Wed
Jan 25 2012 1:36pm

Raylan and Boyd: The Hot Bromance in Justified

Boyd and Raylan in JustifiedLast night’s episode of Justified once again shone the light on the awesome pairing of Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder.

After marshal Raylan has thrown Boyd in jail for attacking him, he figures out that Boyd wanted to get thrown in jail—and comes to visit Boyd to tip him off that Raylan is wise to him. But before that, Raylan has to explain why it took him so long to figure it out:

Raylan: What do you make of a man who divorces a woman then gets her pregnant then wonders if maybe they should move in together?

Boyd: Well now, Raylan, you’re talking to a man who’s sleeping with his dead brother’s widow and murderess. So if you’re looking for someone to cast stones at you on this matter, I think you’ve picked the wrong sinner.

Swoon! That kind of banter elevates the show from being more than just a place for Timothy Olyphant to look all foxy in white tank undershirts (and that is plenty foxy!)

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7 comments
Amanda Bonilla
1. Amanda Bonilla
This is one of my favorite shows! FX continues to blow my mind with their original series. They have the best writers ever! Walton Goggins (Boyd) is amazing and IMO, is so much better on Justified than he was on The Shield.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
@Amanda Bonilla: This is one of the few shows I continue to watch, and I am so happy the writing seems to continue being as good as last season. Let's hope the new baddies are as well-developed as last year's (RIP Mags).
jsmom2
3. jsmom2
thanks for the props to this bro-love...i've watched this series from the very beginning and love, love, love Raylan and Boyd. that's the exact interaction that made me go "yep, that's why I love this show" well-written, well-acted and ridiculously funny at the most unexpected times
Carmen Pinzon
4. bungluna
Count me part of the Raylan-Boyd fanclub. I have loved the interaction between these frienemies from the beginning. The only fly in my ointment is Whinnina.
 Susan Shapley
5. Susan Shapley
I completely agree about "Whinnina." (no offense to the wonderful actress, Natalie Zea) However, the character of Raylan's wife is a user and is totally about her own needs. (Remember last season's robbery and Raylan's risking his job and his rep to get her out of trouble?) What a little witch! I'm also a fan of the somewhat twisted bromance between Raylan and Boyd. I can't decide if they're best friends or best enemies; the repartee between them is priceless.
Kiersten Hallie Krum
6. Kiersten
I totally agree w/ jsmom2 - I had the same reaction to that scene, thinking, day-am this show is so flippin' good. The Boyd/Raylan relationship is the highpoint of this show. At press junket earlier this month, Goggins said he approached every Boyd/Raylan scene as though these two men were at heart best friends. Olyphant laughed and said he actually approached every Raylan/Boyd scene as though these two men were at heart sworn enemies. The two actors had never discussed this before and both were surprised by the other's response. But I think these two very different starting points are a huge part of why every scene between the two of them crackles with such tension. Plus, the writing is stellar. Love this show!
Heather Waters (redline_)
7. redline_
@ Kiersten -- Um, whoa, that is an awesome takeaway -- I would have loved to have seen that exchange. You're right, that could be a big part of why they have the tension they have in every scene. Cool!
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