From Harlan County criminals like Ava to Lexington marshals like Rachel (Erica Tazel), the women on Justified are just as messy, complicated, and ultimately tough as the gun-slinging male leads. And we wouldn't want them any other way.
The lovely thing about "Justified" is that it delivers all the shaggy charm of a diverting character piece even as a supple, strongly structured story gives the whole affair an unmistakable energy and direction.
So many shows have trouble wrapping information the audience needs in dialogue that is actually a pleasure to listen to, but Justified makes it look easy. Many conversations this season went down like a nice Kentucky bourbon.