made just about every critic’s day by announcing that Timothy Olyphant and Justified will return for another 13-episode season. This Tuesday, FX airs the eighth episode of Season 1 (10 p.m. ET, with a DVR-friendly 11 p.m. repeat). It’s a good time to jump in, folks. Here’s what you need to know:FX has
• Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Olyphant) is sleeping with Ava (Joelle Carter), the sole witness to him shooting his old coal-mining buddy Boyd (The Shield‘s Walton Goggins), who unfortunately grew up to be a white supremacist and a bank robber. Boyd survived and is experiencing a religious reawakening in prison. He says he wants to save Raylan’s soul, but odds are he also wants to screw with it.
• Ava had shot and killed her abusive husband, Boyd’s brother — and the boys’ father, Bo, is now getting out of prison and wants Ava dead. She’s been warned to leave Kentucky, but she won’t go. Which means Raylan — whose willingness to draw his sidearm is what got him reassigned to his hometown to begin with (and made him the subject of an ongoing internal investigation) — will have to protect her. Watch the promo for this week’s episode.
• Raylan hates his criminal father, Arlo (Raymond J. Barry). In my dream world, Raylan needs Arlo’s help to take down Bo. Nothing would piss Raylan off more.
• Raylan has an ex-wife, Winona (Dirty Sexy Money‘s Natalie Zea), who everyone — including Olyphant, who told executive producer Graham Yost early in production, “That girl is so good that if you don’t write for her, you’re a moron” — wants to see more of. Winona left Raylan for their realtor and married him. Now Winona suspects her husband is in some kind of trouble, and in episode six, had Raylan run some names for her that came back clean. To see their chemistry — and how she brings out the best reaction shots in Olyphant — watch the clip below.
If you’re already a Justified fan, does more Winona top your Season 2 wish list?