You’ve gotta love Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), and you’ve gotta love to hate those Bennett boys, Dickie (Jeremy Davies) and Coover (Brad William Henke). This week, we saw the duo bring a little friend along while trying to intimidate Harlan resident Reggie, and later our beloved Boyd (Walton Goggins, pictured), so they’d halt relations with Black Pike, the mining company Boyd has been helping secure land. Ava (Joelle Carter) put a bullet in the bag, and broke Coover’s heart. “You killed Charlie!” But what was he?

In the minds of the writers, a badger, exec producer Graham Yost tells EW, conceding that not many people keep one as a pet. But “Charlie” wasn’t their idea. “We’re in the writers’ room, and we get a call from the set,” Yost says. “This is an idea Tim and his driver, Jay, have come up with. We debated it: Was it too Coen Brothers? Or was it just Coen Brothers enough? Honestly, it was like I was the vice president and it was the senate: Half the room said, ‘No way,’ and the other half said, ‘Oh come on, let’s do it.’ And I said, ‘Okay, let’s do it.’ It ended up being great.” We concur.

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