Between this and Sons of Anarchy I may not even miss Game of Thrones while it's gone. o___o
Okay that's a lie because GoT has the flawfree Emilia Clarke/Dany. OTOH SoA has Tara Knowles and Justified has my new queen, Ava Crowder.
We're only halfway through the second season dvd's right now (finishing s2 on Monday) but ZOMG. Coal companies! Appalachia! Clogging! Weed! Meth wars! Marshals! Gun fights! EXPLOSIONS!
I cannot even explain it in calm ways right now. Basically there's Raylan Gibbons (Timothy Olyphant) and he is the baddest badass to ever badass his way through the world, and will continue being badass even if he gets the crap kicked out of him. He shoots this shady narco guy like it's the Wild West for Reasons, and his US Marshall bosses are like "would you stop killing people? Geez. Go... go sit in Kentucky and THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'VE DONE."
And of course, he grew up in rural KT and rapidly falls back in among his old crew and it's weird because most of them are doing highly illegal shit and he's the law, etc. Especially illegal in his vocation is Boyd Crowder who is Shane from The Shield and I keep calling him Shane Crowder (oops), but he's a much more awesome/crazy/cool here. Boyd is legit smarter and more crooked than you, and it is awesome. And sad because sometimes he wants to go straight but he's only known being a shady Appalachian crime lord so he's kind of stuck. It's this or blowing shit up at the mine, really.
Then there's Raylan's con-artist dad, and his aunt/step-mother (well, it IS Kentucky) who like constantly has a shot gun in her hands, and just this insane cast of insane characters running around hills and hollers and coal mines, and they are all fabulous.
As I said, my fave is Ava. She's the former wife of Boyd Crowder's brother, Beauman(Boman? Whichever all the Crowder boys have B names and it's confusing). She and Raylan have sparks aplenty flying between them and I kind of ship Ava/Raylan at this moment, although I probably ship Raylan/Anyone-who-is-not-Winona. Winona being Raylan's ex-wife who's married to a real estate broker. Winona is annoying. I dislike Winona. Winona never shoots at anybody. This is a major character flaw, imo.
Game of Thrones is over now, so you should go watch Justified. Because we all know True Blood is too cracked-out to make sense anymore anyway (but I'll still watch it next week because I'm a weak person).