Justified: City Primeval Ending Explained – Does Boyd Crowder Return?

Raylan Givens concludes his time in the Motor City but does Justified: City Primeval leave room for more?

Carolyn Wilder (Aunjanue Ellis) and Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) in Justified: City Primeval episode 8
Photo: Chuck Hodes | FX

This article contains spoilers for Justified: City Primeval.

When FX announced a new limited series featuring Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), fans of Justified were excited, but skeptical. The original run of Justified from 2010-2015 was some of the greatest television in recent memory, separating itself from the rest of the pack. Based on the works of Elmore Leonard, the series was equal parts country-fried charm and law-and-order procedural, where viewers could often find themselves cheering for the criminals as often as they did law enforcement. 

Justified also ended as powerfully as it began, with arguably one of the most satisfying finales which not only sewed everything up, but was downright touching as well. Which means that new showrunners Dave Andron and Michael Dinner were playing with Kentucky fire – if Justified: City Primeval was a let down, it could ruin the hard work the original series put in for six years. Would their gamble pay off? Would City Primeval be simply another great chapter in the television book of Givens? Or should the character have stayed retired? Allow Den of Geek to recap the show’s ending, and outline some of its successes. 

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One major piece missing from the Primeval puzzle was that of fan-favorite rogue, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins). Goggins’ performance was so encapsulating, his treachery was as much a part of the DNA of the show as Raylan Givens. Yet this time around, Raylan was nowhere near his home state of Kentucky. Taking place a decade and a half later since the conclusion of the events of Justified, Raylan found himself being trapped in a Detroit murder investigation for a shady judge (Keith David).


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