairwell of a hotel as she informs him about Boyd and her being threatened by Avery Markham, who Raylan describes as "the big bag wolf". Raylan and Tim learn that Markham is attempting to seize the properties in order to profit the weed business he is bringing to Harlan and that an elderly couple, the Hutchins, were murdered and their names were in the book. After finding out that Loretta bought the Bennett property from Dickie (using an alias), they arrive there to find Ty Walker present as Loretta rejects his offer to buy the property. Markham shows up after being called by Walker and has a standoff with Raylan, bringing up his knowledge of Raylan shooting Tommy Bucks when he refused to get out of town. Ava then calls Raylan, panicking that Katherine Hale knows about Albert Fekus and his crisis of conscience and that she has to leave the hotel for her safety. 

In "Sounding", Ava calls his phone with more paranoia about her situation with Katherine but Raylan requests that she meet up with him to discuss the case even further and after much reluctance, she agrees to meet him at the junkyard in 30 minutes but instead tosses her phone out of the window and drives to Noble's Holler to make a deal with Limehouse. Raylan calls Bob for help locating Ava under the radar, where he tracks her down from Noble's Holler to a local hardware store where Raylan tells him to get Errol outside of the store and he will sneak in to get Ava out. Bob fails to get Errol out of the store, causing a confrontation which results in Errol being tased by Bob and knocked unconscious. Outside, Raylan scolds Ava for going rogue and almost ruining the RICO case against Boyd. Later that night, Ava requests that she wants $100k and to get out of the country, no WitSec. Raylan tells her that he is going to find a place to keep her safe and she kisses him. Ava warns Raylan that Boyd will be back soon but Raylan suggests that he might stick around a bit. 

In "Alive Day", Boyd comes home and finds Raylan waiting there for him, as Raylan mentions he is looking for Dewey Crowe, who was supposed to meet him for information about Mexico. Boyd mentions how Raylan was supposed to be transferred to Florida but yet is still remaining in Kentucky, wondering if there is something he is having a hard time letting go of while he caresses Ava's leg. Raylan and Tim then begin investigating Calhoun's murder after two detectives call them when they find that Calhoun had a Marshals calling card in his pocket and wonder what he was doing with it on him. Raylan causes discord in Markham's camp by visiting him and investigating Calhoun's murder, bringing up the fact that Choo-Choo is nowhere to be found. Walker and two of his henchman prepare to execute Choo-Choo, but are intervened by Raylan and Tim. A shootout ensues, but Walker manages to escape although Raylan fires his gun at him. Choo-Choo is riddled by bullets from Raylan and Tim but manages to escape, only to bleed out later when he stops his car on the railroad tracks as a train approaches. 

In "The Hunt", Raylan is pulled away from the manhunt for Walker by a surprise visit from Winona and their daughter Willa who have flown in to Kentucky. Winona mentions that Willa has been having a heart murmur and also that she has a discussion about Raylan having joint custody of their daughter and if he agrees to it, they have to figure out of a plan for who keeps Willa. Raylan offers to take care of Willa when she is fussy from the murmur and Winona is cranky from a lack of sleep due to flying all day. Later, she tells Raylan that the other part of the reason she came back to Kentucky is because that she is still in love with him and that he can still be himself as long as they are together. Raylan kisses her and makes themselves an official couple once again. 

In "Dark as a Dungeon", Raylan cleans up at Arlo's house, throwing away clothes, flushing Arlo's medication down the toilet and finding an old footlocker full of items from Arlo's war days such as a machete, letters, photographs and dogtags. Raylan takes it outside and pours whiskey on the footlocker setting it on fire, keeping only a key that was attached to the dogtags. Raylan then talks to a mortician about moving Frances and Arlo's bodies from the house to a new location: Frances' to a local cemetery and Arlo to a potter's field. Tim shows up at Arlo's old house and Raylan tells him that he is going to talk to Zachariah Randolph who has a lead on Boyd. Raylan visits Zachariah, who covers up a crate full of dynamite with a tarp. Raylan wants to know how much Boyd is paying him and punches Zachariah in the stomach before walking inside his house and finding dynamite in the crate. Zachariah punches him in the stomach on the way back out but Raylan gets the upper hand. Raylan tells Zachariah he won't turn him in but either way, he is in deep shit.  Raylan finds Markham at The Portal and makes an officer to give Markham his land if he helps him locate Walker. Raylan tells Markham that Boyd is the one who has been telling homeowners not to sell their properties and that they have a common enemy in Boyd with Walker being the man in the middle. Raylan suggests baiting Boyd into a trap with the promise of money and Markham goes onto a local radio show, offering a reward of $100,000 to anyone who can locate Walker. Raylan arrives at Ava's house and Boyd and Raylan have a standoff with threatening to bring the other down before Ava calms the situation down. After Walker has been shot and killed, Raylan takes Boyd to The Portal so that he can collect the $100,000 for collecting Walker. Boyd is suspicious that the whole thing was a trap and that lying comes easily to the both of them. Raylan hears a faint rumbling sound (from Zachariah testing out the dynamite) and takes notice of the vibrating water bottle on a desk near him. Ava visits Raylan questions what she was doing in Bulletville, but she sticks to her story that she was hunting with Boyd and says that Boyd is going up through a busted mine in Blanton Creek. Raylan realizes that Boyd knows about the RICO case and Ava is helping him, tells Rachel that Ava is now burned and that they will hash it out in a morning. Raylan goes to Arlo's forbidden shed and unlocks it with the footlocker key, only to find nothing inside of it. Arlo's ghost is seen as Raylan mentions that he thought everything evil inside of Arlo was inside of the shed. 

In "Burned", Raylan is seen with Art, Rachel, Tim and Vasquez as they discuss the possibility of the RICO case being compromised due to Raylan's suspicions that Ava blabbed to Boyd. Art and Raylan visit Duffy in his hotel room in order to talk him into being their second CI in the case against Boyd. Raylan shows Duffy case files which confirm that Duffy was the snitch against Grady and Raylan threatens to expose him to Katherine, causing Duffy to agree to help. Raylan has Duffy tell Boyd that Markham is planning to move the money and Boyd believes that he must break into the vault during Markham's party and Raylan tells Duffy to be present during the heist as well. After Boyd's heist fails due to the dynamite not providing a large enough explosion, Markham and Raylan talk in the basement with Markham saying that he thought they were on the same side but now feels as if Raylan is just using him to get to Boyd with both men replying that they have to do what they have to do as Raylan ponders just exactly what Markham means. Rachel becomes frustrated due to the heist failing and Raylan assures her that they will get Boyd as they will wait for when Markham moves his money because Boyd will just come for it even stronger and stupidly. 

In "Trust", Tim and Raylan sit in the motorcoach as Duffy talks to an enraged Katherine who rants about Boyd bombing the floor at The Portal to rob them during the party. Raylan visits Markham at a diner and tells him that he is going to tell Katherine that he is planning to move the money to Charlotte as they believe Boyd has an inside man and that is how they know the exact amount that Markham's vault contains. At the site, Raylan and Tim deduce that Boyd is way too smart to fall for the trap and their thoughts are confirmed when Ava tells him that Boyd is going after Markham's money and not after the decoy truck. Raylan goes to Ava's house and tells her that bad news that Vasquez is pulling the plug on the CI deal and that she is going back to prison, even if he is caught with the money. Ava then asks if they can charge Boyd with the murder of Dewey Crowe, showing him the necklace although Raylan adds that it isn't enough unless Ava can provide a witness, body or a weapon but she offers to get him to confess to Dewey's murder. When Boyd shows back up the house with the $10 million, Ava shoots him in the chest and holds her gun on Raylan, saying that she gave him Boyd bleeding at his feet like he always wanted and that she is not going to prison and that he can either kill her or let her go. Raylan says that he is going to come after her and she says she knows as she flees in Boyd's truck. 

In "Fugitive Number One", Raylan visits Boyd in the hospital to find out where Ava could possibly be going with the money and asks if Boyd is okay with the vengeance Markham and his men will dish out to Ava if they find her before the Marshals do. Boyd tells him that Zachariah is the man that they are looking for as he will likely be helping Ava to escape if the mine explosion didn't kill him. Raylan, Tim and Detective Willits find the rescue station but it is empty, although Raylan deduces that they haven't been long gone as the place is still warm and there are drag marks on the floor. Art calls Raylan during the manhunt and says he has to come back to the office now because of Vasquez's belief that Raylan and Ava conspired together as a couple to steal the $10 million and Raylan goes back to Lexington despite calling BS on the accusation. Raylan finds out that Boyd has escaped from the hospital and that Carl has been killed as he views this as more important than going back to the Marshals office. Raylan manages to help Earl out of custody from the dirty cops on Markham's payroll before they can execute him due to Carl's failure to kill Boyd. Raylan visits Markham at The Portal and tells him that he has Earl to testify against him for the attempted murder and that could put him away for a long time. Raylan tells him to lay off chasing after the money and Ava. Avery says he’s feeling at home and is putting down roots with his lady friend and says they’re going to own this town. Raylan says his lady friend is dead as of a half hour ago. He says it went pretty badly in a motor coach owned by Wynn Duffy. He tells Avery all this is on him and says that should guide him as he contemplates his next move and leaves as Avery sits in mourning. Raylan offers Earl protective custody from the Marshals service if he testifies against Markham in court. Earl tells Raylan that he didn't hear anything about the robbery from Ava and Boyd, but does remember hearing them talking about pig shit trucks and someone named Grubes back when Walker was held up in their house. Raylan calls Art and says that he won't be back until he has found Boyd, Ava, the money or all three. Art gives him an extended 48 hours and vows to be the one coming after Raylan as all the other Marshals are preoccupied looking for Boyd.

In "Collateral", Raylan finds Cope in the mountains as he informs Raylan that his people have all been forced further down the mountains due to a search for clean water and that his cousin Mary has passed away since his last visit. Cope tells Raylan that Arlo used the hills people to transport drugs through the mountains because of the blood connection with Mary and that Raylan is a "son of a bitch" for using them just like Arlo. Raylan knocks Cope on the ground before he can do anything and Raylan bequeaths Arlo's property to Cope as compensation in case Raylan is killed while pursuing Boyd. In the cabin, Raylan arrives and argues with Zachariah as he looks for Ava to protect her from Boyd, Zachariah believing that Raylan is no better than Boyd as he's just as guilty of using Ava and messing with her head. Later that night, an intense shootout ensues with Raylan and Boyd, as they both don't know what's in their hearts but the shootout is stopped when the two hear Bob's cries for help after being shot, allowing enough time for Boyd to slip away. Raylan takes Bob to the hospital and turns around to find police officers prepared to arrest him. 

In "The Promise", Raylan is first seen in custody by Lapiccola, who is driving Raylan to the police station per request of the BOLO issued by Vasquez. Raylan learns that the KSP Officers are in possession of Dewey's alligator necklace and continues to talk to Lapiccola, who seems to channel Raylan by threatening to put him in the trunk if he doesn't stop talking. Art takes Raylan into his custody at the station and manages to convince Art to let him hunt for Ava and Boyd as Boyd is at large too and that they both know the claims by Vasquez are BS. Raylan and Art head to a bar to talk to Deputy Stiles, who was released from the hospital after being assaulted by Carl. Raylan takes advantage of Stiles' sound sensitivity from the assault by slamming a bat onto the bar counter and forcing him to reveal that Markham is holding Ava captive at the Bennett drying shed.

Raylan comes into the shed and finds that Boyd has killed Birch, Crosley and Markham and kicks him over a gun, challenging him to a gunfight. Boyd refuses to play along and urges Raylan to do whatever he has to do because if he ever gets out of prison, he is going to kill both Ava and Raylan. Raylan turns him over to the police and prepares to deliver Ava, Markham's money and hopefully the remaining $9 million to Lexington when Raylan's vehicle is rear ended by Boon. Boon  tells Raylan that he has been following him since he left the drying shed and has saved Raylan the trouble of looking for him. Both men draw their guns and fire, both falling down onto the road. Boon is still alive and reaches over for his gun, but Loretta steps on his wrist to protect Raylan from being killed and Boon dies. Raylan, whose temple was only grazed by the bullet, wakes up to find a nice bullet hole in the middle of his hat and witnesses Ava flooring his car in reverse and fleeing. A stunned Raylan can only mutter "Goddamn it" in frustration. Raylan makes his preparations to leave Kentucky, as he has already caught Boyd and has no reason to stay, saying his goodbyes to Art, Rachel, Tim and Nelson while wearing Boon's hat. Four years later, Raylan is now working in Miami and has a better relationship with Winona, who is now dating a man named Richard and he agrees to pick up Willa after school. Raylan heads to Lebec, California after receiving a newspaper article from Rachel with Ava in the background and finds her new location, still worried about Boyd showing up. Ava reveals to Raylan that she now has a son named Zachariah and that Boyd cannot find out about it. To help Ava and her son be safe, Raylan helps Ava fake her death by showing him a death certificate of Ava's alias, who died in a car accident. Raylan says that the visit was sentimental, despite everything and the one thing he always comes back to is that he and Boyd dug coal together. 

City Primeval/Season 7[]


Raylan Givens is Back - Justified- City Primeval - FX

Raylan Givens left Kentucky for Miami, where he continues working as a U.S. Marshal while helping raise his daughter. He soon finds himself in Detroit, pursuing The Oklahoma Wildman, Clement Mansell, who has been eluding the Detroit police force.

He is three years away from mandatory retirement from the U.S. Marshals Service and time is ticking.[1]

In "City Primeval," Raylan Givens is with his daughter, Willa, in the Florida Everglades. He is taking her to summer camp, though she complains about having to go, describing it as being "conversion therapy." She asks why she even has to go, and he points out that she did punch a girl in the face. She argues that the girl deserved it, but he says that this isn't the point. Their conversation is interrupted by a pair of teens who attempt to carjack Raylan, forcing him to give up his car for their beaten up pickup. In response, Raylan pulls a shotgun from his trunk and shows them his U.S. Marshals badge. He tells them that if they scratch his back, he'll scratch theirs, that they don't want to wait hours just to go to jail. He says that they have his word, but the teen who pulled a gun on him, Tyrone, tells him that this doesn't mean anything where he's from. Raylan asks him just where he's from. Raylan is next in a courtoom in Detroit, Michigan, testifying against Tyrone. He explains to the judge, Alvin Guy, that when he called in the carjacking, he discovered that the suspect had an outstanding warrant in Michigan. However, Carolyn Wilder, Tyrone's attorney, begins picking apart Raylan's story, getting him to admit that he did not, in fact, take Tyrone directly to the courthouse as he had claimed, but in fact first dropped to drop his daughter off at camp, then stopped for lunch. He also threatened to put Tyrone in the trunk of his car. This, combined with Willa's giggling at cat videos on her smartphone and Raylan's flippant attitude towards the judge, gets them both thrown in a holding cell and the Florida charges against Tyrone dropped.

Afterwards, Raylan is unexpectedly enlisted to look into the car bombing of the judge's car that took place before the hearing. Raylan is annoyed, as he had been planning to take a road trip with Willa, but Lou Whitman, the head U.S. Marshal there in Detroit, promises that it won't take long. As such, Raylan is introduced to the detectives of the Detroit Police Department that he'll be working with, including Norbert Bryl and Maureen Downey. Their investigation takes them to a house in the woods in Armada, Michigan, based on a tip from a group called the "Wolverine Militia." Detective Bryl also introduces Raylan to their police dog, a Belgian Malinois that he describes as being like a "German Shepherd on steroids." Raylan says that they ought to have more than one dog, in case there are multiple suspects that they need to go after. They search the house, and find active bomb-making paraphernalia, but none of the suspects they are looking for. As Detective Bryl orders another search, Raylan notices a rug on the floor and discovers a hatch leading underground. He explains it to the others as being the type of thing that you think of when you grow up in a mining town. They succeed in finding one of the suspects, who reveals the bombing was personal, that the bomber was mad because Judge Guy had sex with his mother. They return to Judge Guy, who warns them to be careful about making accusations, given what he's seen in his time as a judge. Raylan, however, tells him that they just want to catch the guy who bombed his car and that any information about the mother could help.

With Judge Guy's information, they enlist the cooperation of the mother, who lures her son, Barry, back to her place. She presents him with dinner, even as Raylan and the DPD team close in. When they enter, however, he grabs a knife and holds it at his mother's throat, warning them not to approach. He then flees into the basement, telling them that he's not messing around. Raylan tells him that nobody is coming through the door. He tells him that they only want to help, asking if they can just talk face to face. He asks why he should do anything that Raylan says and Raylan tells him that nobody has actually been hurt yet, only the car. Barry finally agrees to open up, saying that he's going to need a few things. Norbert Bryl, however, kicks the door, sending him flying. The mother shouts for them to get out of her house and Raylan asks Bryl if this was strictly necessary. He tells him it's how they do things in Detroit. With the case solved, Raylan and Willa sit together in a restaurant, discussing their plans to get back on the road. Willa rejects Raylan's idea of visiting Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, and suggests they visit Harlan, claiming to want to see where her family comes from, though Raylan tells her it will be boring. Willa also makes a clumsy attempt to set him up with Carolyn Wilder, the defense attorney from the hearing. That evening, Clement Mansell murders Judge Guy and his assistant, Rose Doyle, who turns out to be a confidential informant with the DPD. Raylan is enlisted to help with the investigation. "Sorry about your father-daughter plans," Lou Whitman tells him.

In "The Oklahoma Wildman," Raylan leaves his hotel room early to join Detective Wendell Robinson in the investigation into the murders. When his daughter Willa asks if she can go out, he tells her that she can go anywhere on the grounds of the hotel, but warns her against going any further that that. He and Wendell then head over to the penthouse apartment of Sandy Stanton, who has been identified as a person of interest in the murders. They ask her about Del Weems, the owner of the penthouse, and she claims that he has gone off for meditation. They ask if they can come in and she asks if they have a warrant. They ask her why they would need one, saying that they just want to talk. They ask her if Del had loaned his car to anyone and she says that he hadn't, claiming that it might have been stolen. They suggest that they go take a look, but she claims not to know what she did with the keys. They offer to help her find them, but she instead says she'll go get them herself. She heads to a back room where Clement Mansell is waiting. She tells him that the police want the keys and he replies that if they don't have a warrant, they don't get them. She asks him if he wants to tell them that and he agrees that she can get them the keys if she wants, saying he had an accident parking the car. Sandy returns to Raylan and Wendell and hands over the keys. She claims to have gotten into a minor fender bender and Raylan gives her his card, telling her to call him if he remembers anything. Down in the parking garage, they examine the badly beaten car, noting that the damage is certainly not just from a fender bender. Wendell Robinson scrapes off some paint, wondering if might match that of Judge Guy's Cadillac. They observe Sandy getting into another car and decide to tail her.

The two follow Sandy to the edge of a bridge. She gets out of her car and walks along the edge of the bridge. However, ultimately, she ends up seemingly not doing anything. She gets back in her car and drives to the tavern of Marcus "Sweety" Sweeton. They watch as she enters the tavern, then a bit later comes back out, seemingly much less troubled than she was before. They suspect correctly, but cannot prove at the moment, that somewhere in the tavern she stashed the gun which was used to kill Judge Guy and Rose Doyle, given to her by Clement Mansell. Raylan then goes to see the attorney Carolyn Wilder, who has asked him to pay a visit to her office. With her is Clement Mansell. She asks Raylan if he has reason to suspect that her client was involved in the murder of Judge Guy. "And Rose Doyle, yes," agrees Raylan and Carolyn warns him against coming near his client unless he is planning to arrest him. Throughout the encounter, Clement makes snide comments, such as that Raylan is too old to still be in his job unless he's either been passed up for promotion or he really enjoys it. Raylan steps out to take a call from Willa, whom he realizes is not at the hotel. As he does, he overhears Clement whispering something to Carolyn and her telling him to get out of her office. After Clement is gone, he goes back in, asking Carolyn if she's good, but she tells him that they know each other's jobs and that it's ultimately not his business.

Raylan calls Willa again, demanding that she get back to the hotel and be there when he returns. He and Wendell then pay a visit to the casino where Sandy works. They grill her about what she was doing at the bridge and at Sweety's tavern, but she remains tight-lipped. They pay a visit to the tavern, where they question Sweety about the reason for Sandy's presence there. He realizes that they think Sweety may have stashed a gun there and shows them three of his own firearms, all legal. He then calls in Carolyn Wilder, who warns them that they're going to need have a search warrant if they want to conduct any search. Not having one, they leave. Raylan then returns to his room in the hotel, only to find Willa not there, and a note from her. He goes downstairs, where he discovers Willa in the hotel's restaurant, sitting across from Clement Mansell. Clement gets up and sits next to Willa, telling Raylan that they were just about to call in the cavalry. He asks him why he didn't tell Willa about his old friend Clement from Glynco. Willa asks Raylan if it's true that they used to call him "Chicken Fat." Raylan asks Willa to go upstairs, but Willa asks if they can't have dessert, saying she'd love to hear more stuff from Clement about her father. He pleads with her to just once in her life say "Yes, Dad." Clement then puts his arm around Willa, calling her sweet. Raylan tells him to stand up. He grabs Clement, telling Willa again to go to the hotel room. He drags Clement outside, tossing him up against a cab. Clement comments Willa is a little young for him, but if it were Kentucky, he'd be tapping her. Raylan repeatedly hits him in the face, then warns him that if he ever sees him near his daughter again, he'll kill him. "Not if I see you first!" shouts Clement. Raylan turns around and sees Willa, who has not gone back to the room, and is sniffling.

In "Backstabbers," Raylan deals with the fallout from his encounter with Clement Mansell. The first of these is his daughter, Willa, who is upset and not speaking to him. Eventually, with the two of them holed up at the police station, she tells him that she wants a proper breakfast and not the vending machine snacks that they have on offer there. However, when he brings her to a restaurant, she only orders tea. She claims not to be angry, saying that she's in the "Green Zone." He says that he saw her in the Red Zone, telling her that Clement is a killer. He says that it's clear that she doesn't want to eat and he has to get to work. She asks if she's slowing him down, saying that she just wishes he'd say that it'd be easier for him if she weren't around. He tells her that it's hard and she asks how it's hard, saying that he does whatever he wants. He tells her that he'll do better, and she tells him he'd better not backstab her. Raylan then returns to the headquarters of the Detroit Police Station, where the detectives have brought in Clement Mansell, Sandy Stanton and Sweety for questioning. With Raylan listening from the outside, Clement seems ready to talk. He, however, then asks for a tape recorder and then, when it starts recording, to sing the song "We're Going to Be Friends." At the U.S. Marshal's office, Raylan reports this to Lou Whitman, telling him that it was like Clement knew he was there. Lou warns him not to pull anything else like he did before with Clement, that otherwise he'll miss getting him. They argue over whether or not Lou should just send him home, but ultimately Lou decides to keep him on the case. Raylan then encounters the attorney, Carolyn Wilder. He tells her that she needs to get her client under control. Surprised, she points out that Raylan laid hands on Clement. She tells him that she knows it's his kid and that he's angry, but that not everyone gets to be angry the way he does.

Raylan and Willa take refuge in the home of Detective Maureen Downey of the Detroit Police Department. Raylan thanks her husband, Bill, for opening their home to him. He waves it off, saying that they're safer there than in some hotel. Raylan offers to help with the dishes, but Bill tells him to just relax. Raylan watches Willa chatting with the Downey children and later talks with Maureen about Clement Mansell. He tells her he doesn't understand how Clement Mansell is connected with Judge Guy when he never even came in through his courtroom. They discuss an Albanian guy that Sandy was with, saying that he must somehow be involved. Maureen tells him that he and Willa are welcome to stay as long as they want. Following this, Raylan pays a visit to the cafe Tiana Dog, the business of the Albanian in question, Skender Lulgjural. He asks Skender why he's protecting Sandy. He, however, tells her that he came to the U.S. expecting certain things, only to meet Sandy. He shows him a $27,000 ring and, incredulous, Raylan asks him if he's getting married to Sandy. Skender tells him that it's TBD, that Sandy's brother is very protective of her. Raylan puts in a call to Maureen, telling her that Skender is loaded but not very bright. They both agree that rather than being in on the whole thing, Skender is the mark. He and Maureen then stake out a bar where Clement, Sandy and Skender have gone. Raylan sits and listens to Maureen telling him about her recent troubles sleeping. Raylan is forced to abandon the stakeout in order to go tend to his daughter, Willa. He has decided to send her back home on a flight to Florida. She is very upset, accusing her of backstabbing him. Later, as the call comes for her flight to board, he asks her to hug him before she leaves. She, however, does not hug him, pleading that they could still go to Memphis and Graceland. He, however, takes a call from Maureen, informing him that they tailed the Albanian back to his place, only to find some damage. He turns to see Willa walking off to board her flight and tells Maureen that he'll be on his way.

In "Kokomo," Raylan learns that one of Skender's legs was badly injured his confrontation with Clement Mansell, but that Skender is refusing to admit the truth of the matter to the police. He speaks with the other Albanians who have arrived and gets them to arrange a meeting between him and their boss, Toma Kastiot, who is Skender's uncle. Norbert Bryl decides to come with Raylan, claiming that he speaks a little Albanian. Upon arrival, when Raylan apologizes to him for what happened to his nephew, he recites a phrase in Albanian which means "You choose your friends, but family is... thrust upon you." He tells Raylan that Skender is an idiot man-child with a predilection for bad decisions and Raylan says that this is his chance to help him make better decisions. Toma, however, tells him that he knows that he came there in the hopes of compelling him to get Skender to tell them who did this to him so that they can arrest him and do justice as they see fit. He continues that this is actually no justice at all, but merely a mandate for the appearance of order. He says that justice and order are not the same thing and that he's not interested in order, only justice, and that justice is more than the law is willing or able to provide. Raylan tells him that they understand where he's coming from, but that they can't have everyone running around shooting the wrong people. He tells him that he's not interested in the wrong people, that whoever did this to Skender did it to him, that he will look him right in the eyes. At this, Norbert asks if Raylan is hearing this, that Toma will be looking into the eyes of some Russian, when he should really be looking for Clement Mansell. Seeing everyone's reaction, he says that what his nephew doesn't want him to know is that he got legged by someone from Oklahoma. Raylan then asks Norbert to give him a minute.

"He was not supposed to tell me this," notes Toma after Norbert has left and says that Clement's name is unfamiliar, but that this can change. Raylan tells him that he understands and sympathizes, but what he has to understand is his place in line, that after he's done, he can charge him with felony assault, but it won't mean much if he's doing life anyway. To this, Toma replies that they'd better find him quick, or he'll be dead. Back in the hall, Norbert asks Raylan if he's going to yell at him, but he says he's never been much of a yeller. Norbert asks what isn't to like, that Toma would find out the truth anyway and either the Albanians lead them to Clement or they find him chopped to tiny pieces. Raylan tells him that one could take the point of view that they just put a hit out on their suspect and Norbert asks if he misunderstood that he was willing to do what needed to be done. To this, Raylan counters that he has no problem getting things done, but he does have a problem with finding Clement in a river shot to death when what they want is for him to be prosecuted, answer for his crimes, and reflect on them for a long time in a tiny cell. He next pays a visit to the attorney Carolyn Wilder. There, he tells her that Clement has gotten in trouble with the Albanian mob, warning her that they're spreading out across Detroit right now looking to kill Clement and anyone connected to him. She replies that she thinks he's trying to scare her and he tells her that he's been in town for only a week and what he's seen has given him pause. She tells him that Clement Mansell has a constitutional right to representation and she intends to keep providing it as long as he keeps paying her. "This is different and I think you know that," he tells her, but she says that they should both just do their jobs and they'll see.

Raylan arrives outside an apartment building in a dingy area of town with Norbert Bryl. The apartment is the official residence of Sandy Stanton. The two of them split up, Norbert taking the front door and Raylan heading to the back window. Inside, Raylan spots two Albanians, Besnik and Agron Darke, who are torturing Sandy's roommate, Hina, by using a pair of pliers to extract her teeth. Raylan busts open the window and points his gun, telling them not to move and for Agron to put down his gun. At first, everything goes well, but then an angry Hina tries to attack Besnik. He flees out the front door, getting past Norbert, only for Norbert to shoot and kill him. Raylan manages to secure Agron, who is beside himself when he sees Besnik dead on the ground outside. Later, Raylan responds to a call from Carolyn Wilder and comes up to a car that had been tailing her, tapping his badge on the window. He tells the two Albanians inside that Carolyn is off-limits and that they need to go see their boss. He then goes to Carolyn, who tells him that she's never been happier to see a cop in her life. He tells her about what happened at the apartment, warning her that eventually the Albanians will find her home. He tells her that from now on, somebody is going to be watching it. She tries to protest this, but he tells her that it's not up to him, that she's of value to the case. That evening, it turns out to be him who is watching her home. When she sees this, she grins, then comes down to meet him, bringing a bottle of liquor. She comments that the whole Detroit PD is on the case, yet he's there and he says he must have drawn the short straw. She asks about his daughter and he tells her he sent her home to Miami. She goes to the other side of the car and gets in, providing glasses for the liquor. As they share it, she asks if he's just going to stay out there all night by himself and he tells her he hadn't planned that far ahead. She asks if he's shooting from the hip and he agrees it's something like that.

In "You Good?," Raylan wakes up in the morning in Carolyn's bed. He comments that it looks like he kept the Albanians out and she tells him that this never happened. She says that she wants to lay some ground rules, that nothing changes between them and that her client is still her client. He agrees to this, then asks how it was for her. She tells him it was about what she expected. He heads outside, only for a car to pull up. From it emerges Jamal, Carolyn's ex-husband, whom Raylan doesn't know. He tells Jamal that Carolyn won't hear him, that she's in the shower. He suggests that if he doesn't want to wait, he could tell him who he is and he'll tell her that he came by. Jamal asks just who he is and he claims to be a go-getter that's going to get them a few coffees. Jamal tells him that he and Carolyn have "pecuniary matters" to handle. He says to tell her he was there, that she'll know who. "But I won't" Raylan tells him. Heading back to his car, Jamal tells Raylan not to let the house fool him, that the neighborhood could be hazardous to his "caucacity."

After Carolyn gets out of the shower, Raylan informs her that she had a visitor. At first she is worried, thinking it might have been one of the Albanians, but he tells her it wasn't, unless there are black Albanians. He informs her what Jamal said about there being "money matters," asking if the man was a client. She, however, tells him that just because he got into her pants doesn't mean that he can get into her business as well. He points out the fact that according to her this never happened and they kiss. She tells him not to tail her back to the courthouse, that she has plenty of protection there, but he does anyway. He then heads to the headquarters of the Detroit Police Department, where Lou Whitman informs him that there is an all-hands meeting in progress. He and the others sit through the tirade of the angry Chief Briggs, who says that he just got off the phone with the governor, who wants to know why there has been zero progress in the five days since the murder. He shouts that he wants results now and that with Detective Norbert Bryl on ice, he's making Maureen Downey the sole lead for the case. Maureen then declares that effective immediately, they're going back to the start. Raylan and Wendell thus head out to the original crime scene, but find nothing of interest. Wendell describes it using an old adage, that you can only kill a man once, but murder a crime scene a hundred times. He tells Raylan that they'll likely all be retired or playing pickleball by the time the case is solved. Raylan suggests that they re-inteview a drifter that Norbert Bryl picked up on the night of the murder, a Darrold Woods, that he might have heard something useful. Wendell, however, says that Darrold was high on PCP at the time and Raylan is forced to admit that he is unlikely to recall anything useful.

Later, Raylan and Wendell sit together, Wendell saying that things will likely go three ways. The first is that they get dsome sort of miracle break, the second is that the case just drags on and eventually drifts away. Raylan interrupts that the third is that they go find Clement and shoot him. Wendell says that he was actually thinking of the Detroit way. "Entrapment, plant a little dope, or go all the way and frame the guy up?" asks Raylan. Wendell agrees this isn't his style. Raylan says that he ought to just wash his hands of it, go home and see his kid. He then says, however, that somebody got Clement before, that he's not the Zodiac Killer. He asks Wendell what the name of the arresting officer was. This next brings them to the doorstep of a woman named Mary Alice, who asks them if Raymond is dead. Wendell apologizes, saying that he understands how she would think that, with homicide being at her door. She asks what does bring them there. Upon hearing that they think that Raymond could be useful on a current case, she tells them that she doesn't keep tabs on him and he doesn't check in. Raylan says that it's important. "Aren't they all?" she asks. She says that if they find him, they should tell him that she got fed up with his old Cutlass being in the garage and had it towed. She closes the door on them. Wendell comments to Raylan that he told him how it would go and that's how it went. They return to the Detroit PD headquarters, where Maureen tells Raylan that something came for him that might cheer him up. Raylan and Wendell spot a bouquet of flowers, Wendell commenting that somebody misses her daddy. However, when Raylan opens the card included with the flowers, the message inside reads "Thinking of you Chickenfat." The flowers are not from Willa, but from Clement Mansell. Raylan holds up the card so Wendell can see, saying that for a moment he really hoped they would cheer him up.

Raylan takes the flowers to the courthouse, where Carolyn finds him there with them. "You didn't!" she says and he tells her that he did not, in fact, that it was her client: Clement Mansell. She replies that with the day she's had, she doesn't care that he's doing this in public and that if the devil gave her chocolates, she'd eat them. He asks if this is her way of saying that she's hungry and takes her to a Chinese restaurant. At the restaurant, they discuss the phrase "You're good," Carolyn saying that she doesn't understand why this is a statement now, that people shouldn't tell her how she feels. She tells Raylan that in Detroit, they keep it as a question. "You like telling people what's what?" he asks and she asks if he doesn't. She tells him that everyone in her life has their foot on her neck to get what they neck. She curses, saying that it's small of them to use their power over people, that she wants power too, but to use it to set things right. He says she's confident in her judgment and she tells him she has to be if she's going to sit on the bench. He asks her how Judge Guy's notebook connects to the case and she says she doesn't know if anybody told him, but she's not obligated to give up that kind of information. Just then, Jamal shows up, saying that she brought the white boy there. He asks if this is really her new flavor, telling Raylan to make himself scarce. Raylan asks him just who he is and he hands him a card reading "Jamal Wilder - Partner" of Wilder & Wilder. "I'm her heart," he tells Raylan, but Carolyn tells him this was the case, but isn't anymore. "You should go," says Carolyn and Jamal thinks she means Raylan, but she tells him that he should go. Jamal then threatens to whip Raylan's ass, saying that he has a black belt, but Raylan tells him he has one too. "He a pig?" asks Jamal, but Raylan tells him that the term applies more to police, that he's a Deputy U.S. Marshal. Carolyn then claps her hands, declaring that she's leaving instead. "You know, the best Chinese restaurants is actually in Canada," comments Jamal to Raylan.

That evening, Raylan sits at a bar and sends a text to Willa. He tells her that he misses her, asking how she is. She, however, replies back almost immediately that she doesn't feel like talking. Raylan is soon joined by a man who tells him that Mary Alice only speaks to him on pain of death, that she figured whatever this was must be likely to mess up his night fairly badly in order to speak to him. This is Raymond Cruz. He asks Raylan how he can help him and Raylan replies that he once tangled with Clement Mansell. "Remind me," says Raymond and Raylan outlines the details of the case and how Clement got off. Raymond tells him that the system has its flaws and to write his congressman. Raylan replies that it's not the system, it's him. Raymond asks what he wants him to tell him, that everything is already in the case files. Raylan says that he wants to know what's missing from the case files, why he thinks he can't trust anyone. To this, Raymond says that he's surprised he still cares, that he reminds him of when he first started out, except that he's old. Raylan tells him he's not going to be able to sleep at night if Clement wins. To this, Raymond says that when he first started out, he tangled with a guy named Freddy Keck. Freddy shot through his window one night, not kill, but more like "Come on, man, let's do it." He says that it was like cowboys and Indians, except that Freddy was truly a stone-cold killer. Raylan asks how he got him and he says that they couldn't, but one night, Freddy showed up at his house and told him that they were going to sit and have a drink. He walked behind his bar, reached down, and then he shot him. "He drew on you," says Raylan, but Raymond tells him that this wasn't the case, that he just shot him. He tells him that despite this the guy kept on talking, even with a hole in his chest, his eyes wide open, that he just wouldn't shut up. He tells Raylan that was that, and that he sleeps just like a baby.

In "Adios," Carolyn Wilder comes to Raylan at the latest hotel room where he is staying, telling him that she has something that he wants. She asks him if he still wants to see how Judge Guy's book puts the pieces together. He tells her that he wants her to be careful and she says that the question is whether she trusts him with what she knows. He says that in his experience if you have to ask somebody if you can trust them, it likely means that you already don't. She points out that she is, nevertheless, there. She tells him the story of the Montgomery bus boycott, telling him that it was a case of not what was legal but was just and that there are things she wants to do with Judge Guy's book that aren't legal but most definitely just. She asks if he understands what it means for him to trust her and he says he does, but suggests she come inside to tell him again and make sure he gets it.

Raylan goes to Detective Maureen Downey, telling her that Clement Mansell and Marcus "Sweety" Sweeton have possession of Judge Guy's book and have been using it to blackmail people. He says it would be like getting Clement dead to rights if they can catch him with the book in his possession. She asks if he's proposing to set a trap if they can somehow dredge up a name from the book. He tells her that it isn't "somehow," that he already has a name, one that is maximally leveraged to aid in their cause. Stunned, she quickly realizes that he has been sleeping with Clement's lawyer, but nevertheless agrees to go along with his plan. Thus, the two of them pay a visit to Diane Rogers, a county prosecutor. They inform her that they know that her name is in the judge's book and that what's in there shows that she and Judge Guy were accepting bribes to let cops off for bad shootings. Diane is skeptical that they can prove anything, but Maureen points out that it isn't something they have to prove in a court of law, that her career would be over if enough people even just heard something like that. She asks just what they're asking of her and Raylan tells her it's nothing that they wouldn't ask of any other CI. She asks if they have the paperwork for that, but Maureen asks her if it's something she really wants to have on an official record. She assures her that they'll do their best to protect her, but warns her that they wouldn't be doing this if they didn't have what it takes to make it stick.

At the park, the meeting is set up, with Diane wearing an earpiece, which she keeps touching. Raylan notes that she's looking a little squirrelly and Wendell Robinson gets on the comm, advising her to stop touching it. She complains that it doesn't fit right, but he tells her it to let it not fight right, that otherwise it's just going to look like she's wearing an earpiece. He complains about the setup, saying that he doesn't like doing things off-book like this, that there are too many variables. Raylan asks what's not to like, saying that it's a nice day and there's an ice cream truck there. He asks what this has to do with anything and Raylan replies that it's a little treat when they're done. "Heads up," announces Maureen as Clement enters the park, telling them to be ready if they see either the book or the gun. Clement confronts Diane and she demands to see her page from the book, but he insists that she show him the money first, saying that he's a had a run of folks trying to rip him off. She holds out her purse and he tells her that she's underestimating his willingness to cause her pain in front of everyone there. Maureen gets on the radio, saying that they have to move.

As they approach, Clement jokes that people are going to think that they're in love. Raylan tells him to show him his hands and as they handcuff him, he asks how many people Raylan has shot lately. "Lately?" asks Raylan and Clement continues that he must think he's pretty good with his gun. Raylan agrees that he qualifies every year. Clement suggests that they have a shoot-out, to which Raylan replies that there's no range where he's headed. Clement tells him he's talking about the streets, when he least expects it. Raylan quips that he'll ask the chief if that's okay. He asks Clement why he killed Judge Guy and Rose Doyle, but Clement asks just what it has to do with them. Raylan walks off and Clement tells him "bye for now" as Maureen leads him away. Raylan thanks Diane for her help, but she says that she still wants her page from the book. As she continues that it doesn't really matter because she's burnt anyway, Maureen returns to them, saying that Clement is clean. He doesn't have the book on him or a gun, and without either of these, they can't hold him. Raylan asks if he's actually walking Clement walk away right now. As Clement does just this, Maureen reminds him that he wanted to do this right way. "Chin up, Marshal, we'll get him," she tells him.

Raylan rides back from the encounter with Wendell, who asks him if there's something on his mind. Raylan tells him that he can't put his finger on it, that there was something fishy about the whole kerfuffle. Wendell says that Clement outfoxed them again. Raylan says that maybe this was so and Wendell tells him that it was unless he lived a different version of events. "Maybe I did," says Raylan. He tells him that ever since he landed in town and came after Clement, he's never seen anyone get so lucky, that they have him dead to rights and every time he gets away clean. Wendell asks him what his point is and he says that he wonders if some combination of the dead judge, the book, and Clement Mansell is making people act in ways they otherwise wouldn't. He says he feels like he's being played for a fool and Wendell asks him just what kind of response he's expecting to that. Raylan tells him he wants his professional opinion. He says that he may be right, but he isn't really interested and Raylan may as well just change the subject. Raylan then returns to Carolyn's house. She asks him what happened and he tells her that they had Clement and then they didn't. She asks him what now and he tells her that they're revisiting a conversation they had the night before, when he said he wanted more. He tells her that he doesn't know what that she got out of this, but he got a bruised ego and a monster who now thinks he's untouchable. She says that she can't imagine a time when Clement hasn't thought that. She asks if he's saying he wants the book and he says that he wants to know what she doesn't want to tell him. He says that if he can't get that from her, he has no business being there. She asks him to come inside.

In "The Smoking Gun," Raylan is with the Detroit Police Department on the scene as they investigate the burning of Sweety's tavern and find him dead, shot in the heart. Carolyn Wilder is there as well, beside herself over Sweety's death. They visit his boyfriend, Trennell, who tells Raylan that he has a brother who lives in White Rock, New Mexico. He says that it's a place without a lot of human beings and sounds like a pretty good place to be at the moment. "Before you go getting your luggage..." comments Raylan and Trennell returns with the gun that has now killed Sweety, Judge Alvin Guy and Rose Doyle, and those from the Wrecking Crew killings. He asks Raylan if he's sure that he can use it and he tells him that he is. Raylan then visits with Maureen Downey and shows her the gun. She asks if it's what she thinks it is and he tells her that he needs her to find out, that quickly and quietly would be good. She asks him to give her 24 hours, that it'll go to the top of the list if ballistics hears they think it's the gun that killed Judge Guy.

Raylan next pays a visit to Sandy Stanton. He asks her if they're alone and she asks if he means if Clement is there. She tells him that he isn't, but that Del Weems called and will be coming back that weekend. He tells her that her saw Skender Lulgjuraj and that he's going to be crippled for the rest of his life, asking if she wants to pretend she doesn't already know about that or if she wants to tell him how she feels about it. He tells her that he has the gun, but she says that it doesn't matter, that she would never testify against Clement. She points out that he walked the last time and Raylan tells her that this time he won't. She says that the only way he would ever testify against him were if he were dead and buried with a stake in his heart, but even then, she would be nervous. He tells her that he's not asking her to testify, but says that she's not seeing the point. He points out that Clement gave her the gun to dispose of and now he has it. He asks her how she thinks he's going to feel when he finds out that he has the gun that killed the judge, his assistant and now Sweety. "Sweety's dead?" she asks, seeming quite shocked. She admits that she feels like she's in big trouble.

Raylan returns to Carolyn, who tells her that Clement put his hands on her. She continues that when she was about ten years old, a boy in school named Dwayne choked her. Someone from the school called her mother and told her "Ms. Thomas, Carolyn's okay. But Dwayne tried to choke her, though he didn't mean to." Sweety found and was really mad. He took her to the gym and taught her how to hold her own. "You take care of poor Dwayne?" asks Raylan. In response, she says that he has the murder weapon, asking how he's going to put Clement's prints on it. Raylan then returns to the Detroit Police Department, where he is surprised to find the place in a state of high activity. He asks what's going on and Wendell tells him that Maureen has brought in Darrold Woods, an Afghanistan vet whom they had identified as a possible witness for the killings. To Raylan's complete shock, he watches as Norbert Bryl and Maureen subject Darrold to an interrogation, trying to get him to confess to being the one who committed the murders. He eventually lawyers up and outside the interrogation room, Raylan comments to Maureen that he feels like he should have brought a bouquet of roses for a performance like that, but he did give her the gun. As Maureen hands the gun to Norbert, asking him to take it back to evidence, he asks "Are you in the book too, or are you just an asshole?" As Norbert leaves with the gun, Raylan pleads with Maureen to tell him that he's not seeing this. She, however, tells him that they appreciate his help, but now it's time for him to go back to Florida and see his little girl as well. She tells him to take care.

Raylan returns to his car, sitting there and stewing for a while. There is a knock at the window. He rolls it down and Norbert appears. He tells him that a quarter of those sitting in Wayne County waiting for sentencing didn't do what do they were tried and convicted for, but that they've committed other crimes they've gotten away with. He says that he's okay with this and maybe it makes him an asshole, but that he never sold anyone down the river just to get a win. He hands Raylan a paper bag. Raylan's phone rings and he is next in the airport, where Sandy puts in a call to Clement, supposedly arranging a meeting to make things right with that. He listens in as they arrange to meet at the bar of a Radisson hotel near the airport. After getting off the phone, Sandy asks Raylan if he's going to get Clement. She tells him that she wants to do things differently, maybe go back to school. He tells her that he's going to need her phone and she asks to delete some pictures off of it first. On the way to the hotel, Raylan calls Carolyn, explaining the meeting with Clement. She suggests that he hold up and come take her for a drink, but he says he'll see her when it's done and ends the call. "Okay," she tells the Albanian mob leader Toma Kostia, who was listening in on the whole thing.

Raylan arrives at the hotel bar and Clement comments bemusedly that one day Sandy is going to get him in trouble. He says that she's cute, that he keeps telling her to stop smoking weed and drink like a normal person. "Some people, you can't tell 'em anything," quips Raylan continuing that "So long as they don't tell on you." He sets down the paper bag on the table and Clement asks if it's his lunch. He tells Raylan that he's glad he came by, that some business came up and he needs to leave town. He tells him it's not on account of him or the Albanians, just that there's no reason for him to sit around anymore. "Guess I'll see you around then," comments Raylan and Clement asks if he wants to think he knows more than he actually does. Raylan replies that as long as Sandy only told him where he was going to be, he has nothing to worry about. "That ain't your lunch is it?" asks Clement and Raylan agrees that it isn't. He pushes the bag over in Clement's direction, saying it's his if he wants it. Clement says he's trying to be tricky, getting him to put his prints on someone else's murder gun. He asks if it's loaded and Raylan tells him he can check if he wants, that it's only missing the two bullets they fired in ballistics. He says that this is fair, that Clement wanted a shooting match and they can go any time he wants.

The two stare back and forth at each other, but just then, the Albanians arrive. Toma Kostia tells them to hand over their guns. They do so, Raylan commenting that they might want to be careful about getting their prints on the one on the table. They are lead away and into a car. Once there, Raylan tells Toma that the gun in the bag is a murder weapon, that it's enough to put Clement away for two lifetimes. He asks Toma if he'll let him do his job. Toma, however, turns to Besnik Drake, asking him if he remembers what it was like when they left Albania, how violence became normal to save lives. He says that they came to America to live a better life, but that sometimes the old ways are the only ways. He motions at Besnik to stop the car and gets out on a bridge. He takes the gun and drops it in the river, then gets back in the car and stares at Raylan, ordering Besnik to drive.

In "The Question," the Albanians arrive at a warehouse in a remote area of Detroit with Raylan and Clement. They make them get out of the car and led them up to the entrance. There, Carolyn Wilder is waiting. Upon seeing her, Clement says that it's a good thing his lawyer is there. He asks if she believes Raylan's nerve, that he had tried to bait him because he doesn't have anything. He says that there's no way he can lay the judge or anything else on him, telling her that they have him by the gonads.

Carolyn, however, steps forward, saying to Toma that they had a deal. He agrees, replying "You want this one taken care and you want this one taken care of." As Raylan watches, he takes the notebook off of Clement, then leads him into a room, where Besnik destroys a fusebox. Clement, still trying to act cool, calls the whole thing an "Albanian and pony show," saying that it's time for him to hit the pavement. He says to Raylan that it's a good time for him to surrender, that his lawyer is standing right there. Raylan, however, pushes a button, closing the door on him. He starts shouting, pleading and cursing for them to open the door. After is is fully closed, Toma asks "And where'd he go?" a laugh in his voice. Carolyn leaves, telling Raylan that she'll be in the car. Toma then tells Raylan that this way satisfies them both, that it's the only for him to get this man who kills people. He tells Raylan that it's a soundproof room, but maybe one a day a neighbor will complain about the smell and they'll pretend to hide the body. He gives Raylan his gun back as well as the notebook and Raylan leaves.

Raylan and Carolyn sit across from each other in a cafe booth. She asks what he's going to tell the Detroit Police Department and he says it'll be that God himself sent down a lightning bolt and the book came with it. She suggests they go back to her place, but he tells her that he has some stuff to do first. He is next seen arriving in front of the house of Detective Maureen Downey, along with Detectives Wendell Robinson and Norbert Bryl. The three of them take her to the Internal Affairs Department of the DPD. There, she is confronted with the fact that her name is listed next to payouts which correspond to trials in which a guilty conviction was based on her testimony. Maureen, however, is completely defiant. She accuses them of each doing worse every day and dismisses their evidence as all but worthless. Outside the room, Norbert despairs at it not being how it's supposed to go down. Wendell says that they can at least release Darrold Woods now, but Norbert asks what the move is, how they're going to nail Clement. Raylan replies that the move is for him to go home and get some shuteye. He tells them to call him if Clement shows or they get in a shootout with Albanians, but he's had enough excitement for one day.

Raylan returns to Carolyn's place, where he rubs her shoulder as she sits in the bathtub. She tells him that she hates her house. He calls this a strong sentiment, but she explains that the house was her ex-husband Jamal's dream and that only the tub is really hers, that she always wanted a freestanding tub. She comments that he'll probably be heading back home soon and he agrees it's likely. She tells him that she's sure Willa will be glad to have him back. That evening, he is lying in bed next to her, restless. He sits up and she tells him to come back to bed. He, however, gets up and starts getting dressed. "God damn it, Raylan," she says, realizing what he's about to do, and he says he gets that a lot. He returns to the warehouse, cursing upon seeing what awaits him there. It is Skender Lulgjuraj, who has been brutally killed by Clement. He calls Carolyn, telling her that she needs to leave, to get out of the house. He then puts it another call to Norbert Bryl, telling him that Clement Mansell is on the move and might be going after the Albanians.

Raylan returns to Carolyn's house, where he gets a call from Norbert, who informs them that they were a little late. Clement has already arrived at the Venus, and been on a killing spree. Meanwhile, as Carolyn is at a gas station, again cursing Raylan's name, Clement shatters the glass on the front door of her house. Entering, he greets Raylan, who is sitting at the table, asking him if it was a bit much. He tells him that he would have just opened the door, but it's unlikely that it wouldn't have been locked, that it's a dangerous world. He asks him where Carolyn is and he tells him that if he had wanted to see her, he should have come straight there after killing Skender. "Oh shit, you came back for me," comments Clement, telling him he knew he couldn't just leave him to die there in the room. He says that if he had thought so, they aren't friends, but that they could have been, if things had been different. "And if your mama had wheels, she'd be a streetcar," jokes Raylan. Clement says it's what he likes about him, that he's never too serious and has a sense of humor. He goes over to the refrigerator and extracts one, sliding it to Raylan.

Clement asks Raylan if he likes music. He says that he's been told his old man was the real deal and once played with Waylon until his mother ran him off. He tells Raylan that his father was a real barn-burner, saying that he has his DNA. "We are made up the same atoms and molecules of those who passed before us," he comments and Raylan tells him to stop. Clement says that he can tell he's losing his patience. He tells him he's enjoyed their time together but that he has to get going. He says that before he does he got him something to remember him by, that he thinks he's going to really like it. He reaches into his pocket and Raylan draws his gun, shooting him three times in the chest. Clement slides against the refrigerator, leaving a streak of blood. He asks Raylan what he shot him for, revealing that what he was reaching for was not a gun, but a cassette tape. Carolyn, who has just arrived, makes a call, saying that she needs assistance. Clement asks if she called EMS, but she tells him she called the Wayne County Morgue. Wheezing, Clement stares at Raylan, telling him that he can't believe he's checking out. "What'd you kill me for?" he asks Raylan, before dying.

Six weeks later, Raylan returns to Miami, Florida, where he attends a retirement party for Dan Grant, hosted by Gregg Sutter. There, he takes some lighthearted ribbing for Dan having to have "babysat assholes" like him. After the party is over, he goes to Dan, sitting alone at the bar. The two of them agree it was a good party and Dan tells Raylan he's never seen anything like it, how he stepped in a pile of shit in Detroit, yet once again scraped his boot off and got his man. He says his pay bump is well-deserved, to take it from him that it'll go a long way towards his pension. "Listen, I'm sorry to do this--" begins Raylan. Dan, however, cuts him off, telling him that he knows what he's going to say. He tells him that they've had their ups and downs, but that they've come a long way. He says if he had something to do with him being a better law enforcement officer or a better man, then he's happy about that. He says that he never thought he'd be ready for the big chair, but that there's something different about him now. He says that if he asked him if he would be willing to recommend he finish his career as a chief that he'd be happy to. Raylan replies that this wasn't what he was going to say at all. "Dan... I quit," he tells him. He takes off his U.S. Marshals badge and sets it down on the counter.

Raylan is next at his home, where he is outside applying a fresh coat of paint. A van pulls up outside and he climbs down the ladder, signing for a package delivery. He opens the package, which contains a potted plant and a letter from Carolyn Wilder. In the letter, she tells him that she ran into Lou Whitman the other day and he gave her good news - that Raylan put in for early retirement. She says that he can imagine her surprise, as a flashback shows her moving out of her home and serving as the judge for the Wayne County Third Circuit. The letter continues that it made sense to her the more she thought about it and that it occurred to her there might not be too many people in his life who would understand why. She ends the letter by saying that maybe in the winter when she can't take the cold anymore, she could visit Miami and they could talk about it.

As Raylan finishes reading the letter, a car pulls up outside. Raylan hears the horn honking and goes outside to discover that it is Willa and Winona inside, Willa in the driver's seat. "I got my learner's permit!" shouts Willa and Winona agrees this is so. Willa asks if he's been painting, saying that he'd better not be expecting her to help. Seeing the plant, Winona asks about it, and he tells her it's a retirement gift. She calls this funny, but he tells her it isn't a joke. "You quit?" she asks, but he tells her it's like he said, that the retired. Winona asks Willa to give the two of them a second. She asks if they're going to fight and Raylan tells her he thought her room could use a frehs coat of paint too. She asks if she can pick the color and he agrees. As she heads off, he tells her he has some furniture coming as well, and an Elvis poster he found her on eBay. Winona asks him when he decided this and he tells her it was a week ago. She asks why he didn't talk to her about it and he says he didn't think he needed to. She asks him why now and he tells her the question he's been asking himself is why he didn't do it sooner. She says that if he couldn't do it for her, she's glad he could do it for Willa. "Don't muck it up," she tells him. She walks back to the car, gets in and drives away.

Sometime following this, Raylan is leading Willa towards a boat. She asks him whose it is and he tells her that it once belonged to a drug dealer named Andy Hunt and now belongs to the U.S. government. He says that they're letting him borrow it, that he still gets some perks. He tells her that she always wanted a house with a boat. He explains that when she was 5, she did a little drawing and he asked her to explain it to him. She told him that it was going to be her house when she got over and that over there was where she was going to keep her boat. He pointed to a little square and asked what it was and she told him it was her little house, where he was going to live. She asks if they can get a boat of their own if they like this one and he asks if she would be into that. She asks if she can take it out with her friends and he tells her she can if she learns how to drive it. She asks if he knows how to drive it and he says he sort of does, saying that perhaps they could learn together. The two then sit together on the boat and relax. Willa comments that it's kind of boring, but Raylan says that he kind of likes it boring. She asks him if they're going to talk about why he quit. He tells her that they can if she wants, that they have plenty of time. Just then, he receives an alert on his phone, stating that a federal inmate has escaped from the Tramble Penitentiary in Kentucky, should be considered armed and dangerous, and to contact the local US Marshals Office for additional information. He does not know, but perhaps suspects, that said inmate is his old nemesis, Boyd Crowder. "What?" Willa asks him, but he slides the phone away. He apologizes, asking what she was saying. She tells him that he was going to answer the question. "Right, the question," he muses. His phone starts ringing with a call from the Marshals Office in Louisville, Kentucky, but he does not pick it up or even reach for it as it continues ringing.



Raylan Givens' Best Standoffs - Justified - FX

Raylan is predominantly driven by deep-seated anger and hatred towards everything related to crime because of his traumatizing childhood with his father. His reason for becoming a marshal was to become the polar opposite of his father in every conceivable way. His methodology to marshal duties runs a very dangerous line between himself becoming an outlaw and continue to living as a law enforcement officer as often mentioned by other characters accusing him of being potentially dangerous as a criminal.

Raylan almost always presents himself to the heads of organized crime in a very direct fashion with no-nonsense warning as soon as they are ascertained as probable suspects. Almost every time when there is an attempt on his life or those of his close companions, he wastes no time delivering guarantee of retaliation. His drive to cleanse criminals within his jurisdiction appear almost obsessive as if he voluntarily looks for criminals to antagonize and fulfill his fix for contempt. Should there be a probable cause for use of lethal force, he does not hesitate to use his weapon. During moments of direct confrontation that often ends up being old western standoff, Raylan presents almost no fear of death and gives matter of fact warnings of his intentions to kill. During the moments of shootouts, while keeping tactical precaution he is not afraid to be out in the line of fire with extreme boldness which helps him end the fire fight very quickly. Art Mullen has acted as his surrogate father and his guide for more controlled law enforcing during his time in Kentucky to defuse Raylan of his never ending rage.

Raylan's personality is very evident in his disdainful language as he does not beat around the bushes when he's declaring his messages to low lives. Even to his family and friends he instills his black and white mantra to handling things. He often throws sardonic jokes that include old school and contemporary pop culture in movies, music, and literature. His facial expression is often scowling or slyly smiling. His body language is almost always relaxed and composed of authority while maintaining tactical precaution whenever he has to. Raylan has a very charming demeanor consisting of a low to medium vocal tone, slowed down speech pattern, and exuberant confidence without a hint of pressure to impress anyone that beautiful women often finds him attractive. He does not doubt or apologize for his apparent badass persona to anyone and owns every bit of it to the fullest extent.

Raylan has and most probably always will maintain his bluntly judgmental view of the world. During his service in Kentucky almost every single criminal tried to deceive him as innocuous individuals and some of them tried to even claim reformation especially Boyd Crowder. Never once Raylan ever entertained the possibility of individuals being any more than their indisputable actions by practically ignoring almost all self-spoken claims of righteousness including those of young Loretta McCready whom gradually demonstrated her own financial greed and disregard for the law. He is an old fashioned man who lives by a strict code which he never breaks: a prototypical alpha male of nearly mythical stature in the modern age. Almost everything about him is left unchanged from start to finish in the show including appearance and demeanor whereas the people around him have moved onto different lives entirely or died. Nevertheless, throughout the series Raylan does grow from an unflinching executioner to a slightly more moderate human being less itchier on the trigger most profoundly influenced by his ex wife and his boss whom even he did not want to disappoint. His deep core is still made up of a good man who respects and loves his compatriots. However, while he becomes less itchier on the trigger, being back in Harlan does cause Raylan to become more ruthless and even cold blooded through the series, most notably when he allows Daryl Crowe Jr to be shot by his sister, and simply asks the dying man if he wishes it had been Raylan who killed him.

Raylan has a strong preference for Western attire—Stetson hat, tailored jeans and cowboy boots. He has a creative approach to law-enforcement. He is a highly skilled marksman with an excellent quick-draw. He also have proven himself quite skilled in unarmed combat with the use of boxing skills. Raylan's approach to crime fighting is similar in style to an old western sheriff, such as accepting a friendly drink from a suspect or witness while on duty. Despite being well known for shooting the most people as a Deputy US Marshal, Raylan is also good at deescalating conflicts by pointing out the weaknesses of a suspect's situation. While he doesn't always follow the rules, Raylan Givens applies himself diligently to putting bad people behind bars and protecting good people.




Law enforcement

  • Dan Grant: Former boss and Former Chief Deputy US Marshal of the Miami, Florida Field Office
  • Art Mullen: Longtime friend, former boss, Chief Deputy US Marshal for Lexington, Kentucky Field Office
  • Tim Gutterson: Former coworker, Deputy US Marshal
  • Rachel Brooks: Former coworker, Deputy US Marshal
  • Greg Sutter: Current Chief Deputy US Marshal for Miami, Florida Field Office, Partner in Elvis Machado investigation
  • Tom Bergen: Kentucky State Police officer, deceased
  • Nelson Dunlop: Former coworker, Deputy US Marshal
  • Karen Goodall. Former coworker, Assistant Director of US Marshals Service


  • Ava Crowder: (Season 1) High school crush
  • Winona Hawkins: (Season 1 to Season 3, Season 6 - ) ex Wife and mother of his child
  • Lindsey Salazar: (Season 3 to Season 4) Bartender of the bar above Raylan's former apartment
  • Sharon Edmunds: Bailbondsman and former lover of Raylan's from the past, deceased
  • Alison Brander: (Season 5) Loretta McCready's Social Worker who first meets Raylan after her client gets arrested for selling drugs.



Memorable Quotes[]

  • (Regarding the shooting of Tommy Bucks) "It was justified"
  • "I've shot people I liked more for less"
  • (To Ava) - "You do seem to have a penchant for getting abducted"
  • (To Duffy's henchman) - "What's wrong with you? You don't piss on someone's lawn."
  • "Cause I didn't order assholes with my whiskey." in the episode "Hatless"
  • "That's a 10-gallon hat on a 20-gallon head."
  • (To Wynn Duffy, dropping a bullet on him) - "The next one will be coming faster."
  • "Oh shit, I forgot to bring a knife..." (brandishes holstered sidearm)
  • "I'm just gonna file that under 'who gives a shit'." - to Robert Quarles
    regarding results of the Harlan County Sheriff's election in the episode "Guy Walks Into a Bar"
  • (To Art) - "Ever get the feeling God's laughing at you?" in the episode "Measures".
  • "You know what your trouble is? You keep thinkin' you're tough. So you're goin' back to prison to be reminded you ain't. You're just...stupid. You're just a stupid, craven, hillbilly piece of shit." - Raylan to Dickie Bennett in the episode "Coalition".
  • (To Duffy) - "The S.S. Quarles is going under. You best swim like hell to get clear or the whirlpool will take you down with it."
  • "You ever hear the saying "you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole; you run into assholes all day, you're the asshole."" - Raylan to Jody Adair in the episode "Hole in the Wall".
  • (To Boyd) - "You make me pull, and I'll put you down."
  • (To Winona)  - "I told him he's got 24 hours to get outta town or I'm a kill him."
  • (To Winona) - "Yeah, but he pulled first, so I was justified."
  • (Sole statement at US Attorney's review board) - "He pulled first, and I shot him."
  • (Regarding Ellstin Limehouse) - "A horsefly sneezes in these hills, he knows about it beforehand, but I'm to believe the car bomb and the dead trooper down the road comes as news."
  • (To Duffy) - "The next time we have this conversation, it won't be a conversation."
  • (To Dewey) - "Well I might be undertaking a situation here" in the episode "Fire In The Hole"
  • (To Roz about Teddy) - "I'm sure you and Rapes With a Smile here were just talking." in the episode, "Foot Chase".
  • (To Jackie about Jody) - "He's armed and dangerous, and an asshole." in the episode, "Money Trap".
  • (To Art about Jackie) - "Art, this girl ain't the least bit interested in an old fart like me." in the episode, "Money Trap".
  • (To Tim) - "Don't say shit unless you know for sure it helps." in the episode, "Outlaw".
  • (To Jimmy) - "It's my job, being a dick. It'd be weird if you liked me." in the episode, "Peace of Mind".
  • "Well. Now we know each other." (to Nicky Augustine in "Ghosts")
  • "Even before I went to Quantico and trained to be a dead shot, I seen people kill one another and I learned to be ready, in case they came after me to do me harm. In other words, I'll kill four of you before you can even clear your weapon, and I'll take my chances with the other two, and you see this star? That's gonna make it legal. Do we have an understanding here?" (To Rodney Dunham and his men in "The Kids Aren't All Right")
  • "Miller, would you call this a herd, a gaggle or a flock of assholes?" (To Alex Miller after finding Roscoe, Jay, Boyd, Ethan Picker, Duffy, Mike, Jimmy and Daryl meeting at Audrey's in "Wrong Roads")
  • "'Cause that web of bullshit you spun around yourself to protect yourself? I'm gonna use it to strangle the life out of you and take away everything you got. Then you're gonna wish I'd have blacked you out - with a bullet to the head." (Raylan threatening Daryl Crowe Jr. in "The Toll")
  • "Didn't I tell you, you were gonna wish I killed you? Well, don't ya?" (To Daryl in "Restitution")
  • "I'm not saying she's a Nazi. I'm just saying she grew up near Sukey Ridge." (Talking to Tim about Joyce Kipling in Cash Game)
  • "See that? Good things happen to those who wait for stupid." (To Tim while staking about Boyd's crew and seeing Boyd as they prepare for the bank robbery in "Fate's Right Hand")


  • Raylan is the only character that has appeared in every episode.
  • He likes ice cream, which is an ongoing theme throughout the show.
  • He likes Neil Young, although he had to become accustomed to his unique voice.
  • He thinks Lynyrd Skynyrd's overrated. 
  • Raylan has the highest amount of kills in the series with 28 being committed during the show's run and one known to have happened prior to the beginning.
  • Raylan was the only character who killed someone in every season.
  • Raylan (along with his daughter, Willa) are the only known living members of the Givens family following Arlo's death.
  • Raylan, Ava and Boyd are the only characters that have appeared in every season premiere and finale, not counting the limited series Justified: City Primeval, in which Raylan is the only one to be featured in the series, with Boyd appearing only in in the finale, "The Question."
  • Although, his survival was often credited to his intelligence and quick wit, Raylan also has incredible luck which has saved him on numerous occasions.
  • Raylan delivers the final line of the series. 
  • Up until Justified: City Primeval, Raylan never killed the main antagonist of a season. Bo was shot by Cartel snipers, Mags killed herself with poisoned moonshine, Quarles' arm was severed by Limehouse, Colt was shot by Tim, Nicky Augustine was killed by Theo Tonin's men (although Raylan allowed this to transpire), Daryl was shot by Wendy and Markham was shot by Boyd. City Primeval breaks the trend, as Clement Mansell is killed directly by Raylan, him shooting Clement three times in the chest and allowing him to bleed out.
  • In the final moments of the season 6 finale, Raylan begins to wear Boon's black hat which is more in the style of what Elmore Leonard envisioned Raylan to be wearing. For Justified: City Primeval, however, he returns to wearing a white hat.


Season one appearances
Fire in the Hole Riverbrook Fixer Long in the Tooth The Lord of War and Thunder
The Collection Blind Spot Blowback Hatless The Hammer
Veterans Fathers and Sons Bulletville
Season two appearances
The Moonshine War The Life Inside The I of the Storm For Blood or Money Cottonmouth
Blaze of Glory Save My Love The Spoil Brother's Keeper Debts and Accounts
Full Commitment Reckoning Bloody Harlan
Season three appearances
The Gunfighter Cut Ties Harlan Roulette The Devil You Know Thick as Mud
When the Guns Come Out The Man Behind The Curtain Watching the Detectives Loose Ends Guy Walks Into a Bar
Measures Coalition Slaughterhouse
Season four appearances
Hole in the Wall Where's Waldo? Truth and Consequences This Bird Has Flown Kin
Foot Chase Money Trap Outlaw The Hatchet Tour Get Drew
Decoy Peace of Mind Ghosts
Season five appearances
A Murder of Crowes The Kids Aren't All Right Good Intentions Over the Mountain Shot All to Hell
Kill the Messenger Raw Deal Whistle Past the Graveyard Wrong Roads Weight
The Toll Starvation Restitution
Season six appearances
Fate's Right Hand Cash Game Noblesse Oblige The Trash and the Snake Sounding
Alive Day The Hunt Dark as a Dungeon Burned Trust
Fugitive Number One Collateral The Promise
Season seven appearances
City Primeval The Oklahoma Wildman Backstabbers Kokomo
You Good? Adios The Smoking Gun The Question

Image Gallery[]


  1. Sioux City Journal - RE-JUSTIFIED by Bruce R. Miller, July 9, 2023.