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'Justified' returns for an action-packed third season

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(Read caption) Walton Goggins portrays Boyd Crowder in a scene from 'Justified.'

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Returning for a third explosive season, FX’s razor-sharp series JUSTIFIED is back with more gunfights, brawls, and rampant crime in Harlan, Kentucky.  Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) may be a U.S. Marshal, but his life is cursed to be a crime-magnet. No matter what the situation or how many guns might be involved, Raylan walks straight in and astoundingly usually walks right back out.  But in the second season finale, Raylan’s good luck ran out and he took a bullet in a shoot-out with Mags Bennett’s (Margo Martindale) crew.  Also in that bloody finale, Raylan was not the only unlucky one as Ava Crowder (Joelle Carter) was shot point-blank by Mags’ son Dickie (Jeremy Davies), and Raylan’s aunt Helen (Linda Gehringer) was caught in the cross-fire as well.  Crime is a bit incestuous with the Bennetts, Crowders, Givens and other clans looking to preserve their way of life — their god-given right to pursue the almighty dollar by any means necessary.

JUSTIFIED is not just a series about U.S. Marshals pursuing federal fugitives or protecting federal witnesses.  It is about the Kentucky feuds dating back to the beginning of U.S. history.  Walking the fine-line between upholding the law that his federal badge affords and rooting out the evil infesting Harlan County, Raylan tends to shoot first and ask questions later.  In his defense, if he doesn’t, he’ll be the one six-feet under — as no one talks without taking a bullet first.


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